Fort Myers Shoe Store, Foot Solutions Estero, Presents "Hometown Hero" Award

Fort Myers - Estero Shoe Store, Foot Solutions Estero, Presents "Hometown Hero" Award to Elizabeth Craciun-Bender.
By: Foot Solutions Estero
ESTERO, Fla. - Aug. 26, 2015 - PRLog -- A local business recently awarded Elizabeth Craciun-Bender as Southwest Florida’s “Hometown Hero”.  In May, footwear retailer Foot Solutions of Estero announced its “Hometown Hero” contest in an effort to acknowledge people who provide exemplary service to our community.  Each quarter, the store is accepting nominations and choosing an individual who best meets the criteria of a “Hometown Hero”.  The award is specific to those who are in positions requiring long periods of time on their feet, while positively impacting the community.   Out of the many nominations that were received for the third quarter, Elizabeth Craciun-Bender was chosen as the winner.  Elizabeth’s nomination letter received the highest number of votes from visitors to Foot Solutions Estero’s website, emailed votes, social media, and staff votes.

Elizabeth was nominated by one of her co-workers.  The nomination letter is below:

"I would like to nominate Elizabeth Craciun-Bender as a Hometown Hero.  Liz has worked for the Lee County Head Start program for 18 years as a Mental Health Specialist.  The Head Start program serves children birth to five years of age who have families that meet the Federal poverty guidelines.  Lee County Head Start also serves teen moms in an effort to support their ability to stay in school and develop their parenting skills.  Liz works tirelessly to provide pregnant moms who might be have maternal depression or who are living in other unimaginable life situations.  She offers strategies to teachers of infants and toddlers on how to comfort children and provide appropriate nurturing techniques.  Liz has play therapy sessions for young preschoolers when they are having behavioral issues in class or at home.  The children we serve are at-risk due to a number of factors such as parental incarceration, domestic violence, child abuse, homelessness, substance issues or other disruptive issues that threaten children’s ability to learn.  All of these risk factors impact young children and their families.  Liz works hard on a daily basis to make lives better for our youngest children so that they may grow to become productive citizens of the future. Liz has been on this road since 1997 in our program which, coincidentally, has had an impact on the health of her feet.  I hope that you will recognize that she is exactly the type of Hometown Hero that deserves to be honored by Foot Solutions of Estero."

“We’ve been humbled and amazed by all of the nominations we received, and are so grateful for these individuals who give tirelessly of themselves to help others in our community, ” said Chris Cole, Owner of Foot Solutions Estero.  “Choosing a winner from all of the worthy nominees was one of the hardest tasks we’ve been presented with.  Although Elizabeth was chosen for this quarter, the other nominees will be put back into the running for future awards.“

Elizabeth was presented with the following prizes from Foot Solutions Estero:

·  “Hometown Hero” Certificate of Recognition, Media Recognition

·  Orthotics/arch supports ($100 value)

·  Infrared Light Therapy Treatments  ($100 value)

·  $50 Foot Solutions Estero Gift Certificate towards shoes

·  Full Pedorthic Assessment, including 3 foot scans and a balance/gait analysis ($95 value)

Foot Solutions Estero is currently accepting nominations for next quarter’s Hometown Hero award.

“This is our way of saying thank you to individuals who tirelessly work to make our community a better place to work and live,” added Cole.  “Especially those who are on their feet all day!”

Nominees may include anyone in Southwest Florida who in professions that contribute to our community, while requiring extensive time on the feet, such as:

Healthcare professionals

Police officers

Fire fighters


Social Workers

Service Industry Workers


Any hard worker who make a difference in our community

Winners will be selected based on the nominee’s positive impact on the local community.

Submitting a Nomination:

Those who would like to nominate himself/herself or a friend/family member/co-worker for this award should write a brief paragraph about how this person has positively impacted our community, and why they should be chosen to receive the award.  Please include the nominee’s name, email, phone number, and any other relevant details.  A photo of the nominee in their work environment may also be included with the submission.

Nominations should be emailed to Submissions will also be accepted via fax or mail.


Mail: 21301 S. Tamiami Trail #300    Estero, FL 33928

Fax:  239-498-1337

About Foot Solutions

Foot Solutions of Estero is devoted to helping clients achieve better health through their feet and are a recognized leader in specialty footwear, running shoes, comfort shoes and sandals, orthopedic shoes, custom arch supports and inserts, and diabetic footwear.  They also specialize in custom footwear for runners, golfers, tennis players, and other athletes.  In addition, Foot Solutions of Estero helps those suffering from foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis, and specialize in alleviation of joint pain, back pain, and knee pain.

Foot Solutions of Estero is part of the largest ranked health and wellness franchise, and locally serves Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, Fort Myers, and Cape Coral.  They carry popular brands such as New Balance, Brooks, Keen, Finn Comfort, Naot, and Chung Shi or other rocker bottom technology shoes.  Foot Solutions of Estero has a Certified Licensed Pedorthist on staff.

Foot Solutions of Estero is located in Estero, FL, next to Publix in the Corkscrew Village plaza on the corner of US 41 & Corkscrew Road.   For more information, visit call 239-495-8911.

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