Going to the Chapel

Chapel Grill Food1by Kelly G Cooper

What was once a remote wilderness accessible only by boat and home to the Calusa then Seminole Indians, has evolved into one of the worlds top tourist destinations and winter resort. Naples, Florida rich in human and natural history began to attract interest during the Florida land boom of the 1880s, however much of the groundwork for growth and development was laid during WWII.

In 1943 an influx of servicemen with their families relocated to Naples when the U.S. Army Airfield was activated. By 1946 the First Baptist Church was erected, one of three churches in Naples at that time, and served as a place of communication and gathering for families. Today this structure is still used as place for socialization and family gatherings only in a different way, as it has been rechristened into an A-List dining venue now know as the Chapel Grill.

While driving along 8th Street South one summer day in 2011, retired New Yorker and current Naples resident, Stephen Fleischer noticed an old abandoned church and thought, “they are going to demolish that building.” Without delay he felt compelled to revive the beauty of the former abandoned church and restore the 65 year-old historical landmark.

Fleischer soon learned that the building served not only as a church but also as the Senior Friendship Center of Southwest Florida in later years. Intrigued and impressed that the façade had been preserved through changing ownership, he was delighted to learn the structure had continued to embrace and support the community with open doors.

The evening of November 5, 2012 the Chapel Grill opened its doors and has been satisfying palates with first class service for locals and visitors alike ever since. One year later the site of the former church was dedicated as one of the city’s historic landmarks and unveiled a bronze Diamond Jubilee plaque, which proudly stands at the location on the corner of 7th Avenue South and 8th Street.

Unlike many other restaurants downtown the Chapel Grill not only holds a beautiful history but also presents a unique setting just two blocks off 5th Avenue South offering covered outdoor patios including bars and dining while providing complimentary valet parking.

You can relax and enjoy the fresh air while sipping on crisp wine overlooking Cambier Park, the community’s first public green space, or you can enjoy the Halpbern beef and Berkshire pork in the dining room where the renowned Evangelist Billy Graham spoke.

With seafood delivered fresh daily the Chapel Grill has become known for their grilled lemon-lime marinated coastal water Mahi-Mahi and plank roasted wild caught Atlantic salmon with bourbon maple glaze.

Treat yourself and enjoy the flavorful mouthwatering dishes prepared by Chef and General Manager Jorge Nolasco who invents culinary masterpieces inside of their state-of-the-art kitchen. Join the Chapel Grill for your next Sunday dinner and enjoy a three-course meal with their signature slow roasted prime grade prime rib, you will be more than gratified!

chapel grill dining roomThe Chapel Grill takes pride accommodating any taste and budget while offering a selection of services from private dining to catering off-site events and customizing your menu upon request. Located at 811 7th Avenue South, two blocks south of the notable 5th Avenue South, the Chapel Grill is a can’t miss dining experience that not only offers a melting pot of cuisines but a bit of history that you cannot find elsewhere.

You are welcome to gather with friends and family, dine in or out and break bread as generations have before.

The dining room opens at 5:00 p.m. (closed on Mondays) with happy hour in the tavern from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. and remember every Sunday offers a fabulous brunch and prime rib special, so enjoy a little bit of heaven right here in paradise!

A CONTAGIOUS EVENT IN SUPPORT OF OUR TEENS

DR. JONAH BERGER

DR. JONAH BERGER

Drug Free Collier is teaming up with a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author to help influence positive social change in Collier County.

Dr. Jonah Berger, author of Contagious: Why Things Catch On will be in Naples on Thursday, March 3, 2016 to serve as keynote speaker of Drug Free Collier’s 8th  Annual Fundraising Luncheon at the Ritz Carlton Golf Resort.

Berger reveals the behavioral science behind word-of-mouth and social transmission.

During his keynote presentation, he explains how a few basic principles drive our decisions and lead people to imitate what others are doing. The secrets he discovered during his research can have countless applications. Whether you’re a small business owner trying to boost awareness, a politician running for office, or a health official trying to get the word out, Berger’s work will help you understand how to make products and ideas contagious.

