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August 8, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Uhler finalist for volunteer

of the year honor

Tom Uhler, principal with Uhler and Vertich Financial Planners, is one of three national finalists for volunteer of the year, one of five categories in the Invest in Others Community Leadership Awards. Uhler is being honored for his work with United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee, which will receive a $5,000 donation from the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation. If Uhler wins his category, the donation will increase to $20,000. The foundation will announce the winners in New York City Sept. 18

Uhler, immediate past-chairman of the board, chaired the 2011-2012 United Way fundraising campaign, mobilizing and motivating 1,200 volunteers to surpass their $8 million fundraising goal. He chairs the allocation process, which involves more than 300 volunteers who conduct annual site visits and evaluate funding requests for each of the United Way's 70-plus agencies and 180 programs.

A Sanibel Island resident, Uhler founded Uhler and Vertich Financial Planners in 2002.

While in New York City for the award presentation, Uhler and the other award finalists will visit the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York City's Time Square. Bill Dwyer, chairman of the board of Invest in Others, will ring the bell to open the trading day Sept 19.

Uhler and Vertich Financial Planners is an independent registered investment advisory firm dedicated to the success of its clients' personal, family, financial and charitable goals. Securities are offered through Raymond James Financial Services Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. To learn more, log onto, call 239-936-6300, or visit Uhler and Vertich at 1510 Royal Palm Square Blvd., Suite 103, in Fort Myers.

Young professionals host complementary

business card networking event

Ronald McDonald House Charities' Red Shoe Society will host a mix and mingle business card exchange at Homewood Suites by Hilton Fort Myers, 5255 Big Pine Way, Thursday, Aug. 28, from 6-7 p.m. The meeting is to welcome young professionals in Southwest Florida who are interested in networking, professional development and learning how to serve the community. Visit and RSVP by Friday, Aug. 22, to be entered into a drawing for a two night stay at Homewood Suites.

The event is free and is open to the public. To learn more, visit to get involved.

The Red Shoe Society is a group of young professionals dedicated to supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida through fundraising, volunteerism and public awareness of its mission to improve the health and well-being of children and provide a "home away from home" for families of hospitalized children.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of SW Florida's mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties.

Howard joins Osterhout & McKinney

Philip V. Howard recently joined Osterhout & McKinney, P.A., as an associate attorney practicing in the area of elder law, specifically guardianship and fiduciary litigation.

Howard is licensed to practice in the state of Florida and is a member of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, the Lee County Bar Association and the Florida State Guardianship Association. He received his Juris Doctor from Florida International University College of Law in 2013. His studies focused on the areas of employment law, local government law and corporate law with a focus on small business.

For more than two decades, the attorneys of Osterhout & McKinney, P.A. have been committed to providing legal services to the elderly of Southwest Florida, assisting in protecting their assets, preserving their independence and maintaining their security as they confront the concerns of aging and illness. The firm's elder law focus includes estate planning, probate, guardianship, asset protection planning, living wills, health care surrogates, durable powers of attorney, trusts, life care planning, special needs trusts, and Medicare and Medicaid qualification.

Osterhout & McKinney, P.A. has two office locations in Southwest Florida located at 3783 Seago Lane in Fort Myers, and 999 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 200 in Naples. For more information, call 239-939-4888 or visit

IBERIABANK holding a clothing drive

IBERIABANK is holding a clothing drive to benefit PACE Center for Girls of Lee County now through Aug.18. New and gently loved dresses, women's shoes and handbags will be collected for the annual Love that Dress! event.

Items may be donated at the following IBERIABANK branches in Lee County:

- 2247 First St., Fort Myers (239) 332-3527

- 6651 Orion Drive, Fort Myers (239) 225-4560

- 4670 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers (239) 985-2660

- 8341 Dani Drive, Fort Myers (239) 433-6020

- 9101 College Pointe Court, Fort Myers (239) 332-4440

- 7580 Winkler Road, Fort Myers (239) 481-2875

- 1715 Cape Coral Parkway, W., Cape Coral (239) 541-5200

- 812 Del Prado Blvd., S., Cape Coral (239) 985-8120

- 2546 Heydon Lane, Cape Coral (239) 433-6000

- 23250 Via Villagio, Estero (239) 985-8140

Dresses and accessories collected through this drive will be sold at the sixth installment of Lee County's Love that Dress! Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Estero. In 2013, the event raised over $120,000.

