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Energy-Packed Naples Winter Wine Festival Raises More than $11 Million for Children in Need

– After a spirited weekend featuring the best wines produced worldwide and cuisine from the country’s top chefs, the Naples Winter Wine Festival generated $11.1 million during its thrilling live auction, bringing the total amount raised since the Festival’s inception in 2001 to more than $146 million. Guests from around world came together under the tent to bid on 64 live auction lots, including exclusive wine and travel experiences, dazzling art pieces, and limited-edition cars. These items were donated in support of the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), the Naples Winter Wine Festival’s founding organization, which has delivered grants ... Read More »

An Evening of Music at the JCMI

The Philharmonic’s Brass Quintet to perform on February 13th at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Thirty-three years ago two important events occurred on Marco Island: the founding of the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, and the organizing of the Philharmonic. Originally here on Marco Island, the Philharmonic later moved to Naples, and is now known as the Artis-Naples Philharmonic. For the 10th year, the Philharmonic’s Brass Quintet will perform at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI). The February 13th performance is part of the JCMI Cultural Series, now in its 22nd continuous year. The music is classical and modern, from Bach to Ellington and Fats Waller. The musicians are the number one players ... Read More »

Encore Bank to Hosts Event for CCCR

Encore Bank will sponsor an event for Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR), “The Resolution Solution: A Healthy and Prosperous New Year,” on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Encore Bank, 3003 Tamiami Trail N, Suite 100, in Naples.   The members of the “CCCR Business 100” will host the free networking event which will feature consultants from the financial and banking sectors, medical, cosmetic and fitness areas.  Encore Bank, Edward Jones, and Thrive Physical Therapy Wellness Solutions are a few of the companies represented.  The consultants will be on hand for those attendees who wish to discuss topics ... Read More »

Partner In Command Class

Submitted If you’re the captain of a boat, what is the outcome if something happens to you on the water? Can your partner get help? Are they able to drive the boat? To be prepared, captains and their first mates should attend the “Partner in Command” seminar. The seminar is presented by the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron and will instruct attendees on how to get emergency help and be able to drive the boat back to safety. It will be held at noon, January 23rd at the Squadron classroom located at 1114 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. For ... Read More »

Your Holiday Home

Calusa Garden Club members at Your Holiday Home event.

Submitted On November 12, the Marco Island Center for the Arts, Calusa Garden Club and Marco Island Florist co-hosted “Your Holiday Home,” an evening event that featured three kiosks where designers provided “how to” demonstrations of holiday decorating and designs. Over 50 attendees enjoyed wine and appetizers as they moved around the gallery from kiosk to kiosk, learning the tips and techniques of new holiday design themes. Two lucky winners won door prizes of a family membership to the Marco Island Center for the Arts and a floral design from Marco Island Florist. The club’s next community event will be ... Read More »

2016 Safe Boating Classes

Plotting a Navigation Course -  Boating Skills & Seamanship Class PHOTOS BY LAURIE HARRIS

By Laurie Harris USCG Auxiliary, Flotilla Staff Officer, Public Affairs As we enter another season, Flotilla 95 has introduced the 2016 schedule for the Safe Boating Classes. For over 40 years now, Flotilla 95 has been offering safe boating programs on Marco Island. The mission of the Coast Guard Recreational Boating Safety program is to minimize loss of life, personal injury and property damage and to prevent negative environmental impact associated with the use of recreational boats. Flotilla 95’s educational programs for 2016 will achieve their mission by making relevant programs available to the boating public. Boating Skills & Seamanship ... Read More »

Patriotism Abounds at Veterans Day Celebration

Color guards from the American Legion Post 404, Marco Island Civil Air Patrol Senior Squadron, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, VFW Post 6370, Cub Scout Pack 234 and Marco Island Police and Fire Rescue presented the colors.