SHAWN MCGRAIL

SHAWN MCGRAIL

“We understand that social influence is strongest when the behavior is observed by others, especially teens,” said Melanie Black, Executive Director of Drug Free Collier.

“Collaborating with Dr. Berger will allow us to help influence the choices our teens make about drug and alcohol use.”

Hundreds of local supporters and distinguished guests are expected at this year’s event, Black said. “Each year, our annual luncheon generates a surge in local interest and energy directed toward keeping our kids and our community drug free,” Black added. “It’s encouraging to see that so many people in Collier County are willing to make a difference in the lives of our youth.”

This year Drug Free Collier is honoring Shawn McGrail, Vice President and Partner of Coastal Beverage for his role in preventing underage drinking. McGrail has been a resident of Collier County since 2004 and an active partner of Drug Free Collier since 2005. He began his work with Drug Free Collier as a volunteer and eventually served as a member of the Board of Directors through 2012. McGrail oversees the Operations Division of Coastal Beverage and also coordinates Alcohol Awareness Programs in Collier and South Lee County, by bringing professional speakers to local schools to talk about the consequences of underage drinking. He also provides educational materials for parents and teens. In addition, he is a certified TIPS trainer promoting responsibility to area retailers and has trained hundreds of bartenders and servers on how to identify and prevent underage drinking. McGrail is a member of the Naples Chamber of Commerce, a member of Leadership Collier Class of 2007, and a past advisory board member to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Collier County. He is married to his wife Tandy and has two children (Jack 10 and Kimberly 2).

“Thanks to our work with key stakeholders, like Coastal Beverage, alcohol consumption by teens in Collier County has dropped from 43 percent in 2005 to 29 percent in 2014,” said Black. “We couldn’t have done this without the strong support of community partners.”

“Coastal Beverage is committed to preventing underage drinking in Collier County. Our partnership with Drug Free Collier has been fantastic. We share the same vision to keep our kids safe and drug free.

Drug Free Collier is an exceptional organization and we are proud to be a loyal partner,” McGrail said.

Drug Free Collier’s Annual Fundraising Luncheon will include special appearances by City of Naples Mayor John Sorey as celebrity auctioneer and Fox 4 News Anchor Patrick Nolan as Master of Ceremonies. Students from Drug Free Collier’s CORE Society will also be on hand.

\ Individual tickets and table sponsorships are still available. Please call Drug Free Collier at 239.552.1300 or visit www.DrugFreeCollier.org for more information.

A classic. Every year.

Ace Classic1Celebrating its 29th year, The ACE Group Classic continues to bring the best of the Champions Tour to Naples for thousands of spectators, corporate clients and guests to experience the excitement. Televised on Golf Channel, the event annually showcases the Talon Course at The TwinEagles Club as well as the beautiful Paradise Coast.

2015 Champion, Lee Janzen will return to defend the title won by outdueling two time champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member Bernhard Langer, and other top Champion Tour players. He adds his name to a distinguished list of past ACE Group Classic champions that includes Kenny Perry, Bobby Wadkins, Loren Roberts, Kirk Triplett, Hale Irwin and Fred Couples.

The ACE Group Classic annually attracts a strong field of competitors from both the Champions Tour’s Official Money List and legends from the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Ace Classic2In past field lists, World Golf Hall of Fame members, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Larry Nelson, Mark O’Meara, Nick Price and Tom Watson all competed.

In addition to offering an exceptional Pro-Am experience, hosting customers in 18 green suites and thrilling championship golf, over the history of the event The ACE Group Classic has raised more than $3.5 million for charity. The First Tee of Naples/Collier and The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia benefit from the event as well as numerous local charities throughout Southwest Florida.

Good Science Leads to Good Decision

good science1by Nick Penniman

Good science leads to good decisions.”

That is Kathy Worley’s take on the work of seven scientists at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Worley is Director of Environmental Science, one of a long line of distinguished researchers compiling data and analyzing human impacts on the natural beauty of where we live and work.

