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Friday Facts for November 11, 2022

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Happy Veteran’s Day!

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Chamber Member and Chamber Friends:
Here Are Your Friday Facts And Hurricane Recovery Updates From the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

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Chamber President John Wright’s newspaper column from November 8.

Thank You!

The Board and Staff of the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the City of Punta Gorda and Charlotte County employees and officials, our local Police and Fire Departments as well as our dedicated First Responders who immediately began to assess and implement strategies to return our beloved community back to normal as quickly as possible after Hurricane Ian.

Your efforts have been – and continue to be – greatly appreciated by our residents, business owners and visitors.


Latest News From SBA and FEMA

More than half a billion dollars in SBA disaster loans approved for Florida businesses and residents affected by Hurricane Ian. Assistance is available. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 28, 2022. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 29, 2023. Types of loans available, terms and interest rates, click here. FEMA Group Flood Insurance Policy. FEMA update.

Port Charlotte Business Recover Center is Open!

The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) have opened a business recovery center to assist with the following programs:

  • SBA Physical Disaster Loan
  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
  • Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan

Location: Promenades Mall, 3280 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte FL  33952

Hours of Operation: Mon-Thurs, 9am – 4pm

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PG Chamber Radio Show: Exclusively For PG Chamber Members.


Our monthly radio show on Seaview 104.9FM during the Bob Alexander Radio Show is the first Wednesday and Thursday of each month. The process is simple. Bob will call you, set up a recording time and it’ll be done over the phone and inserted into the programming of this very popular show. You can either record two slots or record one to air twice during the show. Bob will let you know when it will air. The cost is $110 (payable to the PG Chamber, not iHeart). To register for the show, email John Wright.

Only 10 businesses per month. It’s a great way to promote your business, advertise an event or simply to show your community support.

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Whitney Grace starring in Showstopper: A Love Letter to Broadway
Monday, November 21, 7-9pm

Located at Charlotte Harbor Convention & Event Center, 75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda

$45 per person for dinner and show

About the show

SHOWSTOPPER: A Love Letter to Broadway is a one-woman, one hour, 12 costume Broadway extravaganza. Everyone remembers the moment that stopped the show, the 11 o’clock number that left us laughing, crying, or thinking. In SHOWSTOPPER: A Love Letter to Broadway we jump from show to show experiencing the high-energy classics through dance, song and story.

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2023 Chamber Members & Visitors Guide


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Networking Events

**Please remember to RSVP directly to events by emailing reception@puntagorda-chamber.com, by calling us at 941.639.3720 or by paying for lunch online. We LOVE to see you but we appreciate knowing you’re coming to provide our host with an accurate count to better accommodate us. Thank you for your assistance!

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Tuesday, Nov. 15: After Hours, 5:30-7 pm. – Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens. Please RSVP.

Wednesday, Nov. 30: Networking Lunch, Noon-1:30 pm – Laishley Crab House, 150 Laishley Court, Punta Gorda. Lunch is a buffet. Cost is $20 per person pre-paid. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover and AMEX. Tickets can be purchased online at puntagordachamber.com., email reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941.639.3720.

Wednesday, Dec. 14: Business Over Breakfast, 7:15 am – Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association hosted by Gator Wilderness Camp School. Please RSVP.

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Please Support Our Local Businesses!

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Downtown Farmers Market (Gold) Open 8 am to 1 pm Saturdays Fresh produce, seafood, olives, pickles, guacamole, bakeries and more! We added 15 more vendors in the breezeway of the parking garage.

TIME Realty Services, Inc. (Gold) – Happy Friday! The 7-day rolling stat for PG, PC and NP shows 144 new listings, 105 new contracts, 104 closings, 117 price decreases, 53 cancelations. No doubt about it, the market is moving. Almost all of our listings were destroyed or damaged, so we need new listings. If you are considering selling, I would love to speak with you. Put my 25 years of local experience to work for you! Della Booth cell 239.699.4493.

