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November 10, 2017

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Downtowner Car Washes to honor veterans Saturday

All Veterans receive a free car wash Saturday, Nov. 11. Downtowner Car Wash officials believe that it is important to remember those who have served our country, and they want to emphasize the importance of support for veterans by the general public.

Veterans will only need to inform the Downtowner Car Wash verbally that they are veterans in order to receive their free car wash.

Started on Nov. 11, 2007, the program is designed to honor veterans on Veteran's Day, to show the Downtowner's support for the armed forces personnel and to reward veterans for their service. Grace for Vets happens each year at the Downtowner Car Wash on Veteran's day.

The Downtowner has three locations in Cape Coral: 1009 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral, 1707 Cape Coral Parkway, Cape Coral and 1203 SW Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral.

The Downtowner Car Wash began in a single location in St. Paul, Minn., in 1978. In 2006, a new facility was taken over at 1009 Del Prado Blvd., S. in Cape Coral, Florida. The company is building it's fourth location and has three currently operating in Cape Coral. For more than 30 years now the Downtowner Car Wash has been a family owned and operated facility employing over 200 personnel at its three locations. Call 239-772-CARS or log on at www.downtownercarwash.com for information.

Blu Agave restaurant opens in South Cape

Blu Agave, a family Mexican restaurant that focuses on "fresh ingredients and excellent service," has opened at 1404 Cape Coral Parkway, E., in Cape Coral.

The restaurant, which features a variety of Mexican food favorites, is open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

For additional information, call 239-471-2075.

Mel's Diner to help kick off 16th Annual Helping Kids with Cancer Radiothon

The Southwest Florida community is invited to breakfast at Mel's Diner today, Nov. 10, from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., to help kick off the 16th Annual Helping Kids with Cancer Radiothon. Stop in during the event, make a donation of $5 or more to Barbara's Friends Golisano Children's Hospital Cancer Fund, and receive a breakfast on the house. Breakfast includes two eggs, two pancakes, two pieces of bacon and a coffee or small juice.

Mel's Diner will be accepting donations now through Jan. 12 at restaurants located in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Naples and Golden Gate. On the day of giving, Jan. 12, tune into Cat Country 107.1 FM from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the Helping Kids with Cancer Radiothon and make a pledge to support child patients treated at Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida.

For more than 20 years, Barbara's Friends has provided funds for equipment, staffing and services that support lifesaving cancer care for children from across Southwest Florida at Golisano Children's Hospital. The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program is the only program of its kind in Southwest Florida.. No child is denied treatment or turned away as a result of their family's inability to pay for care.

For more information about the Barbara's Friends fund and supporting child patients in your community, please call Lee Health Foundation at 239-343-6950 or visit BarbarasFriends.org.

Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce '2017 Fall Job Fair' Tuesday

The Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce invites the community to its 2017 Fall Job Fair Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Keiser University, at 9100 Forum Corporate Parkway, Fort Myers.

Participating companies include Keiser University, Playa 98.1, Telemundo, BB&T, Homewood Suites FM Airport, Lee Health, LCEC, Liberty Tax Service, School District of Lee County, Hertz, Accion Hispana, Sunstate Academy, Tower Dental Arts, Nuevos Ecos, Imagen Semanal, HolaCiudad.com, CareerSource Southwest Florida, Lee County Supervisor of Elections, Todos Magazine & more!

Anyone interested in changing careers or in need of a job is welcome. This event is free to the public. For information or to rent a booth, please call the Chamber at 239-418-1441, or send an e-mail to info@hispanicchamberflorida.org.

Howell joins Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt

The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., has announced that Attorney Alexander Howell has joined the firm's Business Litigation division. He returns to the firm after serving as a summer associate in 2016. Howell handles general litigation matters, including contract and landlord/tenant disputes, as well as bankruptcy and creditors' rights matters.

Prior to law school, Alexander was a personal banker in Miami.

Originally born and raised in Jamaica, Howell recently relocated from St. Petersburg, Florida, to Fort Myers. He received bachelor's degree in finance from Warner University and his law degree from Stetson University College of Law in 2017. He may be reached at alexander.howell@henlaw.com or by phone at 239-344-1327.

Henderson Franklin has over 55 attorneys providing a wide range of legal services in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, business and civil litigation, eminent domain, intellectual property, workers' compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law. Since 1924, Henderson Franklin has been assisting clients build their homes, businesses and communities in Southwest Florida. Henderson Franklin operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Naples and Sanibel Island. For more information on Howell or Henderson Franklin, please visit www.henlaw.com.

Priority Marketing's Toomey earns accreditation in public relations

Rachel Toomey, media director at Priority Marketing, has received the accredited in public relations credentials after successfully completing the requirements established by the Universal Accreditation Board. The APR credential is a universally-recognized mark of distinction for public relations professionals who demonstrate their commitment to the profession and to its ethical practice.

Toomey has worked at Priority Marketing for 11 years and was recently promoted to media director. She holds a master's degree in integrated marketing and a bachelor's degree in advertising from Florida State University.

Established in 1992, Priority Marketing is a full-service marketing, advertising, public relations and digital marketing firm. Celebrating its 25th year, the company is located at 8200 College Parkway, Suite 201, in Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-267-2638 or visit www.prioritymarketing.com. Also, follow Priority Marketing online at twitter.com/prioritymktg or on Facebook.

For recent news and marketing insights, visit the blog: www.prioritymarketing.com/our-blog.

Horizon Council to host general membership meeting Nov. 17

The Horizon Council and the Lee County Economic Development Office will host the final Horizon Council general membership meeting of the year 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Florida SouthWestern State College, Building AA-Room 177, in Fort Myers.

The event will begin with networking and a light breakfast, followed by the meeting at 8:30 a.m. To register, email tgrint@leegov.com.

Ron Gardenhire, manager for the Detroit Tigers, will be the keynote speaker. Gardenhire played shortstop for the New York Mets from 1981 through 1985. He served as a coach for the Minnesota Twins from 1991 through 2001, then managed the Twins from 2002 through 2014.

The meeting will also include the voting for new Horizon Council at-large members and officers for 2018.

The Horizon Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization established as a fundraising vehicle enabling individuals and businesses to actively support the Horizon Council and the Lee County Economic Development Office.

For more information, visit www.leecountybusiness.com or call 239-533-6800.

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