The PACE Center for Girls of Lee County offers year-round counseling and academic services for girls, ages 12-18, who are facing challenges such as foster care, domestic violence, abuse and neglect, death of a parent, substance abuse, and/or family history of incarceration.

IBERIABANK Corporation is a financial holding company with 278 combined offices, including 186 bank branch offices and three Loan Production Offices in Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, and Florida, 22 title insurance offices in Arkansas and Louisiana, mortgage representatives in 58 locations in 12 states, eight locations with representatives of IBERIA Wealth Advisors in four states and one IBERIA Capital Partners, LLC office in New Orleans.

Princess Cruises debuts

'Chocolate Journeys'

in partnership with Norman Love

Princess Cruises recently announced a new partnership with internationally acclaimed master chocolatier and pastry designer Norman Love. "Chocolate Journeys," the line's new onboard chocolate experience, will entice guests with an impressive array of onboard chocolate offerings among which are custom-crafted desserts, chocolate and wine pairings, and exquisite chocolate bites created by one of the top names in artisan chocolate.

Since debuting Norman Love Confections in 2001 after a notable career as a pastry chef for many luxury resorts, Love has since received wide-spread recognition for his hand-crafted, chocolate-making artistry including being named as one of the "top 10 chocolatiers in North America" and creating "the best ultra-premium chocolates in the nation." His sea-going chocolate creations will debut this fall aboard the new Regal Princess for her inaugural Caribbean season, and will continue to roll out to the rest of the Princess fleet throughout the next year.

Love has personally trained Princess Cruises' pastry team to deliver this unprecedented chocolate experience across the company's fleet of ships.

Additional information about Princess' new Chocolate Journeys experience can be found at

Scanlon Lexus to host

Women in Business Wine Auction

Scanlon Auto Group will host the 2014 Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Wine Auction on Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 4-6 p.m.

The event will be held at Scanlon Lexus' new two-story, state-of-the-art 77,800-square foot dealership located at 14200 South Tamiami Trail in Fort Myers.

Proceeds from the Wine Auction benefit the Women in Business Scholarship Fund that supports nontraditional female students demonstrating financial need, with preference given to single, divorced or widowed women with children.

Donated items are now being accepted including wine, wine accessories, gift baskets, gift certificates, gift cards and more.

Scanlon Auto Group supports a number of charitable events and organizations through monetary support and materials including vehicles for golf tournaments, parades and races. Annually, Scanlon Auto donates more than $100,000 locally.

The Scanlon family has been operating car dealerships in Southwest Florida since 1980. Today, Scanlon Auto Group includes Scanlon Lexus and Scanlon Acura, both located south on U.S. 41 in Fort Myers.

For more information about the event, call 239-332-3624 or visit

Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers

announces 2014-15 officers

Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers has announced the 2014-15 board officers James R. Pender, chairman emeritus; Gary V. Trippe, chairman; General James L. Dozier, vice-chairman; and Gay G. Trippe, secretary-treasurer.

The organization's operating board consists of retired Dozier; Roger C. Mercado Jr., Community Cooperative Ministries Inc.; Pender; Gary Trippe; Gay Trippe; and John M. Pollock, CIC, BB&T Insurance Services; retired U.S. Army Col. Thomas A. Dials, chairman emeritus of the Armed Forces Insurance Corporation; and Dr. J.R. Harding, The Agency for Persons with Disabilities.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Gary L. Bryant is president and CEO.

Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers is a nonprofit organization with the mission to educate, train and create meaningful employment opportunities within the insurance industry for disabled veterans. For additional information, call 239-433-8523 or visit



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