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May 5, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

8th annual Chrysalis Awards honor six local individuals/businesses

The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau and the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Inc. honored six local individuals and businesses with Chrysalis Awards at the annual Celebration of Business & Tourism Awards Luncheon and Trade Show last Friday at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott.

The 2017 Chrysalis honorees that were celebrated for their positive impact on the local community were:

* Business Development: Fleamasters Fleamarket

* Cultural Achievement: River District Alliance

* Education: FutureMakers Coalition

* Sports: Perfect Game Baseball, Inc.

* Sales & Marketing: Florida Everblades

* Eco-Innovation: Rosy Tomorrows Heritage Farm

The nominees included area attractions, accommodations, retailers, educational institutions, arts and cultural organizations, transportation companies, and other local businesses in six categories.

The awards are designed to foster a stronger alliance between the tourism industry and the county's business community.

Chrysalis Award nominees were judged on innovation in their respective category, how they have distinguished themselves in the community, the results of their efforts to promote the destination, their contributions to business and tourism partnerships for the overall benefit of the county, and their work to foster growth and sustainability. Honorees were recognized for their commitment to excellence in improving community growth and creating job opportunities for the citizens of Lee County.

The trade show and luncheon celebrates the successful collaboration between tourism and the community to maintain and enhance tourism as the major economic engine for Lee County.

Pushing the Envelope introduces 'Books, Balls, and Board Games'

Pushing the Envelope Inc. has announced its newest Push-It-Forward initiative, "Books, Balls, and Board Games." The campaign is a collection drive benefitting two Lee County non-profit organizations - Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County and Pickup the Ball.

Both organizations have similar missions of providing opportunities for youth and young adults to lead positive transformation in themselves, their families, and their community.

Donations sought include new and gently used children and young adult books, sports balls and board games. They will be accepted now through Friday, May 26.

Items can be dropped off for donation at any one of the following locations:

* Pushing the Envelope, Inc. 9111 West College Pointe Drive, Suite 110, Fort Myers

* Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County (Seven locations)

* Barrett Park 9262 West Creek Circle, North Fort Myers

* Bonita - 26120 Pueblo Bonito Blvd., Bonita Springs

* Palmetto 1829 Maryland Avenue, Unit E-14, Fort Myers

* Sabal Palm 3701 Sabal Palm Blvd., Fort Myers

* Shady Oaks 3280 Marion Street, Fort Myers

* Stars Complex 2980 Edison Avenue, Fort Myers

* Suncoast 1856 Suncoast Lane, North Fort Myers

* Florida Gulf Coast University Cohen Center 10501 FGCU Blvd., Fort Myers

* Matteo Graphics 2309 Hancock Bridge Parkway, Cape Coral

For additional information about the project, please visit, call 239-221-2858, or email Diana Leadley at

Pushing the Envelope, Inc. is a marketing communication firm offering public relations, branding, and digital marketing services. Based in Fort Myers, the firm services clients both regionally and nationally.

For information, call 239-221-2858, visit or email

Since 1974, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee Coun-ty has helped strengthen the community by providing a safe, positive, constructive place for youth. The clubs offer young people a wide variety of educational, recreational, cultural, and social programs, seeking to enrich the lives of the youth we serve and foster opportunities for personal growth and achievement.

The Boys & Girls Clubs is an afterschool and summer enrichment program for boys and girls 6 to 18 years old.For more information, visit

Pickup the Ball Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in Fort Myers in 2012 by professional architect Ted Sottong to empower and equip young men and women who play pickup basketball to positively transform their lives and their communities.

By reaching young adults at the courts, mentors connect with youth to teach them life skills and inspire them to rise as leaders and make a difference.

To find out more or donate to the cause, visit or call 239-437-7020.

Hansen, Stilwell inducted into Junior Achievement's 2017 Business Hall of Fame

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida inducted Teri Hansen, APR, owner and president of Priority Marketing, and Sandy Stilwell, CEO and owner of Stilwell Enterprises & Restaurant Group, into the 2017 Business Hall of Fame, Lee County during a dinner and awards ceremony Tuesday, May 2, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs.

More than 400 local business professionals attended the special event, which recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who serve as role models for youth through their professional accomplishments and commitment to the community.

According to its website, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida was incorporated in June of 1994 under the direction of local business leaders who were passionate about education and free enterprise.

Since Junior Achievement was first established in Southwest Florida, the outreach and the number of programs have grown. Students in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties now receive JA lessons from hundreds of community leaders. Business ethics overlay the three teaching pillars of work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

The Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida office is at 9530 Marketplace Road, Suite 302, in Fort Myers, 33912.

For additional information about Junior Achievement, call 239-225-2590; fax 239-225-2565 or on the web, visit



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