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 November 2023.
A Night of a Million Dreams
Date: Nov. 10
Description: Better Together is hosting a Wizard of Oz-themed gala, A Night of a Million Dreams, to raise awareness and support for programs that help parents find employment and provide a loving, safe and supportive foundation for their children. Guests will go on a magical journey to the wonderful land of better families and better jobs with an evening of dinner, impactful stories, and live and silent auctions. A Night of a Million Dreams will be held at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs.
Holiday Season Kickoff
Date: Nov. 23-28
Description: The holiday season official kicks off with Thanksgiving (Nov. 23), which is followed in quick succession by Black Friday (Nov. 24), Small Business Saturday (Nov. 25), Cyber Monday (Nov. 27) and Giving Tuesday (Nov. 28). Don’t forget your local small businesses and nonprofit organizations – they need your support!
ADDITIONAL CLIENT EVENTS IN NOVEMBER 2023
Nov. 1-Dec. 24
Ace Hardware stores across Southwest Florida, including Sunshine Ace Hardware, are hosting Holiday Round-Up campaigns to benefit local children and teens undergoing treatment at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Customers can simply round up their purchases at the register to make a difference in the lives of local families.
LINK: Holiday Round Up
Women in Business, a committee of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, is presenting “Purses with a Purpose” at the Langford-Kingston Home that allows supporters to place bids on new and vintage purses. Proceeds will support the Women in Business Scholarship Fund. The “Handbag Happy Hour” features light refreshments; guests are encouraged to bring business cards.
LINK: Purses with a Purpose
Gulf Coast Village’s Lunch & Learn includes authentic Italian cuisine and an informative discussion about life plan options available at the retirement community, which offers six apartment floor plans and ample amenities for those considering a transition into an independent living community.
LINK: Lunch & Learn
Norman Love Confections is hosting a three-hour interactive class that allows individuals and groups to become chocolatiers for the night, creating decadent treasures they can take home and enjoy. This class covers the art of making chocolate truffles.
LINK: Chocolate Truffles
Fresh Fridays takes place the first Friday of every month in downtown Sarasota. Brick’s Smoked Meats and many other restaurants, art galleries and stores participate in a street party that rotates between Main Street, Palm Avenue, Five Points, and State Street. Every month has a different theme.
LINK: Fresh Fridays
Thanksgiving hosts and guests can leave the desserts to Norman Love Confections, which is offering six fall desserts available for pre-order: pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin roulade and carrot cake.
LINK: Pre-order Fall Desserts
Charity for Change is hosting a premier event, Planting Seeds of Humanity, that features live entertainment from the Ben Allen Band. Guests will enjoy a VIP reception, live auction and entertainment.
LINK: Planting Seeds of Humanity
The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers is hosting a Homebuyers Summit to provide participants with insights from industry professionals, real estate agents and mortgage lenders. Attendees will explore a range of properties on the market and learn about financing, negotiation strategies and home inspection essentials.
LINK: Homebuyers Summit
The Harold’s Place 41st Annual Thomas McMurray Golf Invitational includes golf at Naples Hibiscus Golf Club, as well as a box lunch and a T-bone steak dinner after the round. Proceeds benefit NAMI Collier.
LINK: Golf Invitational
The Catholic-Jewish Dialogue of Collier County hosts its annual Kristallnacht (“Night of Broken Glass”) commemoration marking the start of the Holocaust. The event is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples and the Diocese of Venice and is free and open to the public, with advance registration requested..
LINK: Catholic-Jewish Dialogue
Nov. 7 & 17
Senior Choice at Home is set to host two “Dine and Discover” luncheons in November for independent older adults who would like to stay in their homes as they age. The innovative membership-based long-term care program provides healthy seniors with coordinated lifetime health care services while they age at home.
LINK: Dine and Discover
Business, community and philanthropic leaders will convene for the official kickoff to the 2023-24 fundraising campaign that supports United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades. The nonprofit will recognize Pacesetter organizations, announce campaign goals and outline initial fundraising success.
LINK: 2023-24 Campaign Kickoff
Sunshine Ace Hardware will host three-day Holiday Open House events at its Bonita Springs and Largo stores, which each offer a vast selection of gifts and holiday décor. Guests will enjoy exclusive discounts and deals while browsing a festive wonderland of winter décor.
LINK: Holiday Open House
The 11th Annual Golisano Children’s Hospital Fashion Show includes a luncheon, auction and preview of the latest fashions. Proceeds will support the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Golisano Children’s Hospital.
LINK: Golisano Children’s Hospital Fashion Show
Sea Salt Naples, which offers Venetian-inspired, ocean-centric cuisine, is celebrating its 15th anniversary by highlighting 15 local charitable organizations – one a day. On Nov. 11, the restaurant will donate 15% of proceeds from lunch and dinner services to Guadalupe Center, a nonprofit education provider in Immokalee.
LINK: 15 Days of Giving
The 6th Annual Solid Waste Golf Tournament includes a round at Cape Royal Golf Club, a silent auction, lunch and awards ceremony. Event proceeds benefit United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades.
LINK: Solid Waste Golf Tournament
The Wonder Gardens is hosting its 3rd Annual Pictures with Santa event that provides families with a 10-minute block to take holiday photos with Santa Claus.
