Local Stars Shine at Fashion Show

Event Raises Money for Hospice Care at Shell Point
FORT MYERS – Southwest Florida’s “Women of Distinction,” a group comprised of local celebrity women such as news anchors Sharon Gregory, Jessica Stilwell, Krista Fogelsong, and others, recently modeled spring clothing designs as part of a beautifully orchestrated fashion and interior design style show held at Shell Point.

Emcees for the show were Jessica Stilwell, the evening anchor for NBC2, and Sharon Gregory, evening anchor for ABC7, who eloquently described everything from shoes to hats. The crowd of nearly 500 people gazed in delight at Spring fashions modeled by some of Southwest Florida’s most prominent professional women.

FOX-4’s Krista Fogelsong
ABC-7’s Sharon Gregory

“We were very honored by the group of women who agreed to be in the show,” said Lynn Schneider, director of public relations and event coordinator. “We selected women who we felt represented role models in our Southwest Florida area. In addition to being beautiful, these women are very successful in their professions or volunteer service. Many of these women serve as leaders of local charitable service organizations, such as Robin Wingate, the executive director of the local chapter of the American Red Cross, and Dotty St. Amand of the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center. Reiko Niiya, the concertmaster for the Southwest Florida Symphony, and Susan Johnson of the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, come from backgrounds in the arts, and they volunteer their time to a variety of charitable causes. Robbie Roepstorff of Bank of the Islands and Karen Ryan of Lee County Electric Cooperative serve on several regional boards, and are frequent volunteers at local charitable events, as are marketing professionals Teri Hansen and Susan Bennett.”

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Dr. Bill Beckwith Appears on WGCU

Answers Questions About Alzheimer’s

Dr. Bill Beckwith (center) prepares for a panel discussion on the set of WGCU’s program “Alzheimer’s: Getting the Answers You Need.”

FORT MYERS – Bill E. Beckwith, Ph.D., is Shell Point’s director of behavioral health, as well as an author and nationally renowned speaker on the subject of memory. Last month he appeared as an expert panelist on the call-in show “Alzheimer’s: Getting the Answers You Need,” broadcast on WGCU, the local PBS affiliate.

The show gathered a local caregiver; an elder affairs attorney; FGCU’s Center for Positive Aging Director Dr. Linda Buettner; and Dr. Bill Beckwith, founder of Memory Management, for a discussion of the issues surrounding memory loss and its impact on families. Moderated by former CNN television news anchor Chris Curle, this production of the “Health Sense” series was produced by Jennifer Fairfield Williams.

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