CAM Realty (Silver) – Virtual office available in Downtown Punta Gorda, $99/+tax per month.

Provides your company the image of an office without the cost of dedicated office space. Contact CAM Realty: 941.833.0083.

Creative Window Treatments (Silver) – We are here for your window treatments needs. Charlotte Sun Best Place to Buy Window Treatments 18 years running. Area’s only Hunter Douglas Showcase Dealer, Plantations Shutters, Blinds, Shades, Drapery and more. Call 941.637.0015.

The Purple House Salon (Silver) – Let’s get hair healthy for fall. Chamber members receive a free treatment upon request with a service. We now offer Lash Extensions! This offer is for every Friday in November.

WENG Radio (Silver In Kind) Chamber members can broadcast information about their business to the public. Click here for special rate.

Coastal Expressions & Wine (Bronze) – Located in the ISLES at 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd in the Plaza at Suite #1135. If you haven’t been here before, we offer a unique experience of food, wine, beer, activities, and shopping. Daily, we serve Breakfast flatbreads and Mimosas, Lunch specials and Wine Dinner/wine/beer and more. Visit our website at www.coastalexpressions.com to view our wine/beer and food menu, events and activities.

Charlotte Players (Bronze) – “Blithe Spirit:” Now-Sunday, Nov. 13. “Dean Martin & Friends – Tribute” show by Tom Stevens, Nov. 17-18. Tom Stevens is heralded by his growing legion of fans as the best singer-impressionist performing today. Located at 1182 Market Circle in Port Charlotte. For tickets go to www.charlotteplayers.org or call 941.255.1022.

Gulfshore Opera (Bronze) The popular women’s vocal ensemble, the GO Divas, kick-off their fall concerts at the courtyard of Carmelo’s Italian Ristorante on Sunday, Nov. 6. Click here for ticket information. Season calendar click here. Fun fall concerts near you in November.

Military Heritage Museum (Bronze)All Gulf Theater shows are confirmed as originally scheduled. For the season schedule, click here.

Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association (Bronze) – The Annual Arts and Crafts Fair is tomorrow, 9 am – 4 pm. featuring all handmade items just in time for holiday shopping. With the indoor space sold out, the fair is now expanding outdoors on the PGICA property including food trucks.

Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County (Support) – Please come out on Saturday Nov. 12, from 11-3 for the 2022 PetOberfest. For more information, visit http://awlshelter.org/petoberfest/

C.A.R.E. (Support) – Did you know that acquaintance rape is the most common form of sexual assault? The least common is stranger rape. If you know someone who has experienced this trauma, have them contact a trained, confidential advocate at The Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies of Charlotte County (C.A.R.E). www.carefl.org

Drug Free Punta Gorda (Support) – It’s Time To Gather Again: Thursday, Nov. 17, DFPG Coalition Meeting, 11:30 am-1 pm. Click here for more details.

Frank Desquin (Support) – Did you know one of the area’s early residents was a farmer, circuit riding preacher, store owner, homesteader, postmaster, real estate salesman and newspaper columnist? Click here for the story.

Marco Office Supply (Support) – If your building. storefront, office space received damaged and contents literally destroyed, we have gently used furniture to replace what was lost. In addition, we have an economic line called “Offices to Go,” with very affordable furniture. If you have purchased furniture from us in the past and need invoices for your insurance company, we are happy to pull those up. 239.775.7513.

Peace River Botanical and Sculptural Gardens (Support) – For the month of November, we are going to offer no admission, donation only, in hopes we can all rebuild together! Open 9 am-4 pm, Tuesday-Sunday.

Is your business looking for a place to host your holiday party? Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens is the perfect backdrop! Please reach out to Tanna Horner thorner@peacerivergardens.org for information.

