60 Happy Pets Thanks to Southwest Florida Law Firm
In recognition of 60 years of service to the community, personal injury law firm Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz guarantees 60 pet adoptions to the Gulf Coast Humane Society through the end of 2022.
“With rising pet food prices and other expenses, some families looking to adopt a pet may find it difficult to afford one,” said Gary Willoughby, executive director of Gulf Coast Humane. Society. “Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz have been incredibly supportive over the years. We are excited for this opportunity for more members of the community to experience the many benefits of providing a home for a loving pet.
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Adoptions are made possible thanks to “golden tickets” which will be distributed during events organized by the firm and the humanitarian society to people wishing to donate cats and dogs to the “furever” refuge of the homes.
“Many of the company’s staff know the joy of adopting pets,” said Christopher Smith, managing partner. “As part of our 60th anniversary celebration of community service, we are thrilled to connect the community with loving animals in need of homes.”
Opportunities to obtain the Golden Tickets, which offer free or discounted adoption fees for cats and dogs of different ages, will be posted on the Facebook pages of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz and Gulf Coast Humane Society. The gold tickets must be redeemed by the end of the year.
Blackjack Pizza & Salads Gives Back
The owner of local Blackjack Pizza & Salads franchise, Askar Management Group, has been busy this summer donating pizzas in Bonita Springs to small businesses, most recently the Bonita Assistance Office and the YMCA of Southwest Florida. .
Bonita Assistance Office is a local pantry that assists residents of Bonita Springs, with food and financial assistance. During an evening of unpacking, Rotarians from Bonita Naples Noon were happy to help in the pantry by sorting out non-perishable food that had been donated by the community. Blackjack Pizza donated pizzas to the hard working group of volunteers.
In addition to the free pizzas donated to the Bonita Assistance Office, Blackjack also donated over 13 pizzas to the YMCA of Southwest Florida’s “License to Swim” program. The children celebrated their achievements of learning to swim this summer.
The program was sponsored by local Bonita residents Trish Leonard and Gary Price for any child who could not afford the tuition. More than 50 children earned their swimming licenses, while 183 learned and developed vital water safety skills.
“We are grateful that Blackjack Pizza has been our partner in this program for the past two years and we hope they will continue to be so,” says Angel Cerritos, president of the YMCA of Southwest Florida.
Blackjack is located at 28245 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs. 239.495.3422.
Planet Fitness welcomes 226K high school students
Planet Fitness, with locations in Fort Myers and Cape Coral, announced that 226,197 high school students across Florida have enrolled in its High School Summer Pass program, logging 1,089,115 workouts over the course of three months and half. Across the country, more than 3.5 million teens have signed up for the program, logging 17 million workouts. The High School Summer Pass ran from May 16 to August 31, during which Planet Fitness opened its doors to students aged 14-19 to train for free at one of its clubs.
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All teens in the United States and Canada who signed up were automatically entered into The Planet Fitness High School Summer Pass Sweepstakes. Planet Fitness will award a $500 scholarship in each state (and the District of Columbia) and a grand prize of $5,000. These scholarships can be used for academic or athletic activities or programs. Winners will be notified this month.
Ware Bluegrass supports Florida Lions Eye Clinic Vision
The Florida Lions Eye Clinic received the second annual funding of $20,000 in a three-year commitment from the Ware Bluegrass Foundation. With over 120 eye surgeries performed in-house, the $10,000 portion directly supporting the clinic’s surgery fund will help the mission move forward.
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FLLEC’s state-of-the-art eye care services include minor surgical treatment for eye diseases such as glaucoma and pterygium, which involves the removal of a growth on the surface of the eye resulting from prolonged exposure to wind, to sunlight, smoke, dust and pollen. Many FLLEC patients are referred to outside specialists who require surgery beyond the capabilities of the Clinic. These surgeries include retinal detachments; cataracts and conditions requiring eye injections. In either case, there is no cost to the patient — the clinic’s surgery fund covers all costs.
Jack and Alice Ware, who were both blind while living, established the Ware Bluegrass Foundation in 1999. The foundation has chosen to narrow its focus by supporting organizations that maintain ongoing vision-related programs.