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March 2023 client headlines: 10 news stories to read, watch

Priority Marketing’s March 2023 Client Headlines Report recaps 10 news stories that you should read, watch or hear.

The firm’s award-winning PR Team helps clients and partners earn media coverage in newspapers and magazines, on television and radio, and on blogs, social media and websites. At the end of each month, the PR Team combs through hundreds of local, national and international news headlines to create its informative Client Headlines Report.

Below are just 10 of the many important stories that were published or aired in March 2023.

The future ain’t what it used to be 

Held March 14 at Caloosa Sound Convention Center in Fort Myers, the sold-out Market Trends of Southwest Florida event offered valuable insights and predictions about the region’s real estate market, an especially important conversation as Southwest Florida recovers from Hurricane Ian. 

Client Headlines - Market TrendsThe News-Press: Real Estate experts say market will enter transition year, Ian to give SWFL a clean slate 

Florida Weekly: Even after Ian, outlook bright for real estate, experts say 

Gulfshore Business: Market Trends real estate event shows Southwest Florida market slowdown 

FOX4: What’s the future of the housing market after Ian? Industry leaders have ideas 

Florida Weekly: PHOTOS: Market Trends at the Caloosa Sound Convention Center, Fort Myers 

Lester Holt recognizes two SWFL nonprofits 

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Kids’ Edition featured a four-minute story about a Southwest Florida teen who created a nonprofit, BelieveNBooks, that is providing books to disadvantaged children in the region, including Guadalupe Center. The network used video footage and photos provided by Priority Marketing to package the story. 

NBC: Inspiring Kids: Natasha Agarwal, BelieveNBooks 

Here are two stories that aired locally explaining the program. 

ABC7: Fort Myers teen creates program to help children learn how to read 

ABC7: Canterbury students donated 3,500 books to Guadalupe Center 

Million-dollar fundraisers 

Fundraising events are critically important sources of revenue that help nonprofit organizations fulfill their missions. There is a milestone figure always worth celebrating – $1 million. A pair of nonprofits recently announced that their events had surpassed that threshold. 

Bobby Nichols – Fiddlesticks Charity Foundation 

ABC7: Nichols Cup raises money for at-risk kids in Southwest Florida 

Cape Coral Breeze: Bobby Nichols – Fiddlesticks Charity Foundation’s 21st Annual Nichols Cup raises $1 million and counting for local children’s charities 

Florida Weekly: PHOTOS: Bobby Nichols – Fiddlesticks Charity Foundation raises $1 million 

Guadalupe Center 

Gulfshore Life: PHOTOS: Elevate, hosted at The Ritz-Carlton Naples, Tiburon 

eBella: Elevate raises $1.4 million to support education programs 

Attorney helps preserve Fort Myers history 

Attorney Joe North and his family presented a $100,000 check to the Lee County Black History Society to spur community support and energize fundraising for a planned Black Cultural Center. The $22 million, three-story center will be in Clemente Park and will host concerts, art exhibits and more. 

NBC2: Local organization prepares to launch Black Cultural Center in Dunbar community 

The News-Press: Lee County Black History Society receives $100,000 to help build cultural center in Dunbar 

WINK: $22M donated to Lee County Black History Society for a Black Culture Center  

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day 

Southwest Florida has no shortage of options to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as restaurants offer dinner specials, bars feature drink specials and Naples hosts its street parade. Fort Myers Brewing has emerged as a hotspot to celebrate the holiday and the microbrewery was packed following advance stories in the media. 

ABC7: More Explores: Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in SWFL 

FOX4: Fort Myers Brewing Company celebrates St. Patrick’s Day 

Florida Weekly: Fort Myers Brewing to host St. Patrick’s Day festivities 

The News-Press: 100-plus events: What to do in Lee County in March, from St. Patrick’s Day fun to Taco Fest 

Just two weeks earlier, Fort Myers Brewing also made headlines for winning top honors at a craft beer competition. 

SWFL Business Today: Fort Myers Brewing Company wins golds at 2023 Best Florida Beer Professional Championships 

Giving artists of all abilities a chance to shine 

Southwest Florida Music Education Center was created so students who are neurodivergent can have a place where they can learn and thrive. Although a permanent campus is still in the works, a feature reporter recently visited the temporary location and nearly moved the news anchor to tears during the broadcast. 

NBC2: Naples school offers musicians of all abilities the chance to shine 

Norman Love debuts Easter Collection 

In Southwest Florida, the most anticipated releases each year aren’t the newest iPhone, automobile or blockbuster movie. It’s Norman Love Confections’ annual Easter Collection, which features egg-ceptional ultra-premium egg-shaped white, dark and milk chocolate confections. This year’s flavors include Tropical Cream, Strawberry Cream, Vanilla Cream, Coconut Cream, Chocolate Cream, Mint Cream, Coffee Cream, Caramel Cream, Raspberry Cream, Peanut Butter Cream. 

96K-Rock: Introducing Norman Love Confections’ Easter chocolates 

Naples Daily News: Restaurants & food: Two retirements, Snook Inn news, Easter chocolates, sandwich benefit 

The chocolatier also just announced a new series of cooking classes for those interested in learning how to create artisan confections and exquisite desserts. 

Cape Coral Breeze: Norman Love Confections expands cooking class schedules 

Naples hospice nurse dispels misconceptions 

After former President Jimmy Carter went into hospice care, NPR’s Here and Now host Peter O’Dowd interviewed Avow Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Rebecca Gatian and one of Avow’s patients to address myths about hospice and palliative care and inform the public about this Medicare covered resource. 

NPR: Hospice nurse dispels misconceptions about hospice care 

Meanwhile, another Avow professional hit the local airwaves to discuss the power of music in healing. 

ABC7: Healthy Living: The healing benefits of music therapy 

Jet business explains what it means to be a good neighbor 

For years, residents living near Naples Airport have voiced concerns about noise. Those conversations have elevated in recent months as more affluent travelers choose to fly privately. Elite Jets has implemented many measures to reduce noise, support local nonprofits and be good environmental stewards. Priority Marketing helped the company enter the conversation to explain what it is doing to be a good neighbor. 

WINK: Naples Airport looks for noise compromise between neighbors, jets 

Naples Daily News: Good aviation neighbors make this a great place to live 

Caught in the Act of Kindness 

Each month, eBella produces a newsletter titled “Caught in the Act of Kindness” that recognizes good deeds completed by local businesses, individuals, groups and organizations. The March chapter featured 10 of Priority Marketing’s nonprofit clients: Kids’ Minds Matter, Wonder Gardens, Lee County Black History Society, Bobby Nichols – Fiddlesticks Charity Foundation, Guadalupe Center, NAMI Collier, Charity for Change, Lee BIA Builders Care, Avow Hospice and Immokalee Fair Housing Alliance. 

eBella: Caught in the Act of Kindness, March 2023 

Do you need a Public Relations Team to help tell your story? Please give us a call today at 239-267-2638 or send an email to LetsTalk@PriorityMarketing.com. 

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