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August 9, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Hooters restaurants, Children's Advocacy Center distribute backpacks filled with school supplies

Several Southwest Florida Hooters restaurants collected school supplies to help local children get ready for the new school year. Hooters teamed up with Children's Advocacy Center to distribute 120 backpacks filled with school supplies to children on August 2nd at the East United Way House. Hooters Girls assisted the organization in handing out the supplies and backpacks to the children.

In addition to South Florida Hooters donating supplies the community had the opportunity to stop by the Cape Coral, Naples, Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach Hooters locations to donate.

"We want to thank everyone that donated supplies for children at their local Hooters restaurant. The group of Hooters Girls that participated in the backpack distribution enjoyed seeing the smiles on the kids faces as they received their new backpacks full of supplies," said LTP Management Director of Marketing Kristi Quarles.

LTP Management, a franchisee of Hooters of America, owns and operates 16 locations in South Florida. For more information about South Florida Hooters, visit follow us at Twitter @HootersFlorida, Insta-gram @SouthFLHooters and Face-book

The Little Gym of Fort Myers receives President's Circle Award

The Little Gym recognized top-performing gyms, including The Little Gym of Fort Myers, with the prestigious Presi-dent's Circle Award at the company's 2019 reunion conference. The event was held July 14-17 at the Lowes Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Studios in Orlando.

According to Alex Bingham, president and CEO of The Little Gym, this distinction recognizes franchises that excel in three key areas: delivering a positive experience for children and their families, attracting new customers, and retaining existing customers by creating a loyal customer base.

With more than 400 franchise locations in 33 countries, The Little Gym attracts an international audience for its annual reunion event. Attendees this year hailed from the United States, Canada, Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica, Belgium, China, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and India.

For more information about The Little Gym of Fort Myers, located at 13211 McGregor Blvd., Suite 103 - 104, contact Stephanie Celaya at 239-362-0335 or, or visit, or

The Little Gym is an internationally recognized program that helps children build the developmental skills and confidence needed at each stage of childhood.

Mazzara joins Pavese Law Firm

Attorney Justin Mazzara has joined Pavese Law Firm and will be practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate, construction and business law.

Mazzara earned his bachelor's degree from the University of West Florida and graduated cum laude from the University of Florida Levin College of Law with his juris doctor. Mazzara was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2007. He has been named a Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers for 2010-2019.

Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business and corporate, civil litigation, condominium and homeowners' association law, construction, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trusts, marital and family, land use and government, and real estate law. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida. For more information, visit

Leadership NEXT to go behind-the-scenes at new Dave & Buster's

Go behind the lights and action of the new Dave & Buster's, the area's new entertainment destination at Bell Tower, with an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour.

Each month, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce's Leadership NEXT program offers unique educational and networking opportunities for advancing business professionals in Southwest Florida. The Aug. 13 session will feature a discussion with Dave & Buster's on the intricacies of launching a national brand, fun insights about the industry, special event and team building packages, as well as other observations.

General manager Rob Peterson, who was on the opening team for the Fort Myers location, will share his journey with Dave & Buster's, which started as a bartender in 1992. He worked his way up to become the general manager of the Gwinnett store in 1997. Since then, seven other Dave & Buster's locations have had the honor of calling Peterson their captain.

Also speaking will be Brigid Purdy, who joined the Dave & Buster's team in 2016 as the special events sales consultant at the Palisades store in New York.

Leadership NEXT runs from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Dave & Buster's at Bell Tower, 13499 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 400 in Fort Myers.

Leadership NEXT is a group of advancing professionals who represent a variety of businesses and industries throughout Southwest Florida. Monthly sessions take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month and offer opportunities to develop new knowledge and skills, establish working relationships with colleagues and engage in valuable programs and discussions to further enhance their careers.

Leadership NEXT is free to attend for members of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and $10 for future members. Attendees can register in ad-vance at and follow "Leadership NEXT" on Facebook.



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