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Windermere SEPTEMBER 2019



+ Arts &

Entertainment ISSUE








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+ LETTER From the Publisher

Fall Into the Arts Autumn is a season for the senses. While the leaves may not fall here in Central Florida, the aroma of cinnamon brooms and the sound of screams echoing from spooky Halloween events certainly fill the air. The flavors of pumpkin spice are integrated into our kitchens, and the sights of fall-themed wreaths being hung on front doors signal the start of the season. If we’re lucky, it might even start to feel a bit cooler outside. As we transition from summer to fall, we at Central Florida Lifestyle are focusing on all things arts and entertainment. From home and fashion related DIY projects to the organizations and venues that will be hosting incredible artistic performances well into the winter months, this issue has it all. Make sure to flip to page 16 to meet the winners of our annual art contest, chosen by some of Orlando’s top art professionals. Creating this content for you is our contribution to the arts and entertainment world. We hope you will enjoy reading about the amazing places in the city you call home, from Mango’s Tropical Cafe on International Drive to The Edison at Disney Springs and beyond. As always, thank you for inviting us into your homes month after month. We couldn’t do what we do without your support and the support of our many community partners.


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+ WHAT’S Inside

Contents | September 2019 Departments

Features 8










6 Happy Hour Hotspots



Avoiding Copyright Infringement

Make it Your Own

Gear Up for Game Day

Dr. Andrew Pleener










How to Love Your Kitchen Again 5 Tips for Easing Anxiety



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Arts & Entertainment in West Orange Keep Calm and Color On Fostering Creativity for Kids







Three local art professionals took on the task of choosing this year’s art contest winners. Get to know the artists and their work. Eat, drink and dance the night away at Mango’s Tropical Cafe in the heart of the International Drive District. Community Health Centers, Inc. is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of uninsured and underinsured patients across Central Florida.


This is just some of what you can expect from the upcoming seasons for a selection of local arts organizations.

Web Life


What to Know About Ovarian Cancer


UCF Health’s sports medicine doctor helps patients tackle their injuries and get back in the game.







The Art of Makeup








Go online for stories and photos not seen in print. • More stories about from local communities • An expanded web calendar

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Famous Orlando Residents

Remembering 9/11

Vintage Vibes at The Edison

Second Harvest Food Bank

7824 Lake Underhill Rd. #G Orlando, FL 32822

(407) 282.7498



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Art Makeup

+ BETTER Beauty



Look and feel beautiful with this selection of beauty essentials. Whether you’re going for a cat eye or simple lines, ILIA’s line of eyeliners will do the trick. The brand’s liquid liner includes a flexible, finely pointed felt tip for easy application, and the soft tip gel eyeliner has the precision of a gel and the ease of a pencil. Both are water resistant. ILIA Clean Line Liquid Liner in Midnight, $28, ILIA Clean Line Gel Liner in Dusk, $26,

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Feel confident about your complexion with a new, full-coverage foundation that comes in 44 skin-coded shades. The result is a flawless, pore-less finish. Then, balance pigmentation in your skin with the help of four varying shades of color correctors, complete with flavanoids to diminish under eye puffiness, mica to provide an illuminating effect and more. Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation, $44, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Vanish Color Corrector, $32,

Be ready to take center stage with this local makeup line by Kristin Noelle Cosmetics. Whether you want to dress up your look or keep it casual, there is something for every mood. Kristin Noelle Cosmetics Camera Ready Primer, $36, Kristin Noelle Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Naive and Hot Lips, $16, Kristin Noelle Cosmetics Lipstick in Photo Shoot and Dance Diva, $15,




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UCF Health’s sports medicine doctor helps patients tackle their injuries and get back in the game.

Coaching Your Recovery


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bones and muscles of the body. He helps patients by offering the most advanced, researched-based treatment through nonsurgical techniques.

