Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Increasing Awareness



Awareness, Education and Empowerment – Celebrating 25 years

The Power of Pink

‘Pink Heals’ is the motto of the Guardians of the Ribbon. So, who are these Guardians of the Ribbon?

Firefighters, police officers and community leaders who volunteer their time to drive around the country in pink fire trucks in an effort to increase awareness of breast cancer. Recently, the fire trucks rolled into Naples, including one pulling the enormous 10’ tall stainless steel ribbon (shown). These trucks carry the signatures of thousands of people they’ve come in contact with across the country. One man signing the truck said it was an emotional experience for him. His wife is a cancer survivor.

The Pink Heals tour was the brainchild of a firefighter in Glendale, Arizona, Dave Graybill. Dave started by asking his fire department to wear pink to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness. Later, he came up with the pink truck idea to show that commitment to increasing awareness would never end.

The only money the Guardians collect are profits from the sale of the Pink Heals t-shirts they bring to each stop. This pays for the gas and insurance for the fleet. Dave said the organization refuses to let anyone sponsor or own the trucks. Dave believes 100% of money collected (other than the t-shirts) should stay in the local community.

The Pink Heals tour asks everyone, men, women and children to show their support and WEAR PINK on October 25th, 26th and 27th.


All women are invited to an open house at Curves on Tuesday, October 19, 2010, from 6-8 p.m. to learn more about breast cancer awareness. Presentations will be made by owner, Deborah Spalvins and esteemed guests, including: Dr. Patty Poling, local internist; Melissa Felice, local American Cancer Society director; and Val Simon, publisher of the Coastal Breeze News. You will also hear from one of our strong, inspirational breast cancer survivor/thrivers. Additionally, there will be a nail and massage pampering station.

Curves of Marco Island is committed to strengthening millions of women with their unique 30-minute strength training and cardio workout. In addition to encouraging regular exercise, Curves strives to educate women in achieving optimal health, encouraging healthy eating and regular physical checkups. To encourage getting regular yearly mammograms, Curves will completely waive the membership fee during the month of October for new members who show proof of having had a mammogram in the last year. The membership fee will also be waived with proof of a donation to the American Cancer Society.

Non-members attending this event will receive guest passes for a FREE trial workout. Refreshments will be served and  a drawing

Thousands of signatures cover  every inch of this pink fire truck  seen in Naples. Photos by Val Simon

Thousands of signatures cover every inch of this pink fire truck seen in Naples. Photos by Val Simon

for a FREE month. Please call if you plan to attend. Bring a friend. 389-0016.

The Wilsons

After becoming engaged at the Marco Island Marriott, Brock and Julie Wilson fell in love with Marco Island and decided to make it their home. Both Certified Luxury Home Specialists, they have been selling real estate on Marco Island and Naples since 1997.

The Wilsons have remained top producers since they began their career in real estate and have achieved that position by maintaining the highest level of client satisfaction, their main goal. They share their wealth of knowledge and experience with their “Family of clients” of the past 13 years and make it their personal goal to make you happy.

Brock is originally from Wayne, PA and is a graduate of Penn State.

Julie (Rushton) is originally from Haddonfield, NJ and is a graduate of Rosemont College.

Call Julie and Brock Wilson when you want to buy your piece of paradise come and enjoy the beautiful gulf waters, warm balmy breezes, and our magical sunsets. Fill your days with walks along the beach, tennis, fishing, boating, golfing, shelling or just relaxing by the pool.

Marco Island and Naples… where the sun comes for the winter… Contact Julie and Brock Wilson, Realtors, at Premier Properties of SW FL Inc. 393-6709.

Kelly Gerber

Kelly Gerber, a NYC jewelry designer believes that parents should have choices when it comes to their children and education.

In a show of support for the extraordinary innovations planned for the Marco Island Academy, Kelly Gerber will host a trunk show at The Esplanade on Saturday, October 16th, from 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. featuring her “Sophie Rose” necklaces as well as other, one-of-a kind, beautiful, and glamorous pieces of jewelry. Celebrity fans include: Cindy Crawford, Joss Stone, Alicia Keys, among many others.

She will graciously donate 10 percent of her proceeds that day to the Marco Island Discovery Center, which is the 501 (c)(3) non-profit, tax exempt fundraising arm of the Marco Island Academy.

At this event, the Marco Island Discovery Board of Directors will unveil the exciting design for the high school around 5:30 p.m. There will also be appetizers, live music by Cleo, raffles and more. The event is free to the public, so everyone is welcome to attend.

The Board of Directors for the Marco Island Discovery Center is proud to support the American Cancer Society.

Jody Barrett, Vice Chair, Marco Island Discovery Center 516-903-5022 (cell) 2jodyb@gmail.com.