From its very beginning, 52 years ago, the Conservancy built its reputation on pure science, independently funded and undertaken to expand human knowledge. While formed to fight the “road to nowhere” from Naples down the barrier islands to Isles of Capri, Conservancy leaders realized the best case to be made for land acquisition – now the 110,000-acre Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve – was to convince officials and the public of the economic importance of habitat for native species.

When the federal government refused to do the study, the Conservancy decided to do it. And the science division was born.
“Very few other private organizations, other than colleges and universities, continue to do the kind of independent scientific research we do,” says Worley. We are fortunate to have long-term data on areas such as Rookery Bay and Naples Bay, southwest Florida mangroves and sea turtles that will be of benefit both locally and worldwide.

good science 2Let’s take a look at three areas of current activity by Conservancy scientists.

The granddaddy of all is the study of loggerhead nesting along our barrier islands. Begun in 1981, it is one of the longest-running sea turtle nesting studies in the United States. Conservancy scientists and interns have spent thousands of nights preventing nest depredation by four legged scavengers and gathering population statistics.

Shown in the photo is Dave Addison, Senior Biologist, about to release Kee Wee from her box with a satellite antenna on her shell.
The adhesive and antenna don’t hurt, and they’ll not affect her ability to swim and forage. But when she surfaces to breathe it will provide scientists a signal allowing them to create an ongoing record of her travels.

Addison, an “aw schucks” kind of guy, has been guiding this project for nearly thirty years. “It’s not only about the turtles,” he says, “but also about the formative process and about the many people who have gone on to become great researchers and great scientists.”

good science 3Vying for longevity with the sea turtle project is Conservancy work on the mangrove forests that protect our coastline from storm surge and serve as nature’s nurseries. After all 80 percent of all fish caught, both commercially and by sport fishermen, begin their early lives in coastal estuaries.

This is Kathy Worley’s world. She is shown here in a photo with a small red mangrove which, once it establishes a root system, can become the precursor of a formidable island.

The Conservancy has been studying the health of mangroves in Clam Bay since 1999 to assess the overall health of the ecosystem.
The idea is to evaluate the impacts of human stressors such as dredging and urban runoff, natural events such as hurricanes and
lightning strikes and environmental factors like hydrologic variations and fungal and insect infestations. The Clam Bay mangrove study is one of the longest-running in the State of Florida.

While almost all science done by the Conservancy involves multiple partners – both government and private – not all encompasses the coastal environment.

An example of an inland study is shown in this photo of Ian Bartoszek, a Conservancy biologist who serves on the Burmese python capture team, with a thirteen foot snake. In 2015, Bartoszek tracked twelve pythons and removed twenty while obtaining valuable information about the habits of the invasive species responsible for eating much of the small prey in the Everglades ecosystem. Bartoszek’s take on the python infestation is blunt: “We aren’t going to get rid of these animals, so the best we can do is study them so we can manage the situation in the years to come.”

The future of science, according to Dave Addison, is always imponderable.

“One thing leads to another; you never know where it will take you or where it comes out. That is the nature of scientific inquiry.”

Hilton Naples Completes Two-Year Long Renovation

Hilton BedroomThe recently completed renovation of the Hilton Naples emphasizes guest comfort, health, and fitness, efficient technology, enhanced environmental sustainability, and a continued sense of community. “We are thrilled with the finished product and the hotel renovation was the perfect opportunity to further our core values.” said Hilton Naples General Manager Clark Hill. “In addition to aesthetically interesting designs and comfortable furnishings, other enhancements were made based on feedback from our guests and our commitment to be a good corporate citizen.”

For the past two years the Hilton Naples has been undergoing enhancements throughout the property. The casual elegance of the lobby, with its natural stone flooring, iron work sculptures, and old-world pillars, has been enhanced with new furniture groupings that provide comfortable, intimate spaces for people to relax and visit. New original artwork adds an interesting element to the lobby and pre-meeting space. The community feel of the lobby is accentuated by the addition of the Connectivity Station; a complimentary computer work area offering two PC and two Apple computer workstations.