The Sports Medicine Specialty

Seifert is a sports medicine specialist with advanced training in injection therapies, which he uses to help alleviate pain and promote healing. He is also faculty at the UCF College of Medicine and

helps train the next generation of physicians. He takes a comprehensive approach in caring for his patients, which includes looking at all the factors that contribute to an athlete’s performance. Whether your goal is to play sports at a competitive level, or just get through a round of golf without hurting yourself, Dr. Seifert helps patients stay active and pain free so they can do the things they love. “I treat the whole patient and not just their injury,” explains Seifert.



ou may think that only professional athletes have access to sports medicine physicians to help them stay at the top of their game and treat injuries. But you don’t need to be a pro, or even define yourself as an athlete, to benefit from seeing a sports medicine doctor. Dr. Michael Seifert at UCF Health provides sports medicine care for those who live an active lifestyle and want a doctor who is uniquely qualified in treating and preventing injuries related to the

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Sports Injuries Can Affect Anyone

The vast majority of sports injuries are nonsurgical — about 90%. Seifert helps patients by recommending the best treatment plan for each patient and advises on whether evaluation by a surgeon is warranted. Sometimes it’s not an injury, but rather lingering pain or a nuisance issue, that needs to be addressed — like

Whether you consider yourself an athlete or not, a sports medicine doctor can help with:


“This means considering the sport they play and how they move to identify why they got injured in the first place and ensure good body mechanics to help prevent injuries in the future.” Thanks to his dual board certifications in sports medicine and internal medicine, Seifert extends his care beyond just treating injuries. He also looks at areas like sleep and nutrition to help athletes be their very best. Other ways that Seifert cares for patients includes concussion management, helping athletes with chronic or acute conditions (such as having asthma or the flu), advice on exercise programs, return to play decisions, recommendations on strength and conditioning training and general healthy lifestyle promotion.

• Breaks, sprains and strains • Joint pain • Tendon issues • Head injuries • Nutrition and supplements  xercise prescription to •E increase physical activity  ecommendations on •R strength training and conditioning • “Return to play” decisions knee pain or having limited range of motion in your shoulder. In these cases, he encourages patients to see a sports medicine specialist sooner rather than later. Don’t just live with it. “Most joint issues are wear and tear issues, so the sooner you get treatment, the better we can help to preserve the joint,” says Seifert. “Sometimes, that may mean surgery. Other times more conservative treatments like injection therapy or physical therapy can give you the result you’re looking for.”

What UCF Health Can Do For You


UCF Health is the faculty practice of the UCF College of Medicine. It has two clinic locations (one near the main University of Central Florida campus and the other in Lake Nona) and first opened to the public in 2011. The practice offers multispecialty care in everything from primary care to general surgery. The physicians at UCF Health are dedicated to providing research-based care in a warm and caring environment. Patients are actively involved in their care with an emphasis on patient education. Whether you are an elite athlete or weekend warrior, the team at UCF Health is here is help keep you active and healthy.

Learn more about all of the sports medicine services available at UCF Health at or call 407-266-DOCS to schedule an appointment.


+ HEALTH & Wellness

What You Need to Know About Ovarian Cancer September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, so take this time to learn about the symptoms and risk factors then spread the word to all of the women in your life. By Lyndsay Fogarty


everal preventative screenings help women stay on top of their health. Mammograms can detect breast cancer at its earliest stages, and Pap tests are a powerful tool for identifying abnormalities that can lead to cervical cancer. However, there is currently no preventative screening available for the most deadly gynecological cancer: ovarian cancer. According to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, ovarian cancer is a disease in which cancerous cells occur inside, near or on the outer layer of the ovaries, depending on the type and stage. The ovaries are almondshaped organs within a woman’s reproductive system that store eggs as well as produce estrogen and progesterone. Ovarian cancer is tricky because it often presents with vague symptoms that can be confused for other ailments or that are easy for women to brush off as nothing. These symptoms, which typically get more intense over time, include: • Bloating • Pelvic or abdominal pain  rouble eating or feeling full quickly •T •F  eeling the need to urinate urgently or often • Fatigue •U  pset stomach or heartburn •B  ack pain •P  ain during sex •C  onstipation or menstrual changes The NOCC notes that persistence of symptoms is key when it comes to the possibility of ovarian cancer. If a woman’s symptoms are new and don’t resolve with normal interventions, such as a change in diet, exercise or increased rest, after a two-week period then a consultation with a doctor is recommended. Listening to your body is the best way to catch ovarian cancer in its earliest stages, when the survival rate is 10

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near 90%. Sadly, only about 19% of ovarian cancer diagnoses are made in these early stages (stages I or II) due to the silent signs and symptoms, according to the NOCC. If diagnosed in stage III or higher, the survival rate dips as low as 28%. Also, it’s important to be aware of your risk factors, which includes genetic predisposition; personal or family history of breast, ovarian or colon cancer; increasing age; and infertility. Having one or more of these risk factors doesn’t mean that you will ultimately develop ovarian cancer, but you should be vigilant in watching for early symptoms if you do.

