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Updated: 03/11/2016 03:09:30PM

Visani’s recognized for community service

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Peggy Headly of the St. Andrews Golf Club presents Jill Brown of the Celebrate Life Ladies Support Group a check for $500. The money will be used to reach out to all women of Charlotte County who have been diagnosed with cancer and need a place to go for support. For more information, call Jill Brown at 941-637-7825, or Sara Benson at 941-575-6765.

Dr. Vance Wright Browne, who is an oncologist with Florida Cancer Specialists, was the speaker at the Celebrate Life Ladies Cancer Support Group in Punta Gorda recently. Browne discussed upcoming new approaches to diagnoses and treatment of cancer. Any woman needing information on the support group can contact Jill Brown at 941-637-7825, or Sara Benson at 941-575-6765. The group meets at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, 2001 Shreve St.

The Bicycle Center and Trek Bikes recently played host to their annual Ladies Night. The evening started with cocktails, appetizers and chair massages. Local cycling clubs were invited to introduce themselves to the attendees, and to speak about their clubs. Four cyclists modeled the latest fashions and walked the runway. For more information, visit, or call 941-627-6600. The Bicycle Center serves all type of cyclists, and is located at 3795 S. Tamiami Trail (across from Gatorz), Port Charlotte.

Voices for Kids executive director Darlene Ann Grossman joins Nick Ciletti and Kathleen Davey to help celebrate Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida raising $31,000 through area fundraising events. Voices for Kids is a nonprofit agency supporting Florida’s 20th Judicial Circuit's Guardian ad Litem program in Charlotte, Hendry, Lee, Collier and Glades counties. For further information, or to make a donation, contact Grossman at 941-533-1435 or, or visit the Voices for Kids website at

Nicholas Carter, vice president of CIA Carter Insurance Agency, from left, joins Mark Asciutto, owner of Visani’s; and Stephen Carter, president of CIA Carter Insurance Agency. The agency recently recognized Visani's with a community service award.

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Congratulations Mark Asciutto, owner of Visani’s Comedy Dinner Theater in Port Charlotte. His restaurant recently received a community service award from CIA Carter Insurance Agency, according to a press release from the agency.

Visani’s was selected for the award based on its outstanding support of nonprofit organizations, and an ongoing commitment to improving the lives of the citizens of Charlotte County. According to Stephen Carter, president of the insurance agency, Visani’s was selected because of the charity fundraisers it has been conducting for nearly a decade.

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