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Both our MASH Bash event and our June Sponsorship promo is listed in this PGCC newsletter – please share it! From: Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce [mailto:johnr@puntagorda-chamber.ccsend.com] On Behalf Of Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce
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Subject: Friday Facts from Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce Having trouble viewing this email? Click here Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce Friday FactsQuick LinksPunta Gorda Chamber Member Business Directory Calendar & Events Online Payment Center Discovery Punta Gorda Trolley Tours Hot Deals Job Postings Link To UsWe have had a lot of requests for a Facebook-sized link to our webpage from member websites. Click Here to find the logo below, and several other different-sized logos, so that you can link your website to ours! Benefactor EmeritusGould Family Trust Partners In Action Platinum Sponsors

Platinum Media Gold Sponsors

Gold In Kind Sponsors Silver Sponsors Silver In Kind Sponsors Bronze Sponsors Charlotte State Bank & Trust Creative Window Treatments Farr, Farr, Emerich, Hackett, Carr and Holmes, PA Law Firm Fawcett Memorial Hospital Granny Nannies Home Care Marketing Arm International, Inc. Mike Martin, State Farm Insurance Inc.
Osborne Levell Wealth Management

Royalty Construction, Inc. Spa One Day Spa & Salon The Mosaic Company Wotitzky, Wotitzky, Ross and McKinley P.A. Bronze In Kind Sponsors Ann Street Storage Coffee NewsEverythingPuntaGorda.Com Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning Support Sponsors Animal Welfare League Busey Bank Charlotte Players

KB Home Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary

Place In The Sun The Medicine ShoppeVolunteers of America of Florida Inc. Webb, Lorah & Company,P.L. Point To Ponder I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed. Quote of the Week Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going. Joke of the Week I pulled into a crowded parking lot and rolled down the car windows to make sure my Labrador Retriever had fresh air. She was stretched out on the back seat, and I wanted to impress upon her that she must remain there. I walked to the curb backward, pointing my finger at the car and saying emphatically, “Now you stay. Do you hear me? Stay!” The driver of a nearby car gave me a startled look. “I don’t know about you, lady,” he said incredulously. “But I usually just put my car in park.” Join Our ListJune 17, 2016 Dear Chamber Member, Here are your Friday Facts – Enjoy reading them and have a great Friday and an even better weekend. If you have anything that you would like to put into the Friday Facts please send it to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com by noon each Thursday. John Wright, Pat Oliva, Susie & Stephanie New Members Mission StatementTo Promote Commerce in Punta Gorda and all of our surrounding areas
J. Bradford Gamblin5401 Almar DrivePunta Gorda, FL 33950941-626-9532bgamblin@aol.comCandidate for Punta Gorda City CouncilSponsored by Rex KochGregory Pest SolutionsTroy Conner4460 Parkbreeze Ct.Orlando, FL 32808239-560-7682tconner@gregorypestsolutions.comwww.gregorypestsolutions.comPest Control, TermiteSponsored by Pat OlivaScotty’s BrewhouseK. Brown1200 W. Retta Esplanade G-37Punta Gorda, FL 33950kbrown@scottysbrewhouse.comwww.scottysbrewhouse.comRestaurantSponsored by Teresa Desguin Remember to utilize the certificates in the New Member packet. These are very valuable to your business. Chamber Calendar of Events June 21: Business After Hours – 5:30 pm – 7 pm . Come and join your Chamber for our Business After Hours at Friendly Floors, 3785 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, Fl 33952
Don’t forget to bring a gift to promote and showcase your business! Please be sure to RSVP: Reception@puntagorda-chamber.comJune 29: Networking Luncheon – 12:00 pm – 2 pm . Come and join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at The Isles Yacht Club, 1780 W. Marion Ave, Punta Gorda.
Please be sure to RSVP: Reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or 941-639-3720. Cost is $15.00 per person pre-paid or $20.00 at the door. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover & Amex. Schedule: 12-12:30 pm will be networking, 12:30 – 1:30 pm will be program. There will no longer be gifts raffled off at the lunch in order to save time.July 13: Business Over Breakfast – 7:15 am – 8:30 am – Wake up and smell the coffee with your Chamber at Burnt Store Grille, 3941 Tamiami Trail, Unit 3131, Punta Gorda for Business Over Breakfast! Please be sure to RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or 941-639-3720. July 19: Business After Hours – 5:30 pm – 7 pm . Come and join your Chamber for our Business After Hours at Kays Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home, 635 E. Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda . Don’t forget to bring a gift to promote and showcase your business! Please be sure to RSVP reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941-639-3720. July 21: Gallery Walk in Downtown Punta Gorda – 5 – 8 pm The Punta Gorda Downtown Merchants Association bring you Art-Music-Live Demonstrations-Shopping & Food! What better way to spend an evening out with old friends while you take the time to make new ones. July 27: Networking Luncheon – 12:30 pm – 2 pm . Come and join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at Trabue Restaurant, 258 W. Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda . Please be sure to RSVP to: reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or 941-639-3720. Cost is $15.00 per person pre-paid or $20.00 at the door. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover & Amex. There will no longer be gifts raffled off at the lunch in order to save time. Chamber Events

