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

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Priority Marketing’s November 2023 Client Headlines Report recaps news stories that you should read, watch or hear before the month ends. 

The firm’s award-winning Public Relations 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 some of the many important stories that were published or aired in November 2023. 

Halfway there: United Way gets head start on campaign goal 

United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades kicked off its 2023-24 Campaign by announcing that pacesetter organizations and Alexis de Tocqueville Society members had pledged $5.9 million. That puts United Way at 52% of its campaign goal of $11.3 million, funds that support dozens of charitable agencies across Southwest Florida. 

The News-Press: United Way annual fundraiser underway with more than half of $11.3 million goal raised 

The News-Press: PHOTOS: United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades kicks off 2023-24 campaign 

Cape Coral Breeze: United Way kicks off 2023-24 campaign 

ABC7: United Way campaign kickoff 


Local company plants roots in Collier County 

After nearly 25 years of serving clients in Collier County, LSI Companies has established a physical presence in Naples with a new office to serve property owners, developers, homebuilders and investment clients. Priority Marketing helped secure media interviews in advance of the firm’s grand opening VIP event, which further established LSI as the region’s leading real estate firm. 

Gulfshore Business: LSI Companies establishes Collier County office in downtown Naples 

Naples Daily News: Here are some of Collier and Lee County’s newer, hotter, growing retail corridors for 2024 

SWFL Business Today: LSI Companies Establishes Naples Office as Broker Eyes Sales Milestone 


Custom Cape Coral home fetches record sales price 

A custom-designed waterfront home built by Windward Construction recently sold for a record $6,060,000, the highest sale in Cape Coral residential real estate history. Located in southeast Cape Coral, the Gulf-access home was built on a large wrap around corner lot, just minutes to the river. No detail was overlooked in the stunning design aesthetics of the Kaulua model floor plan and the residence was meticulously crafted with the Florida lifestyle in mind. 

Cape Coral Breeze: Waterfront estate is most expensive sale in Cape Coral history 

The News-Press: Cha-ching! SWFL home sells for over $6 million, the most expensive in this city’s history 

Business Observer: $6M waterfront home sale in Cape Coral sets local record 

Gulfshore Business: Cape Coral waterfront home sells for record-breaking $6M 

NBC2: Record-breaking $6M home sold in Cape Coral 

ESPN Southwest Florida: A Sale Was Just Made On The Most Expensive Home In Cape Coral History 


Clasico Chophouse flexes its mussels 

Priority Marketing recently partnered with Clasico Chophouse and Taproom, one of Tampa Bay’s most exciting dining establishments. In addition to announcing the general manager, executive chef, wine pairing event, holiday party opportunities, promotional specials, football fare and one-year anniversary celebration, the firm secured a live in-studio cooking segment that showcased some of the restaurant’s popular culinary features. 

WTSP: Great Day Dining: Clasico Chophouse 


SWFL honors, celebrates its veterans 

In recognition of Veterans Day, Gulf Coast Village and its sponsoring partner, Volunteers of America National Services, hosted their annual Veterans Day service that featured a welcome ceremony, color guard performances, the singing of the National Anthem, an opening prayer, a history of Veterans Day, veterans poem, medal of honor ceremony and more. 

Cape Coral Breeze: Gulf Coast Village recognizes veteran residents at annual Veterans Day program  

ABC7: Cape Coral community honors veterans 

Cape Coral Breeze: Veterans Day important for Gulf Coast Village resident Lachance 


Coffee lovers discover a new option 

Savour Coffee made a splash among coffee aficionados as soon as the coffee shop opened its doors. Savour offers a wide variety of blends roasted locally and delivered weekly, along with a delectable assortment of pastries, sandwiches and breakfast items prepared by talented chef/owner Matt Geiger and his team. 

ABC7: More Explores: Savour Coffee 

The News-Press: ‘We create here’: Savor every sip, flavor at new south Fort Myers coffee shop

Florida Weekly: New coffee shop offers unique drinks and more 

SWFL Business Today: Savour Coffee set for grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony 

Florida Weekly: Savour Coffee expresses gratitude for first responders 


Chocolate lovers satisfy their sweet tooth 

Norman Love Confections is known worldwide for its ultra-premium, handcrafted artisanal chocolates, but the Fort Myers-based chocolatier also offers delicious treats for the holidays. Chocolates, pies, cakes, pastries… there isn’t a better way to satisfy your sweet tooth during the holiday season. 