Did You Know? 1. One in 78 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in her lifetime. 2. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women ages 35-74. 3. The American Cancer Society estimates that, this year, over 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed and more than 14,000 women will die from ovarian cancer. 4. Pap tests do not detect ovarian cancer. 5. A  ll women are at risk, but genetic factors do come into play. Genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations can show potential risk for breast and ovarian cancer as well as several other cancers. Source: National Ovarian Cancer Coalition


+ Ask the Lawyer

Don’t Commit

Copyright Infringement

by Mistake

Find out what exactly copyright infringement is so you don’t find yourself in the middle of a lawsuit.


In order to convey the best marketing message for her firm, a friend told me that after many hours of research finding just the right photography online and subsequently activating her website, she was threatened with multiple lawsuits for copyright infringement by photographers, Disney World and Universal Studios. The photographs she selected were among the thousands of cityscapes, amusement parks and other Orlando themes. I’ve always believed photos on the internet were public domain and for anyone’s use. Is it true that if someone displays photographs on their website copied from the internet, they could face financial penalties and legal prosecution for violation of copyright laws?

By Kristen M. Jackson, Jackson Law P.A.


Simply put, yes. Most people don’t realize that to use somebody else’s photography as reference for their own website marketing, published advertisements or generating a painting, they need permission from the photograph’s owner. Alternatively, if you’re copying a photograph only to convey an interest to a family member, friend or a business constituent on social media, you’re not necessarily in violation, provided you’re not trying to profit from them. Kristen M. Jackson is the founding partner of Jackson Law PA (407-363-9020). She is experienced in estate planning, real estate law, business and contract law. Her firm has earned an AV rating by MartindaleHubbell signifying the highest level of professional excellence as obtained through opinions from members of the bar and judiciary.


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It’s important to understand what copyright is before you find yourself violating it. Copyright is a form of intellectual property that provides the creator of original work exclusive rights to that work, including its publication, distribution and adaptation, after which time the work is said to enter a public domain such as the internet. Examples of copyrighted material include photography, computer software, paintings, music, sculptures and literary works. Although copyrights can be registered, in the United States or in a country with which the U.S. has a copyright treaty, registration is not required. Consider the following example of a lawsuit filed over misuse of internet photos. Michelle learned the hard way. After using a picture she copied from the internet, the photographer and legal copyright owner sued Michelle and won. At first, Michelle believed she was being scammed by a fake photographer. After ignoring his no-

tice to pay for use of his photo or face prosecution, she received a notice of a lawsuit filed against her for copyright infringement. Michelle still didn’t believe anyone would demand she pay $2,000 or face prosecution for using a single photograph found online. Reality set in when Michelle was subpoenaed to appear in court to face her accuser. A photo that would have only cost $3.50 on a stock website resulted in Michelle paying her attorney and a settlement to the photographer in the amount of $37,000. You can’t use a photograph found on the internet for personal gain. If you want to use photographs or other forms of artwork in the development of your website, advertisements or marketing plans, there are many websites from which you may purchase photos for a nominal fee, such as, and Alternatively, pick up a camera and take your own photos.



Make it Your Own Designed by Francia Fusik, All in One Decorating Solutions Photographed by Eric Dean, Eric Dean Photography

Step 1: Paint the Walls First, choose the wall that you want the bed to be against. The headboard will be built directly on that wall, so plan exactly how you want the space to flow before you begin. Once your plan is in place, start painting. Tip! Instead of having the same color on all four walls, choose a complementary shade for the area behind the bed to make it an accent wall. Select a color from the headboard’s wallpaper ­ — the one you want to pull out the most to make that particular wall pop.


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Step 2: Mount the Frame

Paint and measure the headboard frame before cutting it. After nailing each piece to the wall, you’ll need to cover the nail holes with putty and touch up the paint where necessary. Tip! There are two ways you can build the frame. Either cut it so the width of the mattress fits between the two far edges of the frame (as seen in this finished project) or build it so the mattress fits inside the wallpaper area and the frame sits outside of the bed.

Create a custom piece to beautify your bedroom with this three-step DIY headboard project.

