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September 28, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

'Black Ties and Tails Masquerade Ball' this weekend at La Venezia

Cape Coral Pet Vet's 10th anniversary event "Black Ties and Tails Masquerade Ball" to benefit the Cape Coral Animal Shelter will be held this Saturday, Sept. 29, from 7-11 p.m. at the La Venezia Ballroom in Cape Coral.

The event will feature a full dinner, open bar, live band, photo station, wine toss, diamond drop, special guest speakers and auction items. Guest speakers include Lee County Commissioner Brian Hamman, Cape Coral City Councilmember Jessica Cosden and nationally known American Humane Hero Dog "Bonnets for Abigail" among others.

Proceeds from the event, including 100 percent from the auction items, will go to the Cape Coral Animal Shelter, a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization.

CCAS, in partnership and full support with the city of Cape Coral, are building a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter. The shelter will provide a safe place where animals will receive the care they need and remain until they are placed in a qualified, forever home.

Cape Coral Pet Vet is a full service veterinary hospital headed up by Dr. Cecilia Fisher and Dr. Sharon Lomnicki. They offer comprehensive wellness exams and advanced medicine.

Local web design and marketing agency celebrates 13th anniversary

Atilus, a full-service web development and digital marketing firm, celebrated its 13-year anniversary Sept. 21. Atilus was founded in 2005 by two Florida Gulf Coast University students, Zach Katkin and Harry Casimir.

Originally named "Unique ID Web Design," Casimir and Katkin changed the name in 2007 to "Atilus," named after Casimir's grandfather. What first started as freelance work for Casimir and Katkin turned into a full-service digital agency, offering web design, web development, digital marketing and web hosting.

The company was originally started in Casimir's apartment in Bonita Springs and has since moved into its own commercial space. It now employs right full-time staffers, most of whom are also FGCU graduates. Atilus' clients include many local companies in the Southwest Florida area, but also companies all over the country across many different industries.

Atilus has worked on over 1,500 projects and serves clients nationwide. For additional information, visit

Hope Chest Resale Stores to feature Columbus Day specials

Hope Chest Resale Stores in Bonita Springs and North Fort Myers are celebrating Columbus Day by offering shoppers 50 percent off the price of most items purchased Monday, Oct. 8.

Hope Chest stores feature designer-brand clothing and accessories, high-quality furniture, sporting equipment, antiques and unique collectibles. With the recent addition of 7,000 square feet of retail space, the North Fort Myers Hope Chest store offers an expanded selection of home dcor such as lighting, silk flowers and artwork.

No coupons are necessary for the sale, and some exceptions may apply. Hope Chest Resale stores are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday.

Hope Chest at The Crossings is located at 28520 Bonita Crossings Blvd., off U.S. 41 just south of Bonita Beach Road. Hope Chest in North Fort Myers is located at 13821 N. Cleveland Ave.

Proceeds from Hope Chest benefit unfunded programs and services of Hope Healthcare, which provides exceptional care and support to individuals and their loved ones as they fulfill life's journey.

For information about volunteer opportunities or donating items to the Hope Chest Resale Stores, call 239-482-4673 or visit

GFMCC Women in Business to host networking meeting Wednesday

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee will host its October networking meeting from 4-6 p.m.. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Cornerstone Builders of Southwest Florida, located at 14680 South Tamiami Trail in Fort Myers. Event attendees will have an opportunity to hear from a panel of marketing and public relations professionals about the Southwest Florida Challenge (#SWFLChallenge), a positive social media campaign launched in response to water quality issues facing Southwest Florida that promotes patronage of local attractions.

Panelists include Teri Hansen of Priority Marketing, Connie Ramos-Williams of CONRIC PR & Marketing, Randy Mitchelson of iPartnerMedia, Angeli Chin of Veer 90 Creative, and Tamara Pigott of the Lee County Visitors and Convention Bureau. Samantha Scott of Pushing the Envelope will moderate the panel.

Guests will enjoy a complimentary beverage, plus light appetizers, along with networking, and a 50/50 raffle with proceeds benefitting the Women in Business Scholarship Fund. The non-profit spotlight will highlight Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. All business professionals are invited to attend.

Admission is $10 for Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce members and $20 for future GFMCC members. To register, call 239-332-3624 or visit

Part of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, the Women in Business committee is dedicated to helping women achieve their fullest professional and personal potential. A variety of networking and educational programs are offered throughout the year, typically the first Wednesday of every month from 4-6 p.m.

Located at 2310 Edwards Drive in Downtown Fort Myers, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Inc. has been serving Lee County and surrounding areas since 1989. The GFMCC is a business organization of professionals who support and promote a progressive, sustainable community.

New Dunkin' Donuts opens at The Forum in Fort Myers

Dunkin' Donuts is now open at The Forum, 3426 Forum Blvd., in Fort Myers. Coffee lovers are in for a treat with Dunkin' Donuts' grand opening celebration on Saturday, Sept. 29, also National Coffee Day, and from noon to 4 p.m., guests will enjoy a free hot coffee with the purchase of any size hot coffee.

The family-friendly event also will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a special visit from Sprinkles, the Dunkin' Donuts mascot.

The new restaurant is open daily from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will employ approximately 20 crew members. The location will feature a drive-thru, free Wi-Fi, comfortable seating for more than 30 inside and outdoors, and will provide a welcoming environment for guests to enjoy Dunkin' Donuts' high-quality coffee beverages in a friendly atmosphere.

To learn more about Dunkin' Donuts, visit www. Dunkin Donuts.comorsubscribe to the Dunkin' Donuts blog to receive notifications at /blog.

Society to hold job fair Oct. 3

While other restaurants have been scaling back in the off-season, Society is continuing to grow and is in immediate need of additional employees.

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Society located at the Bell Tower Shops, will be hosting a job fair to interview potential employees. This modern American restaurant features multilevel dining and bar options from al fresco dining on the patio, banquette seating in the main dining area, the rooftop Treehouse with live music as well as their private dining spaces.

According to Brad Cozza, owner/partner of Society, they will be hiring for all including hosts, cocktail servers, servers and server assistants, bartenders, barbacks, dishwashers, back of house positions and more.

Society serves lunch daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with light bites available from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dinner is served from 5-10 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays, and 5-11 p.m., on Fridays and Saturdays, with a late-night-bites menu available on weekend nights.

For additional information, visit or call 239-334-0900.



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