Plant Sale, November 12, 10 am to 2 pm. Free admission to plant sale. Gardens at a Glance

PicklePlex® of Punta Gorda (Support) – Reopens on Sunday. Thank you for your patience! After suffering considerable damage, the PicklePlex is ready for play – Sunday, Nov. 13, at 9 am. Your Social Events Team will also offer music and other games. Come join us! Note: In order to play, you must have a membership badge or day pass, so be sure to sign up now on our website (pickleplex.org), as it takes up to 48 hours to Gold in Kind Partners Silver Partners produce a badge/pass. The Membership Team will be handing out badges and passes on Nov. 13 from 9-10 a.m. to those who register ahead. NOTE: Hurricane Nicole could disrupt the plans so please check the website or CourtReserve if you are a PicklePlex member. For questions contact info@pickleplex.org.

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United Way of Charlotte County – We believe that we are better together. Local businesses, large and small, need productive, reliable employees. Employees need secure employment with a steady income. United at Work was created following Hurricane Ian to help business owners ensure their employees were able to take care of hurricane-related needs so that they can show up each day focused and ready to work. The United at Work fund offers financial assistance for individuals who are employed by a business that is based in Charlotte County or has sites in Charlotte County. The fund has a dollar-for-dollar matching grant from the Elsa & Peter Soderberg Charitable Foundation that doubles all donations up to $500,000. With your help, we can establish a $1 million + pool of resources for our community.


GIVE HELP: If you want to contribute to this fund – click here for more information and to make your donation to United at Work. Your donation will be doubled by the Elsa & Peter Soderberg Foundation up to $500,000.

GET HELP: If you are an employee of a Charlotte County business, – click here to complete a simple form, detailing the needs you have. Our team will help direct you to local resources and let you know what financial assistance you may qualify for.

Gator Wilderness Camp School – The annual fundraiser, Turkey in the Hole. will be Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9:30 am to 4 pm at 44930 Farabee Rd. in Punta Gorda. The day includes camp tours, full turkey dinner, bacon on a stick, Peachey’s Amish donuts, children’s games, live auction and more. For information, call 941.639.7722.

ARCHway Institute10 Ways To Give During the Holidays. Punta Gorda Coffee and Tea – Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for our UPCOMING Winter Coffee Flights! Don’t forget to try our HHC Salted Caramel Mocha Spice Frappe of the month … or add it to ANY drink! Limited time only!

Punta Gorda Chocolate and Wine – Our Sweet Sounds of Saturdays are back! These amazing local musicians play EVERY Saturday from 12 to 3 pm at our shop. Come sip with us for our Wine and Craft Beer Tasting and sit outside and enjoy the sweet sounds! Give us a call at 941.505.0479 to book your complimentary reservation and table … before they are filled up!

Carmelo’sLatin Night is back! Tomorrow, 6-10 pm. $60 plus tax (includes gratuity). Tickets can be purchased through RESY.

Fishermen’s VillageLighting of the Village, Tomorrow, featuring The Shane Duncan Band performing live at the Sunset Beach Tiki Bar 5-10 pm. New location: The Beach at Sunset Beach Club. November calendar of events. Sunset Beach Club events. Fishermen’s Village is holding community engagement meeting for new planned development. Click here for dates. 

Charlotte County Imagination Library – An affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and a program of Gilstad Literacy Foundation, Inc., Imaginaiton Library has received multiple grants and donations to support the program which mails a free book to enrolled children every month from birth until age 5. All children in this age range living in Charlotte County are eligible and can be enrolled at www.charlottecountyimaginationlibrary.org or www.imaginationlibrary.com

Boys and Girls Club of Charlotte County – Reason For The Season, December 1, 5:30-8 pm at Carmelo’s. Click here for details and tickets.

Gregg’s Automotive – Put the Brakes on Autism. Due to the disruption to the community by Hurricane Ian, we have extended our free brakes for the duration of November 2022. Remember you as a client will save between $75 to over $100 on brakes and 10% of all the brake work that we do goes to Harbour Heights Charities, that wrestles with the burdens of autism. Plus, you get a nifty T-shirt so the whole world knows that you have taken part in our annual campaign! Thank you for trusting us with your vehicle(s). We look forward to seeing you. 236 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. 941.575.8868.

