December 2017 Around Town

Cape Coral Community Foundation Holds Inaugural ENPYS

On Wednesday, October 18, the Cape Coral Community Foundation hosted the inaugural Excellence in Nonprofit Performance Yearly awards luncheon to recognize the efforts of Southwest Florida nonprofits and the accomplishments of nonprofit leaders at an awards ceremony and luncheon. The winners were:

  • • Nonprofit Organization of the Year: Community Cooperative
  • • Nonprofit Rising Organization of the Year: Valerie’s House
  • • Nonprofit Executive of the Year: Samira Beckwith, Hope Healthcare
  • • Nonprofit Board Leader of the Year: Dean Piccirillo, Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce board chair
  • • Nonprofit Employee of the Year: Megan Feeney, Goodwill Industries of SWFL
  • • Nonprofit Volunteer of the Year: Ingrid Fuller, Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida
  • • Business Partner of the Year: Smart Companies
  • • Michel Doherty Community Impact Award: Jeanne Sweeney, CEO and founder of the Above Board Chamber of Florida
  • • Paul Sanborn Service Above Self Award: James Gravedoni, of Frank and Sons Moving and Storage

Local businesses host events in 
support of Miles of Smiles Foundation

Two local businesses hosted events in October and November to raise funds for the Miles of Smiles Foundation, an organization established in 2007 that helps Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. In conjunction with Miles Ranch, the foundation provides equine-assisted psychotherapy, which, when practiced regularly, nurtures adaptability and assists with developing problem-solving skills, resulting in decreased emotional intensity.

Equine-assisted psychotherapy is performed outdoors with the help of horses and allows veterans to recognize their strengths and abilities to cope with trauma.

Featured events included the third annual Miles Ranch fundraiser at Cru Restaurant featuring all-you-can-eat American cuisine and Miles of Soul at Old Soul Brewing Company featuring a barbecue, local vendors, live music and a silent auction.

“We are very grateful for the support of the community,” Gail Doxie, founder and mental health counselor, says. “The more opportunities we have to extend our reach, the more veterans we are able to help move forward and live an improved life.”

Chauncey Goss Joins 
Captains for Clean Water

Captains for Clean Water welcomes its newest board member, long-time Sanibel resident Chauncey Goss, who takes on the role of treasurer. Goss brings a wealth of practical experience, personal passion and governmental insight that will undoubtedly bear positive impact on the growth of the organization.

Goss is the founder and managing partner of Goss Practical Solutions, which provides federal fiscal policy analysis, budget forecasting and geopolitical analysis. Before starting the firm, he served as deputy staff director and director of budget review for the House Budget Committee under Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Ryan credits Goss for much of the analytical underpinnings and quantitative analysis that are the foundation of his budgets.

Before serving on Capitol Hill, Goss worked for the Executive Office of the President in the Office of Management and Budget’s National Security Division where he was instrumental in ensuring the Department of Defense and intelligence community were properly resourced. Before that, he worked as a strategic planner under contract to the Air Force, Navy and intelligence community.

He received a bachelor’s from Rollins College and a master’s in public policy from Georgetown University. Goss grew up on Sanibel Island and currently lives there with his wife and three sons. He is active in his community and serves as an elected member of the Sanibel City Council. He is chairman of the board of trustees at the Canterbury School in Fort Myers. He serves on the boards of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation and the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties.

Bill Turner joins Spiro & Associates as Chief Operating Officer

Bill Turner has joined Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations and Brand Architecture in Fort Myers as chief operating officer. His responsibilities include overseeing daily operations of the firm, its clients and staff, evaluating investments in infrastructure and talent, coordinating the development of key performance goals, collaborating on plans for growth and evolution, and analyzing existing programs and policies, as well as ensuring all program initiatives align with the agency’s core values and culture.

A University of Florida graduate, Turner comes to Spiro & Associates with more than 19 years of banking experience. Most recently, he spent two years at Encore Bank as vice president of branch administration, managing sales and operations efforts of six branch offices, and overseeing public relations, advertising and marketing efforts, as well as serving on the operations, technology and compliance committee.

Before his time at Encore Bank, Turner spent 17 years working in a variety of positions throughout the banking industry including senior vice president of commercial lending and vice president of commercial banking, as well as a commercial loan officer and corporate trainer.

Turner has served on the board of directors of the Estero Chamber of Commerce, president of the Southwest Florida Gator Club, Lee County chair for the March of Dimes’ March for Babies, president of the Edison Festival of Light and on the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools’ Golden Apple Teacher selection committee.

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