Tickets for the Kick-Off Fund Raiser Dinner can be purchased at the Punta Gorda Chamber Office, Cash/Check only! We also have the Wheelbarrow of Cheer Raffle Tickets available (see above) Sponsorship Opportunity
Please click here for Sponsorship Levels Ribbon Cuttings & Ground Breakings Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings & Ground Breakings These are all 5:30 pm unless otherwise noted. Come out and welcome our newest members. Please RSVP Susie at 941-639-3720 or Reception@puntagorda-chamber.comto allow our host to plan for food and beverages accordingly. June 21: Come to the Ground Breaking Ceremony for Dr. John Guarino’s new office building at Kings Park Professional Plaza,4245 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte at 4:30 pm June 23: El Patio Courtyard Café, 117 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda
July 12: Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A. 18501 Murdock Circle, Ste 304 5pm July 28: Punta Gorda Chocolate & Wine, 117 Herald Court Ste 1112, Punta Gorda Sept. 15: Bayside Eye Centre, 314 N. Tamiami Trail, #112, Punta Gorda Partners in Action News BayFront Health, Punta Gorda (Platinum) CELEBRATE HEALTHY DADS WITH OUR “TOP 10” LISTIn addition to the celebration of Father’s Day, June has always been a month for dads and men in general – think barbeques, Bermuda shorts and dad in the yard trying to get that lawn just right. This month, let’s help the men in our lives take an annual inventory of their health. Whether you’re a dad, a granddad or just a busy guy, here are the top 10 health checks every man should complete each year:1- Height, Weight and BMI.2- Blood Pressure.3- Cholesterol.4- Prostate Screening5- Lung Cancer Screening. 6- Blood Sugar and Diabetes.7- Bone Density8- Colonoscopy.9- Skin Checks10- Dental and Eye Health From all of us at Bayfront Health Port Charlotte and Bayfront Health Punta Gorda to all the dads and granddads in our community, Happy Father’s Day! Strong and healthy men are at the very center of a strong community, and we honor and celebrate you.
Also, Comprehensive Women’s Health Care welcomes OB/GYN Jerome Sturm, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. to its practice. Located at 3067 Tamiami Trail, Unit 1, in Port Charlotte, Dr. Sturm joins Ruben Guzman, M.D., and will begin seeing patients June 20. Dr. Sturm is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist call 941-766-0400. For more information, visit Comprehensive-WomensHealthCare.com Four Points By Sheraton (Platinum) Please join us this weekend at T.T.’s Tiki Bar located on the waterfront of the Four Points by Sheraton Punta Gorda Harborside. This Friday, we have Tropical Avenue playing from 7-11:00 PM. Our Sizzling Summer Saturday Kix Concert Series is back! The opening band will go on at 6:00 PM and the headliner Maiden Cane starts at 8:00 PM. Come enjoy the great music and your favorite cook out and drink specials. On Sunday, your favorite reggae band will be here celebrating Father’s Day! We have Jah Movement playing as well as our authentic Caribbean cook out starting at 4:00 PM. Don’t forget that Friday officially kicks off restaurant week in Punta Gorda. We will offer daily Prime Rib specials in the Dockside Grill and Philly Cheese Steaks at the Tiki Bar. Be sure to support the wonderful local restaurants we have in our great city! The Tiki Bar…..the Place To Be!! Four Points By Sheraton (Platinum) Dockside Grill Every Thursday night at the Four Points By Sheraton, Dockside Grill. Enjoy our delicious Prime Rib Dinner, $22.95 plus tax & gratuity beginning at 4:30pm Reservations are greatly appreciated! Also Attention Area Businesses, Clubs and Organizations are you in need of aPrivate Venue for a small business gathering? The Dockside Grill is the perfect place for you! Room Charge: “Free” Contact Jim Lawson on 941-626-8161 or email: Jimlawsonpg@aol.com if you would like more information CLICK HERE and to view our menu choice CLICK HERE Fishermen’s Village (Platinum) Monday, July 4th, 2016, Fishermen’s Village will host their annual 4th of July Celebration. Admission and parking are free and the public is cordially invited to attend. The ever popular Freedom Swim begins at 2 pm on the north side of the southbound US 41 bridge and ends at Harpoon Harry’s. (call 941 661-5622 