Hilton Fitness RoomIn the sleeping room tower, the guestrooms were painted and include interesting colors for accent walls and new entry tile, carpet, and window treatments were installed. New beds, lighting fixtures, and ergonomic task chairs were added. The guestroom bath areas received new tile, vanities, LED back-lit mirrors, make-up mirrors, sconces, and fixtures.

In the meeting space, new window treatments and wall vinyl were installed. An all-new Boardroom includes a custom manufactured table with twenty executive chairs, and an 80 inch digital display screen.

Providing opportunities for personal fitness, relaxation, and proper sleep were important considerations during the design process and in the selection of products. The fitness facility tripled in size and is equipped with all new Precor cardio, strength, and balance equipment. In the sleeping rooms, the mattresses and bed linens selected for the new beds are Hilton proprietary Suite Dreams Mattresses and Serenity Bed linens, products designed after extensive testing by the brand to provide restful sleep.

Hilton Conference roomTechnology upgrades include an all-new system for high-speed internet connectivity which enables exceptionally fast connection and download speeds and expandable bandwidth capability for guests. Guest room and public space door locks are digital key enabled to accept smart-phone downloaded electronic room keys.

The property’s sustainability efforts were enhanced during the renovation with the selection of energy-efficient LED lighting and low-water utilization, yet very efficient, plumbing fixtures as replacements. Zero or very low VOC paint was used to protect the indoor air quality.

FAMILY, FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES = RELATIONSHIPS

Jim HendersonADVERTORIAL

by Jim Henderson
President of William C. Huff Companies and
national speaker for estate downsizing and lifestyle transitions

During the Holiday Season, we are often surrounded by family, friends and loved ones. When we want to celebrate, as we do during the holidays, we like to celebrate with those we feel the closest. However over the years, my wife and I have lost several close friends and even family members. The holidays now also remind us of those we can no longer celebrate with, and I suppose this will continue each year as we continue to age.

As February is known for the month of love and kindness, I’ve made a conscious effort to make sure I always have friends or family to celebrate with, so I started by following up with acquaintances who have similar interests. I do this in order to develop closer relationships and the results have been amazing. I’ve created a number of close relationships with local business owners and leaders, and I truly believe they will develop into long term friendships in the coming years. Of course, I really don’t know what the future holds for my family or my friends but I’m certain that if I take the time to invest in others, a new good friend is bound to be on the horizon.

In 2016, I would encourage each one of us to try and forget what we have lost in the past and move forward creating new friendships and memories. If we focus on what we have to gain by investing in others, we will truly be rich in lifelong friendships.

When we take the time to be genuinely interested in others, we tend to not think of ourselves first. This is always a great formula for building new friendships – putting others first. It’s been a valuable lesson along life’s journey for me.

It’s my goal to develop several new friendships in 2016; friends who I can look forward to celebrating the next Holiday Season with – I wish you the same!

Giving Back, Giving Smiles

by Sarah Hawes

LOCAL LORENZO WALKER DENTAL ASSISTANT STUDENTS TEACH CHILDREN ABOUT ORAL HYGIENE WHILE THEY WAIT TO BE SEEN

LOCAL LORENZO WALKER DENTAL ASSISTANT STUDENTS TEACH CHILDREN ABOUT ORAL HYGIENE WHILE THEY WAIT TO BE SEEN

Today a co-worker of mine shared a familiar  story; an elementary school student he has  treated through our Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® who had never seen a dentist nor a toothbrush. Barriers to entry kept this child from the dental care services he so desperately needed, and it has taken over two summers of dental treatments to find his healthy smile.

Last year, in recognition of this need, the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida (HCN) hosted its inaugural Give Kids A Smile® event on February 28th, to give underprivileged children access to free dental services. Twenty volunteers joined HCN dentists and dental assistants to provide thirty six children with over $21,000 in donated sealants, fluoride treatments and more.

