Sharing a Lil’ Love with Norman Love Confections to benefit local charities

04/13/2012

Sharing a Lil' Love

FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 13, 2012) – Known for their philanthropic generosity, Mary and Norman Love are launching a year-round program to raise money for local charities. Sharing a Lil’ Love with Norman Love Confections is a new fundraising opportunity that will raise money for a different nonprofit organization every four months.

The brain child of their son, Ryan, Sharing a Lil’ Love with Norman Love Confections will donate $1 from specially marked boxes at both the Fort Myers and Naples chocolate salons and online at www.normanloveconfections.com.

Flavors currently featured in the Sharing a Lil’ Love boxes are Cookies and Cream, Bubble Gum, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Vanilla Cupcake and Cotton Candy.

Money raised from April through July will benefit United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades.

“We are so proud of Ryan for creating this new way to give to those in need,” said Norman Love. “Mary and I, and now Ryan, believe it’s important to give back to the community that supports us.”

Annually Norman Love Confections donates thousands of dollars worth of product to more than 250 nonprofit organizations, schools and churches in Lee and Collier counties.

“We are honored to be the first recipient of this new fundraising program,” said Cliff Smith, president of United Way. “Sharing a Lil’ Love with Norman Love Confections will help provide much needed financial support and awareness for Southwest Florida charities.”

The United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades is a volunteer organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people in our community. This is accomplished through fundraising, fund distribution, community building, volunteer advancement, and information and referral.

“We selected United Way as our first recipient because their mission helps so many in our community,” added Norman. “Seventy local United Way partner agencies will benefit from Sharing a Lil’ Love.”

The News-Press Media Group is sponsoring the Sharing a Lil’ Love United Way campaign.

Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from the Fort Myers corporate headquarters that encompasses both production and retail operations. The Fort Myers and Naples chocolate salons are stylish retail shops with an intimate ambience in which customers may purchase chocolates or linger over house-made pastries, gourmet coffees, lattes and smoothies.

The award-wining Fort Myers-based chocolatier has been lauded nine times by a leading consumer ratings magazine including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates.

The Fort Myers Chocolate Salon is located at 11380 Lindbergh Boulevard and is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Naples Chocolate Salon, which also serves artisan gelato, is located at 3747 Tamiami Trail North in Parkshore Centre and is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Artisan Gelato by Norman Love is located at 11300 Lindbergh Boulevard, Suite 112, off Daniels Parkway, east of I-75, and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 239-288-4333.

For more information, call 239-561-7215 or visit www.normanloveconfections.com.

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Contact:

Sharon Arnold, Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and Public Relations, 239-275-5758, sarnold (at) gravinasmith.com