for more Freedom Swim details) The Green Hibiscus Trolley will provide transportation between Fishermen’s Village and the Swim starting point. Other festivities will include: Live Music by Fingerstyle Guitarist Drew Gale, 12 noon-3 pm near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee Café. Live music near center court featuring Jim Morris, 12 noon-3 pm; Jimi Pappas, 3-6 pm; Paul Roush 6-9 pm. Harpoon Harry’s will be offering Kids crafts, treats and face painting, bathing suit and Hula Hoop contests and live music with DJ Big E all day. Viewing of annual fireworks display over Charlotte Harbor begins at 9:00 pm.King Fisher Fleet will be offering a Fireworks Cruise, departing at 7:30 pm and returning to Fishermen’s Village at 10 pm. Tour Charlotte Harbor, watch the sunset and enjoy the fireworks display. Call 941 639-0969 for rates/reservations. Fishermen’s Village Waterfront Mall, Resort and Marina is located off Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda. From I-75, take exit 164, turn left and proceed 3 miles to Fishermen’s Village. Call (941) 639-8721 for more information or visit on line at www.fishville.com. Charlotte State Bank & Trust (Bronze) The Sunrise Kiwanis annual Shoes for Kids drive gets under way officially on June 19, and Charlotte State Bank & Trust is once again among local businesses serving as collection points for new sneakers of all sizes. “Last year, we collected 260 pairs of new sneakers and over $200 in cash donations to buy shoes,” said Craig DeYoung, president of Charlotte State Bank & Trust and treasurer of the Sunrise Kiwanis. “Our customers and staff are proud to support Charlotte County students in need.” Collection boxes will be on display in the lobbies at three bank offices: Murdock, 1100 Tamiami Trail, Port CharlottePunta Gorda, 2331 Tamiami Trail, Punta GordaCharlotte Harbor, 23112 Harborview Road, Charlotte Harbor Shoes will also be accepted at the Parkside office, 3002 Tamiami Trail, and Peachland office, 24163 Peachland Blvd. Bank lobbies at all branches are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. The drive is scheduled to end on July 24. Busey Bank (Support) Busey Bank invites you attend an Innovative Mornings Event in Port CharlotteBusey Bank will host another in a series free events for businesses at 7:30 a.m., Friday, June 17 at its Port Charlotte Branch, 1490 Tamiami Trail. Coffee and muffins are provided. Following time for networking Richard Sowers will present “A Systematic Approach to Decision Making applied to Marketing Decisions” Mr. Sowers is the principal of Sowers Management Consulting and is a SCORE mentor. Innovative Mornings are organized by Busey Bank; Funnls, and Port Charlotte SCORE. Reservations are not required but would be appreciated. Reserve a seat at www.busey.com/home/florida. Follow Innovative Mornings at www.facebook.com/InnovativeMornings. FOR FUTURE EVENTSCLICK HERE Thought For The Week “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” Question of the Week “Hello I’m looking for a parade which I took part in 3 years ago there in November can you please tell me what it was?” June 17th – June 24th
Nav-a-Gator Happenings Saturday June 18 – Live Music, Yard dog Charlie 2-5pm Never a cover charge: request of canned goods and nonperishable food items that are donated to a local food bank Sunday June 19, Happy Father’s Day, Dad’s Ride FREE on our Wilderness River Cruise Call 941-627-3474 for more information Gilded Grape Winery and Wine Bar
located at 4069 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte, FL 33952, 941-235-WINE (9463). Friday, June 17, 6-9 pm. “The Peppermints” are coming! A Blast of the Past – Music from 1950-1969 – Sock Hop and More! . The “Ravenous Rhino” Gourmet Food Truck will be here Friday evening. Saturday, June 18,”The Gilded Grape Wine Tasting” from 6-8pm.$15.00 per person. Eric Phelps will be the entertainment for the evening. The Wine Bar will remain open after the tasting ends for those wanting to enjoy his music. Nestled inside the Gilded Grape Winery, the Wine Bar offers a global selection of wines by the glass or by the bottle, made on-site, and a variety of beer and craft beers to tempt your taste buds. Hours are Tues-Thurs 12noon-6pm, Friday – Saturday 12:00pm to 9:00pm. Try our new “Wine Flight”. www.gildedgrape.com

