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.

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