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September 14, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Cape Coral Pet Vet to host 'Black Ties & Tails Masquerade Ball'

Cape Coral Pet Vet will present a "Black Ties & Tails Masquerade Ball," a benefit for the Cape Coral Animal Shelter, Saturday, Sept. 29, from 7-11 p.m., at La Venezia Ballroom, 4646 S.E. 10th Place, Cape Coral.

Tickets are available through Saturday, Sept. 15, and may be purchased at Dress is black tie preferred. The event will feature a full dinner, open bar, live band, photo station, wine toss, diamond drop, guest speakers and auction items.

Cape Coral Animal Shelter is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization creating a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter in the city.

Cape Coral Pet Vet, an animal hospital celebrating its 10th anniversary, is located at 428 Del Prado Blvd., N., suite 111, Cape Coral, FL 33990. For more information, call 239-772-2009 or visit

OneLee Promotion encourages residents to support local businesses

A countywide campaign aims to help local businesses impacted by the red tide and algal blooms.

The promotion - OneLee - contains dozens of deals from area businesses to motivate residents to dine, shop and play locally. Residents are encouraged to use #onelee in their social media posts to support this movement.

"The past few months have been very challenging for our community and our tourist industry," said Com-missioner Cecil Pendergrass, chairman of both the Tourist Development Council and the Lee Board of County Commissioners. "We need to spend money at our local shops and restaurants in support of the businesses and employees who have lost significant income due to harmful algae blooms."

Many of the online deals will be from businesses in coastal communities such as Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel & Captiva islands and Bonita Beach, which have suffered severe economic losses. The deals will launch Saturday, Sept. 15.

For businesses to post a deal: email Leevcb@lee The deal should be active for at least 30 days. Any current deals or new deals are eligible. Include deal details and at least one image.

To find deals: Starting Saturday visit

Waichulis appointed to Lee County Tourist Development Council

The Lee Board of County Commissioners appointed Bill Waichulis to the Lee County Tourist Development Council at its Aug. 21 meeting.

Waichulis has served as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the TDC since February 2015, representing the Visit Florida board of directors. He replaces Ren Affourtit, who retired June 14 after serving 18 years on the TDC board. Waichulis is senior vice president of operations with the Florida Resort Division of Boykin Management Co. He previously was general manager of Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina and served as director of operations at South Seas Island Resort.

The Lee Board of County Commissioners established the nine-member TDC in 1983 to increase off-season tourism to Lee County. For more information about the TDC, visit

Dress for Success SW Florida Entrepreneurial Spirit Program Oct. 6

Nickole Hendra, executive director of Dress for Success SW Florida is offering the Entrepreneurial Spirit Program (E$P) to provide future women business owners with the tools and support they need to succeed in their career.

The event, which was originally scheduled to take place in August, has been rescheduled to be held Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A. at 8961 Conference Drive in Fort Myers.

The E$P Dream Team includes four prominent women in the community, who will each cover specific topics that will help inspire and prepare future business owners:

Angela Cooley, partner at Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A., will discuss business accounting.

Christina Harris Schwinn, partner at Pavese Law Firm, will discuss legal documentation and incorporation.

Barbara Melvin, vice president and community lender at First Florida Integrity Bank, will discuss small business lending and SBA loans.

Connie Ramos-Williams, president and chief marketing officer of CONRIC PR & Marketing, will discuss new business branding and marketing.

All attendees will receive a certification of completion. A suggested donation of $25 to Dress for Success includes continental breakfast and lunch. Limited seating is available, and reservations are required. For more information or to RSVP, call 239-689-4992.

Dress for Success SW Florida is part of a global movement for change, empowering women to obtain safer and better futures. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 150 cities in 23 countries and has helped more than 1 million women work towards self-sufficiency, while providing career ward-robes, employment counseling and mentoring. Dress for Success SW Florida is at 12995 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 153, Fort Myers in the Pinebrook Plaza. For information on Dress for Success SW Florida, email, call 239-689-4992 or visit

Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner supports Bikers for Babies event

Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured is teaming up with the March of Dimes and motorcycle riders across Southwest Florida to sponsor the 18th Annual Southwest Florida March of Dimes Bikers for Babies event. Bruce L. Scheiner and son P.J. Scheiner, a trial attorney for the firm, are co-chairs of the police-escorted motorcycle ride on Nov. 4 from North Collier Regional Park to Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee.

Bikers for Babies has raised more than $2 million in Southwest Florida since 2001 to support medical treatments and education geared to help more mothers have full-term pregnancies and stronger, healthier babies.

About 1,500 bikers are expected to take part in this year's ride, which will be the only March of Dimes Bikers for Babies event in the U.S.

The goal is to raise $150,000 for the March of Dimes, which invests 76 cents of every dollar in research and support for programs that help babies begin healthy lives. Learn more about how the funds are distributed at

All licensed motorcyclists are eligible to take part. To find out how to get involved, call the firm at 800-283-2900 or the March of Dimes at 239-271-2564.

Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, was founded in 1971 by Bruce L. Scheiner and his wife, Cheryl Scheiner. Both continue to work alongside their son, P.J. Scheiner, who joined the firm as a trial attorney in 2007. Call 800-283-2900 or visit

Alliance of the Arts to host Arts On Tap fundraiser Oct. 20

The Alliance for the Arts will host its annual fundraiser, Arts On Tap, Saturday, Oct. 20, on the Alliance campus at 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, from 7-10 p.m. Arts On Tap, now in its second year, is a taste of creativity in the Alliance gallery featuring the craft of local brewers benefiting the Alliance for the Arts.

Participating crafters include Big Blue Brewing, Bury Me Brewing, Coastal Dayz Brewery, Eight Foot Brewing, Fort Myers Brewing Company, Momentum Brewhouse, Palm City Brewing, Point Ybel Brewing Company and Scotty's Bierwerks and culinary creations from Cristof's and University Grill. For one night only, guests can delight their senses with locally-handcrafted beers, hand-selected wines and culinary creations against a vibrant backdrop of local art, our Dia de los Muertos Exhibit.

The event also features two new brews from creative collaborations between the Alliance and award-winning brewmasters from Palm City and Point Ybel.

Participating featured artists include David Acevedo, Cesar Aguilera, Jeff and Dale Ocasio, Guy Tieman, Amy Matsumoto, Rich Bravo, Terry Lynn Spry, Leo and Krista Johnson and Barbara Yeomans.

Tickets are $75 and include unlimited tastings from participating breweries, wine, culinary creations, pub snacks, gallery admission, music, games, a silent auction and a raffle. The first 75 guests to purchase a ticket will receive an exclusive Support Local pint glass. Arts On Tap is for ages 21 and older. A state-issued form of I.D. is required.

Arts On Tap is a fundraising event for the Alliance for the Arts, a nonprofit visual and performing arts center located in the heart of Fort Myers. Since 1975, the Alliance has been transforming lives and improving community through the arts. Event proceeds support a creative hub that spurs self-expression, imagination and individuality.

For more information, call 239-939-2787 or visit



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