This year, HCN is looking to make an even bigger impact than ever before. With local statistics indicating that thousands of people go without dental care, HCN is ramping up efforts to reach more children…and adults. By partnering with Park Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, these two groups are hosting events two weeks in a row.

Give Kids a Smile will be held on February 13th for Children 18 and under, followed by Park Family’s Dentistry from the Heart February 27th event for adults 18 and older.

Bridging the oral healthcare gap for children and adults will ensure a healthier community tomorrow.

For details about Give Kids a Smile contact 239.658.3000 or www.healthcareswfl.org For details about Dentistry from the Heart
contact 239.263.1151 or www.myparkdental.com.

Culture, Community and Collaboration My Vision for Opera Naples

INTERNATIONAL PIANISTS AND FOUNDERS OF THE BEAUX ARTS CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES TAO LIN AND CATHERINE LAN, WITH RAMÓN TEBAR AND DENNIS HANTHORN

INTERNATIONAL PIANISTS AND FOUNDERS OF THE BEAUX ARTS CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES TAO LIN AND CATHERINE LAN, WITH RAMÓN TEBAR AND DENNIS HANTHORN

Dennis Hanthorn, the recently appointed General Director of Opera  Naples, shares his vision for the decade-old opera company.
I’d like to say immediately how happy I am to be invited to reach out to  you in this way. I’m delighted to be working in such a welcoming community as  Naples, and to have an opportunity to be a part of and to make a contribution to  the extraordinarily diverse cultural landscape here.

I bring to Opera Naples 30 years of leadership with three other opera companies of stature. I plan for this knowledge not only to benefit Opera Naples  but the entire community through collaboration whenever possible with other  cultural groups and initiatives in town.

I’ve leaned that artistic excellence; innovative vision; community  relevance, and financial stability are the keystones of a successful cultural  enterprise.

So those are my goals for Opera Naples, and I will be working with  the Board and staff to build relationships and implement strategies to  achieve them.

And I hope I will be working with you, the members of this  community. Because ours is the city’s opera company, one we hope the people of Naples will look to with pride and will encourage and support us as we grow.

Why should you? There are many reasons. Of course, one is to  help keep the rich heritage of world-class opera alive and well.
Others are less obvious. For example, the presence of an opera  company is known to improve property values; another, is we are an important part of keeping the love of music alive and  well in the hearts of our children.

La Traviata

La Traviata

We are proud of our outreach programs in Lee and Collier  county schools, introducing thousands of youngsters to the wonders of song, music and theater, many  for the first time. The hundreds of letters we  receive every year from appreciative principals, teachers, parents and children motivate us to  do even better.

But as important as these initiatives are,  bringing exciting performances and talent to  Naples remains a top priority. So what do we  have in store?

First, allow me to take a quick look  back. Just a few months ago we brought the  extraordinary voice of Gregory Kunde to  town, generally regarded as one of the most  accomplished tenors on the world stage today.  This was an impressive coup, but not the first  or last.

In December and again in January, the  brilliantly gifted international pianists  Catherine Lan and Tao Lin were in concert  in our Wang Opera Center first with the  Shanghai String Quartet, one of the most  lauded chamber music ensembles of all time,  and then with the renowned Aspen String Trio.

Just before Christmas on stage at Artis- Naples, we presented the hilarious holiday Strauss classic Die Fledermaus with a host  of more stars, including Maria Aleida, the  vivacious soprano fresh from a world tour with Andrea  Bocelli, and tenor Chris Merritt, who has sung some  of the most challenging roles in opera in almost every  major opera house in the world.

We plan to keep up the tempo with an exciting  season of more shows and more stars, but let me tell  you about a couple of events in particular.

childs letterFirst, echoing the spectacular balls once held  by the Imperial Russian family, Opera Naples is staging a glittering Winter Palace Ball this month  on February 22 at the Grey Oaks Country Club.  It promises to be the most talked about gala we’ve  ever hosted, and we’ve had a few!

