IT'S YOUR BUSINESS: Business news releases Friday, March 13, 2009

Humane Society Naples earns highest marks from charity

evaluator for second consecutive year

The Humane Society Naples has again, for the second consecutive year, been awarded the coveted 4-star rating for sound fiscal management by Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest independent charity evaluator. Ratings are based on transparency, accountability and quantifiable results. Four stars is their highest rating.

Only 18 percent of charities evaluated by Charity Navigator ever receive this rating two consecutive years, indicating that The Humane Society Naples outperforms the majority of nonprofits in America with respect to financial responsibility. Ken Berger, President and Chief Executive Officer of Charity Navigator said, “This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator differentiates The Humane Society Naples from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

Donors and their agents frequently consult information and ratings from Charity Navigator before making decisions about which charities to support. Nonprofits that apply for Charity Navigator evaluations must provide an exhaustive amount of verifiable and affirmed financial and technical documents. These documents and other information are then used for Charity Navigator’s impartial examination and eventual rating.

The Humane Society Naples’ Development Director Andy Reed explained that this superior rating offers reassurance for donors. “We love what we do, and we do it well,” he said. “Now we have an independent, outside organization that again agrees we are using our supporters’ capital investments wisely, responsibly.”

Michael Simonik, The Humane Society Naples’ Executive Director, was pleased with the news: “Especially in today’s tough economic times, donors want and deserve assurance that their gifts are being appreciated and applied with care,” he said.

Simonik, with twenty years of nonprofit experience as both a donor and nonprofit employee, emphasized the importance of the 4-star rating: “Our very existence depends on having the trust and confidence of our donors and the community. The 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator is really the gold standard for accountability,” he said.

(Results for The Humane Society Naples and other charities can be viewed at

Located at 370 Airport-Pulling Road N., The Humane Society Naples is a private local non-profit no-kill animal shelter founded in 1960. For more information, call 643-1555 or log onto

Naples architects design innovative, new Orange County school

SchenkelShultz Architecture, Naples, one of Florida’s leading green design firms, announced the firm designed Orange County Public Schools’ innovative new $28.7 million, 196,157-square-foot Memorial Middle School replacement/renovation at 2220 W. 29th Street in Orlando, FL. The facility, which replaces the original school built in 1962, expanded the current SchenkelShultz-designed Orange County middle school prototype from two to three stories. The design also included additions and renovations to the existing school which included converting the existing media center to administration and classrooms; converting the music suite to a locker room; renovating the existing gym; converting the existing science building into new classrooms; relocating and renovating the existing teachers’ lounge building; locating decentralized administrative offices in each academic house; developing a secure central courtyard through strategic placement of new buildings; constructing new music suite (with choral and band rooms); business technology and vocational labs. The campus was re-designed using the academic house concept with each grade level located on a separate floor to create small learning communities. Balfour Beatty Construction, Orlando, served as construction manager for the project. The Naples office is located at 2640 Golden Gate Parkway, Suite 306, phone 239-434-2400.

SchenkelShultz has designed more than 28 million-square-feet of K-12 projects in 28 Florida school districts. In addition, the firm has designed numerous higher education projects including the award-winning six-story Stetson University Lynn Business Center, the first LEED®-certified building in the state of Florida, and the LEED®-Gold certified Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University.

Celebrating 50 years of design excellence and consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top design firms, SchenkelShultz is a full-service architectural firm specializing in education, justice, aviation and commercial facilities design. With eleven offices nationally (seven in Florida) and over 50 LEED® Accredited Professionals, SchenkelShultz is a recognized leader in green design which has long been committed to designing sustainable concepts into every project. Further evidencing its leadership, the firm designs all K-12 schools in accordance with green design principles at no additional cost to school boards. As a result, schools designed by SchenkelShultz are achieving the benefits of sustainable design including reduced operating costs and improved environmental/educational quality.

Also commemorating 25 years in Florida under the leadership of J. Thomas Chandler, AIA, President and COO, the firm established its Orlando office in 1983 and subsequently expanded with six additional offices in Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Naples, Sarasota, Tampa and West Palm Beach. “At SchenkelShultz,” said Chandler, “our focus is on architecture but our passion transcends excellent design. Our firm,” he added, “is continuously evolving to anticipate and adapt to ever-changing market trends, and is dedicated to building positive, successful relationships with our valued clients, employees and communities.”

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Bonita Bay Club makes rare offer: golf memberships for nonresidents

Bonita Bay Club is offering a limited number of golf memberships to qualified candidates who live outside Bonita Bay. For the first time in many years, nonresidents have the opportunity to enjoy the club’s amenities, including more championship golf courses than any club in South Florida. A restricted number of memberships are being offered for a limited time. Special preview memberships, designed to introduce the Bonita Bay Club experience to potential new members, also are available.

Bonita Bay Club has 90 holes of championship golf: The Marsh, Creekside and Bay Island, designed by Arthur Hills, wind throughout the 2,400-acre community. Two Tom Fazio courses, The Cypress and The Sabal, provide a pure golf experience nearby. The courses are complemented by two expansive pro shops, three driving ranges, comfortable locker rooms and a staff of experienced golf professionals. Clubhouses at each site provide varied dining options, including The Fireside Room, a fine-dining venue with a wine list recognized with a Wine Enthusiast magazine Award of Distinction.

Bonita Bay Club’s tennis program is directed by a United States Professional Tennis Association master professional, headquartered in the 18-Har-Tru-court tennis and swim center. The 10,000-square-foot fitness center offers a full range of workout equipment, a variety of classes and extensive spa services.

Bonita Bay, located on U.S. 41 in Bonita Springs, has been named one of Travel + Leisure Golf’s top 100 golf communities in America and has been included on Links Magazine’s lists of America’s Premier Properties each year since 2006, as well as being named one of America’s top 40 golf communities by Golf Connoisseur magazine in 2007.

For more information about membership in Bonita Bay Club, please call Membership Director Pat Schulz at (239) 949-5061.


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