Step 3: Fill it with Wallpaper Cut standard 21-inch or 27-inch residential wallpaper into three strips. Place the first strip in the middle of the frame and the others on each edge. For patterned wallpaper, be sure to follow the pattern’s lines exactly when placing the final two strips. Tip! Other options for the inside of the frame include peel-andstick wallpaper or a unique collage of contact paper. Both of these options offer less of a commitment because they can be easily removed and switched up when you want to redecorate.

Painting the Town Beautiful Meet the Judges

Tiffany Sanders, CMO for JHT, Inc. and participant in a variety of art organizations including Downtown Arts District, SNAP! Orlando and United Arts

Katherine Navarro, Curator of Art and Education for Mennello Museum of American Art

Barbara Hartley, Executive Director for Downtown Arts District

1st Place

Aimee Durfee Title: Obscurity Category: Paint From the artist: My grandfather was an artist, and I’m inspired by him every time I pick up a brush, aspiring to be as remarkable as he was. This piece is a lot bolder than my typical work. I was inspired by searching inside of myself as an artist, reaching those hidden peculiarities and desires that don’t come to light in daily reality. I feel like the brush strokes awaken on the canvas with the intensity of the bold, dark colors, while the abstract speaks to the viewer, evoking the intended emotions. What the judges had to say: All three judges were impressed with Durfee’s technique, which brought the work to life. Navarro says piece was emotive, portrayed action and that “it’s hard to not be affected by it.” Additionally, Sanders was pleased with Durfee’s color choices in the composition as she played on the differences between brighter and subdued hues.


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It was difficult to narrow down the entries for Lifestyle’s annual art contest, but three local art professionals took on the task of choosing this year’s winners. Get to know the artists and their work.

2nd Place

Dominic DaSylva Title: Dragonfly Category: Mixed media From the artist: “The beauty of nature and technology was the

inspiration for this piece — a collage on canvas made from recycled magazines. The dragonfly is characterized by amazing flight patterns as it appears to be able to change direction swiftly, gliding through the air with no apparent effort. Its lightness inspires those who have the dragonfly as totem to use their ability to be flexible and highly adaptable in any situation.” What the judges had to say: The subject matter and use of materials stood out most with this piece. Hartley says that she loved the way DaSylva portrayed the subject matter with his use of colors within the recycled materials, and Sanders agreed, noting that “the perspective and composition worked cohesively.” Navarro says that “Dragonfly” is very well done for a collage piece.

3rd Place

Wilson Romero Title: Poem of Colors Category: Paint From the artist: “Time took me away from your lips, but time can never

take me away from the kisses I give you in my thoughts. My autumn love, the kisses that are in the ink of my letters. The kisses that paint butterflies over the fresh canvas. My hummingbird kisses for a flower in love with the wind, the good night kisses that, like fingers, dry the lament of your tears. My kisses witness of your sublime dreams and sorrows. The kisses that at this very moment write you this poem, and they want you faithfully ... in silence.” What the judges had to say: Romero’s piece is full of small, intricate details and patterns that pull the story together. This is what caught the attention of the judges. Navarro says, “I loved the patterning and figures — all the small details.” Hartley agrees that Romero’s unique style, integrating patterns with vibrant colors, makes for a beautifully distinctive piece. Sanders adds that Romero’s skill is impressive. She says, “A lot of objects are integrated. It is full and compact, but you can differentiate the pieces.”

Honorable Mention! Claire Goodowens Category: Student

From the artist: “Macro photography that highlights the hard work of the Sweat Bee. They are a key part of our ecosystem, so I tried to show how beautiful they are when they’re hard at work.” What the judges had to say: The beauty in this piece shined for the judges as well as the skill that it took to show the most intricate of details on such a tiny subject.


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Gear Up for

Game Day College football is in full swing. This custom clutch not only meets any stadium’s clear bag policy but it’s also super easy to make. By Catie Moore

What you need: • SharPlus clear clutch ( • 3.5-inch letter* ( • Leather tassel* ( • Glue gun *This project is completely customizable. Show your school spirit by purchasing elements in your team’s colors.

Step 1: Outline your letter with hot glue and place in the direct center of the clear bag’s front side. Hold until set. Tip! When making our bags, we chose our first initial as our letter. However, you could get smaller letters and go with your school’s initials or opt for the school logo instead.