Punta Gorda Boat Club – Boating in Charlotte Harbor Seminar, Saturday, December 3, 9 am-noon. If you are new to Charlotte County or just want a little more info on how to safely navigate your boat within our waters, this seminar is for you. Only $10 per person. Seating is limited so if you’re interested call 941.639-
 3828 and leave your name and contact number.

IguanalandBlood Drive, Saturday, November 19, 2-5 pm. Donors will receive a $20 eGift Card, OneBlood Plush Blanket, Chick-fil-A Coupon and Wellness Checkup.

Punta Gorda Historical Society – We cancelled “Kickback Music in the Park” this past Wednesday but we hope to see you November 13 and 20 at History Park Sunday Market and on November 23 for Music in the Park with Paul Cottrell. Stay up to date by following our website: www.puntagordahistory.com/events
We appreciate your support!

Pinch a Penny – Save 15-20% with these Brr-illiant deals.

Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University – “Financial Must-Haves For Business Owners Post Hurricane Ian” webinars. Click here for dates, times and details.

Sea Grape Gallery – Is still closed but repairs have begun. In the meantime, please visit our website, seagrapegallery.com to view our art and artist contact information.

Sandstar Remodeling/AR Homes – We are open at our office and Design Studio at 1203 West Marion Ave. in Punta Gorda. Our model home, the Regatta, at 605 West Henry St. in Punta Gorda, is also open with regular hours. Click here for our latest newsletter with Thanksgiving decorating tips.

Yogaz – A clothing line launched in Florida on Pine Island in January of 2022 with rave reviews from customers. Yogaz founders Barbara and Buck Pelton have relocated to Punta Gorda and the Yogaz clothing line is now available at Punta Gorda’s local markets. For more information, go to yogaz.com or yogi@yogaz.com or call 507.382.7232

Pedelec – If you are in need of a 2,500 square foot office and storage area, Phil has a space for lease at 205 Elizabeth Street. Call the landlord/building manager at 239.224.2636 if you are interested in taking over this space.

The Wyvern Hotel – Taking reservations for Thanksgiving dinner and also booking holiday parties. Call 941.639.7700 for more information or email salesandcatering@edgewatergrpllc.com

Keller Law Office – Temporarily relocated to the Wilshire Walk Plaza, located at 425 Cross St., Suite 213. We are continuing to provide compassionate advocacy in our areas of practice of Elder Law and Civil Litigation for our individual and business clients as well as the elders in our community.

Punta Gorda Symphony – We are preparing for the start of another exciting season of Mainstage Concerts featuring Brahms Symphony No. 1 on Nov. 20 at 7:30 pm at Charlotte Performing Arts Center. We are partnering with The Homeless Coalition for the evening’s concert and will be accepting Our Jazz on the Lawn 3-Concert Series kicks off on Dec. 3 at 4 pm with Patricia Dean & Friends at Florida Southwestern State College, Charlotte Campus. Mainstage Concert and Jazz on the Lawn Season Subscriptions are still available – Subscribe now and save 10%. Individual and Group tickets are available. Visit us at PGSymphony.org for more information and to purchase tickets. Or call us at 941.205.5996.

Homeless Coalition – Mistletoe Ball is Dec. 10 and tickets and sponsorships are on sale. Contact Jenifer Welch jenifer.welch@cchomelesscoalition.org for information.

ERC – I represent ERC Bottom Line which helps the U.S. Treasury Department distribute $400 billion to small businesses. Do you want a share of that $400 billion? Contact me by phone at 941.200.1204 or by email at bob.wenz@americanercprogram.com. I’ll get you started with the claim qualification form to see if you can get your share of that $400 billion.

