Home' The River Weekly News : RWN 091815 Contents THE RIVER - SEPTEMBER 18, 2015
Culligan City Of
Moving To FSW
Officials of The Culligan City
of Palms Classic and Florida
SouthWestern State College (FSW)
announced an agreement to move the
beloved 43-year-old boy’s high school
basketball tournament from its 22-year
home at Bishop Verot Catholic High
School to the Suncoast Credit Union
Arena at FSW in 2016.
The new 75,000-square-foot, 3,300-
seat Suncoast Credit Union Arena, which
is currently under construction and is slated
for completion in the fall of 2016, was
chosen for its ability to accommodate the
growing tournament well into the future. In the meantime, basketball fans can pur-
chase tickets for the 2015 Classic, to be held at Bishop Verot, starting October 1 at
“We value the hospitality and wonderful memories Verot has afforded us, and we
cannot overstate how instrumental our partnership has been in the success of the
Classic over the last couple of decades,” Tournament President Bill Pollock said. “The
school and administration has had a large hand in building the tournament to the point
where we needed to seek out a new venue that will offer the facilities and space need-
ed to ensure a great experience for players and fans far into the future.”
“FSW is very pleased to host this prestigious event in our Suncoast Credit Union
Arena starting in 2016,” said FSW President Dr. Jeff Allbritten. “The City of Palms
Classic is a long-standing tradition in Fort Myers, which has set the standard when it
comes to attracting exceptionally talented high school teams from around the country.
Hundreds of these players have gone on to Division I teams and the NBA. It speaks
volumes for the organizers of this event because of the caliber of teams that compete,
and that such nationally recognized coaches and players like Mike Krzyzewski, Larry
Bird and Doc Rivers have attended.”
FSW (then Edison Community College) hosted the City of Palms Classic from 1973
to 1983, and then again in 1990 and 1993.
“Verot administration, students, alumni, parents and volunteers should be proud
of their contributions to the success of the Classic,” Bishop Verot Principal Denny
Dennison said. “As the tournament continues to build its excellent legacy into the
future, I’m proud that we have had the privilege of seeing it become the standard
by which all other basketball tournaments are judged. And I know the Black & Gold
family will continue its generous support of the tournament even after it’s in its new
Culligan returns for its third year as Title Sponsor, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car is
Presenting Sponsor for the second year. Official apparel and game ball provider, Nike,
has given the Culligan City of Palms Classic its blessing to integrate its iconic “swoosh”
into the tournament’s elegant new logo.
The 2015 Culligan City of Palms Classic runs December 18 through 23 at Bishop
Verot Catholic High School. Visit cityofpalmsclassic.com for all the information on this
not-for-profit tournament featuring the top-ranked players and teams, including visitor
information, ticket sales, schedules, team information, history, sponsors and sponsor-
ship opportunities, eNewsletter signup, a tournament bracket, scores and stats, infor-
mation on how to lend financial support as a Friend of the Classic, and much more.
John Naylor announced a five-year agree-
ment with FSW
Carl McAloose, John Naylor and Jeff Allbritten
Office Hosts Free
The Lee County Tax Collector’s
Office will offer community educa-
tion seminars this fall, focusing on
property taxes, driver licenses, vehicle
registration and concealed weapons ser-
vices. Join Tax Collector Larry Hart and
hear from agency experts who will offer
information and answer questions.
Six sessions will be offered at library
locations across Lee County. Learn
about your property tax bill including
taxing authorizes and non-ad valorem
taxes. Get the checklist and ask about
required documents for Florida driver
licenses. Find out about Florida insurance
requirements and when to surrender a
license plate. Find out about new services
offered, including concealed weapons
applications and renewals.
Upcoming seminars will be held:
• Friday, September 18, 10 to 11:30
a.m., South County Regional Library,
21100 Three Oaks Parkway.
• Thursday, September 24, 10 to
11:30 a.m., Fort Myers Regional Library,
2450 First Street.
• Wednesday, October 14, 10 to
11:30 a.m., East County Regional
Library, 881 Gunnery Road North.
• Tuesday, October 27, Noon to 1:30
p.m., Bonita Springs Public Library,
26876 Pine Avenue.
• Wednesday, November 4, 10 to
11:30 a.m., Lakes Regional Library,
15290 Bass Road.
• Monday, November 16, 10 to
11:30 a.m., Cape Coral Library, 921
SW 39th Terrace.
Cup Golf Tourney
Florida Gulf Coast University’s
annual Founder’s Cup Golf
Tournament will tee off on Friday,
October 9 at Quail Creek Golf Club in
“The Founder’s Cup Golf Tournament
supports scholarships and a variety of
programs that help to create the best
education experience for our students,”
said Christopher Simoneau, FGCU
Foundation Executive Director and Vice
President for Advancement. “It has been
a tradition since before the University
opened its doors.”
This year, the fundraiser celebrates
its 24th year. Since its inception, the
tournament has raised more than $1.3
million – including $116,000 last year
– for programs that support academic
excellence, scholarships, student success,
intercollegiate athletics and FGCU’s com-
munity and regional impact. These same
five initiatives form the foundation of
the university’s $100 million campaign,
which launched in 2014 and is set to
conclude in 2017 for the university’s
20th Anniversary Celebration.
“The Founder’s Cup celebrates the
history of FGCU and provides a signifi-
cant financial boost to the University’s
mission in support of students, faculty
and staff,” Simoneau said. “We truly
appreciate the commitment of the many
sponsors and community supporters who
believe in higher education.”
The event will begin with a buffet lun-
cheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Quail Creek
clubhouse. Golfers will begin play at 1
p.m. with a shotgun start on the club’s
two championship courses. Following
tournament play, golfers will enjoy a din-
ner buffet and awards reception.
Each year, the event receives support
from a number of Southwest Florida’s
leading companies. Joe Gammons of
Office Furniture and Design Concepts,
Inc. and chair of the event, shared, “As
a local company, we are happy to help
support Florida Gulf Coast University.
We consider this an investment in the
workforce of tomorrow.”
Other supporters of the event include:
Johnson Controls, United Mechanical
Inc., Wayne Wiles Floorcoverings, Wright
Construction Group, B&I Contractors
Inc., Maddox Construction Company,
Enterprise Rent-a-car, Arthrex, Dr. Ben
Hill Griffin III, Millennium Physician
Group, Estero Bay Chevrolet, Service
Painting Florida, United Mechanical Inc.
Sponsorship opportunities are still
available at several levels, and dona-
tions are being accepted for the auction.
For more information on sponsor-
ships, donations or registration for the
2015 Founder’s Cup, contact Lindsey
Touchette at 590-1016.
Low Impact Aerobics Offered
At North Fort Myers Rec Center
Every Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m . and every Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m .,
the North Fort Myers Recreation Center will offer Low Impact Aerobics with
instructor Silvia Villanueva. With easy to follow routines that adjust to your inten-
sity level, the class is intended for adults 18 and over. Participants will burn calories
even after you finish.
Drop in fee for each class is $5; a $10 facility membership is required to participate
in all programs.
The North Fort Myers Recreation Center is located at 2000 N. Recreation Park
Way. For more information, contact: Tiffany Vance, Lee County Parks & Recreation,
at 533-7205, email@example.com or Betsy Clayton at 826-4606 or bclayton@leegov.
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