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December 15, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Cape Animal Shelter, Fathoms to host New Year Yappy Hour Dec. 29

The Cape Coral Animal Shelter and Fathom's Restaurant invite the public to join them Friday, Dec. 29, between 5 and 7 p.m. for the monthly Yappy Hour. This is an opportunity for the community and their pets to start the New Year with a preview party and enjoy an evening of outdoor entertainment.

Fathom's Restaurant and Bar will be providing beer and wine for the nonprofit organization to receive all proceeds to help fund the building of a shelter for pets in need.

Yappy Hour is an ongoing event held the last Friday each month. This month's theme is a New Year's Preview party and guest are welcome to dress up for the occasion with their best dog party outfits to begin an early celebration of 2018.

Fathom's Restaurant and Bar located at 5785 Cape Harbour Dr, Cape Coral is a modern casual all day restaurant and serves international cuisine with authentic flavors.

The Cape Coral Animal Shelter is currently raising funds to create a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter. The organization is dedicated to engaging a special bond between people and animals by means of adoption services, medical care, education and training for the prevention of cruelty and abandonment. 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.

More information on the shelter can be found at

Golisano Children's Hospital again named 'Top Hospital'

For the second year in a row, Lee Health's Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida has been named a Top Children's Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. Only 10 children's hospitals in the country - four in Florida - earned this prestigious distinction, which highlights each hospital's highest commitment to safety and quality care of children.

The selection of Top Children's Hospitals is based on the results of the 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including inpatient care management, medication safety, and infections and injuries. The rigorous standards are defined in each year's Top Hospital Methodology.

In May, Golisano Children's Hospital moved into its new, child-friendly and state-of-art-facility located next to HealthPark Medical Center on Bass Road. Previously a "hospital within a hospital" at HealthPark Medical Center, the new seven-story facility encompasses 300,000 square feet including Level II and Level III neonatal intensive care units, a Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center, dedicated pediatric emergency services and a state-of-the-art Pediatric ICU.

Hooters Calendar Tour to make stop in Cape

The 2018 Hooters Cal-endar Tour, showcasing world-famous Hooters Girls, is making several stops on its national tour this weekend in Southwest Florida. The Hooters Cal-endar Tour will include Miss October 2018 Hailey Slobodzian from Fort Myers, Miss November 2017 Feature Girl Tabitha Karol from Boca Raton, NASCAR Feature Girl Camri Campbell from Fort Myers and Alysa Duckett Operation Calendar Drop Feature Girl from Fort Myers.

Additional local Hooters Calendar Girls will be at the autograph signings that are open to the public at Hooters. Each Hooters location has selected a non-profit to help for the holidays as part of the tour.

Today, Dec. 15, local tour stops will be held at:

* 11 a.m. Drop off toys to the Children's Advocacy Center.

* 12-1 p.m. Hooters of Fort Myers (4411 S Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers)

* 2-3 p.m. Visit to Gulf Coast Humane Society (2010 Arcadia St., Fort Myers)

* 7-8 p.m. Hooters of Cape Coral (3120 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral)

As part of its military support, Hooters also invites guests to participate in its annual Operation Calendar Drop program by purchasing a 2018 Hooters Calendar and attaching a personal note of thanks to our troops. Hooters will then collect and deliver the calendars to U.S. military deployed around the world.

In addition to Hooters military support, $1 of every calendar sale goes to Breast Cancer Research. Hooters has raised over $4.7 million over the years to support the fight against breast cancer, much of it through the Kelly Jo Dowd Breast Cancer Research Fund benefiting the V Foundation for Cancer Foundation Research.

For more information about South Florida Hooters, visit or follow us at Twitter @HootersFlorida, Instagram @SouthFLHooters and Facebook

Priority Marketing appoints Lomeli senior media buyer

Priority Marketing has announced that Richard Lomeli has joined the team as senior media buyer. In this role, he is responsible for researching and buying both digital and traditional advertising opportunities, developing media strategies, and placing, negotiating and reconciling media buys.

With a background in broadcast, sales and marketing operations, Lomeli brings a strong understanding of media and client relations to Priority Marketing. Prior to joining the company, he held positions within media and customer service corporations, acting as client services manager for Fortune 500 companies. Most recently he served as media buyer for Swanson Russell, a full-service advertising agency in Omaha, Nebraska.

Established in 1992, Priority Marketing is a full-service marketing, advertising, public relations and digital marketing firm. Celebrating its 25th year, the company is located at 8200 College Parkway, Suite 201, in Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-267-2638 or visit Also, follow Priority Marketing online at or on Facebook. For recent news and marketing insights, visit the blog:

Higdon brings network marketing training to Southwest Florida

The Higdon Group owner Ray Higdon is bringing his internationally recognized brand of network marketing training to his hometown of Fort Myers Saturday, Dec. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center. This training event will teach network marketers how to grow their home-based business using effective strategies that have made Ray an internationally recognized industry leader.

Higdon will show attendees how to work with their teams to better understand the profession and set clear expectations about what to expect when meeting with potential clients. Attendees will leave the training with key strategies on how social media can work to bring in more leads and sales.

This one-day training event costs just $39 to attend. Tickets can be purchased at: For more information about Ray and the programs he offers visit

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida named a top kid-friendly dentist in Florida

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD & Associates has been recognized as one of the 10 best kid-friendly dentists in Florida by Best Things Florida, finishing second best. Pediatric and general dentist in Florida were evaluated based on reviews, reputation, treatment and overall experience. Powered by American Towns Media, Best Things Florida highlights the best of everything Florida has to offer.

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida is always accepting new patients. The practice provides comprehensive dental exams, cleanings, composite fillings, dental hygiene education, extractions, fluoride treatments, sealants, sedation dentistry, space maintainers, x-rays and tooth nerve treatment. For more information, visit or (239) 482-2722.



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