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CTN10TV features Law and Order Ball

Posted on Aug 31, 2016

CTN10TV features Law and Order Ball

This week, CTN10TV in Lee County, Florida featured interviews of Rotary Club of Fort Myers South members Pam Morrison and Roger Mercado regarding the annual Law and Order Ball, set for it’s third annual gala on September 17, 2016 at Germain Arena.  The interview also included segments profiling local law enforcement agencies and the finalists for the Officer of the Year award.  Rotary South thanks CTN10TV and all the sponsors and volunteers for their support of this endeavor. Watch the entire program...

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Law and Order Ball funds to procure lifesaving tactical trauma kits for law enforcement

Posted on Aug 18, 2016

Law and Order Ball funds to procure lifesaving tactical trauma kits for law enforcement

Rotary of Fort Myers South bolsters Homeland Security’s “Stop the Bleed” initiative locally In October of 2015, the White House brought together the reach and power of the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services and FEMA, and charged these agencies with a lifesaving mission. The Stop the Bleed campaign brings the bleeding control strategies and resources at the disposal of first responders and the military to street level. Now Rotary of Fort Myers South is mobilizing the Southwest Florida community to empower its law enforcement officers to save their own lives and those of our neighbors before EMS arrives on the scene. The mission: reserve your tickets at www.lawandorderball.org to attend an elegant evening in support of local law enforcement agencies starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at Germain Arena. All proceeds are directed to the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South Foundation, which benefits law enforcement youth programs and many other community projects. For this third annual event, Fund-A-Need dollars will specifically support the purchase of individual tactical trauma kits to outfit individual law enforcement and their patrol cars. Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Myers Police Department, Cape Coral Police Department, Sanibel Police Department, Florida Gulf Coast University Police Department, Florida SouthWestern State College Police Department and Lee County Port Authority Police will all be beneficiaries of Rotary’s of Fort Myers South’s fundraising through the Law and Order Ball. In this way, these agencies will be empowered to achieve the aspirations set forth by the Stop the Bleed Coalition, representing a year-long collaboration between the National Security Council at the White House with partners like the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, American College of Surgeons, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and the Harvard Kennedy School. According to the “Stop the Bleeding Coalition,” 35 percent of pre-hospital deaths are the result of hemorrhaging. Our law enforcement officers often serve as first responders on the scene of potentially fatal car accidents and events such as the recent Club Blu shooting, and are too often the targets of violence themselves. Equipping them with tactical trauma kits that contain gauze, tourniquets, clotting agent and other tools is one important way to help our local heroes stay alive to serve our community and save precious lives when every minute matters. The purpose of the Law & Order Ball is to thank the everyday heroes of the Lee County law enforcement agencies who keep us safe, enabling us to build our businesses and thrive as a community. What better way to thank our law enforcement officers than to provide them with the tools to say lives – victim’s lives or their own lives. That’s why there will be a “call to action” or Fund-A- Need for tactical trauma kits the night of the event. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the evening’s Fund-A-Need will go to Lee County law enforcement to provide funds for these tactical trauma kits. For those individuals or businesses that are unable to attend the event, you can donate money for these lifesaving kits by going to www.lawandorderball.org. To accommodate a growing number of guests, this is the first year the event will be held at Germain Arena. It is also the first black-tie (optional) affair in the arena’s history. Tickets for the Law and Order Ball are $150 each or $1,200 for a table of eight, and include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a formal dinner, entertainment, raffle items, a silent auction and a live auction. Guests will be able to mingle with law enforcement officers and get a close look at...

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Officer of the Year Nominees Announced

