Sept 9th, 2020 – Heather Turco, Active Shooter Education

Crime prevention specialist Heather Turco – active shooter education 

Crime prevention specialist Heather Turco presenting ACTIVE SHOOTER education
Crime Prevention Specialist HEATHER TURCO

Estero, FL, August 27th, 2020: ABWA Imperial River Chapter will host Heather Turco’s educational presentation about active shooter situations, Wednesday September 9th from 6:30-8:00 PM via Zoom. A former news anchor/reporter for NBC-2, Turco is now a Crime Prevention Specialist with the Lee County Sherrif’s Office Community Response Unit. This webinar is free, and donations to ABWA are gratefully received. Registration and Zoom account required; for details and registration information, see ABWAImperialRiver.Eventbrite.com 

About HEATHER TURCO   

Heather Turco has been working with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office since December 2017. Prior to that, she worked as a news anchor/reporter for NBC2.  After 2 decades of covering, researching and reporting crime stories, she made the career move into law enforcement. She hopes to educate people on ways to stay safe, feel empowered and live a happy healthy life. Her presentation at ABWA will focus on what to do in the event of an active shooter situation. 

About the COMMUNITY RESPONSE UNIT

Sheriff Carmine Marceno launched the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Community Response Unit (C.R.U.) in 2019. Members of C.R.U. are out in the community establishing and maintaining direct community contacts to foster grass root partnerships. These partnerships help deputies identify, address, and resolve quality of life issues. Crime prevention and education comprise part of the LCSO’s multi-pronged approach to helping to keep people safe in Lee County, FL. 

About ABWA IMPERIAL RIVER CHAPTER 

ABWA Imperial River Chapter logo with 2020 National Theme

The American Business Women’s Association Imperial River Chapter was launched April 13th, 2016 specifically to serve the women of Estero and Bonita Springs, FL. At that time, other chapters existed in Southwest Florida. However, none were convenient to the business women of the area between Fort Myers and Naples. ABWA Imperial River Chapter supports the national organization’s mission: to bring together business women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition. Our chapter raises funds to help reimburse our membership, comprised of local business women, for conferences, seminars, continuing education credits and other professional development pursuits.

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AUGUST 12TH, 2020 – Anne O’Neill, “ABWA – What’s In It For You?”

ABWA Imperial River presents Anne O’Neill, Director of Business Development at nuVizz, Inc.

Anne ONeill Headshot 2019
Anne O’Neill

Estero, FL, July 23rd, 2020: The Imperial River Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) will present Anne O’Neill, Director of Business Development at nuVizz, Inc. Wednesday August 12th, 6:30-8:00 PM via Zoom. O’Neill is the current ABWA National Secretary/Treasurer and will discuss “ABWA – What’s In It For You?”.  This professional development webinar is free, and donations to ABWA are gratefully received. Registration and Zoom account required; for details and registration information, see ABWAImperialRiver.Eventbrite.com 

ABOUT ANNE O’NEILL   

Anne O’Neill has 20+ years of business and management experience spanning multiple industries. She is the current Director of Business Development at nuVizz, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. O’Neill is a key member of the sales and implementation teams, executing non-emergency medical transportation applications nationwide.  O’Neill is also an entrepreneur. In partnership with her brother Patrick, she turned a passion for tea into a specialty tea business. She is a Level 3 Certified Tea Specialist with the Specialty Tea Institute. 

“ABWA – WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?” 

O’Neill’s history and experience with ABWA uniquely qualify her to speak on the subject of “ABWA – What’s In It For You?”. She joined the Gwinnet Charter Chapter of ABWA in 2001 and has held multiple responsible roles in the organization since then. In 2019, she was elected National Secretary/Treasurer. O’Neill is a primary member of the Harris County Charter Chapter in Cataula, Georgia and a secondary member of the Heart of the Piedmont in Greensboro, North Carolina. 

ABOUT ABWA IMPERIAL RIVER CHAPTER

The American Business Women’s Association Imperial River Chapter was launched April 13th, 2016 specifically to serve the women of Estero and Bonita Springs, FL. At that time, other chapters existed in Southwest Florida; however, none were convenient to the business women of the area between Fort Myers and Naples. ABWA Imperial River Chapter supports the national organization’s mission: to bring together business women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition. Our chapter raises funds to help reimburse our membership, comprised of local business women, for conferences, seminars, continuing education credits and other professional development pursuits.

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Black Friday Palooza! Important information for Bingopalooza ticket holders

Black Friday Palooza by ABWA Imperial River ChapterBlack Friday Palooza!

ACTION REQUIRED: Important information for Bingopalooza ticket holders

Dear Friends of ABWA Imperial River Chapter –

We hope you are doing well and staying safe. You’re receiving this communication because you are a ticket holder for our Bingopalooza event. This event was originally scheduled for April and was postponed to August.

We now know that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be more long-term than initially anticipated. We can’t produce this event without seating limitations at the venue related to social distancing requirements. These seating limitations have resulted in our inability to make a live fundraising event profitable at this time. Therefore, we are transforming Bingopalooza into a new event – the “Black Friday Palooza” prize drawing.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

We will draw the winning tickets either live at Palm City Brewery (off the Alico corridor), OR we will do it live on Zoom. Either way, no more postponements will be necessary – the drawing date will be Thursday November 19th at 8:00 PM.