Bistro Soleil

French-born and trained, Denis Meurgue, an award winning chef in the Caribbean was named one of the Top Ten Chefs in South Florida. Denis is influenced by his passionate culinary odyssey in the Mediterranean, Mexico, Europe and



the tropics. Enjoy appetizer favorites such as homemade smoked salmon, foie gras, steamed mussels or crispy goat cheese tart tatin. Menu selections include crispy Long Island duck, steak frites, rack of lamb, seared calf’s liver and many more. Denis also features nightly specials. Homemade desserts including crispy apple tart tatin, fresh beignets, delectable chocolate fondant and classic crème brulee await you.

To complement your meal, Bistro Soleil has a full service bar and our wine list offers a variety of selections sure to please the most discriminating palates. Guests receive professional, yet personal, attention from the entire staff as well as dazzling presentations by Chef Denis. The warm and inviting atmosphere of this registered historical landmark, coupled with the artistry of Denis, will create a memorable dining experience.

Bistro Soleil is also available for private breakfasts, luncheons, parties, rehearsal dinners and weddings. Reserve one of their private rooms for your next soiree.

Reservations are recommended. They look forward to serving you. Bon Appetit!

Located in The Olde Marco Inn, 100 Palm Street. For reservations, please call 239-389-0981, www.bistrosoleil.net. Tuesday-Saturday from 5:30 p.m. Entertainment Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Marco Island Academy

Bridal Boutique

The Marco Island Discovery Center is proud to present a fun, and exciting 10-day fundraising event called the “Bridal Boutique,” which will offer new and gently used wedding and evening gowns for sale at 75% off their original price. The “Bridal Boutique” will take place at the Esplanade in the Marco Island Academy’s office at 740 North Collier Boulevard Suite 107 from Jan. 13th thru Jan. 23rd. The idea came from Jody Barrett who is currently serving on the Board as the Vice-Chair and is coordinating the Fundraising events for the Academy. By using her creative talents and ability to think “outside-of-the-box”, she has developed a brilliant way to generate funds for the Academy. Her goal is to generate community excitement and involvement by offering people several ways to get involved in supporting one of the most innovative high schools in Collier County, which is scheduled to be opened in August 2011.

At a time when many people are struggling financially and are not in a position to donate money, Ms. Barrett realized that even in tough economic times there lies an opportunity. Since people continue to get married, regardless of the economy, why not offer wedding and evening gowns at a significant discount? The inventory of dresses for the “Bridal Boutique” will consist of brand new gowns donated by “Tie The Knot”, Naples only premier, full-service, luxury bridal boutique and gently used gowns donated by women ready to part with their own wedding gown or gently used evening wear. Everyone benefits, since the Marco Island Discovery Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit,

Denis Meurgue

Denis Meurgue

all donations are tax-deductible and 100% of the proceeds go directly to support the Marco Island Academy.

The Marco Island Discovery Center will feature a kick-off fashion show on January 13th at 5:30 p.m. featuring some of the beautiful new wedding and evening gowns donated by “Tie the Knot” in Naples.

In addition, Carrie Darling, wedding coordinator and owner of “Carried Away Events” has proven to be an integral part of this exciting event by securing dress donations, cupcakes from Kakes by Karen for our fashion show, and countless other donations for the event.

Jessica Clark, owner of “South Beach Hair” will be donating her time to do the hair and make-up of all the models in the fashion show on January 13th.

The Marco Island Discovery Center would like to thank the community for their enthusiasm and support and will continue to accept new or gently used gown donations. The goal is to be able to offer a wide variety of sizes and styles for every customer who wants a great deal on a fabulous gown.

There are several ways to show your support; by donating new or used gowns, sponsoring the event, volunteering to help or by shopping at the “Bridal Boutique”!

Tom Cooper

The 25-year CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM Practitioner is also a certified U.S. sailing instructor for youth. Mr. Cooper and his wife Patricia share a passion for sailing and are often found on Gulf waters with Ariel, their dog and faithful skipper. He teaches the Micky’s Sailing program affiliated with the city of Marco Island and the Marco Island Yacht Club.

Mr. Cooper’s permanent move to Naples follows five years of living part-time in southwest Florida before selling his long-established practice, Financial Alternatives, In Tom’s River, New Jersey. In addition to the professional designation of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM Practitioner, he holds the FINRA series 6,7, 24 and 6 securities registrations. He holds a Florida insurance license for Life, Health and Variable products. His financial practice, focused primarily on retirement planning, is now located in the 5th Avenue North offices of Stoia Finanical, a financial firm owned by Greg Stoia, who has had a financial  practice in Naples since 1985. Both Mr. Cooper and Mr. Stoia are Investment Adviser Representatives of Commonwealth Financial Network, member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser.

Contact Tom Cooper, CFP, 851 5th Avenue North, Naples, Florida 34102. 239-261-8348, retirement-adviser.com.

