Fort Myers, Florida, May 2, 2017 – On April 29th, Progressive Builders, an award-winning design/build remodeling firm in Southwest Florida and staple of the local business community, joined thousands of people—teams, sponsors, performers and volunteers—in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Fort Myers, the world’s largest, most impactful fundraising event to end cancer.
Relay For Life started in May of 1985 when a Tacoma, Washington physician completed a 24-hour marathon around a track raising $27,000 for the American Cancer Society.
For nearly ten years, Progressive Builders employees have actively participated in Relay For Life, joining more than four million participants in more than 20 countries to raise cancer awareness and much-needed funds to save lives.
Progressive Builders’ team of volunteers this year raised $8,371 (and roughly 138 volunteer hours) in loving memory of those who lost their battle against cancer and in the defiant spirit of fighting back and keeping hope alive. Fundraising dollars came from cash donations that were solicited from friends, family and business associates. They also set up a grilling station at the event selling sausage and meatball sandwiches, soda, water, and cookies to attendees; and sold raffle tickets for an Aeroponic Growing System Garden Tower and a gift certificate to Chang N Faces beauty salon in Cape Coral.
Taking place at Lakes Park, survivors presided over the opening ceremony and walked a proud, hopeful lap around a designated track, cheered by all. Then, to an outpouring of appreciation, caregivers took their lap and the relay began. Toward the end of the event, came the “Luminaria Ceremony,” honoring the battles fought and lost by loved ones, and helping others process their grief.
“This is an incredible fundraising event,” said President and Owner Mike Spreckelmeier. “We will be back again next year. I am extremely proud to be part of an incredibly passionate, caring team of people. Nothing is more rewarding than teaming together to make a difference in our community.”
About Progressive Builders
Progressive Builders is a premier design/build remodeling firm serving Southwest Florida homeowners who value being counseled with utmost care through a smooth, innovative design/build remodeling process. Headquartered in Fort Myers, Progressive Builders specializes in whole house remodels, room additions, kitchen and bathroom remodels, as well as outdoor kitchens or outdoor living spaces. For more information, visit http://www.progressivebuilders.com.