By Roger LaLonde With many moving moments, the Veterans Day celebration at Veterans Community Park sparked a huge display of patriotism from young and old on November 11. Retired Capt. Wayne Smith described his Vietnam captivity after his Air Force plane was struck by mortar fire and he had to eject. He spent 1,882 days in what was described as the heartbreak hotel, or Hanoi Hilton. “The plantation was an 8-by-10 foot cell with one air hole,” he said. “’Survival’ was keyed by his fellow captive in the next ‘room’ who taught him a code so that they could tap ... Read More »

BaconFest

Award winning author of the NY Times Best Selling ‘Dexter’ novels upon which the hit TV show ‘Dexter’ is based, Jeff Lindsay, has been announced as a late addition to the BaconFest Naples Celebrity Judges panel. He will join eight other television, culinary and media personalities who will help decide the Best of Bacon awards winners.  A voting booth will be available for attendees to cast their votes as well. BaconFest Naples, a fun-filled foodie fest celebrating bacon, hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Pelican Bay, will feature dozens of food and beverage vendors, bacon-eating contests, raffles, the music of ... Read More »

“Your Holiday Home” November 12

Marco Island Florist will provide demonstrations of holiday design themes  at “Your Holiday Home” event. Learn how to creatively decorate your tree. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts will host the event “Your Holiday Home” on November 12, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in multiple galleries. “Your Holiday Home” is proudly sponsored by Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island, Marco Island Florist and the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Marco Island Florist will have three design kiosks with several designers at tables providing “how-to” demonstrations of new holiday design themes. Designs range from wreaths and swags to small trees. Calusa Garden Club will join. Attendees will gain a wealth of knowledge on how they can decorate their homes ... Read More »

The Greater Naples YMCA

The Greater Naples YMCA, in partnership with The Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, the Help a Diabetic Child Foundation and Lee Memorial Health System’s Golisano Children’s Hospital will host the Inaugural Naples Diabetes Conference on Sunday, November 15th  at the Greater Naples YMCA from 11 a.m. to  4 p.m.  The cost starts at just $10 per person and need-based scholarship is available courtesy of the Naples YMCA.  Prior to the conference kickoff, an official ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place for the new Weny Trust Diabetes Education Center inside the Naples YMCA. The event includes a light brunch, and multiple sessions on ... Read More »

Naples Winter Wine Festival

Guests at the 16th annual Naples Winter Wine Festival will enjoy premiere wines poured by 17 of the world’s top wine professionals, all of whom earned the coveted Master Sommelier distinction, the ultimate professional credential that only 230 wine professionals have earned worldwide. More Master Sommeliers will participate in the 2016 Naples Winter Wine Festival than ever before, elevating the entire experience. These experts come to the Festival from some of the country’s most renowned wine programs.   “This group is at the top of their game, and it’s an amazing opportunity to be able to learn from them and ... Read More »

Christmas Island Style Golf Tournament a Success

Ninety sponsors helped make the  event a success. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Saturday, October 3, Christmas Island Style held its annual golf tournament, their first fundraiser for the 2015 Christmas season. The tournament was hosted by the Marco Marriott’s Hammock Bay Golf Course. More than 90 hole sponsors and 100 golfers helped the group raise close to $14,000. The co-chairs of the event, Wayne and Sue Purvis, Wanda Day, Gene Burson and Barbara Dasti worked hard to make the event the success that it was. Although there were two hole-in-one prizes offered, neither one were won during the tournament. One prize consisted of $10,000 cash, sponsored ... Read More »

Center for the Arts to Present “The Art of Fashion”

Becky MacKenzie models a wedding gown. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today that it is hosting “The Art of Fashion” on October 26, 2015. The Art of Fashion is a fashion show and special art exhibition with Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida. The fashion show is scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM and, in the words of Executive Director Hyla Crane, “This will be one special event!” The show will feature artwork and fashion from participants in the Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida Pathways Program for adults with disabilities. The evening will showcase models that designed their runway ensembles completely from Goodwill ... Read More »

Marco Island Center For The Arts Hosts Photography Exhibit

Jennifer Semro

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts has announced its October exhibit in the main gallery will be a photography art show with the Digital Photography Club of Naples. For the second year, photographers will display their beautiful images at the Center for the Arts. “These photographs are truly breathtaking,” said Hyla Crane, the Center for the Art’s executive director. It includes subjects as diverse as wildlife, street corners and landscape. “One can almost get lost in each picture,” concluded Crane. The photography exhibit will be on display beginning October 5 and closing October 28, 2015. As with all ... Read More »

