All posts by Cory Skeates


“Chill.” Recession 101 Campaign Offers Common Sense Reminders

This weekend, I took a day-trip to St. Augustine to visit some family. While driving down I-95 is not necessarily as entertaining as driving down South Florida Ave, Sunday proved to be a little different. Just north of Port Orange, headed south, there is a billboard that looks much like this:


So, we all know what a huge nerd I can be about simple marketing pieces- like this- that put common sense out in front of our faces. This campaign is especially interesting. An anonymous donor from the East coast contributed some $20,000 and commissioned Charlie Robb (Charchin Creative)- the guy who made all those messages from God billboards- to create a campaign that would help our country “take a deep breath”. Outdoor Advertising Association members are donating time, space and materials to bring the messages to local communities.

You can read more about the campaign here, view some more of the billboards here and follow the campaign on Twitter here.


Peace River Center and USFP Students Raise Awareness

From a Peace River Center press release:

This year on World Suicide Prevention Day Peace River Center and Kim Garrity, a University of South Florida Polytechnic Student, are taking strides to raise awareness in our community. Programming will include the DVD entitled the TRUTH about Suicide presented by Marie Dudek of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. Following the DVD presentation, a panel of suicide survivors and Peace River Center’s own suicide expert, Kirk Fasshauer, will answer questions. Panelists will share their stories and field questions about their experiences, how to create awareness, to find help, and to connect with local programs.

Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among 15 to 24 year olds. It is imperative as a community we become aware of the signs and stop the prevalence of this type of death.

FREE EVENT | September 10, 2009

LTB Auditorium, University of South Florida Polytechnic

6:00pm – 7:30pm.

For more information contact Lauren Lengyel at 863-519-0575 x-1114 or or Kim Garrity at

Peace River Center (PRC) is a private not-for-profit community mental health organization serving the residents of Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties for over 60 years. PRC also provides two domestic violence shelters, a Rape Recovery and Resource Center, and Substance Abuse Treatment Program to the communities it serves.


RC – CW’s Country Cafe

RC - CW's County Cafe C.W. Schofield loved family, loved life and loved good food. He often said every night is a Saturday night and every day is a Sunday. In celebration of the man, the great woman behind him, and this philosophy, CW’s Country Cafe was born.

The Schofield Group is not new to Lakeland! Their newest venture, CW’s Country Café follows their success with Shane’s Rib Shack franchises, and gives the family an opportunity to share their values and favorite family recipes with the community. You’ll even recognize some familiar faces from their opening at Lakeside Village in 2007.

At CW’s Country Café, we honor five generations of Florida natives and the family recipes that were passed from generation to generation. CW’s Country Café is our family’s expression of authentic comfort food. Our carefully selected, time-honored dishes have been coupled with a relaxed, but progressive environment to create a unique blend of country cookin’ with a conscience.

Please join us at CW’s Country Café where all our dishes are served with a “Nice-to-see ya’” and a “We appreciate your business attitude”.  See ya’ soon!!!


RC – Lakeland Montessori

DSC02724 In 2002, the founding of Lakeland Montessori began.  The vision was to bring the Montessori educational model to Lakeland as a public school of choice.  In short, this educational experience brings to life the values of respect for one another, our environment, and continuously seeking to give back in order to further the interests of our local community and on a smaller scale, contributes to the peaceful and loving existence of our global family.  What began as an idea in 2002, has grown and flourished through the dedication of loving parents, teachers, and community leaders; with a special thanks for the countless volunteer hours and outside the box ideas and thinking – contributed by so many!  It is my privilege to welcome all of you here today to celebrate the opening and dedication of this new facility with our Montessori family.


RC – South McKeel Academy


RC-South McKeel South McKeel Academy, located on East Edgewood Drive in south Lakeland, was established in 2006 and is the south campus of McKeel Academy of Technology.  This public charter school has 1088 students and just over 60 teachers for their K-7 integrated curriculum emphasizing technology and academics. Grades 6 and 7 were added this year.   They boast a strong Parent Teacher Organization and community volunteer base, including Junior Achievement.  Students have access to the latest technology including 12 portable wireless computer labs, housing 264 netbook computers; a ratio of 1 computer to every 2 students.  The school has a fully wireless network and all teachers have new wireless laptops and access to wireless printers plus all classrooms are equipped with SMARTBoards.