Since 1987, the News-Press Media Group
has honored individuals and groups for
making significant contributions to
Southwest Florida. We are proud that the
2014 People of the Year includes two
members of our club.
Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto is a finalist for
the Person of the Year award. She won her
second term in the Florida Senate, and she
was nominated for the award because of her accomplishments in
Tallahassee and Southwest Florida. Key water quality projects
that benefit this region include securing $18 million in funding
for the Caloosahatchee Reservoir project. She also was
instrumental in securing the $7 million in funding for FGCU’s
Emergent Technologies Institute, a research program focusing on
renewable energies. Lizbeth served as the Senate Republican
Majority Leader in 2014 and in addition to sitting on seven
committees, she will also serve as chair of the Banking and
Insurance Committee and vice chair of the Appropriations
Committee in the 2015 legislative session.
Michel Doherty is the first recipient of the People of the Year
Luminary Award. At the age of 90 she is being recognized for
lifetime achievement. She is known for being a remarkable role
model and community activist. Her motto, which was given to
her by her mother is, “If you believe in yourself, you will
triumph over everything.” She is the perfect recipient for the
first ever News-Press Luminary Award!
Congratulations to both Lizbeth and Michel!
With our new location at Rum Runners, we have decided
to have two menu items from which to choose your meal. The
menu selections will be in the newsletter, and it will be
necessary to make your choice when you make your
Happy Valentine’s Day,