Step 2: Clip the tassel to the bag (it doesn’t matter which side), making sure that it is hooked completely around the base of the bag’s chain.


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Step 3: Accessorize on game day with your brand new custom clutch!












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+ WINE & Spirits


Happy Hour Hotspots

When it’s time to grab a drink and a snack, head to some of the area’s top happy hour locations. These are some of our favorites. By Natasha Boschetti


here’s nothing better than a relaxing happy hour after a long work day. We’ve got you covered when it comes to where to go. Grab some friends, a drink and a bite to eat at some of our favorite happy hour hotspots. Cheers!

Bar Louie

Where: International Drive and Winter Park When: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday Specials: $3.50 draft beers, $4.50 wines by the glass, $5.50 signature martinis and 50% off flatbreads and select appetizers Why we love it: This classic happy hour cannot go unnoticed due to its amazing price point. There are many exciting attractions to enjoy once happy hour ends at the International Drive location and plenty of shopping opportunities near the Winter Park location.

Big Fin Seafood Kitchen

Where: Dellagio When: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday & 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday Specials: $4 beers, $7 wines, martinis and cocktails as well as discounted appetizers and entrees 22

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Why we like it: Not only is this happy hour location a great one (you’re surrounded by other restaurants with amazing happy hours if you want to hop around), but the menu has a huge variety.

Bulla Gastrobar

Where: Winter Park When: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday Specials: $5-$8 tapas and $14-$18 cheese boards (food at bar only) and 50% off house wine, beer and liquor Why we like it: Inspired by Spain’s tapas scene, the gastropub offers small bites for a small price seven days a week. The fact that happy hour is extended into the weekend is a huge draw.

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Where: Restaurant Row When: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday Specials: $4 beers, $5 small plates, $6 wines, $7 specialty cocktails Why we love it: You will find a large variety of items to sip and savor, and one of the offerings is just

too good to pass up. You can get one glass of wine and a full-sized flatbread for just $12.

Stubborn Mule

Where: Thornton Park When: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday & 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday Specials: $5 draft beers and wine, $6 signature cocktails and mules, $5 select appetizers Why we like it: With one of the best mule selections in Orlando, you will find something for every taste. Since the price is right for happy hour, it’s the best time to taste test.

Vines Grille

Where: Restaurant Row When: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the week Specials: 50% off premium wines and champagne by the glass, $6-8 martinis and cocktails, specially priced food selection Why we love it: Happy hour every day is a great start! The patio lounge, complete with comfy couches and fans to beat the heat, is the best place to enjoy it.


+ SOMEONE You Should Know

In the Eye of the Storm Two local medical professionals helped individuals in St. Maarten weather Hurricane Irma by creating a makeshift clinic during the storm. By Lyndsay Fogarty



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The university had completed construction on a new building with a mock lab for its medical students about a year or two before Hurricane Irma hit. Using those resources, including emergency room beds and medical tables, the couple worked with others to set up a makeshift clinic to treat anything from lacerations and panic attacks to COPD exacerbations. Along with Pleener, a psychiatrist, and Aleksandrova, an internist, two other doctors took shelter inside the university. One was a plastic surgeon, who was there for his daughter’s white coat ceremony, and the other was a university professor, who had just retired as an OB/GYN. With a team of about 50 people, including first through fifth semester medical students, the group of four doctors set up a triage area on the first floor of the building where they could treat minor issues or admit patients with more severe medical concerns to the ER upstairs. Initially, all they had was basic first aid supplies and medication donations from others at the shelter. Pharmacies eventually started donating medications in exchange for having a safe place with a generator to store them. The group saw hundreds of patients both during and after the storm. The government on St. Maarten even listed their clinic as the go-to resource due to the devastation that had occurred to area hospitals. “We didn’t have all the tools, but we had a lot of heart, a lot of volunteers and a lot of people that were willing to help,” Pleener says. “Everyone

coming together is what made this work.” It turns out the decision to stay at the university was a lucky one not only for their patients but also for Pleener and Aleksandrova. When they returned to their condo, the front door was blown out, their refrigerator was outside and the whole condo was flooded. For their efforts, they were invited back to the university when it re-opened five months later to speak at the white coat ceremony. There are even posters of them hanging on the walls of the building, where a disaster medicine fellowship program developed by the Harvard School of Medicine will be based in the future. “It definitely made me appreciate the resilience people have,” Pleener says. “When everybody comes together you can accomplish a lot.”