Cafe de Marco

For 27 years Cafe de Marco has been a noted landmark for excellent fine dining. Nestled in quaint Olde Marco, the highly acclaimed restaurant is known for its fresh seafood creations. To what does owner/operator Sandy Scheeler-Franchino attribute her success? “My approach to the restaurant business has always been to honor my customer’s individual desires.



Food brings people together for a many reasons. It is my job to be sure our customers are treated like family and to more than satisfy their expectations. We want to provide a remarkable dining experience to everyone who walks through our door.”

Sandy’s philosophy regarding the restaurant business is proving successful. Numerous awards adorn the walls of the restaurant including the coveted ‘Best Seafood’ for several years running. Cafe de Marco has been written up in Gourmet magazine, Bon Appetit, Fromm’s Travel Guide and is recommended by Travel Advisor, where the restaurant is rated third in a long list of area restaurants.

“All of our dishes are prepared from scratch.” Sandy explains, “We don’t carry pre-prepped foods. Everything is completely prepared by our kitchen staff and chef. Our number one seller is our Jumbo Prawns, followed by our Lobster Bisque. We also offer steaks, lamb, chicken, and vegetarian selections, just to name a few. We’ve been in business long enough that we have different generations of the same family as regulars. That is another key to our success: consistency! Not only in the kitchen but in maintaining long-standing wait staff and kitchen help too.”

Cafe de Marco is located in 244 Palm Street in Olde Marco. For reservations and information, call 239-394-6262 or visit their website at www.cafedemarco.com. The restaurant boasts four different rooms to accommodate large parties for holidays and special occasions or weddings. Menus can be customized to your needs.

So why is Cafe de Marco participating in a special Cancer Awareness feature? In addition to the thousands of people who die each year to cancer, Sandy says, “I have several friends and family members who have been lost to cancer. Anything I can do to further the cause and awareness is important.” See the Cafe de Marco ad in this section for specials to fit your budget while creating a lovely evening out.

South Beach Hair

South Beach Hair is a well-known hair salon on Marco Island, located in the newly revamped Marco Walk Plaza for over fifteen years. Owner Jessica Clarke decided early on in life that she wanted a career in cosmetology. By the time she graduated from high school she had already completed her cosmetology training at a local Chicago vocational school. Over the years, she has expanded her original training and as a stylist provides a full array of services, including color, haircuts, and Great Lengths extensions. One of her specialties is color correction. Of the many plusses of being a stylist on the island, Jessica feels she has had the privilege of encouraging the many kids that have come through her chair to follow their dream of an education, even if it is not the traditional 4-year degree.

Her boutique salon offers a vast array

An evening of fine dining and friendship at Cafe de Marco.

An evening of fine dining and friendship at Cafe de Marco.

of services to, not only women, but children and men as well. As a full service hair salon offering color, cuts, Great Lengths extensions and nails, they also offer permanent make-up, eyelash extensions, and a complete line of skincare.

The staff is comprised of stylist Nancy Verdon who is a former owner of three salons in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Nancy brings many, many years of styling experience to the salon. In addition to Nancy, there is Erica Weber, formerly of Michigan, who is an accomplished veteran stylist. She has been on Marco for many years. This last year saw the addition of Donna Harrington, also formerly of Michigan, who is a very accomplished stylist and former salon owner as well.

A full line of nail services, as well as hand therapy and medical pedicures using Footlogix Pediceuticals products, are offered. The salon also has the latest and greatest nail product known as Shellac by CNDC. This is a revolutionary new product that does not chip as is so common with most nail polish. Jenna Cunningham and Janet Phillips, nail technicians, bring years of experience to the salon.

Facials, micro-dermabrasion and micropeels are provided in the newly-renovated treatment room by certified medical esthetician Pamela Broad. Pam has over thirty years’ experience in the skincare industry and has been instrumental in bringing physician-grade skin care products to the salon. One of the products they are most proud to present is the Lindi Skincare line. It was specially formulated to deal with the special issues that cancer patients face when undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.

Permanent make-up and eye-lash extensions, which are currently the rage, are performed by Neli Nelz, who brings a wealth of expertise in the field. Neli has the added benefit of being able to perform more complicated procedures in a physician’s office if necessary, rather than the salon.

Bridal Packages surpassing the average in the community are offered by providing the bride and her party with not only a day of beauty, which includes hair, nails, facials and make-up application, but a catered brunch or lunch if desired. Bridal services are offered on or off-site and can include photography, videography and any other services that the bride might request. Destination weddings have, over the years, become so popular that, by offering these services, South Beach Hair has added another dimension to the salon.

In addition to being a full service salon, last November, South Beach Hair branched out and added the additional element of boutique shopping in the salon. Diva Boutique, owned by Pamela Broad, brings a funky edge to the salon by offering such things as divine purses, hats, great gift items, greeting cards, candles, and much, much more. Inventory changes regularly and it has become a regular shopping place for those looking for something different.

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