The Bottom Line
Sunday, September 14, 2014

Keys Federal Credit Union aids Love Fund

Keys Federal Credit Union recently donated $1,250 to Sgt. Areaka Jewell, president of the Key West Police Department Love Fund, for the ninth annual Love Fund Ball. The celebration takes place Sept. 27 at the Westin Resort and Marina. The police department seeks silent auction items and contributions and is also selling tickets to the ball.

The Love Fund was established to support the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty or who die as a result of extraordinary pressures created by the profession. The fund also helps officers facing almost any catastrophe, including illness, home damage or other calamities that threaten their ability to serve.

For more information call Jewell at 305-809-1091.

Business boosts green efforts

Help Yourself, the Key West natural and organic market and restaurant, is pledging to follow nonprofit Green Living and Energy Education's "Got Your Bags? Florida Keys" program. That pledge takes a big step toward reducing single-use plastic-bag litter. Also, plastic bags harm the wild birds and marine animals in Keys waters.

Currently, all of the cups, clear containers, straws, knives, forks, spoons and carry-out containers used at Help Yourself are made out of corn, not plastic, or materials that can be composted or recycled. The GYB program fits in with these environmentally-friendly initiatives. It was started in 2012 in Big Pine Key by a coalition of Lower Keys residents to encourage all to reduce the use of plastic and paper, and use reusable bags instead. Help Yourself does not provide plastic shopping bags and it will begin phasing out the paper bags it currently uses. The bags also have a heavy carbon footprint to produce.

General manager named at resort

Deanne Gabel has been appointed general manager of Cheeca Lodge and Spa, a 212-room resort in Islamorada. With more than 30 years of hospitality experience, including stints at the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Millennium Hotels and Resorts and Intercontinental Hotels, Gabel will manage all operations aspects of the property, located on a 27-acre private beachfront estate.

Gabel began in the hospitality industry in 1976, when she spent several years at the Maui Intercontinental Resort, working her way up to assistant front office manager of the 560-room luxury resort. Additional career highlights include her role as director of rooms for the Four Season's Resort Wailea, resident manager at Maui Intercontinental Resort and executive assistant manager at Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City.