WHAT ARE THE PRIZES?
Black Friday Palooza offers the following prizes:

  • THIRD PRIZE: $100 gift certificate for Mary Kay Cosmetics, donated by Gail Langner, Mary Kay Consultant (and our Chapter Secretary!)
  • SECOND PRIZE: 90-minute virtual consultation with Mission Organizing, for your home office or any room in your house. Value $150, donated by Nancy Rivera, Professional Organizer
  • GRAND PRIZE: A Coach handbag containing $500, just in time for Black Friday shopping. 

Grand prize coach purse

HOW MUCH ARE THE TICKETS FOR BLACK FRIDAY PALOOZA?

  • $20 for one chance to win
  • $35 for two chances to win
  • $45 for CURRENT Bingopalooza ticket holders ONLY – THREE chances to win!

PURCHASE TICKETS! 

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CAN I GET A REFUND INSTEAD?
Of course you can, but we hope you will stay in it to win it!

WHAT’S MY NEXT STEP?

  • OPTION A: REQUEST A REFUND

    Take action to request a refund. EMAIL US at Info@ABWAImperialRiver.org BY AUGUST 1st, 2020.

  • OPTION B: STAY IN IT TO WIN IT!

    Do nothing! If we do not receive your refund request by August 1st, we will enter your name in the Black Friday Palooza drawing 3x for every $45 ticket you purchased. 

We are disappointed that we don’t get to see you in August, but excited about being able to offer some great prizes while continuing to raise funds for the education and professional development of local business women in Lee County.

We really hope we get to do the Black Friday Palooza drawing in person come November. As the time draws closer, we’ll be in touch to let you know how it’s going to go. Until that time, be safe and well, everyone. 

ABWA Imperial River Chapter 

Bingopalooza and other events

July 8th, Alicia Miller – Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center

ABWA Imperial River presents Alicia Miller, Executive Director at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center

Alicia Miller Executive Director Sally J. Pimentel Deaf & Hard of Hearing Center
Alicia Miller, Executive Director
Sally J. Pimentel Deaf & Hard of Hearing Center

Estero, FL, June 22nd, 2020: The Imperial River Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) will present Alicia Miller, Executive Director at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center, Wednesday July 8th 6:30 to 8:00 PM via Zoom. Ms. Miller will discuss the employment of deaf or hard of hearing candidates to enhance your staff and business. This professional development webinar is free, and donations to ABWA are encouraged. Registration and Zoom account are required; for details and registration information, see ABWAImperialRiver.Eventbrite.com 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER 

Alicia Miller served as Director of Scholarships for Lee County Public schools before joining the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center (DHHC) as their Executive Director in July of 2017. She holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Florida. She has studied ASL (American Sign Language), and has visited Gallaudet University to experience an all-deaf learning environment. Miller’s primary role at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center is to provide leadership for the organization while executing its mission: the empowerment of Southwest Florida’s deaf and hard of hearing community and their families. The mission is carried out through education, advocacy, and community involvement. DHHC offers ASL classes levels 1 though 6 for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing audiences. Other services include interpreters and Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) testing. 

ABOUT ABWA IMPERIAL RIVER CHAPTER

The American Business Women’s Association Imperial River Chapter was launched April 13th, 2016 specifically to serve the women of Estero and Bonita Springs, FL. At that time, other chapters existed in Southwest Florida; however, one were convenient to the business women of the area in between Fort Myers and Naples. ABWA Imperial River Chapter supports the national organization’s mission: to bring together business women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition. Our chapter raises funds to help reimburse our membership, comprised of local business women, for conferences, seminars, continuing education credits and other professional development pursuits.

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June 10th – Tracy Connelly, Guadalupe Center

ABWA Imperial River welcomes Tracy Connelly, VP of Development at Guadalupe Center

Tracy Connelly, VP of Development, Guadalupe CenterEstero, FL – The Imperial River Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association presents Tracy Connelly, Vice President of Development at the Guadalupe Center of Immokalee. Meeting and presentation to take place online via Zoom, Wednesday June 10th. Networking begins at 6:30 PM followed by introductions and speaker. Mr. Connelly will speak about how the Guadalupe Center’s fundraising efforts have helped the students of Immokalee. Zoom account and meeting registration are required by 5:00 PM on Tuesday June 9th; both are free. Register via ABWAImperialRiver.Eventbrite.com Zoom information and link will be emailed after registration closes.

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May 13th – K.C. Schulberg, Calusa Waterkeeper

Headshot of film maker K.C. Schulberg, Executive Director of Calusa WaterkeeperK.C. Schulberg of Calusa Waterkeeper to speak at ABWA

The Imperial River Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) welcomes K.C. Schulberg, filmmaker and Executive Director of Calusa Waterkeeper. Meeting and presentation take place via Zoom, Wednesday, May 13th. Networking begins at 6:30 PM, followed by introductions and speaker. Registration is required but free. NOTE: you will need a free Zoom account to attend. Tickets available at ABWAImperialRiver.Eventbrite.com.

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