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 March 2022.
March 3: Magic Under the Mangroves
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s 2022 Magic Under the Mangroves gala will be held under a tent on the grounds of the newly expanded Conservancy Nature Center. The $5 million renovation and expansion of the Susan and William Dalton Discovery Center adds the John & Carol Walter Discovery Wing with new interactive exhibits exploring areas of critical importance to the region.
Individual tickets are $750 each and patron packages start at $3,500.
Named one of the top charitable events in Naples, Magic Under the Mangroves supports the Conservancy’s mission to protect the water, land, wildlife and future in Southwest Florida, raising more than $15 million since its inception to support the mission work of protecting water, land, wildlife and our future in the region. The event will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a seated dinner by Windows Catering, an award-winning “green” caterer, and live and silent auctions featuring one-of-a-kind items and experiences.
March 10: Faces of Hope Luncheon
Hope Clubhouse’s annual Faces of Hope luncheon at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers will raise awareness and support for adult mental health services in Southwest Florida. The theme is “Power of the Past – Focus on the Future” and features lunch and a keynote address by Joshua Seidman, Ph.D., chief research and knowledge officer with Fountain House, a national organization that spearheaded the Clubhouse movement.
Tickets are $75 for adults, $25 for students and $15 for virtual attendees.
Hope Clubhouse’s evidence-based model provides opportunities for career development, paid employment and access to education, wellness services and housing assistance. As a result, members have fewer hospitalizations, acute episodes and encounters with law enforcement, and can maintain housing, employment and improved support systems across every aspect of their lives.
LINK: Faces of Hope
March 17: Grande Dames Tea
Pace Center for Girls, Lee will host its 14th annual Grande Dames Tea at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers. The Grande Dames Tea celebrates local women who exemplify Pace’s guiding principles and have made an impact through their roles in business, community and philanthropy. Recognizing the unique perspectives and powerful insights that these women have gained in life, honorees will share their wisdom during a Q&A session led by the young women of Pace. The program will be complemented with a performance by the Pace girls and other activities.
Tickets are $60 per person and $500 for tables of eight.
Proceeds from the event benefit Pace and its strength-based programs that guide Pace girls in finding their voice and achieving their potential. Programs are based on the belief that all girls and young women, regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status, should be uniquely cared for, supported and encouraged to become the best versions of themselves through a path of healing and recovery.
LINK: Grande Dames Tea
March 2: Women in Business, a committee of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, will host its monthly networking session that focuses on career and community at Sol in Fort Myers. Light refreshments will be served and guests are encouraged to bring business cards. LINK: Women in Business
March 3: The Guardian ad Litem Foundation will host its second annual Voices of Hope Gala to raise awareness and support for children in the foster care system. The virtual event, which has a children’s storybook theme, brings the excitement and enthusiasm of a charity gala directly into attendees’ living rooms, complete with party favors, food, beverages and opportunities to bid on live and silent auction items. LINK: Voices of Hope Gala
March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31: Raymond Building Supply is hosting a weekly series of hiring events at its North Fort Myers location with immediate start opportunities available to support ongoing demand in Southwest Florida. The company is seeking experienced and entry-level job seekers to fill dozens of positions, including truss assemblers, yard associates, truck drivers and more, with day and night shifts available to accommodate a range of schedules. LINK: Hiring Events
March 4: Media mogul Steve Forbes will deliver the keynote address during the Resnick-Wynn Family Business Conference in partnership with Florida Gulf Coast University. The conference is geared toward owners of multigenerational businesses and offers insights and best practices from dynamic leaders who are running family businesses. Additional speakers include David Hoffmann, Shelly Stayer, Michael Wynn and John Resnick. LINK: Family Business Conference
March 4 & 11: Better Together, a nonprofit dedicated to helping families in crisis and preventing the need for foster care, is hosting Parents’ Night Out events in Fort Myers and Naples. The program offers parents access to several hours of no-cost care for children ages infant through 17 years old. Better Together will provide background-checked volunteers in addition to dinner, games and fun for children to enjoy while parents are away. LINK: Parents’ Night Out