s Hurricane Irma churned toward the Caribbean in September 2017, Dr. Andrew Pleener and his wife, Dr. Olga Aleksandrova, were preparing for a vacation to St. Maarten. With the worst of the storm forecast to miss the island, the Windermere couple moved forward with their travel plans. The unpredictability of the storm reared its head once they arrived. “As it went from a category 2 to a category 3, it started to shift a little bit in our direction,” Pleener remembers. “Then they announced it was coming right for St. Maarten.” At that point, there were no flights home. While they felt safe in their condo, which was built with solid concrete and hurricane-proof glass, they decided to take shelter at the American University of the Caribbean with residents and visitors from the surrounding cities.


Transportation Update Luncheon On Thursday, July 25, the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association conducted a Membership Luncheon at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort featuring a Transportation Update provided by Bob O’Malley, Vice President, Governmental Affairs, Virgin Trains USA and David Parks, Public Communications Coordinator, the I-4 Ultimate Project. Mr. O’Malley and Mr. Parks shared information on the exciting

Rich Maladecki is president and CEO of the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association, the world’s largest regional hotel association (

transportation enhancements that are slated for Central Florida. Additionally, this luncheon featured recognition of the following CFHLA Members of the Month: March Members of the Month: Marylouise Fitzgibbon, Walt Disney World Resorts and Ralph Burch, Pro-Air Mechanical; April Members of the Month: Suzi Brady, Royale Parc Hotel Orlando — Lake Buena Vista and Tim Yousef, Drip Communications; May Members of the Month: Anthony Lazzara, Crowne Plaza Orlando Universal and Don Dooley, Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets; June Members of the Month: Chris Mueller, Hilton Orlando and Carey Carter, T-Mobile and July Members of the Month: Mike Magnelli, Las Palmeras by Hilton Grand Vacations and David George, formerly of Greenery Productions.

CFHLA Cares volunteers collecting items for Central Florida homeless students.

David Parks, Public Communications Coordinator, I-4 Ultimate Project and Bob O’Malley, Vice President, Governmental Affairs, Virgin Trains USA.

In conjunction with this activity, the CFHLA Cares program conducted the second collection drive for 2019. This Back-to-School Collection Drive brought in 35,000 items for homeless students in Orange and Osceola counties.

SAVE THE DATE! The 2019 Golf Classic and Awards Reception at the West Orange Country Club

Thursday, November 7, 2019 12:00pm-6:30 pm

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Polish up those clubs and get ready to join us on the course at the annual West Orange Chamber Golf Classic! The Golf Classic is one of our most popular events and is the ideal setting for business leaders to bring their best clients, top prospects or office staff for a fun afternoon of relationship building on the fairway. Is a driving swing not your thing? Then, skip golf and join us for dinner and drinks at the Awards Reception immediately following the golf tournament.

 18 holes of golf, lunch, two drink tickets, door prizes, chance-to-win tickets, and awards reception with dinner buffet following the tournament. Golfers can bid for valuable silent auction items and participate in a chance-to-win drawing for incredible prizes!

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Keep these local chef recipes handy for game day and you will be the MVP of the tailgate this football season.

Nashville Wings Courtesy of The Ravenous Pig Yield: About 20-25 wings

When you think of football, you probably start craving chicken wings. This recipe is one that you will definitely want to make as you cheer on your team. It’s easy to execute during a tailgate or to prepare at home for a game day get-together. Ingredients: • Several pounds chicken wings For the brine: • 1 cup salt • 1/2 cup sugar • 1 gallon water For the Nashville rub: • 1/4 cup salt • 1/4 cup sugar • 3/4 cup paprika • 3 tablespoons garlic powder • 3 tablespoons onion powder • 3/4 cup brown sugar


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For the ‘Bama white BBQ sauce: • 1 quart Duke’s mayonnaise • 1 cup apple cider vinegar • 2 tablespoons onion powder • 1 tablespoon garlic powder • 1 tablespoon celery seed • 1 tablespoon sugar • 2 oranges, zest and juice • Salt to taste Directions: Prepare the brine by combining the water, salt and sugar then pouring it over the chicken wings until covered. Let the wings sit in the brine for 4 hours. While the chicken is brining, add all ingredients for the Nashville rub into a bowl and mix completely. Set aside. Add the apple cider vinegar, onion and garlic powders, celery seed, sugar, salt and orange zest/ juice to the mayonnaise and stir until combined. Refrigerate until ready to use. This should make approximately 1.5 quarts of sauce. Remove the wings from the brine and pat dry. Toss wings in the Nashville rub until coated completely. Grill the wings until thoroughly cooked and serve with the ‘Bama white BBQ sauce.