Charlotte County Habitat For Humanity – Hosting our 24th Annual Turkey Trot – the 5k/Fun Walk – on Thursday, Nov. 24 at FSW Punta Gorda Campus. Cost is just $40 ($45 day of) and includes a finisher medal. All funds raised benefit our Homeownership Program to help local families achieve the dream of homeownership. Join us for this annual Thanksgiving tradition! For information and to sign up visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/PuntaGorda/CCHabitatTurkeyTrot

TopGolf – Half-price Tuesdays on single bay golf. Currently offering 10% discount to First Responders, linemen and teachers. 2021 Top Golf Way, Fort Myers. 239.933.2035.

Players Circle Theater – “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s” is running now through Nov. 20. A Broadway comedy about three murder plots that go wrong starring NYC comic RC Smith and Angela Watson who spent 6 seasons on TV’s “Step By Step.” Players Circle Performing Arts Center is housed at the Shell Factory in North Fort Myers, just 5 miles from Charlotte County line. Tickets $25-$50. To reserve tickets, call the box office at 239.800.3292. Visit us online at Playerscircletheater.com

Kelting Inspections – A proud partner of Hometown Heroes as we understand that we cannot thank our veterans enough for what they have done for our country. For this reason we offer discounts for veterans and active duty military all year long! Call us today at 941.655.8888 to schedule.

Connect Print & Promotions, LLC. – This November, we are so very THANKFUL for you, Punta Gorda!

commercial printing
logo/graphic design
next-level promotional swag
branded apparel
signs & graphics
www.connectpromo.net (includes Holiday cards)
… it’s ALWAYS about the people!
#connect #fortheloveofprinting

St. Vincent DePaul – St. Vincent de Paul, Sacred Heart Conference – Open to serve our neighbors in need 9 am-12 noon Monday-Wednesday-Friday at 25200 Airport Rd. If you need assistance with food, clothing, housewares, past due rent or utilities, come and see us with your past due notice a W-9 from the landlord for rent payments. Walk-ins welcome, no appointment necessary.

BioCide Labs – We can help with mold removal, treatment and prevention. Our main focus is the mitigation and remediation of water-damaged structures. We will walk you through the entire mold remediation process step by step over the phone. We are offering 15% off mold testing and remediation products when you mention the PG Chamber. Call 239.206.2854 or visit BioCideLabs.com

Built Right Pool Heaters – We have hundreds of heaters in stock and ready to deliver to you. 941.505.1600

The Yoga Sanctuary – Open to a full class schedule for both instudio visits and online classes. Please follow us on Facebook. 112 Sullivan St., Punta Gorda. 941.505.9642.

The Grill at 1951 – Experience casual fine dining and enjoy live music every evening, Monday-Saturday. 1951 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. Click here for our latest newsletter.

Quick Mobile Repair – Offering a quick turnaround time for repairing cell phones, tablets, laptops, gaming consoles, etc. We are scheduling house calls for any home tech issue. Located in the Cross Trails Center, 615 Cross St. #1104. For information or to schedule appointments, please call 941.655.6681.

Elie Electric Services LLC – We normally are marine based and working on our waterways, however during this time we will be working on land projects to help homeowners. Port Charlotte. 941.763.5348. elieelectricservice.com

Peace River Wildlife Center – Donations for recovery costs and to rebuild are so welcome and can be made at prwildlife.org.

Copy Life – We have copy machines and printers to help you get back to business. Email tmacia@copylifeinc.com or call 404.230.8443.

Edison and Ford Winter Estates – Partnering with The Wine Room and Grazing Haus to offer visitors wine and cheese samples at the historic site on Friday, Nov. 18, from 5:30-7 pm in the river pavilion, along the Caloosahatchee River. Register at EdisonFord.org. On Friday, November 25 at 6 pm is the kickoff of the 47th annual Holiday Nights celebration with a tree lighting ceremony. The Appalachian Road Show bluegrass concert that was scheduled for today at Edison and Ford Winter Estates is being postponed due to weather. The concert has been rescheduled for March 31, 2023. Ticket holders will automatically be transferred to the new date unless they request a refund.