Next month, in March we’re staging La  Traviata, the most popular opera of all time,  in the glamorous setting of the Pavilion on the  lawns of the Ritz-Carlton Tiburon. I guarantee  it will be an evening to remember, but to make it  even more memorable a sumptuous gourmet dinner is being  offered beforehand. You’ll find more details about these very special events on our  website: www.operanaples.org .

I hope you’ll be as excited about our season’s program as I am. The success of  everything we do to enrich this community through performance and education  depends on us connecting with our audiences.

I look forward to building relationships at all levels in this community to develop a  better understanding of our public and the role Opera Naples can play in the city’s cultural future. I’m excited to be here and to be a part of shaping that very promising tomorrow.

VOLUNTEERS AT THE IMMOKALEE FOUNDATION RECEIVE AWARDS

ALFREDO VILLALOBOS-PEREZ

ALFREDO VILLALOBOS-PEREZ

by Steven Kissinger

Winning must be contagious!

Recently, two longtime adult  supporters of The Immokalee  Foundation and one student were honored for  their selflessness as volunteers and philanthropists.  Combined, they represent decades of support to  the community and commitment to the future of  youth in Immokalee.

The Immokalee Foundation board member and mentor Louise Penta was named a 2016  Woman of Initiative by the Women’s Foundation  of Collier County. Every spring since 1998, the  foundation has honored women who are leaders  and who inspire others through their civic engagement and philanthropy.

Penta has mentored five students for The  Immokalee Foundation and has been a board  member for seven years. Still, she was surprised to be named a Woman of  nitiative. “It’s a wonderful honor – and quite a club to  belong to,” she said. A celebration in April will feature video presentations  of Penta  and several other women, each talking about the greatest influences in their lives.

TIF’s Board Chairman Joseph Zednik recently was named a Distinguished  Volunteer by the Everglades Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

It was a complete surprise, Zednik said. “I certainly thought it was very nice, but  really, I’m not in it for honors,” he said. “I’m in it for what we do for the students.

My passion in charitable work is education. I think it’s the most important thing  we can do.”

Through the TIF mentor and mentee relationship Salvador Preciado recently  spent a day meeting the veterinarian at the  Conservancy of Southwest Florida,  animal care professionals at the Naples Zoo, and Zednik’s own doctor, so Preciado  could learn more about possible careers in medicine. The junior at Immokalee High  School is interested in pursuing a career in a medical field, and Zednik hopes that  exposure to different types of jobs will help him make a more informed decision.

Zednik’s nomination for the award read: “Through his volunteerism and  mentoring, Joe warmly opens a world of possibilities to these young, eager students  and mentees – who lovingly call him Papa Joe.”

TIF’s Take Stock in Children scholarship recipient Alfredo Villalobos-Perez  was named one of two Outstanding Philanthropic Youth by the Everglades Chapter  of AFP.

Now a student at Grinnell College in Iowa, Villalobos-Perez has done more  in just a few years to improve his community than many others do in a lifetime. He founded the first Earth Day celebration in Immokalee last April, after an  internship with the University of Florida’s Agriculture and Science Center, where  he participated in experiments on water quality.

He was a volunteer and then a board member of Immokalee Little League.  Villalobos-Perez also volunteered in a surgical infectious disease unit for Lee  Memorial Health System. He was young for the assignment, but since he was dual  enrolled in high school and college – at FGCU – he was allowed to participate.

Villalobos-Perez also worked with other young adults to create a company called  Taste of Immokalee, which sells items made from locally grown produce.

The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus  on building pathways to success through college and post-secondary preparation  and support, mentoring and tutoring, opportunities for broadening experiences, and  life skills development leading to economic independence. To learn more about TIF,  volunteering as a mentor or for additional information, call 239.430.9122 or visit  www.immokaleefoundation.org.

Steven Kissinger, executive director of The Immokalee Foundation, can be reached at steven.kissinger@immokaleefoundation.com.

