Celebrating the Men & Women of the Year
WINK News’ partner Gulfshore Life celebrated the Men & Woman of the Year on Tuesday night. The event honors those who shape Southwest Florida by showcasing their talents and giving back.
These eight people make a difference in their community:
- Bryce Alexander
- Tracey Galloway
- Paul Hiltz
- Marcius Jansen
- Sandra Kauanui
- Randy Kurtz
- Rose O’Dell King
- Serena Parisi
Serena Parisi is the youngest person to ever be recognized as a Woman of the Year. She is a survivor of sexual abuse. Serena’s Law is a law that established a uniform way to report abusers and it is named after her.
Sandra Kauanui is Florida Gulf Coast University’s (FGCU) Entrepreneurship School Director. She says for her, being a Woman of the Year is just icing on the cake. All she wanted was to make a difference for her students.
“I never think about being Woman of the Year. I think about the impact we can make to every student who walks through FGCU and comes through program,” Kauanui said.
Other winners included a chef, builder and the CEO of a health care system.
Gulfshore Life has been putting on this event for more than 20 years. WINK News Anchor Lois Thome emceed the event.