Punta Gorda History Center – Southern Supper Fundraiser, Saturday, November 19 at Hurricane Charley’s. Click here for sponsorship details. Click here for dinner details.

SCORE – Offering disaster assistance to small businesses.

Peace River ShopperLatest Edition. Arcadia Community Local.

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Veterans Day Schedules for Transfer Stations and Debris Drop-off Sites

In observance of Veteran’s Day today, the county’s transfer facilities and debris drop-off sites will be closed. The landfill will open 7 am-5 pm

All facilities will be open tomorrow and daily thereafter. Please note revised hours of operation.

West Charlotte Mini-Transfer & Recycling Facility
7070 Environmental Way, Englewood

Mid-County Mini-Transfer & Recycling Facility
19765 Kenilworth Blvd., Port Charlotte
8 am-5 pm, daily

Citizen drop-off sites
Placida West Boat Ramp, 12560 Placida Road
7000 Florida Street, Punta Gorda
8 am-5 pm, daily

Charlotte County Landfill
29751 Zemel Road, south of Punta Gorda
7 am-5 pm, daily

For Hurricane Ian information, call the Charlotte County
Emergency Operations Center from 8 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday

at 941.833.4000 or 941.743.1320.
Follow Charlotte County Emergency Management’s
recovery information at

FEMA Update
Daily fact sheet

Yes For Success School Referendum Passes

Charlotte County Public Schools would like to thank the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce for their support and endorsement of the Yes for Success School Referendum. Because of your support, the referendum passed with an overwhelming majority of voters. Your support means teachers and staff will continue to be paid competitively. Students will receive 30 minutes of additional instruction each day, be able to participate in sports, theater, band and chorus, and receive additional academic help. In addition, all adults will have access to high skill, high wage workforce education programs. Thank you for helping us build a strong community through strong schools.

Fresh Jersey Tomatoes 7th Annual Toy Drive, Now-December 9

The Fresh Jersey Tomatoes (FJT’s), a group of women originally from New Jersey who now reside in Charlotte County, are holding their 7th Annual FJT’s Toy Drive for underprivileged children currently receiving services from Charlotte Behavioral Health Care (CBHC). The drive starts today and runs through Dec. 9. Last year we raised approximately 2,000 toys which was 1,000 more than the previous year. Click here for the list of places where you can drop off your donations.


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Election 2022

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VoteYes! For Success

Click here to see why the referendum is so important. Yard signs are available at the Chamber office.

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ARCHway Institute – October Newsletter

Animal Welfare League –October Pawsitive Press

C.A.R.E. – October Newsletter

Charlotte Community Foundation – Newsletter

Copperfish BooksHurricane-Delayed October Newsletter

Downtown Farmers Market – October Newsletter

Lifestyles After 50 – September Newsletter

Loveland Center – September Newsletter

Military Heritage Museum November Newsletter

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens – November Gardens at a Glance

Pedelec SQB Electric Bikes – October Newsletter

Punta Gorda Airport – November PDG Buzz

Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau – Newsletter

Punta Gorda Mural SocietyOctober Newsletter

SandStar Remodeling/AR HomesOctober Newsletter

Suncoast Humane Society – November Newsletter

TIME Realty Services Inc. – September Newsletter

The Yoga Sanctuary – October Newsletter

Valerie’s House – Newsletter


Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Animal Welfare League

Calenda Real Estate Group

Centennial Bank

Charlotte Community Foundation

Charlotte Players

Denise Henry –ReMax Anchor Realty

Farr, Farr, Emerich,Hackett, Carr, and Holmes Law Firm

HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital

Granny Nannies Home Care

Gulfshore Opera

Hoff’s Air Authority

Pickleplex of Punta Gorda

State Farm Agency -Mike Martin

Superior Carpet & Upholestry Cleaning

Wotitzky, Wotitzky, Ross, & Young, PA

Port Charlotte Florist (In Kind)

Support Partners