March 5: Family Initiative is hosting Rock Autism for ages 21 and up at Paragon Flight Training’s hangar in Fort Myers. The event includes live music, food trucks, dancing and more to raise funds for the expanding organization dedicated to enriching the lives of families and children impacted by autism spectrum disorder. LINK: Rock Autism
March 8: Leadership NEXT, a monthly program for advancing business professionals, will feature a housing market discussion with Royal Palm Realtors President Bill Steinke and representatives from a national builder and the Lee County Property Appraiser’s office. Sessions offer opportunities to develop new knowledge and skills, establish working relationships with colleagues and engage in valuable programs and discussions to further enhance their careers. LINK: Leadership NEXT
March 10: Community Cooperative’s 19th Annual Sam Galloway, Jr. & Friends Soup Kitchen Benefit will be held in the service garages of Sam Galloway Ford in Fort Myers. Each year, local restaurants prepare and serve southern-style dinners to more than 700 guests to raise money for Community Cooperative, which operates Meals on Wheels, Soup Kitchen, mobile food pantries and social service programs. LINK: Soup Kitchen Benefit
March 10: Business Before Breakfast, a networking session with light refreshments, will be held at X3 Performance and Physical Therapy, a fully integrated holistic sports performance company in Fort Myers. Guests are encouraged to bring business cards. LINK: Business Before Breakfast
March 10 & 29: Senior Choice at Home has scheduled a pair of sessions to introduce seniors to an innovative, member-based program for independent, healthy older adults that provides a lifelong commitment to care, asset protection and the ability to receive individualized care coordination, all from the comforts of their own home. LINK: Dine & Discover
March 12: Lee BIA Builders Care’s Pull the Cork event at FGCU brings the “best of the best” boutique wines and gourmet food to create the ultimate four-course seated dinner and wine tasting. A post-dinner live auction features a limited selection of rare magnum wines up for bid. LINK: Pull the Cork
March 13: College basketball fans in Southwest Florida and beyond are invited to register for the Guardian ad Litem Foundation’s fifth annual March Madness Bracket Challenge to benefit programs that serve abused, neglected and abandoned children. Pre-registration is ongoing, and participants can make their picks starting on Selection Sunday. LINK: March Madness Bracket Challenge
March 15 & 24: Better Together is hosting its Nationwide Day of Second Chances, a series of church-led job fairs being held around the country on March 24 as a culmination of awareness and a celebration to promote the power of second chances for neighbors who have been incarcerated or otherwise face barriers to employment. Job-seekers in Southwest Florida have early access at a job fair on March 15 in Fort Myers. LINK: Day of Second Chances
March 16: Growing Climate Solutions: Path to Positive Southwest Florida is hosting its Climate Compass Series addressing climate change’s impacts and potential solutions. Two experts from Ocean Conservancy – Dr. Sarah Cooley, director of climate science, and Jon Paul “J.P.” Brooker, Florida director – will lead a presentation titled “Unequivocal & Unprecedented: Climate Change in the Ocean.” LINK: Climate Compass Series
March 16: Local real estate experts will convene in Southwest Florida to present Market Trends 2022, Southwest Florida’s largest real estate forum at Caloosa Sound Convention Center in Fort Myers. The theme of the spring Market Trends event is “The Thrill of the Chase – What Now?” following a record year in real estate. LINK: Market Trends
March 16: The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce will honor graduates of its 2021 Leadership Program at a special luncheon at the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers. The luncheon includes a catered meal and discussion recapping the leadership experience. LINK: Leadership Graduation
March 19: The Guardian ad Litem Foundation will host its second annual Jazz on the Harbor fundraising event at Port Charlotte Beach Park. The event includes jazz music featuring the Isaac Mingus Trio, culinary delights and a beautiful sunset, with dinner provided by Hurricane Charley’s Raw Bar & Grill. LINK: Jazz on the Harbor
March 23: Gulf Coast Village in Cape Coral will host The Art of Drama featuring resident Ron Wietecha, a passionate thespian before becoming a mayor, attorney and professor. He will perform a beautiful soliloquy and share his experiences in theater while explaining how his passion led him to a life of community service. LINK: The Art of Drama
March 26: The Wonder Gardens in Bonita Springs is hosting Brews for the Birds & the Bees, which includes beers from local breweries, live music and food trucks. Money raised will support and enhance the lives of the resident birds at the zoological park and botanical garden. LINK: Brews for the Birds & the Bees