FLORIDA CANCER SPECIALISTS CLINICAL TRIALS PROGRAM OFFERS NEW TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA CANCER PATIENTS

DR. WILLIAM HARWIN’S PATIENT FRANK MAYES, SHOWN HERE WITH WIFE KAREN, IS NOW ON HIS SECOND CLINICAL TRIAL AND DOING WELL. FRANK CALLS THE TREATMENT “A MIRACLE.”

DR. WILLIAM HARWIN’S PATIENT FRANK MAYES, SHOWN HERE WITH WIFE KAREN, IS NOW ON HIS SECOND CLINICAL TRIAL AND DOING WELL. FRANK CALLS THE TREATMENT “A MIRACLE.”

Imagine that somewhere – right now – inside  a hospital or a research facility – research  scientists are working on a cure for cancer.

That cure could come as a result of a new drug  or therapy currently being investigated as part of  a cancer clinical trial.

Now imagine if you didn’t have to look any  further than your own community in order to be  a part of a national clinical trial offering new and  promising treatment options.

“As a strategic research site for the leading  community-based clinical trial organization in  the nation, Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS)  offers patients more access to clinical trials  than any other oncology practice in the state of  Florida,” said William N. Harwin, MD,  founder  and president of Florida Cancer Specialists &  Research Institute.

Thanks to its partnership with the Nashville,  TN-based Sarah Cannon Research Institute  (SCRI), FCS can offer patients a vast array of  clinical trial opportunities that are traditionally  only available at large academic research hospitals.

By providing clinical trials in local communities,  close to where patients live, patients can avoid  having to travel two or three hours several times  a week to participate in a potentially life-saving  clinical trial.

“Clinical trials are one of the best options we  can offer cancer patients,” said Lowell Hart, MD,  director of Research & Drug Development for FCS.
Every effective treatment, every virtual cure that we  have today began as a clinical trial. And for patients  who are not responding to standard treatment, a  clinical trial can be of tremendous benefit.”

FCS currently offers clinical-trials for many  types of cancer, including: Lung, Pancreatic, Breast,  Colon, Renal, Prostate, Head/Neck, Kidney,  Gastric, Myeloma, Melanoma, Lymphoma &  Leukemia and an Unknown primary site  “Most of our trials are Phase 2 or Phase 3,  which investigate new drugs that have already  shown great promise,” adds Dr. Hart. “We also  have two drug development units in the FCS  network, one in Fort Myers and one in Sarasota.

These locations offer Phase 1 clinical trials, which  are generally first-time use in humans.”

Over the years, countless FCS patients have  benefited from, and in many cases, had their lives saved by, receiving soon-to-be-  FDA-approved medications before they were available to non-clinical-trial patients.

“Before Florida Cancer Specialists came to Southwest Florida, you’d have to  travel to universities or research institutions to receive the kind of cutting-edge  care that’s now available in our own back yard,” says Naples resident Jackie Bearse,  two-time cancer survivor, FCS Foundation board member and founding chair of  the Foundation’s signature fundraiser “Time to Remember.” (See promotional ad on  opposite page for more information about the “Time to Remember” gala.)

ABOUT FLORIDA CANCER SPECIALISTS  & RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Founded in 1984, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is the  largest independent medical oncology/hematology practice in the United States.

With more than 190 physicians, 130 nurse practitioners and physician assistants  and over 90 locations in our network, we are committed to providing world class  cancer care in community-based settings close to home. Recognized by the  American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) with a national Clinical Trials  Participation Award, FCS offers patients access to more clinical trials than any  private oncology practice in Florida.

ABOUT FLORIDA CANCER SPECIALISTS FOUNDATION

An integral part of the FCS continuum of care is the Florida Cancer Specialists  Foundation. The nonprofit organization helps cancer patients in need with their  non-medical living expenses while undergoing treatment. It enables those fighting  cancer to concentrate on recovery rather than on their overdue rent, mortgage or  utility bills.

The Foundation staff and overhead are paid for by FCS, which means that every  dollar raised by the FCS Foundation goes directly to helping cancer patients in need.