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August 2, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Belasco earns prestigious accreditation from DI

Fran Belasco, administrative director for the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau, recently graduated from Destina-tions International's executive program in destination management.

Belasco received the Certified Destina-tion Management Executive designation at the DI Annual Convention, July 23-25, in St. Louis, Mo. The program was established in 1993 and is recognized as the tourism industry's highest educational achievement.

The CDME program prepares professionals to leverage their experience and apply their knowledge of destination management with a focus on vision, leadership, productivity and implementing business strategies.

Belasco joined the VCB in 2010. She manages the administration team and provides executive level operations and international marketing support.

A 2011 graduate of Hodges University in Fort Myers, Belasco holds a master's of science degree in management and human resources. Belasco and her husband, Jim Belasco, live in Cape Coral.

Home Performance Alliance's 'House Full of Windows' contest winners

Home Performance Alliance recently announced the winners of its "House Full of Windows" contest.

Peter Vetere, company vice president, and Melissa Reiss, chief talent officer, drew six lucky winners from a pool of 5,093 entries.

The third places winners, Alexander Sasvary of Nokomis, Richard Padilla of Cape Coral and Jack Willis of Land O' Lakes each will receive $1,000 in an American Express Gift Card.

Alfonso Barragan of Cape Coral and John Semego of Port Charlotte both will receive the 2nd place prize of an entry door that is a part of HPA's offering.

The grand prize winner of was Larry Holohan of Spring Hill, who won the company's Durashield windows and installation, valued at $10,000.

Home Performance Alliance specializes in residential window and door replacements. For information, visit or call 800-472-5449.

Sullivan State Farm Agencies collecting school supplies, organize social media giveaway

The Sullivan State Farm Agencies recognize the importance of providing the tools and resources needed to support effective learning. Cape Coral agents Dawn and Mike Sullivan are taking action to help Southwest Florida families and teachers prepare ahead of the 2019-2020 school year.

State Farm knows that stocking up on supplies for a new school year can strain a family's budget. To help make a difference, the Sullivans are collecting and donating school supplies from now until Monday, Aug. 12, at their office located on 2708 Santa Barbara Blvd., in Cape Coral, to benefit hundreds of young students. Contributors are asked to donate essentials such as notebooks, pencils, tissues, hand sanitizers, etc.

Education is key for the Cape Coral insurance agents. The pair founded Sully's House, a foundation that provides full-ride and partial scholarships to deserving high school graduates across Southwest Florida. Sully's House has granted local students with full scholarships to college, summer art programs and more.

The agency is also organizing a social media giveaway on their Facebook pages. Participants are asked to share an inspiring story about a teacher that made an impact on someone's life. The teachers will be entered into a random drawing at the end of August and the winner will receive a $200 gift card for essential school supplies. To enter the giveaway, visit Dawn's Facebook page at or Mike's page at

The Sullivan State Farm family is here to help life go right. For more information, call 239-541-3276.

Established in 2007, the Sullivan State Farm Agency is the office of State Farm agent Michael Sullivan and State Farm agent Dawn Sullivan. The family-focused business specializes in helping families and small business owners find the insurance coverage to protect their loved ones at every stage in life. For more information about Michael Sullivan, visit For more information about Dawn Sullivan, visit To contact the office, call 239-541-3276.

Hair Cuttery's Back-to-School Share-A-Haircut Program under way

Hair Cuttery, the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, is donating back-to-school haircuts to children who need it the most this summer. From Aug. 1-15, for every child up to age 18 who purchases a haircut at one of Hair Cuttery's nearly 900 salons, one free haircut certificate will be donated to an underprivileged child in the community. The goal is for these children to associate feeling good about themselves with getting ready to head back to school.

Within the first two weeks of August, Hair Cuttery is aiming to donate tens of thousands of free haircut certificates ahead of the new school year. Certificates will be distributed with the help of more than 200 local government and non-profit organizations in communities across the country.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Share-A-Haircut program which has donated more than 2.4 million free haircut certificates valued at nearly $36 million.

There are two Hair Cuttery salons in Cape Coral: 2481 Del Prado Blvd., N., Ste 113, 239-458-3293; and 2378 Surfside Blvd., Sp 121, Building A, 239-283-0368

About Hair Cuttery

Hair Cuttery is the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, with nearly 900 company-owned locations on the East Coast, in New England and the Midwest. A full-service, value-priced salon, Hair Cuttery offers a full complement of cuts and styling, coloring, waxing and texturizing services with no appointment necessary, as well as a full line of professional hair care products. Hair Cuttery is committed to delivering a delightful client experience through WOW Service including a Smile Back Guarantee. Hair Cuttery is a division of Ratner Companies, based in Vienna, VA. For more information visit:

Women in Business event on Aug. 7 to focus on branding and marketing

Branding and marketing will be the focus of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce's Women in Business Committee networking event on Aug. 7.

Talisha Faber, assistant vice president and client relationship manager with IBERIABANK, and Patricia Crump, brand architect at Spiro & Associates, will offer strategies to help attendees stand out in the marketplace by branding and marketing themselves.

The networking event will be held from 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 7, at United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties, 7273 Concourse Drive in Fort Myers. Admission for the August Women in Business meeting is $10 for Chamber members and $20 for future members, and includes one complimentary drink and light appetizers.

The Women in Business Committee is dedicated to helping Southwest Florida women achieve their fullest professional and personal potential. Each month, Women in Business highlights a nonprofit organization. August's spotlight is United Way, a volunteer organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people in our community, with expertise in uniting the community, problem-solving and driving collective action to amplify the power of the individual and achieve what no one person or organization can achieve alone.

To register for the Women in Business networking event, please call 239-332-3624 or visit



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