Posted on Jul 26, 2016

Officer of the Year Nominees Announced

Law Enforcement Heroes Nominated for Law and Order Ball Officer of the Year Tickets and opportunities to “Fund-A-Cop” to attend are now available Rotary Club of Fort Myers South is proud to announce the nominations for Officer of the Year, to be announced at the annual Law and Order Ball at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, at Germain Arena in Estero. This gala awards dinner recognizes local law enforcement and celebrates their dedication and commitment to our community, with six agencies nominating those among their ranks who go above and beyond the call of duty. The Officer of the Year will be chosen from the following nominees: Cape Coral Police Department Sergeant Jon Kulko Officer Stephen Cragin Detective Christy Jo Ellis   Florida Gulf Coast University Police Department Detective Joseph Anderson Ft. Myers Police Department Officer Cassie McHale Lee County Port Authority Senior Officer Melissa Duncan Master Officer John Rodriguez Master Officer Matthew Timothy Lee County Sheriff’s Office Detective Michael Cahill Deputy First Class Jarrod Cantrell Sergeant James Matthew Chitwood Deputy First Class Michael Elkady Sergeant Sylvester Smalls Sanibel Police Department Sergeant Grace Towler The Officer of the Year will receive a custom designed piece by Rotarian Mark Loren of Mark Loren Designs. So that all local law enforcement officers who wish to attend are able to do so, Rotary Club of Fort Myers South is proud to offer, once again, the Fund-A-Cop program. To participate and underwrite the cost of a ticket for a member of Lee County law enforcement, click here. Regular ticket sales are also available at that website, at a cost of $150 per person and $1,200 for a table of eight. The evening includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a sumptuous dinner, a silent and live auction, entertainment and some very special surprises. All proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South Foundation and Lee County law enforcement youth programs. Many levels of sponsorship opportunities are available, with major sponsors being honored at a special VIP reception. Donations of auction items are also currently being accepted. As with last year’s Law and Order Ball, Creighton Construction and Development and Ada’s Market will be the presenting sponsors. Additional sponsors include LeeSar; Survival Armor; NBC-2; The News-Press Media Group; Edison National Bank; Enterprise Holdings; Armor Correctional Health; the Galloway Family of Dealerships; Tech-Tronics; CONRIC PR & Marketing; The Eventful Company; Mark Loren Designs; Rapid Print; Siesta Pebble; Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, PA; Eye Centers of Florida; Wilbur Smith Law Firm; Gulf Coast Coin and Jewelry; Gendron Funeral and Cremation Services Inc.; Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner; CFS Roofing; Home-Tech; Red Roof Inns; Aubuchon Team of Companies; Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits; Fort Myers Police Department; HBKS Wealth Advisors; Old Sparky; and UAStar Photo Booth. For information about in-kind donations and the many different sponsorship opportunities that are still available, visit www.lawandorderball.org or contact Lori Cook North at lori@eventfulinc.com. Rotary Club of Fort Myers South Rotary Club of Fort Myers South has more than 140 members who are among the 1.3 million Rotarians worldwide. Service Above Self is the motto of Rotary International, which has contributed more than $1.2 billion and tens of thousands of volunteer hours toward polio eradication in addition to projects such as water quality, world peace and literacy. Meetings are held each Monday at 12:00 PM at the Crowne Plaza, 13051 Bell Tower Drive. For more information, visit...

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Tickets Now On Sale for 2016 Law and Order Ball

Posted on Jun 3, 2016

Tickets Now On Sale for 2016 Law and Order Ball

The Rotary Club of Fort Myers South announces that tickets for the Law and Order Ball, to be held at 6 p.m. Saturday , September 17, 2016 are now on sale. The event, in its first year at Germain Arena, will be the first black tie affair in the arena’s history. In its third year, this event is an opportunity to thank the everyday heroes of our Lee County law enforcement agencies who keep us safe and enable us to build our businesses and thrive as a community. Those agencies include- the Cape Coral Police Department; Florida Gulf Coast University Police Department; Florida SouthWestern State College Police Department; Fort Myers Police Department; Lee County Port Authority Police; Lee County Sheriff’s Office; and Sanibel Police Department. Each agency can nominate up to five officers for the prestigious Officer of the Year award, which will be announced at the event. The Officer of the Year will received a customized ring designed by Rotarian Mark Loren, Mark Loren Design. The black-tie (optional) evening includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a formal dinner, entertainment, raffle items for unique packages, silent and live auction items. The event provides a unique opportunity for guests to mingle with law enforcement officers and get up close to law enforcement vehicles. As with last year’s event, Creighton Construction and Development and Ada’s Market will be the Law and Order Ball’s presenting sponsors. Additional sponsors include LeeSar; Survival Armor; NBC-2; The News-Press Media Group; Edison National Bank; Enterprise Holdings; the Galloway Family of Dealerships; Tech-Tronics; CONRIC PR & Marketing; The Eventful Company; Mark Loren Designs; Rapid Print; Siesta Pebble; Henderson Franklin Attorneys at Law; Eye Centers of Florida; Wilbur Smith Law Firm; Brilliant Lens LLC; Gendron Funeral and Cremation Services Inc.; HBKS Wealth Advisors; Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner; CFS Roofing; and Fort Myers Police Department. Tickets to the celebratory evening are $150 each and $1200 for a table of eight. Another way to help support the event is the Fund-A- Cop program, an opportunity to help a member of Lee County Law Enforcement to attend by underwriting the cost of a ticket for him or her. To purchase tickets for your party or for officers through the Fund-A- Cop opportunity, click on the “Buy Tickets” link below, or contact Lori Cook North at lori@eventfulinc.com.   Rotary Club of Fort Myers South Rotary Club of Fort Myers South has more than 150 members who are among the 1.3 million Rotarians worldwide. Service Above Self is the motto of Rotary International, which has contributed more than $1.2 billion and tens of thousands of volunteer hours toward polio eradication in addition to projects such as water quality, world peace and literacy. Meetings are held each Monday at 12:00 PM at the Crowne Plaza, 13051 Bell Tower Drive. For more information, visit...