Florida Gulf Coast University
FGCU are hosting a Summer Solstice Party! To put the “soul” in solstice, join us Friday, June 17 from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. to help fill the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition drop boxes with dry/canned goods for those less fortunate. On the premises: Les “Saxman” DaCosta, Mike Haymans, DJ Hoss, food and drinks, displayed art, artisans, demonstrations, children’s corner, and more. Join the festivities!
117 Herald Court, Punta Gorda. Call 941.505.0130 for information.

Animal Welfare LeagueWe are in dire need of cat condo cleaners at the shelter on Wednesday, June 15th, Saturday June 18th and Sunday June 19th from 7:30-10:00am We have an abundance of cat cuddlers that we are asking to please lend a hand with the morning cleaning instead of cuudling the cats. Please respond if you can help or email Bruce or Diana at Volunteers@awlshelter.org or call the shelter at 941-625-6720 To view the AWL weekly Newsletter CLICK HERE Charlotte State Bank & Trust (Bronze)
The Sunrise Kiwanis annual Shoes for Kids drive gets under way officially on June 19, and Charlotte State Bank & Trust is once again among local businesses serving as collection points for new sneakers of all sizes. Collection boxes will be on display in the lobbies at three bank offices: Punta Gorda, 2331 Tamiami TrailMurdock, 1100 Tamiami TrailCharlotte Harbor, 23112 Harborview RoadShoes will also be accepted at the Parkside office, 3002 Tamiami Trail, and Peachland office, 24163 Peachland Blvd. “We deliver to all schools in the Charlotte County Public School System for children in grades pre-K through 12,” said Kiwanis project coordinator Christy Smith, founder and chairperson of Shoes for Kids. Visual Arts Center Need a gift for Dad? Artist Skip Brant creates pens and razors from hand-turned wood, acrylic, circuit boards, cigar wrappers and more – check them out in our gift shop! See The Essence of Color on display until June 24. Take a 4 or 6-week fine art & craft class this summer! Our talented instructors teach in all media including painting, stained glass, pottery, jewelry and more! For a class schedule visit www.visualartcenter.org or call (941) 639-8810. The Visual Arts Center is located at 210 Maud St in Punta Gorda. There is always something fun happening in Punta Gorda!! For upcoming events click on the link below: JUNE EVENTS

