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June 1, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Martin attends 2018 Women Advisors Symposium

Elizabeth F. Martin of Cape Coral, a Modern Woodmen of America Financial Representative, recently attended the Women Advisors Symposium. The event, coordinated by Modern Woodmen every two years, was held at the fraternal financial services organization's home office in Rock Island, Illinois.

The event offered motivating presentations on a variety of topics, including building connections with clients, embracing your personal brand and taking charge of professional paths. The symposium also encouraged attendees to network and discuss the unique opportunities of their role.

"Women are still underrepresented in our industry," said Leah White, director of marketing at Modern Woodmen. "Modern Woodmen is committed to supporting female representatives and managers and to increasing the number of women in our field force. This Symposium is focused on providing tools to support their growth and development."

Founded in 1883, Modern Woodmen supports members, families and communities throughout the United States. As a fraternal benefit society, the organization is defined by its unique blend of financial services, member benefits and community impact opportunities. In 2017, Modern Woodmen and its members provided $20.6 million and 534,000 volunteer hours to support fraternal activities and programs. To learn more, visit

d3 Creative Studio in Fort Myers celebrates 5 years in business

d3 Creative Studio, a 3D rendering, and architectural visualization company in downtown Fort Myers, is celebrating a huge milestone. The tech-forward company took a gamble when opening its doors back in 2013, offering innovative services to both builders and architects that would change the way they build, sell, and market new homes and commercial properties.

"The d3 team has come a long way from the time when we first opened in 2013. Since opening, we've served over 100 customers, completed over 300 projects, and helped sell over $500 million in real estate. We're excited to see what the future has in store for us," said Anthony DeBono, founder of d3 Creative Studio.

The studio is continuing to grow, in both depth and breadth of services provided. It has extended its services to include Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, and it plans on hiring two additional team members by the end of the calendar year.

Contact d3 to learn more about their services at or 844.542.7328.

Society to hold job fair

While other restaurants may be scaling back for the off-season summer months in Southwest Florida, Society is gearing up and is in immediate need of additional employees.

This Saturday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Society, which is located at the Bell Tower Shops, will be hosting a job fair to interview potential employees. Fort Myers' newest modern American restaurant, which features multilevel dining and bar options from al fresco dining on the patio, banquette seating in the main dining area and the vibrant rooftop Treehouse with live music, will be hiring for all positions from management to bartenders, wait staff and kitchen support.

Society serves lunch daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with light bites available from 2:30-5 p.m. Dinner is served from 5-10 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays, and 5-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays with a late-night-bites menu available on weekend nights.

Society features 14,000 square feet of dining and event space with seating for 250 and also provides private dining and event opportunities in the intimate Executive and West dining rooms. For more information, visit or call 239-334-0900.

Action Automatic Door & Gate to participate in annual pediatric cancer fundraiser

Action Automatic Door & Gate, a division of DuraServ, is hosting a lemonade stand on behalf of Alex's Lemonade Foundation, a 13-year-old nonprofit that was inspired by Alexandra "Alex" Scott, who set up a lemonade stand in her front yard to raise money for cancer and ultimately lost her 8-year battle to the disease in 2004.

On Friday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Action Automatic will offer ice-cold cups of lemonade for donations to pediatric cancer in memory of Scott and in honor of 1-year-old Kensley Grace Seevers, who was recently diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a rare blood and bone marrow cancer that impacts white blood cells.

The garage door company will accept donations from the public at both of their showrooms - 11360 Metro Parkway in Fort Myers and 275 Airport Pulling Road in Naples.

Since 2000, Alex's Lemonade Stand has raised more than $150 million, funding more than 800 research projects at 135 institutions and creating a travel program for families of children receiving treatment.

This year, Action Automatic, one of thousands of teams nationwide joining the fight against pediatric cancer by hosting lemonade stands from June 2-10, has set a fundraising goal of $2,400. Anyone unable to stop by one of the showrooms on June 8 can donate at - / mypage/1417809 To further demonstrate support, share Action Automatic's donation page to social media channels with #KensleyTuff.

For more information, call Action Automatic at 239-768-3667.

Prima Luce LLC to contribute $140,000 for restoration of historic McCollum Hall in Fort Myers

Prima Luce LLC, MacFarlane Barney Development's newest condominium community, will contribute $140,000 to the continued restoration of Fort Myers' historic McCollum Hall. These highly anticipated restoration funds were scheduled to be presented to the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Wednesday morning at the monthly CRA meeting in the Oscar M. Corbin, Jr. City Council Chambers.

McCollum Hall, located on the corner of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Cranford Avenue, near the IMAG, has a rich and storied past. Constructed in the late 1930s by African-American businessman Clifford "Buck" McCollum as a commercial and recreational center for the Dunbar community, McCollum Hall was used as a U.S.O. center for black servicemen during World War II, but is perhaps most famous for the many legendary African-American entertainers that graced the stage of McCollum Hall's second-floor dance hall, including internationally acclaimed jazz and blues musicians like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and B.B. King.

In the era of segregation, on the eve of the Civil Rights Movement, McCollum Hall brought black and white music lovers together under one roof.

McCollum Hall fell into disrepair in the 1980s, and in 2008, the CRA purchased the vacant, deteriorating property, with the hopes of ultimately transforming it back into a bustling retail and entertainment hub. The CRA has since invested $1.8 million in McCollum Hall's stabilization and redevelopment, and in 2016, a $500,000 grant from the Florida Department of State Division of Historical Resources helped to complete a historically accurate renovation of its iconic art deco exterior. However, this treasured local landmark will require further investment from community developers, like MacFarlane Barney Development, to restore it to its full glory.

With nearly seven decades of combined experience in development and redevelopment of commercial and residential real estate, MacFarlane Barney Development is comprised of father-daughter team Robert MacFarlane and Rebekah MacFarlane Barney.

Since 2001, MacFarlane and MacFarlane Barney have transformed the downtown Fort Myers skyline with three luxury high-rise condominium communities Beau Rivage, St. Tropez and Riviera and most recently, the newly completed luxury rental community for seniors, age 55+, Campo Felice Independent Living.

Prima Luce, MacFarlane Barney Development's current project, is a luxury two-tower, 22-story, waterfront condominium community on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, half a mile northeast of the Edison Bridge. It will offer amenities, including a heated three-tier swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga studio, indoor and outdoor social spaces, virtual concierge service, private piers, and 325 feet of direct river frontage.

Learn more about Prima Luce and MacFarlane Barney Development at MacFarlane Barney Development is located at 2400 First Street, Suite 214, in downtown Fort Myers.



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