Miromar Outlets Thanks the Mounted Patrol
Miromar Outlets presented a $3,500 donation check to the Lee County Mounted Patrol on Jan. 19, 2018, thanking the volunteers and their faithful working horses. The Mounted Patrol has saddled up to escort Miromar Outlets’ shoppers every year for over a decade during the busy holiday shopping season. Miromar Outlets Vice President Jeff Staner presented a $3,500 donation check to Lee County Sheriff’s Officers Kecia Angelo and Jeanne Moore.

Hometown Hero: Staff Sgt. Christopher Lewis
Estero Mayor Jim Boesch and the Village Council presented Staff Sgt. Christopher F. Lewis with a proclamation honoring the 2008 Estero High School graduate for his heroic acts while deployed in Mosul, Iraq. In October 2016, Lewis and his team were ambushed while escorting Kurdish forces into enemy territory. Lewis helped secure the safety of his Special Operations team and more than 300 partner soldiers during a 10-hour firefight. Lewis, a combat controller with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, was recently presented the Silver Star medal, the Air Force’s third highest military combat award. His mother, Liz Lewis, and brother, Colin Lewis, accompanied him to Village Council Feb. 7, where he received recognition for his valor.

Estero is ‘Storm Ready’
Daniel Noah, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service, presented the Village of Estero with a plaque designating the Village as a “StormReady Community.” StormReady communities, as designated by the National Weather Service, are considered better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness.
Pictured: Assistant to the Village Manager Kyle Coleman, Village Floodplain Administrator Mark Muraczewski, Estero Fire Chief Scott Vanderbrook and National Weather Service Meteorologist Daniel Noah.

FGCU Entrepreneurship Program Welcomes Mentors
Many retired and active executives showed up to a Mentor Orientation meeting in January to be trained as volunteers with Florida Gulf Coast University’s growing Entrepreneurship Program. Mentors bring experience in their fields and help students with business model practices, pitching, networking, presentation, workload and getting aid from startup investors. Mentors also may serve as guest speakers. For more information on becoming a mentor, email: ife@fgcu.edu.

Golisano Children’s Hospital Ranks as ‘Top Hospital’
For the second year in a row, Lee Health’s Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida has been named a Top Children’s Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. Only 10 children’s hospitals in the nation earned this prestigious distinction, based on the results of the 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. This ‘Top Hospital’ endorsement shows that care at Golisano Children’s Hospital is leading-edge, safe and of the highest quality, says Armando Llechu, the hospital’s chief administrative officer.
Pictured: Leapfrog Group’s Leah Binder and Cristie Travis with Ashley Tait-Dinger of Florida Health Care Coalition, along with Lee Health’s Susan Ryckman, Armando Llechu and Alex Daneshmand.

Conric PR & Marketing Reaches $500,000 in Giving
CONRIC PR & Marketing has reached its five-year goal of giving $500,000 back to the local community, and plans to continue giving back. Since 2013, the company has donated $100,000 annually in marketing support, volunteer hours and monetary donations to numerous nonprofits, organizations and start-up companies that work to enhance the quality of life and economic development in Southwest Florida.
Pictured: Rick Williams, Keith Grossman, David Seitz, Connie Ramos-Williams, Kelly Fayer, Nathan Winesett, Kate Walter and Blake Hampton.

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