JULY EVENTS Vigil For Orlando VIGIL FOR ORLANDO In conjunction with Kays Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home, located at 635 E Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, the Board of Directors and Staff of the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce invite you to a special vigil service on Monday June 20th from 5-7pm to share our community support for all of the victims, their families, friends and the first responders who have been forced to deal with the tragic events that took place in Orlando last Sunday morning. To show our love and care for the those in need, we’ll be selling vigil candles with the entire proceeds going to the victims’ families.
The City of Orlando needs to hear our voice right now and we all know that Punta Gorda and our neighbors are an incredibly passionate community-minded group of citizens.
Everyone is welcome to attend to show their support. Grief counselors will be on site to talk with any who need assistance in dealing with this tragic loss of life. We hope you’ll be able to join us as we come together in this time of tragedy. Refreshments courtesy of Kay Ponger & Uselton will be provided. Event will be held at Kays Ponger 635 E Marion Ave, Punta GordaKindly RSVP to 941-639-3720 or by email to:reception@puntagorda-chamber.combefore noon on Monday so we can accommodate for the number of people attending. If you cannot attend but want to donate, please mail your check made out to PGCC to 252 W Marion Ave, Punta Gorda FL 33950 or swing by to drop off your donation, We will have key note speakers in attendance including the Mayor, Vice Mayor, John Wright and Carrie Mallia James (Charlotte County Pride President) Thank you
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ABWAThe Punta Gorda Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association is a prestigious, national organization established for working women and women business owners. The Punta Gorda Charter Chapter provides scholarships to RESIDENTS OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY. If you are interested in learning more about the Punta Gorda Charter Chapter, please contact: Barbara Jett, 941-249-5166 The meetings are held on the fourth (4th) Wednesday evening of each month at: Hurricane Charley’s300 W Retta Esplanade Punta Gorda, FL Networking begins at 5:30 PM, meeting starts at 6:00 PM. Dinner is $17.00 Business Professional Women’s
June 21st, 2016 meeting runs from 11:30 to 1:00 pm at Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, 4400 Lister St., Port Charlotte. There is lunch and we will be honoring our scholarship recipients who will be attending and telling us about themselves and their career choice. Cost for lunch is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Please contact Judy Smith at jackandjudy84@centurylink.net by June 16th Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A. Do you have an employee, friend or family member being harassed by creditors? Are they overwhelmed, confused and unsure of what to do? Well, if they are looking for answers and wondering if bankruptcy is an option, they can request my FREE BOOK “Bankruptcy in Plain English – The Ultimate Layman’s Guide to taking the Fear and Mystery Out of the Bankruptcy Process so You can get a Fresh Start.” All they need to do is call my office at 941-206-3700 or e-mail me at mark@martellalaw.com and write “FREE BOOK”. King Fisher FleetKing Fisher Fleet, headquartered at Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda, is offering a Blues & Brews Harbor Cruise around Charlotte Harbor as part of the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce Blues & Brews Festival in partnership with the Downtown Merchants Association.This fun 90-minute cruise departs on Sunday, June 26 at 4:30 p.m. and will tour Charlotte Harbor while blues-musician Paul Cottrell entertains. Ticket purchase includes hors d’oeuvres provided by the Village Fish Market and a variety of brews on board. Tickets cost $30+tax and include the cruise, food, drinks, and entertainment. Book early as these tickets go fast! For more information about this special cruise, or to make reservations, please call (941) 639-0969. King Fisher Fleet offers eight cruises including daylong cruises to the islands of Cayo Costa, Cabbage Key, and Boca Grande, narrated tours of the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor, as well as sunset cruises and Christmas light canal cruises.
M2 Strategic SolutionsHands On Social Media Workshop for Charlotte County Business Owners(Thursday’s 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm | $25 includes a light lunch)M2 Strategic Solutions Thursday’s Hands On Social Media Workshop for Charlotte County Business Owners will give you a basic understanding of today’s major social media networks and platforms. The Hands On Interactive Workshop will guide you on how to use them to grow your business online in order to reach your audience in Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, as well as Charlotte County and beyond.The Thursday’s Interactive Hands On Workshops are limited to 6. So be sure to take a look on our website (www.http://m2strategicsolutions.com/) to find a Thursday that works for you and register to secure your spot today! Or please feel free to call us directly at 941-456-2735 to inquire about availability. Nav-A-Gator GrillNav-A-Gator Grill & Marina will be offering FREE rides on their Wilderness River Cruise for Dad on Father’s Day. Dad’s ride free with a paying adult. The ride is 1 ½ hour fully narrated tour where you learn about the history of the Peace River the beautiful plant life and enjoy our native birds in the rookeries along with a variety of wildlife. This offer is limited to Father’s Day June 19th only when the boat will depart at 1:30pm. Space is limited so call today to reserve your seats, 941-627-3474.

