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Business Notes (4/23/14)

April 23, 2014
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lee's PACE announces chairs for Love That Dress!

The PACE Center for Girls in Lee County announced this year's Love That Dress! 6 (LTD!6) event chair and committee.

Kendra Sutton, a strategic marketing consultant with WINK-TV, who serves on the Board of Directors for the PACE Center for Girls, returns as chair for Love That Dress! 6. Sutton chaired last year and under her guidance, the committee raised the most money ever for this event. As chair again this year, Sutton looks forward to another record-breaking year.

Joining Sutton as LTD! 6 co-chair is Jennifer Nelson of Goodwill who handles Retail and Logistics. Allie Ross, dress collection chair, is heading up the multitude of Dress Collection Parties that take place prior to the big event. Other Committee Chairs are: Margo Brewster of First Bank serving as the silent auction and donations chair; Shelly Starner-Pritt, assistant GM at Miromar Outlets is serving as the VIP suites and vendor chair; and Jonathan Gabel of Priority Payments South Florida as the check out logistics chair.

Also joining the team are the volunteer committee members: Jenn Phenninger of Embassy Suites-Estero and host hotel of the event (venue and logistics); Ingrid Molina of Fuller Online Solutions (Constant Contact and Paypal); Stephanie Davis of The Florida Weekly and 96.9 More FM (social media, radio and editorial); Connie Ramos-Williams and Angeli Chin of CONRIC PR & Marketing Publishing (press releases and promotions); and Gina Birch of WINK-TV (social media, TV and event editorials).

Sutton and her committee will serve to lead all fundraising efforts, dress collection parties, and the planning and execution of Love That Dress! 6. This is one of the organization's biggest fundraisers, now celebrating its 6th anniversary.

All dresses collected will be included in the Love That Dress! 6 event held on Aug. 27 from 6-9 p.m. at Embassy Suites in Estero. For the fifth year, White House Black Market is the title sponsor. It is one of the most anticipated shopping events of the year with thousands of new and gently loved dresses, handbags, and shoes on sale to the public at incredibly low prices.

There are still opportunities to join this wonderful committee. For additional information please contact, Kendra Sutton, chair at or 910-6414, or Jennifer Nelson, co-chair, Operations & Logistics and Lead Volunteer & Sponsor at or 822-8708.

All of the proceeds from Love That Dress! 6 will benefit PACE Center for Girls, a non-residential juvenile delinquency prevention and intervention program targeting the unique needs of girls, ages 12 to 18, facing challenges such as physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, foster care, neglect, death of a parent, family history of incarceration and declining grades.

Page Field's Base Operations recognized internationally

For the second year in a row, Base Operations at Page Field received recognition for being rated in the top 30 percent of fixed-base operators in a prestigious international survey conducted by Aviation International News (AIN). The 2014 FBO Survey is conducted annually and asked pilots, flight attendants, and dispatchers to provide feedback on the level of customer care at individual business and general aviation service providers throughout the Americas.

AIN conducted the online survey to qualified subscribers and asked them to evaluate FBOs they visited the previous year in five categories: line service, passenger amenities, pilot amenities, facilities, and customer service representatives.

Aviation International News (AIN) is a widely respected monthly trade publication covering news, features, special reports, aircraft evaluations and surveys on business, commercial and regional aviation worldwide, and a twice-weekly electronic newsletter. AIN has been conducting surveys and providing industry reports on service since 1981. The 2014 FBO Survey includes fixed-base operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South and Central America and the Caribbean.

The Lee County Port Authority operates Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field in Fort Myers. Page Field provides services to corporate, commercial, and private aviators through their business arm, Base Operations at Page Field. For more information, please visit

FDOT employees receive 136 winning nominations

The Florida Department of Transportation received 136 winning nominations for the 2014 Prudential Productivity Awards, the most of any state agency. 390 FDOT employees won Prudential Productivity Awards and the department's winners will receive $6,800 in total cash awards, as well as numerous certificates and plaques. According to Florida TaxWatch, the total amount of actual savings with these achievements is about $105 million.

"We pride ourselves on being the most effective and efficient department of transportation in the country," said FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad. "I applaud everyone at FDOT for their efforts to save money for Florida's taxpayers and businesses."

Since 1989, the Prudential Productivity Awards program has publically recognized and rewarded state employees and work units whose work significantly and measurably increases productivity and promotes innovation to improve the delivery of state services and save money for Florida taxpayers and businesses. For more information, please visit



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