LINK: Pictures with Santa
Better Together’s Church Partner Job Fair Training in Fort Myers offers an introduction to a comprehensive set of steps that church families can take to create job fairs in their communities.
LINK: Job Fair Training
Better Together and Grace Church are partnering to host a Second Chance Job Fair for Southwest Florida residents facing barriers to employment, such as incarceration, homelessness and lack of transportation, by opening the door to background-friendly employers.
LINK: Second Chance Job Fair
The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s November luncheon will be held at Plantation Golf & Country Club. It includes a celebration of the Leadership Fort Myers Class of 2023. Carrie LaDue from Limitless Business is the keynote speaker.
LINK: November Luncheon
Bigham Jewelers is hosting a multi-vendor trunk show that features diamond pieces from the Bigham Signature collection, as well as handcrafted jewelry from multi-generational Italian jewelers that are not regularly featured in the Galleria.
LINK: Multi-vendor Trunk Show
Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties is hosting an online homeownership information meeting over Zoom to explain Habitat’s affordable housing program and outline steps to homeownership. This session will be conducted in Spanish.
LINK: Homeowner Information Webinar (Spanish)
Norman Love Confections is hosting a three-hour interactive class that allows individuals and groups to become chocolatiers for the night, creating decadent treasures they can take home and enjoy. This class covers the art of making molded chocolates.
LINK: Molded Chocolates
Sunshine Ace Hardware is kicking off the fall feasting season with outdoor “Thanksgrilling” parties at a dozen retail stores across the region. The family-friendly community event offers culinary inspiration – and tasty samples – for those seeking alternatives to the traditional (and sometimes bland), oven-roasted Thanksgiving turkey and uninspired side dishes.
Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties is hosting an online homeownership information meeting over Zoom to explain Habitat’s affordable housing program and outline steps to homeownership. This session will be conducted in English.
LINK: Homeowner Information Webinar (English)
Norman Love Confections’ 2023 Holiday Collection will be available starting Nov. 20 and feature a limited-edition assortment of artisan chocolates inspired by tradition and innovation. Each piece is expertly crafted by Norman Love Confections’ award-winning chocolatiers to capture the spirit of the season.
LINK: 2023 Holiday Collection
Nov. 20-22 and 24-26
Men’s and women’s college basketball teams will be descending on Southwest Florida for the annual Gulf Coast Showcase at Hertz Arena. The men’s bracket is highlighted by 2023 NCAA Tournament teams Iona and Louisiana, while national runner-up Iowa headlines the women’s event. Proceeds support Golisano Children’s Hospital.
LINK: Gulf Coast Showcase
Business Before Breakfast, a monthly networking session with light refreshments, will include a brief presentation and tour by the event host. Early rising guests are encouraged to bring business cards.
LINK: Business Before Breakfast
Keep these major events on your radar for the coming months:
- Dec. 1: NAMI Collier County – Hope Shines Luncheon
- Dec. 2: Wonder Gardens – Wine and Wonder Uncorked
- Dec. 7: Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce – Holiday Party
- Dec. 7-10: Fort Myers Brewing – Winter Wonderland 4-day Fest
- Dec. 8: Lee BIA Builders Care – Charity Clay Shoot
- Dec. 11: Jewish Federation of Greater Naples – Chanukah Celebration
- Jan. 12: Guadalupe Center – Elevate the Journey
- Jan. 12: Lee Health Foundation – MarineMax Yacht Gala
- Jan. 13: Lee BIA Builders Care – Pull the Cork (details to come)
- Jan. 25-27: Everglades Coalition – Everglades Coalition Conference
- Jan. 27: Avow Foundation – West Coast Muscle Car Club Benefit Car & Truck Show
- Jan. 27: Lee Health Foundation – Caring for the Cape Signature Event (details to come)
- Feb. 2: Horizon Foundation – Annual Meeting (details to come)
- Feb. 7: Kids Minds Matter – ‘Your Story Matters’ signature gala
- Feb. 10: Sunshine Ace Hardware – Reel in the Sunshine Fishing Expo
- Feb. 22-25: Fort Myers Brewing – 11th Anniversary Party
- Date to be announced: Lee Health Foundation – Minnesota Twins Celebrity Golf Classic
- Dates to be announced: Lee Health Foundation – Boston Red Sox Celebrity Event Series
- March 3: Guadalupe Resale Shop – Fashion Show and Private Sale (details to come)
- March 7: Community Cooperative – Sam Galloway, Jr. & Friends Soup Kitchen Benefit
- March 12: Market Trends of Southwest Florida – Market Trends Real Estate Summit
- March 12: Lee Health Foundation – Colors of the Sea Fashion Show
- March 21: David Lawrence Centers – Sound Minds Celebration
- March 24: Lee BIA Builders Care – BBQ, Bands & Brew
- Date to be announced: Lee Health Foundation – Boston Red Sox Dinner on the Diamond
- April 13: Sunshine Ace Hardware – Big Green EGGfest
- April 18: Pace Center for Girls, Lee – Grande Dames Tea (details to come)
- April 26: Guadalupe Center – Tutor Corps Celebration Dinner
- May 2: Southwest Florida Community Prayer Breakfast – 2024 Prayer Breakfast (details to come)