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Scenes from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's 2013 Annual Gala and Scholarships Presentation at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers on June 8, 2013
MundoFox held auditions for vocal soloists and groups ages 8 to 15 to be on "El Factor X," a Spanish-language version of “The X Factor,” at Miromar Outlets in Estero on June 8, 2013. On the show, which premiers on MundoFox this summer, viewers help choose the next young Latino superstar or breakout music group.
Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s 11th annual “Glory of the Grape” wine tasting, was held Sunday, June 9, 2013 at CJ’s on the Bay.
Twelve wines, all from Oregon or neighboring Washington state, were featured, with more than half having “pinot” at the front of their names, along with three “proprietor’s bonus selections.”
Scenes from arm wrestling tournament at Pelican Larry's Pine Ridge on Saturday June 1, 2013. The tournament drew competitors to arm wrestle their way to the prize of a spot in the World Bar Arm Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas on Aug. 24th.
The Marco Island Brewery was packed Saturday afternoon for “Talk Derby to Me,” with enough extravagant hats to make it difficult to see around the restaurant, let alone move around freely. The occasion was the annual fundraiser for Marco’s Upon A Star Foundation, their seventh year holding the Kentucky Derby-themed party.
This year, “Talk Derby” featured a new wrinkle, with two causes for the price of one. Proceeds from the afternoon were split between Upon A Star and the Marco Island Academy, the island’s new charter high school. Adding the school’s backers and fund-raising prowess to the established local Upon A Star, which helps local children and families in need, generated a daily double of giving, making all involved winners, regardless of what happened up at that horse race. With 260 attending, the event raised over $40,000 for the two local groups.
A Cinco de Mayo-themed networking event held at Margarita's on Marco Island on Thursday brought area realtors, related business owners and generous sponsors together for an After 5 get together.
The Council of Hispanic Business Professionals (CHBP) held its fifth annual Mother's Day Fashion Show Lunch on April 27, 2013 at the Hilton in Naples
The 2013 Sneaker Ball was held Friday at the YMCA of the Palms in North Naples.
The Buckinghams and The Grass Roots performed Sunday April 21, 2013 during the Balloons Over Paradise Festival at Seminole Casino Immokalee.
The sixth annual “Boots & Boogie,” was held April 13, 2013 at teh Waldorf-Astoria in Naples. The event raised $135,000 for Friends of Foster Children of Southwest Florida.
The Remax Affinity Plus group held their annual awards ceremony on Wednesday.
See who hit the red carpet during Florida Fashion Week's Glamour and Glow on April 5, 2013 at the Shoppes at Vanderbilt in North Naples
This was the third annual Nest Fest for the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation. The organization continues to grow, foundation president Carl Way told the group in his remarks, which blurred the distinction between a social gala and a board meeting. Moving forward, the goal is to build on their success, and expand outside of Marco Island, he said, seeking additional support both in Collier County and at the state level. The Eagle Foundation is working with national and even international groups as well, including the American Bald Eagle Foundation, based in Pigeon Forge, Tenessee where the pigeons presumably provide a good food source for any local eagles and Hancock Wildlife in British Columbia and the state of Washington.
Florida Fashion Week held the Fashion of Food on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at Bayfront in Naples. The evening included "edible art" prepared by local chefs and a wine tasting. Florida Fashion Week continues through April 6. For more information, go to http://fashionweeknaples.com.
Scenes from Naples rock band Backlash's recent show at Jack's Bait Shack in North Naples.
The opening reception for Theatre Zone's production of "Next to Normal" was held March 3, 2013. The reception featured a discussion and book signing with adult and geriatric psychiatrist and author Dr. Scott Haltzman.