Ken McDaniel, founder and owner of Kenmark Air in Southwest Florida, is a great example of a local business owner giving back to his community. He and his sons, Tyler and Bradley, will select a deserving family to provide equipment and installation of a new air conditioning system to help them “Beat the Heat.” Until Sept. 15, 2015 they are accepting essays of 250 words max and will announce the recipient by Sept. 30. Why is Kenmark Air doing this? Ken says it best in his own words:
“Since starting Kenmark Air 20 years ago, being part of our community has always been important to my family and to my business. Throughout my sons’ childhoods and even after, I coached baseball and soccer, trying to help young people get off to a good start. After practice and during school vacations, Tyler and Bradley learned the HVAC air conditioning, service and installation business, eventually joining the company and taking on the leadership roles they have trained for since they were very young.
Mentoring, dedication to service and a supportive community have brought us to where we are today. We are very grateful, and that’s why my sons and I have launched ‘Beat the Heat.’ We hope to give back in the best way we know how.
With heat indexes into the three digits, we would like to provide a local family with free air conditioning equipment and installation. Until Sept. 15, we will accept nominations from the community for a deserving family living without air conditioning in their home. We will announce the winning home by Sept. 30 after an inspection to make sure it meets the necessary criteria.
Nominations of 250 words or less can be completed online at KenmarkAir.com/BeatTheHeat or sent by mail postmarked by Sept. 15 to Kenmark Air, 5811 Country Lakes Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33905. One can self-nominate or nominate someone they know. For a complete description of contest rules go to KenmarkAir.com/BeatTheHeat or visit the Kenmark office.
We want to help by making things better for at least one local family. And we will try our best to do even more.”
This is a great opportunity for one local #SWFL family and we hope readers will help spread the word and nominate someone by Sept. 15. Let’s get together to “Beat the Heat!”
Lee County Schools names PDQ Business Partner of the Year
Fast casual restaurant PDQ was awarded Business Partner of the Year at the annual State of our Schools/Partners in Education Breakfast at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre on May 29 in Fort Myers, Fla. Gulf Coast Town Center PDQ operating director Amy Johnson accepted the award from the Lee County School District and The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools.
Since the restaurant opened last year, PDQ has become involved in the community by cooking on site at events at Three Oaks Elementary, Pinewoods Elementary and Bonita Springs Charter and Estero High School. They have donated food for Three Oaks Middle School’s open house, and provided catering for beloved coach Jeff Sommer’s memorial service at Estero High School. PDQ has also given gift cards to reward students and as recognition for faculty and staff. They also participated in Veteran’s Park Elementary Teacher Appreciation lunch.
PDQ’s Fort Myers locations are at 12499 Cleveland Ave. and 17470 Ben Hill Griffin Pkwy. in Fort Myers. www.eatPDQ.com.
Hazelden in Naples older adult program serves as model for Betty Ford Center
Originally developed by Hazelden in Naples last year, a unique program designed to treat substance abuse in older adults will be replicated by the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, CA. Both organizations are part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
The Recovery@50+ program was created at Hazelden inSouthwest Florida to treat what has been called one of the fastest growing health problems in this country: substance abuse in older adults. Addiction in older adults is estimated as high as 17% of the population.
Since the program started in November of 2013, several hundred clients have completed the Naples program with an outstanding success rate that has been noticed by other treatment centers around the country. The Betty Ford Center is collaborating with the Naples team to develop their version of the program, titled Recovery@60+ to be more in line with their demographic makeup which skews a bit older.
Brenda J. Iliff, M.A., executive director of Hazelden in Naples said, “It was exciting to see the true team effort involved with this project, making the process both meaningful and timely.”
Iliff pointed out that as baby boomers age, the rates of alcohol and drug abuse will continue to rise through the year 2020. Older adults are less likely than younger adults to recognize the need for treatment. The incidence of addiction in adults over 50 is rising because of a decreased ability to metabolize substances, greater access to drugs for pain and anxiety (physical and emotional) and combining drugs, including alcohol. These factors establish a platform for chemical use, misuse and addiction, especially since substance use issues many times mimic medical concerns, making screening and assessment more complex. The need for specialized programs to address the unique concerns of people 50 plus are key.
The close collaboration between Hazelden in Naples and the Betty Ford Center will continue through the anticipated August launch date in Rancho Mirage.
Ultimate Mosaic introduces new option for creative, social outlet
Wilson Lopez and Lili Gequelin, owners of Ultimate Mosaic, in Fort Myers, Fla., announced that they now offer classes in mosaic art. Participants experience two-hour sessions to learn the basics of mosaics and to create their own work of art to take home or give as a gift.
Classes are offered on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. or Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m. with a minimum of eight people for each class. A fee of $45 includes all materials, refreshments and personalized instruction from mosaic artist Wilson Lopez.
“We are happy to offer something new and different to the community,” said Gequelin. “Perfect for date night, couples outings, girls night out and corporate events, those who have joined us so far are really having fun with their projects.”
“Our goal is to provide a new, fun creative outlet,” commented Lopez. “We may even discover someone’s hidden talent along the way who can progress along with us as the art form grows in Lee County.”
Ultimate Mosaic’s gallery and studio are located at 11400 Metro Parkway, Suite 3 in Fort Myers, Fla.