Suncoast Humane Society Meet Missy! a 1 yr. 6 month old Domestic Short hair weighing just 7 lbs. She has a soft grey & tan tiger coat & bright eyes. Missy is a sweet & petite peanut of a cat. She is so much fun to play with and observe. She absolutely loves to bat toys around and loves it when people play that game with her. Missy is affectionate and likes to nestle in next to people. And she is a very clever & adventurous cat and something of an escape artist, so she needs to be watched when opening doors. Missy enjoys the company of other cats and people of all ages. The Visual Arts CenterNeed a gift for Dad? Artist Skip Brant creates pens and razors from hand-turned wood, acrylic, circuit boards, cigar wrappers and more – check them out in our gift shop! The Essence of Color now on display until June 24. We have 4 and 6-week fine art & craft classes all summer long! Our talented instructors teach in all media including painting, stained glass, pottery, jewelry and more! For a class schedule visitwww.visualartcenter.org or call (941) 639-8810. The Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud St in Punta Gorda. Florida International Air Show Sponsorship
Florida International Air Show are offering June Promotion Sponsorship for Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce members CLICK HERE for pricing and more information.
Offer expires June 30, 2016Contact: Jennifer Smith – APG Avionics Email: jsmith@avionix.com / www.avionix.com Applause Eight Farr Law Firm Attorneys Named in 2016 Super Lawyers®Eight attorneys at Farr Law Firm have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers magazine, which recognizes the leading attorneys in the state. Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.The following lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 lists:Florida Super LawyersGuy S. Emerich, Estate Planning & ProbateJack O. Hackett II, Real EstateCharles T. Boyle, Family LawDavid A. Holmes, Business Litigation Florida Rising StarsRoger H. Miller III, Real EstateForrest J. Bass, Estate Planning & ProbateNatalie C. Lashway, Family LawGeorge T. Williamson, Class Action/Mass Torts

Bay Front Health, Punta Gorda (Platinum)Bayfront Health Punta Gorda Earns Quality Respiratory Care Recognition in National Program Once Again. For the fourth year in a row, Bayfront Health Punta Gorda has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) from the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). This national program is aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals. About 700 hospitals or approximately 15% of hospitals in the United States have applied for and received this award. Bayfront Health Punta Gorda has received this recognition every year since 2013.
Bayfront Health, Punta Gorda & Port Charlotte (Platinum) Tim Cerullo has been named Market Chief Executive Officer of Bayfront Health Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda effective June 13.Most recently, Cerullo served as CEO of Wuesthoff Health System, with two hospitals, an assisted living facility, hospice facility and numerous other outpatient centers on Florida’s east coast. The system increased employee and patient satisfaction throughout his tenure, implemented numerous quality initiatives and saw significant growth in key service lines.Cerullo is a veteran hospital leader who has worked in executive roles at a number of Florida hospitals over the past 20 years.Charlotte State Bank & Trust (Bronze) Maryann Mize, CCIM, senior vice president and senior credit officer with Charlotte State Bank & Trust, was quoted in the May/June issue of Commercial Investment Real Estate, the magazine of the CCIM Institute. The institute confers the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation, commercial real estate’s global standard for professional achievement. Maryann is one of four CCIM members quoted in the article “Borrowers Beware?” which discusses how financing conditions may tighten as lenders face more-stringent regulations. To read the entire article, visit http://cire.epubxp.com. To contact Maryann directly, call (941) 624-5400 or email: mmize@csbtfl.com. Encore BankEncore Bank is pleased to announce that it has received the coveted 5-Star rating for financial strength by BauerFinancial, Inc. The nation’s leading bank rating firm, BauerFinancial rates all banks and credit unions on a zero-to-five-star scale with five stars being the strongest. Encore Bank’s 5-Star “Superior” rating indicates, among other things, that the institution has shown strong financial performance, has a sound capital ratio, a history of positive regulatory reviews, and has kept any delinquent loans in check. This bank can be found on Bauer’s Recommended Bank Report. Please think about donating blood for Orlando
Would you like to do something for the people in Orlando? Donate Blood! OneBlood Inc. is holding a blood drive on Friday, June 17, at the Murdock office of Charlotte State Bank & Trust, 1100 Tamiami Trail. OneBlood’s Big Red Bus will be in the bank parking lot from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. All donors will receive a voucher for a free movie ticket and a wellness checkup that includes blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening. In addition, donors will be eligible to purchase one ticket to the Crayola Experience, Orlando’s newest family attraction, and get a second admission free. Located at the Florida mall, the 70,000-square park offers 26 hands-on attractions.Blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and bring some form of photo identification. Appointments are not required, but for faster service, appointments may be made online at www.oneblooddonor.org using the sponsor code #10388. For more information, call (888) 9-DONATE (936-6283).

