Florida Keys Business Briefs
Sunday, December 8, 2013


Chamber presents contest

The Key West Chamber of Commerce will once again ensure a bright holiday season with its "Island of Lights" holiday decorating contest. All businesses, large and small, Chamber members and non-members, are encouraged to deck their halls to enhance the island with season's greetings for everyone.

Decorations are judged in two categories: Small business outdoor or single window display and large business outdoor or multiple window displays. An award also will be given to one small business or commercial vessel and to one large business or commercial vessel in the Historic Seaport neighborhood.

There is no entry fee, but participating businesses must register with the Chamber of Commerce by noon Friday.

To enter, call Nancy Caruthers at the Chamber at 305-294-2587 or email committees@keywestchamber.org.


Foundation accepts challenge

The Community Foundation of the Florida Keys (CFFK) recently announced the acceptance of a $100,000 challenge grant from the Marion Stevens Fund. This is a match of $1 for every $2 raised, up to the match goal. The goal is to add a total of $300,000 to CFFK's Operating Endowment, which will strengthen the foundation's philanthropic leadership and community impact, states a foundation press release.

The match campaign launched immediately. Among the programs the endowment will support are the Leadership Success Academy (LSA) board training program, Unsung Heroes volunteer recognition, and numerous other services. The endowment will be a permanent fund in which the principal is never spent. Earnings are earmarked for use in supporting the mission and programs of CFFK.


Wacky Sports Challenge

Mariners Hospital employees will host the Wacky Sports Challenge from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 5 at Coconut Cove Resort & Marina, Mile Marker 85. Admission is free, but participation in the sports challenge and artist table rentals have associated fees.

This year's event has been expanded to include an arts festival along with the sports challenge and music festival.

Teams competing in the challenge will navigate a unique kayak course, paddle across the paddle board lagoon, avoid the water balloon burst and participate in a matchless musical ring event. The entry fee for a five-member sports challenge team is $125. To register or receive information, contact Fran Glick at 305-434-1601 or frang@BaptistHealth.net.

For those not athletically inclined, a lineup of great bands will provide live entertainment throughout the day.