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Things to do: Client events in May 2023

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 May 2023. 


SWFL Community Prayer Breakfast 

Client Events - Community Prayer BreakfastDate: Thursday, May 4 

Location: JetBlue Park, Fort Myers 

Time: 6 a.m. breakfast, 7 a.m. program 

Description: Two-time national champion, first-round NFL draft pick and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow will headline the 2023 Southwest Florida Community Prayer Breakfast at JetBlue Park. The complimentary event coincides with the National Day of Prayer, an annual observance on the first Thursday of May when individuals of all faiths join in unified prayer for continued blessings on the nation. 

Tebow grew up the son of missionaries and established the Tim Tebow Foundation in 2010 with the goal of bringing faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. Tebow is the author of four New York Times Best Selling books including “Through My Eyes,” “Discovering Your True Identity,” “This Is The Day” and “Bronco & Friends.” 

The Fort Myers community has been honoring the National Day of Prayer since the Community Prayer Breakfast’s inception in 1988. 

LINK: Prayer Breakfast 


May 3 

The Fort Myers Mighty Mussels will celebrate the resiliency and strength of Southwest Florida’s coastal communities at the 30th annual Islands Night, which includes a pregame parade and jersey auction to support coastal nonprofits. 

LINK: Islands Night 

May 3 

Better Together’s Better Job Fair will be held at Rise Christian Church in Lehigh Acres and include employment resources and services, in addition to on-the-spot job interviews with local employers. 

LINK: Better Job Fair 

May 4, 11, 18 & 25 

Kids’ Minds Matter continues to host its weekly series, Parenting the Exceptional Child, that connects parents of children with developmental disabilities, mental health issues or special health care needs. LINK: Partners in Parenting    

May 5 

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Cornhole Tournament will offer a fun, friendly competition with double-elimination rounds leading to the tournament champion. The event will feature food trucks, craft beers from local breweries, a lively DJ and fun, including a dunking booth, hole-in-one and more. 

LINK: Cornhole Tournament 

May 6 

NAMI Collier County 21st annual Hope Shines mental health awareness walk, which coincides with mental health awareness month, will include music, refreshments, face painting, balloon animals and family-friendly fun for participants. 

LINK: Hope Shines 

May 9 

Pace Center for Girls, Lee will host its FUNky Fashion Show, which features one-of-a-kind dresses made from recycled and repurposed materials. There will be a featured artist, celebrity servers at VIP tables, a catered dinner and music. 

LINK: FUNky Fashion Show 

May 9 

Avow will celebrate Nurses Week by showcasing nursing staff serving drinks from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bone Hook Brewing Company in Naples. The nurses will serve drinks, with tips going to support the Avow Nurses Scholarship Program.  

LINK: Nurses Week Startender Event 

May 12 

Avow is planning a free Mother’s Day Celebration Dinner for children in the community who have lost mothers or grandmothers on May 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ispiri Community Center at 1205 Whippoorwill Lanes, Naples. 

LINK: Mother’s Day Celebration  

May 13 

This is the final day to purchase Norman Love Confections’ 2023 Mother’s Day Collection, a limited-edition assortment of artisan heart-shaped chocolates. Chocolate salons in Fort Myers, Naples, Estero and Sarasota will feature 10-, 15- and 25-piece boxes. 

LINK: Mother’s Day Collection 

May 15 

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz is the signature sponsor for the 2023 Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Southwest Florida 5K, a signature fundraising event to raise awareness and funds to eliminate drunk and drugged driving. 

LINK: Walk Like MADD 

May 15-17 

Florida Gulf Coast University is hosting the Hanseatic League of Universities’ global conference, which attracts presidents, administrators and higher education leaders from around the world to explore nnovation in research and education. 

LINK: HLU Conference 

May 17 

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce is hosting its inaugural Level HER Up Women’s Conference, a one-day event filled with inspiring speakers, informative health experts, professional workshops and networking opportunities. 

LINK: Level HER Up 

May 19 

Esteemed chocolatier Norman Love and his award-winning team of pastry chefs at Norman Love Confections are focusing this cooking class on molded chocolates. Participants will learn hand coloring to casting liquid chocolate and mixing custom ganaches to fill candies. 

LINK: Cooking with Love 

May 19 

Avow will celebrate all branches of the United States Armed forces with special readings, patriotic music, a pinning ceremony and veteran keynote speaker. The free event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Avow campus in Naples. 

LINK: Armed Forces Appreciation Day 

May 20 

Family Initiative is providing free autism screenings by appointment for children ages 1-3. The early assessment measures a child’s progress toward milestones in terms of how they play, learn, speak and act. 

LINK: Autism Screenings 

May 25 

Business Before Breakfast, a monthly networking session with light refreshments, will be held at Crunch Fitness in Fort Myers. Early rising guests are encouraged to bring business cards. 

LINK: Business Before Breakfast 


June 2: Norman Love Confections, Chocolate Truffles Cooking Class 

June 5: Boys & Girls Club of Collier County, Summer Camp 

June 12: Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County, Summer Enrichment Program 

June 16: Norman Love Confections, Molded Chocolates Cooking Class 

June 17: Family Initiative, Free Autism Screening 

June 20: Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, Israel Friendship Caravan Concert 

June 22: Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County, Texas Hold’em Tournament 

June 28: Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, Summer Book Discussion 

July 3: Fort Myers Mighty Mussels, Independence Day Celebration 

July 15: Family Initiative, Free Autism Screening 

Aug. 10: School District of Lee County, First Day of School 

Aug. 19: Family Initiative, Free Autism Screening 


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