Coffee with the Chief On Tuesday July 5th from 9:30-10:30am the Burg’r Bar, 317 Tamiami Trl, PG will be hosting “Coffee with the Chief” Come and have an open chat with one of Pg’s finest! Refreshments will be served. The approximate one-hour meeting concludes with a coffee mug give-away and an offer to do a ride-along with our wonderful chief.The coffee with the Chief program was started in January 2016 by Chief Tom Lewis as a means to have open, relaxed communication with the public on any topic – no rules and no defined structure. Typically, Tom will start the meeting with a small list of updates from the police department such as status on major investigations, any local crime trends or concerns and let the group know of any upcoming events or programs. After that, Tom takes questions and open discussion. The next “coffee with the chief” will be held atBurnt Store Grill on Tues, August 2nd from 9:30-10:30am

If you are interested in hosting this program in your place of business contact Susie on 941-639-3720 Wanda Gail Do you fancy a private or semi-private luxury sunset cruise to celebrate a special occasion, or simply just for the fun of it?Partnering with Diamond Charter Cruises, the Chamber is offering you a 2 hour sunset opportunity aboard the Wanda Gail, a new partner to King Fisher Fleet, docked at Fishermen’s Village. Based at their new slip close to Little Minnows, they are able to do a private charter for you with sodas and snacks provided – you are welcome to bring your own drinks aboard also. The cruises will depart every Friday from 7-9pm, provided that our bookings suffice. The cost of the cruise for up to6 people is $300 and you have the run of the vessel, either in the lofty bridge or on the aft deck. So, if you have a party of 6, the cost is only $50 per head. If you are a party of 4, the cost is $75 per head. We can also accommodate three separate couples for you to make friends as you cruise the beautiful waters of Charlotte Harbor. The cruise will operate – weather permitting – and we’ll make sure you are kept posted of any weather related updates. This is an amazing way to spend time and relax aboard a very well appointed vessel, almost as if it were your own boat! To make your reservations, with departures as soon as June 17th, simply call us on 941 639 3720 during office hours (M-F 9-5) National Night Out
PGPD are hosting National Night Out on August 2nd at Laishley Park, from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to improve safety and quality of life. We will have food, a bounce house, a canine demonstration by Canine Spirit and lots of fun. We are still looking for sponsors so we can make it even better. If anyone is interested, they can contact Katie Heck at: kheck@pgorda.us or (941) 575-5525. Future Events CDBIA to host 4th Annual Bowling and BilliardsThe Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association invites you to join us in the 4th annual Bowling & Billiards event to be held at Saturday, August 13th at Treasure Lanes in Port Charlotte, Florida. Registration for each bowler includes bowling, shoes, food and soft beverages. Check in starts at 5pm, and bowling from 6pm-9pm. Pool Tournament will start at 8pm with prizes available for 1st and 2nd place. Registration price is $30 per person for bowling, with teams up to 6 people, and $20 for pool tournament.Sponsorship is available. To register visit www.cdbia.com or call 941-625-0804.
BIG ORANGE UPDATE!!NICK MOSS BAND HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE BOMF LINEUP!
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