1st Annual Marco Island Economic Summit

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Submitted Curious about Marco Island’s real estate trends? Come hear the latest from the experts. The 1st Annual Marco Island Economic Summit, hosted by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® (MIAAOR), will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2015 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM at the Rose Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Society. Attendees will hear the latest Marco Island real estate statistics, as well as an economic forecast for Southwest Florida. MIAAOR President-elect Dick Shanahan spoke to us about the timeliness of this first-ever Marco Island Economic Summit, and the educational benefits it brings to the public. ... Read More »

Networking, Food and Fun at the Chamber’s July After Five

From left: Dick and Debra Shanahan, Nikkie Sardelli. PHOTOS BY STEVE GIMMESTAD

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Ciao Bella Ristorante Italiano hosted the Chamber’s After Five networking event on July 15, which attracted 95 attendees, a great summer turnout. A few new faces were seen along with the familiar ones. This was Nikkie Sardelli’s first After Five event. Nikkie is the newest addition to the Marco Island American Cancer Society, filling the position of Coordinator- Division Office and Event Support. She thought the After Five event was “wonderful” and a “great way to meet everyone in the community.” Owners Juan and Marisol Cortazar and Arturo Perez outdid themselves. The food was plentiful and ... Read More »

FSBDC and IBERIABANK Host Fourth Seminar Focused on Funding Your Business and Your Retirement

 IBERIABANK, a 128-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation and the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University will host the fourth seminar in a five-part series aimed at helping small business owners. This presentation will focus on funding your business and your retirement. Attendees will learn about capital sources and the steps involved in completing a business loan application. The seminar will then shift gears to talk about exit strategies for your business and how they may relate to your retirement planning. According to a study published by the U.S. Small Business Administration, only 36% of small business owners ... Read More »

Getting Ready for Souper Bowl Marco 2016!

Desiree Buhelos helps volunteers paint bowls for the upcoming Souper Bowl Marco 2016. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze Staff While many folks were sleeping on Saturday morning, July 11, volunteers filled the Mackle Park Teen Center, painting bowls for the Fourth Annual Souper Bowl Marco 2016. The fundraising event is organized by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce to benefit the Leadership Marco scholarship fund. Hand painted ceramic bowls are sold to event attendees, who can then sample a variety of delicious soups prepared by local restaurants and chefs. Over $20,000 was awarded to Marco Island high school students last year. This year’s event is co-chaired by Jada Shigley and Desiree Buhelos. They are preparing ... Read More »

Minozzi’s Volunteer Journey Takes Her to Noontime Rotary Presidency

Lynne Minozzi, incoming president of the Noontime Rotary Club  of Marco Island, is joined by recipients of the organizations college scholarships. From left, rear: Johann Charelus, Livia Lenhoff, Vanessa Grisco, Julie Kuper Kevin Lopez, Paula Pierrelus and to Minozzi’s right, Monica Lera. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Lynne Minozzi has been involved in volunteering in the community in some form or fashion since she and her late husband Mike moved to Marco Island in 1993. A sampling of her community service on the island, includes heavy involvement in activities at San Marco Catholic Church, volunteering at the Greater Marco Family YMCA and the Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival, and serving as a caseworker for the St. Vincent DePaul Society and as treasurer for Pro-Life San Marco. Minozzi is also a past president of the Marco Island Woman’s Club, the Marco Island Alumni Club ... Read More »

Goodland Goes Automated; AED Volunteers Ready to Assist

Digitized map of Goodland with marked AED locations. PHOTOS BY BARRY GWINN

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn barry@coastalbreezenews.com The Goodland Civic Association (GCA) really cares about the well-being of our residents. The GCA actually does something about it. The following is one such story. There are others, but none involve life and death like this one. Theresa Morgan is a personal friend of mine. She also sits on the board of the Goodland Civic Association and puts in countless hours of community service here. In her spare time she runs a thriving CPA business, which among other things, does my taxes. She has spearheaded the effort to coordinate with Collier County, and ... Read More »