Industry Appreciation Awards rescheduled for October 2021

Due to COVID-19, the Industry Appreciation Awards’ (IAA) event organizers have made the thoughtful decision to postpone the annual awards celebration to best serve guests, honorees and event supporters. The event will now be held on Friday, October 22, 2021 at the Caloosa Sound Convention Center in downtown Fort Myers.

Since 1992, the Industry Appreciation Awards have celebrated the Lee County business community and recognized outstanding local businesses that have positively influenced Southwest Florida. Come October 22, the event will commence in the same fashion as it has for nearly three decades—as a reason to gather and honor the businesses and leaders that make Lee County extraordinary.

In response to the pandemic, organizers have added a special award category for the 2021 IAA event. The Business Resiliency and Innovation Award will recognize a business that successfully pivoted their operations, products or services to be resilient and help the needs of the community during COVID-19.

“We’re excited to bring back the Industry Appreciation Awards after having to postpone them in 2020,” said Horizon Council Chair Christopher Spiro. “And to host them at Caloosa Sound makes it even that much more special and rewarding. We’re looking forward to an exciting program.”

For more information about or to get involved with the 2021 Industry Appreciation Awards, contact Horizon Foundation Chief Fundraising Consultant Dilman Thomas at 239-810-1948 or
This article was submitted by a Guest Author of the Above Board Chamber.