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Cape Coral Community Foundation recognizes Southwest Florida’s most influential diversity achievers

March 2, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Cape Coral Community Foun-dation celebrated diversity in Southwest Florida by recognizing a number of the region's most influential achievers during a private event in Cape Coral on Friday, Feb. 23.

According to the foundation, the honorees are influencers and community builders committed to developing stronger, more prosperous communities across the region.

The following people were honored for their work and achievements in Southwest Florida:

* Veronica Barber, Mentoring Pro-grams Coordinator & Co-Founder of the Community Press and AFCAAM Center-Catholic Charities

* Dr. Martha Bireda, Executive Director, Blanchard House Museum

* Carl Burnside, Principal, Dunbar Senior High School

* Jaha Cummings, City Councilman, City of Punta Gorda

* Derrick Diggs, Police Chief, City of Fort Myers

* Javier Fuller, Vice President of Web Development, CONRIC PR & Marketing

* Dr. William Glover, Senior Pastor, Mount Herman Ministries

* Edgar Harris, Owner, Red Wing Shoes

* Larry Hart, Lee County Tax Collector

* Dr. Peter Lewis, Family Practice and Internal Medicine, Primary Care of Southwest FL

* Barbara Melvin, Vice President, First Florida Integrity Bank

* James Middlebrooks, Educator, Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Community Press

* Juan A. Gonzalez, Business Owner, Consultant and Founder of Effective Growth Management

* Abdul'Haq Muhammed, Founder and Executive Director, Quality Life Center

* Joseph North, Attorney, The North Law Firm, P.A

* Tasheekia Perry, Founder, Crowning Daughters For Success

* Lee Pitts, Host and Executive Producer, Lee Pitts Live on Fox 4

* Karen Putman-Watson, Executive Director, Our Mother's Home of Southwest FL

* Janeth Ramirez, Chair of Board of Directors, Hispanic Chamber of Southwest Florida

* Diana Riley, Founder, Swinging with Purpose

* Antranette Forbes, Founder, Lee County Economic Development

* Diane Spears, Director of Medical/Infectious Disease, Lee Health

* Johnny Streets, City Councilman, City of Fort Myers

* John Tobler, Owner, Tobler Construction

* Gail Williams, Chief Diversity Officer, Hodges University

According to its website, "the Cape Coral Community Foundation was established to help the generous of spirit with cost-effective ways to give back to the community."

Located at 1408 S.E. 47th St., in Cape Coral, the foundation can be contacted at 239-542-5594.

For more information about the foundation and its programs, visit



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