Sticky Glazed Pork Fingers with Grilled Corn Relish Courtesy of Chef Jonathan Fahey, Boxi Park Yield: About 20-25 wings

Both sweet and spicy, these pork fingers will score a touchdown with any crowd. Prep all of the ingredients for this winning recipe ahead of time, pack them in your cooler and grill them up at your tailgate site. Ingredients: • 24-ounce slab of unsliced smoked bacon • 6” bamboo skewers (12 total) • 2 ounces sriracha sauce • 2 ounces soy sauce • 12 ounces hoisin sauce • 2 ears corn • 2 tablespoons sesame oil • 2 tablespoons chives, chopped • 1 tablespoon togarashi spice • Sea salt and pepper to taste Directions: Turn on outdoor grill and preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. While oven is preheating, cut bacon into halfinch slices. Place onto ungreased cookie tray and bake in oven for 15 minutes to render some of the fat from bacon. Once cooked, remove from tray, pat with paper towel to remove excess grease and refrigerate bacon. As bacon is cooling, grill corn on outdoor grill, getting nice char. Cut corn from cob, place into mixing bowl and refrigerate. While corn and bacon are cooling, make sauce by whisking together soy sauce, sriracha and hoisin sauce. Remove corn from the refrigerator and make corn relish by mixing chives, sesame oil, corn and togarashi spice together. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside. Remove bacon from refrigerator and skewer lengthwise through center of the bacon. Cook bacon on grill, being sure to turn constantly to prevent flare up from the grease. Once bacon has some good char, baste with sauce and remove from grill. Plate skewers on serving tray and garnish with corn relish prior to serving.

The Reunion Salad

Courtesy of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida


Chips? Check. Salsa? Check. Now you need a nice, hearty side to serve with your tailgate protein of choice. Prepare this salad the day before and chill it so all the flavors will meld together. It’ll be a refreshing hit. Ingredients: • 1 can (15 ounces) black-eyed peas • 1 cucumber with seeds removed, diced • 1 tomato, diced • 1/2 red onion, diced • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro or parsley • 1-2 tablespoons mayonnaise • 1-2 tablespoons red wine vinegar • Salt and pepper to taste   Directions: Drain and rinse black eyed peas. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, stir. Served best when thoroughly chilled.


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Famous Orlando Residents Orlando has been home base for many famous artists, musicians and literary geniuses through the years. Read on to find out whom. By Lyndsay Fogarty

painter was born in Daytona Beach and raised in Orlando, so it’s no surprise that his gravesite can be found in a small Florida cemetery that is blanketed with trees. On any given day, the gravesite for Ross can be found memorialized with flowers, paintings and paint supplies from fans paying respects to a favored artist.

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For a brief time, College Park was home to Jack Kerouac, an American journalist, author and poet best known for his classic novel titled On the Road. A back apartment in the home, a 1920s-era cottage located at 1418½ Clouser Avenue, was occupied by Kerouac and his mother between 1957 and 1958, the height of his novel’s acclaim. It was at this home, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, that Kerouac typed the original manuscript for the sequel to that novel, titled Dharma Bums. Each year, the Kerouac Project hosts four writers for residencies (one per season) at the home, and the only requirement is that they work on their writing and participate in two events during their stay.

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The final resting place for Bob Ross, who is best known as the host of The Joy of Painting on PBS, is the Woodlawn Cemetery in Gotha. The “happy little trees”


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Fans of pop music know that one of Orlando’s claims to fame is being the stomping grounds for many pop stars of the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. Lou Pearlman helped form several famous boy bands, including NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys, right here in Central Florida. Shadow Bay Park and former XL 106.7 host Hill D were even featured in one of the Backstreet Boys’ very first music videos. Filming for the third edition of The Mickey Mouse Club, which featured Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez, happened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, so the young stars called The City Beautiful Home during their tenures.

