IT'S YOUR BUSINESS: Business news releases Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Bed Linens donated to United Way

United Way of Collier County was among a handful of charities that participated in the “Make a Difference Day” event at Big Cypress Marketplace on March 28-29.

The new indoor Marketplace, which is owned and managed by Basik Development, opened to local charities who were given large 11-by-11-foot booths at no charge to display information about themselves and interact with more than 2,000 Marketplace visitors.

During the weekend event, United Way was approached by Gerry LaDinfa, the owner of Da Vinci Laser Teeth Whitening, a permanent commercial booth at the Marketplace. LaDinfa was also selling luxury bed linens at the Marketplace and decided to donate his entire stock to United Way.

United Way distributed 115 sets of bed linens to several of its partner agencies including Youth Haven and Catholic Charities of Collier County. According to Allegra Belliard, program director at Catholic Charities, her clients were appreciative and the linens were gone in a day.

United Way of Collier County funds 29 local charities that provide vital human services to over 100,000 people each year. The agency will be hosting its annual softball tournament June 13-14 at North Collier Regional Park, and encourages local businesses to form teams and participate. For more information, call (239) 261-7112.

- Contributed by United Way of Collier County


SunTrust awards Fort Myers company contract

J.L. Wallace Inc. has been awarded a contract by SunTrust Corporate Real Estate for the renovation of a portion of the fourth-floor space at 12751 New Brittany Blvd. in Fort Myers. The future tenant will be First American Title Insurance Co.

The project is a complete build-out of 3,000 square feet of tenant space in the existing building including HVAC upgrade, drywall, flooring, and cabinets. Architectural services are being provided by Avalon Engineering.

David Grossman will serve as project manager with Brian Dragich as superintendent and Robbyn Spears as project manager assistant.

Based in Fort Myers, J.L. Wallace has provided general contracting, design/build and construction management services in Southwest Florida since 1997. The company specializes in commercial projects, including structures for retail, industrial, institutional and office use. For more information, visit or call (239) 437-1111.

- J.L. Wallace Inc.


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