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Law and Order Ball moves to bigger venue in 2016

Posted on Apr 5, 2016

Law and Order Ball moves to bigger venue in 2016

Rotary Club of Fort Myers South is pleased to announce that the Third Annual Law and Order Ball will be held on Saturday, September 17 at Germain Arena in Estero. The elegant evening event recognizes our everyday heroes from all seven Lee County law enforcement agencies.  Germain Arena provides an exceptional space to not only recognize the men and women who put their lives on the line every day, but to also showcase emergency vehicles and equipment. Guests will have the unique opportunity to get in the driver seat and take photos of one or all of the vehicles onsite that may include a helicopter, boat, motorcycle and SWAT vehicle. The Law and Order Ball will be the first black tie affair to be held at the arena. With the success of the first two annual Law and Order Ball events, the original sponsors have already stepped up and committed to take part again this year, many at an even higher level than they have in the past. Additionally, several new sponsors will take part this year to show their support for all that Lee County Law Enforcement does for the community. Creighton Construction and Development and Ada’s Market will once again be presenting sponsors. Other sponsors include: LeeSar, Survival Armor, NBC 2, The News-Press Media Group, TOTI Media, Edison National Bank, Enterprise Holdings, Galloway Family of Dealerships, Tech-Tronics, CONRIC PR & Marketing, The Eventful Company, Mark Loren Designs, Rapid Print, Siesta Pebble, Eye Centers of Florida, Henderson Franklin Attorneys at Law, Brilliant Lens LLC, Gendron Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc., and HBKS Wealth Advisors. The agencies to be recognized are: Cape Coral Police Department, Florida Gulf Coast University Police Department, Florida SouthWestern State College Police Department, Fort Myers Police Department, Lee County Port Authority Police, Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Sanibel Police Department. Nominations from each agency for the “Officer of the Year” award will be accepted. One special hero will be awarded and receive a custom designed piece by Rotarian Mark Loren of Mark Loren Designs. Proceeds from the event benefit law enforcement youth programs, as well as many of the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South Foundation’s community projects. For more information, contact Lori Cook North at lori@eventfulinc.com. Rotary Club of Fort Myers South Rotary Club of Fort Myers South has more than 150 members who are among the 1.3 million Rotarians worldwide. Service Above Self is the motto of Rotary International, which has contributed more than $1.2 billion and tens of thousands of volunteer hours toward polio eradication in addition to projects such as water quality, world peace and literacy. Meetings are held each Monday at 12:00 PM at the Crowne Plaza, 13051 Bell Tower Drive. For more information, visit...

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Zazwirsky named Edison Festival Honorary Grand Marshal

Posted on Feb 10, 2016

Zazwirsky named Edison Festival Honorary Grand Marshal

Rotary Club of Fort Myers South is pleased to announce that their nominee has been chosen by the Edison Festival of Light Committee and program sponsor Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz as the Honorary Grand Marshal of the Grand Parade of Light set to take place on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. Lee County Sheriff’s Officer Deputy Mike Zazwirsky was chosen from a worthy list of candidates including Take Stock in Children Mentor of the Year Gary Avin and Big Brothers, Big Sisters Board member Ben Simmons. The public placed online votes to determine the Honorary Grand Marshal. Deputy Michael Zazwirsky Deputy Zazwirsky was nominated by Rotary Club of Fort Myers South, after being recognized as its 2015 Law and Order Ball Officer of the Year. Deputy Zazwirsky was chosen for his “Fighting Holiday Hunger” initiative that resulted in food for nearly 3,000 families. “Deputy Zazwirsky truly demonstrates what our profession is all about,” stated Sheriff Mike Scott. “Not only has he done wonderful things for the community when it comes to feeding the hungry, he also developed a juvenile arrest monitoring system that is being modeled throughout our agency.” Zazwirsky is a 12-year veteran of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office currently assigned in the North District of Lee County. Throughout his professional career and personal life, Deputy Zazwirsky has been serving those in the community. Because of Deputy Zazwirsky’s instrumental role in helping and improving his community, the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South determined he was also a great candidate for nomination for Honorary Grand Marshal of the Edison Parade. As Honorary Grand Marshal, Deputy Zazwirsky will be spotlighted in the Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade. In addition, Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz will make a contribution to a charity of Zazwirsky’s choice. Edison Festival Grand Parade The Grand Parade of Light is a two-hour extravaganza featuring local and national marching bands, unique floats and giant balloons, local government and law enforcement officials and more. The parade, which has gained recognition as the largest night parade in the southeast, brings the entire community out in celebration of the life and achievements of winter resident, Thomas Edison. This event is FREE to the public and will take place on Saturday, Feb. 20 beginning at Fort Myers High School at 7:00 p.m. and concluding in the downtown River District. A Grand Parade Party and concert on the river with live entertainment the day of the parade is also FREE to the public. The fun begins at 11 a.m. To learn more about the Edison Festival of Light, visit www.edisonfestival.org or call 239-334-2999. Rotary Club of Fort Myers South The Rotary Club of Fort Myers South Law and Order Ball is an evening to recognize the everyday heroes of our law enforcement agencies. The black tie-optional evening features cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a sumptuous dinner, entertainment, a silent and live auction, VIP sponsor reception and much more. Rotary Club of Fort Myers South has more than 130 members who are among the 1.3 million Rotarians worldwide. Service Above Self is the motto of Rotary International, which has contributed more than $1.2 billion and tens of thousands of volunteer hours toward polio eradication in addition to projects such as water quality, world peace and literacy. Meetings are held each Monday at 12:00 PM at the Crowne Plaza, 13051 Bell Tower Drive. For more information, visit...

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