ABC7: More Explores: Norman Love Confections 

Times of the Islands: Tantalizing Thanksgiving Treats 

Cape Coral Breeze: Norman Love Confections offering cooking classes 

Above Board Chamber: This season, share thanks with Norman Love Confections 


Honoring top businesses for their achievements 

The Horizon Foundation, the Horizon Council and Lee County Economic Development announced the 2023 Industry Appreciation Awards winners, which recognized Lee County businesses and leaders that drive the local economy, employ the workforce and shape their industries. The six winners: 

  • Lee County Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LCEC): Large Business of the Year award. 
  • Pushing the Envelope: Small Business of the Year award. 
  • Advanced Hurricane Technoloy: Diversity in Business Award. 
  • Timilon Corporation: Innovative Technology Award 
  • Botanical Brewing Co.: Manufacturer of the Year 
  • United Way of Lee County and Matter Brothers Furniture: Nonprofit Partnership Award 

Cape Coral Breeze: Industry Appreciation Awards announces 2023 winners 

Naples Daily News: Resiliency, innovation, leadership, among the traits of top Southwest Florida companies 

Furniture Today: Matter Brothers Furniture & Design and United Way Win Nonprofit Partnership Award at 2023 Industry Appreciation Awards 


Client honors and awards 

Our tribe loves celebrating our clients’ awards and milestones. Below are a few recent honors worth sharing. 

The Community Foundation unveiled its Top 30 Nonprofit CEO Power Influencers of 2023, and the list includes eight clients and partners of Priority Marketing: 

  • Dr. Abram Bicksler, ECHO 
  • Becky Lucas, Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties 
  • Chris Hansen, Child Care of Southwest Florida 
  • Dawn Montecalvo, Guadalupe Center 
  • Jeannine Joy, United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades 
  • Jeffrey Feld, Jewish Federation of Greater Naples 
  • Stacey Cook, SalusCare 
  • Stefanie Ink-Edwards, Community Cooperative 

The News-Press: Southwest Florida’s top 30 nonprofit leaders of 2023 

The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Collier-Lee Chapter hosted its annual Philanthropy Day Awards to celebrate individuals, businesses and organizations making a difference in our community. Honorees included multiple clients, partners and supporters of our clients. 

  • Logan Stryker: Outstanding Philanthropic Youth (nominated by Lee Health/Barbara’s Friends) 
  • Sheila and Tim Zellers of Tamiami Ford, Hyundai and Genesis of Naples: Outstanding Philanthropic Organization (nominated by Avow Foundation) 
  • Maria Bustamante: Outstanding Emerging Leader (nominated by Guadalupe Center) 
  • Stephanie Ink-Edwards: Outstanding Fundraising Executive (nominated by Community Cooperative) 
  • Judy Brown: Distinguished Volunteer (nominated by Avow Foundation) 
  • Larry Friel: Distinguished Volunteer (nominated by Lee Health – Golisano Children’s Hospital) 
  • Joan Maupin: Distinguished Volunteer (nominated by Hope Healthcare) 
  • The Dee Family (Kelly, Meredith, Haley and Danny): Distinguished Volunteers (nominated by Guadalupe Center) 

Florida Weekly: Local philanthropists honored at National Philanthropy Day celebration 

Alongside entrepreneurs, philanthropists and community leaders, Gulfshore Life recognized Sunshine Ace Hardware President Michael Wynn as one of the region’s Men & Women of the Year honorees. 

Gulfshore Life: Men & Women of the Year 2023 


A heartwarming story to end your day on a positive note 

A 13-year-old boy from Lehigh Acres is living inside his own airport, runway and all, after Make-A-Wish Southern Florida coordinated an aviation-themed bedroom makeover. Sunshine Ace Hardware and Ace Handyman Services of Southwest Florida joined other community partners in giving Caleb an “insane” bedroom as he recovers from treatments for leukemia. 

ABC7: Lehigh Acres teen gets aviation-themed bedroom makeover 

Lehigh Acres Citizen: Wish granted: Lehigh Acres teen wowed by ‘insane’ aviation-themed bedroom makeover 


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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