Every month, Priority Marketing’s clients and partners host a wide range of special events, seminars, workshops, activities and fundraising opportunities. Check out the list of client events in April 2022.
Lee BIA Builders Care’s popular BBQ, Bands & Brew fundraising event is returning to Centennial Park in Fort Myers and features a lineup of live performances, food vendors and fun-filled activities for all ages.
- BBQ: Southwest Florida’s top pit masters are competing for the title of “Best BBQ in Town,” and the event will feature specialty dishes from Jonesez BBQ, 5 Piggies Bar-B-Que, Big D’s BBQ by Farmer’s Market, Big Smoke BBQ and Munchies Smokehouse BBQ, as well as vendors including Farmer’s Corn and Kona Ice.
- Bands: Four headliners will take the stage throughout the day, including The Collective at 11 a.m., Deb & The Dynamics at 1 p.m., Rocker at 3 p.m. and Hat Trick at 5 p.m.
- Brew: Alcohol (beer and wine only) will be available for purchase to anyone 21 and older; IDs are required to receive a wristband. Soda and water will also be available for purchase.
The event also features a lively cornhole tournament, a rock-climbing wall and a children’s play area with face-painting, a magician, balloon twister, games and more.
LINK: BBQ, Bands & Brew
ADDITIONAL EVENTS IN APRIL 2022
April 1-30: Sunshine Ace Hardware stores across Southwest Florida are inviting customers to round up their purchases to support Golisano Children’s Hospital through the Children’s Miracle Network. Donations help provide world-class pediatric care and fill funding gaps not covered by Medicare and insurance companies. LINK: Round Up Campaign
April 1: The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce will host its Cornhole Tournament and Halfway to SWFL Craft Beer Week celebration at Alliance for the Arts. The Business as Unusual Cornhole Tournament offers a fun, friendly competition, and the Halfway to SWFL Craft Beer Week includes craft brew tastings, food trucks and a live performance by singer-songwriter Sheena Brook. LINK: Cornhole and Craft Beer
(SOLD OUT) April 1: Guests at the second annual “Shine: A Benefit for Hope Kids Care and Hope Hospice” will enjoy riverside cocktails, dining, entertainment and a live auction at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Shine proceeds will enable Hope to continue providing care for those who are in life’s closing chapter, for all who are grieving, and for seriously ill children and their families. LINK: Shine
April 2: Avow’s 16th Annual Butterfly Release at Cambier Park in Naples features a butterfly tent with nearly 1,000 butterflies. Children can visit several activity stations and Avow’s bereavement staff will be available to assist anyone who may need extra support. LINK: Butterfly Release
April 2: The annual Sunshine Ace Hardware Big Green EGGfest will be held at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs and feature amateur and professional chefs vying for the coveted title of EGGhead Grill Master of the Year. The family-friendly celebration of barbecue includes food samplings, grilling demonstrations, live music and spirited cooking competitions. LINK: EGGfest
April 4-17: Elevate your Easter basket with the egg-ceptional gift of ultra-premium, egg-shaped chocolates from Norman Love Confections’ 2022 Easter Collection, which features 10 rich egg crèmes wrapped in artisanal white, dark and milk chocolate. In addition to fruity favorites strawberry, raspberry and coconut, the exclusive line includes velvety, smooth flavors of coffee, caramel and peanut butter. LINK: Easter Collection
April 5: The Community Foundation’s 2022 Charity Event Awards will be held at the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower and recognize innovation and excellence in event fundraising. The celebration will honor outstanding charitable organizations that host, plan and promote events that raise funds to fulfill their missions. Priority Marketing President and Senior Creative Officer Teri Hansen is the keynote speaker. LINK: Charity Event Awards
April 6: Women in Business, a committee of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, will host its monthly networking session at Hodges University. The topic is “Marketing with Ease for the Small Business,” and discussions will cover creating newsletter content and email marketing, how to draw a crowd through social media marketing, website design, and conducting podcasts and videos. Light refreshments will be served and guests are encouraged to bring business cards. LINK: Women in Business
April 7: Fort Myers Brewing is celebrating National Beer Day with specialty beer releases, including a can release, a food truck rally with four trucks and live music. The event is family and pet friendly. LINK: National Beer Day
April 9: Community Cooperative’s Empty Bowls fundraiser at Centennial Park will feature a soup cook-off and sampling from favorite local restaurants, vendors, artisans, silent auctions, food trucks, family-friendly activities, and dance and music performances by local schools and organizations. LINK: Empty Bowls
April 12: The home opener for the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels’ 2022 season features Two-for-Tuesday BOGO specials on beer, soda and hotdogs. All fans will receive a magnetic schedule and the club is guaranteeing a win or all fans will receive a ticket to the next night’s game. LINK: Mighty Mussels
April 12: Leadership NEXT, a monthly program for advancing business professionals, will be held at Scotlynn USA and include a tour of the company’s new campus. Monthly sessions offer opportunities to develop new knowledge and skills, establish working relationships with colleagues, and engage in valuable programs and discussions that enhance careers. LINK: Leadership NEXT
April 13: Growing Climate Solutions: Path to Positive Southwest Florida is hosting its virtual Climate Compass Series addressing climate change’s impacts and potential solutions. This month’s host is Cynthia Williams, Director of Sustainability, Homologation and Compliance for Ford Motor Company. Williams’ topic is “Leading the Electrification Revolution.” LINK: Climate Compass Series
April 14: Better Together has scheduled a virtual Better Families Volunteer Training session for attendees to learn about volunteer opportunities with the nonprofit, including those interested in becoming host families and volunteer coaches. LINK: Better Families
April 14: Business Before Breakfast, a monthly networking session with light refreshments, will be held at Paint Nail Bar in Fort Myers. Guests are encouraged to bring business cards. LINK: Business Before Breakfast
April 16: Family Initiative is hosting free autism screenings for children who may not be reaching milestones in terms of how they play, learn, speak and act. Screenings can help determine whether developmental issues are present and provide parents with next steps. Registration is required. LINK: Autism Screenings
April 21: The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce will host its Nonprofit Expo, which allows chamber members and guests to learn about nonprofits and charitable organizations serving Southwest Florida. LINK: Nonprofit Expo
April 22-24: Portions of the Yoga Teacher Conference, which is being held in Denver, will be livestreamed to allow professional development and continuing education opportunities for yoga teachers of all skill and experience levels. Sessions are designed to increase professionalism within the yoga industry. LINK: Yoga Teacher Conf
April 23: The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is hosting its biggest community celebration of the year, the Earth Day Festival, that will feature live animal encounters, kid zone activities, electric boat tours, food trucks, nature walks, local exhibitors and more. LINK: Earth Day Festival
April 23: Better Together, a nonprofit dedicated to helping families in crisis and preventing the need for foster care, is hosting a luncheon at Riverside Church in Fort Myers that brings parents together for community, to support each other and to hear from experts while their children play supervised in another room. There is no cost to attend. LINK: Better Luncheons
April 30: Family Initiative is hosting its Autism Acceptance Awards Gala at Caloosa Sound Convention Center to celebrate champions of children and families impacted by autism spectrum disorder. Held at the culmination of Autism Acceptance Month, the gala features a cocktail hour and silent auction, followed by a plated dinner, live auction and awards presentation. LINK: Autism Acceptance