The Heat is On at

Mango’s Eat, drink and dance the night away at Mango’s Tropical Cafe in the heart of the International Drive Entertainment District.


he Wallack family has deep visionary roots when it comes to enhancing the community where their businesses are located. The world-famous Mango’s Tropical Cafe on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, which projected to the highest Vegas level, was the vision for Mango’s Tropical Cafe Orlando. However, Joshua Wallack and his father, David, of Wallack Holdings, the company behind the nightclub, had a larger vision that would enhance the International Drive entertainment district as a whole. The area has gone through a renaissance with Orange County completing the I-Drive 2040 vision for the area. “Creating a top-notch entertainment and dining venue like Mango’s was the cornerstone of it all,” Wallack says. The addition of a 900-space Hollywood Plaza parking garage and ownership of 14 acres across from Mango’s, which is where the Skyplex project is being built, is giving dimension to the area. Wallack Holdings has much of the gateway to the convention center district under its development. “We’re helping make I-Drive a better spot for locals and an asset to the convention center as they compete with cities such as Vegas and Chicago for high-quality conventions like Microsoft,” Wallack says.

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Mango’s is more than just dinner and a show. It’s an experience. At first glance, it’s hard not to notice the magnitude of the space, with its impressive architecture and daring décor. Then, take one step into the 55,000-foot entertainment venue, gaze up at the giant palm trees overhead, feel the music pumping, and you will be transported straight to South Beach. The lively atmosphere, combined with top-notch entertainment, creates a one-of-a-kind experience that cannot be found elsewhere. During the nightly dinner show, expect to see a Michael Jackson tribute artist moon walk across the stage and authentically costumed dancers performing the Cuban conga, Brazilian samba, salsa, belly dancing and more. Additionally, new show elements include Selena, Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga tribute artists as well as two new samba shows. With a huge cache of numbers, the Mango’s entertainment director creates a new playlist for each show. That means you can see something different every night. “No two shows are the same,” Wallack says. “We’re always evolving, changing and giving our performers the ability to make the shows new and different.”

Details like this are what make the Mango’s experience so unique. The show runs nightly, every weeknight at 6:15 p.m. and two shows a night on weekends at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. In addition to the nightly shows, a brand new cigar retail store and cigar smoking lounge known as the “Cigarden” is coming to the second-floor veranda. There, a cigar aficionado will help you pick out the perfect cigar for your tastes that you can enjoy in a private garden area. There will also be exclusive liquors available only in the cigar bar. The “Cigarden” is scheduled to open before the holidays.

Savor the Tropical Flavor

Mango’s isn’t only known for the entertainment, although that is a huge draw. It’s also a gourmet dining establishment that is participating in Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining month through the end of September. The three-course menu, which is available during any of the show times, includes a salad or soup to start, entree options that include Mango’s Famous Churrasco Steak and “Caribbean Creole” Chicken & Shrimp Combo as well as a choice of two desserts. A selection of add-ons, such as the decadent Lobster Ravioli, will take the meal over the top. Consider pairing it with a cocktail from the extensive drink menu, including a classic mojito, a tropical martini or one of the many specialty drinks. In addition to exquisite food, Mango’s offers their clientele a wide range of exceptional wines and liquors. If you truly want a treat,

indulge in their first-class bottle service featuring a variety of liquor and mixes. The impeccable service caters to your every desire as you enjoy the vivid colors and truly talented entertainers perform.

A Family Affair

Wallack’s commitment to Mango’s and various other projects in the heart of I-Drive spurred him to move his family to Windermere in 2013. This meant he could be hands-on when it came to the execution of Mango’s and the development of the multi-million dollar projects that are in the works. Wallack, who was vice chairman of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce when he moved to Orlando six years ago, has since been elected to the board of directors for the International Drive Resort Area Chamber of Commerce. He was also appointed by former Orange County mayor Teresa Jacobs to the board of directors for the International Drive Improvement District, which oversees a multi-million dollar budget. “Orlando is where I live, work and raise my children,” Wallack says. “It’s amazing to see International Drive entering the next chapter of its incredible existence and to be a part of it.” Wallack lives in Windermere with his wife, Elida, his son, Brett, and his daughter, Mia. Mango’s Orlando welcomes you to Magical Dining. Please call 407-673-4422 to reserve your VIP table for this fabulous Magical Dining experience.



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Just six months earlier I graduated from the Rock, FDNY’s Fire Academy and breeding ground for New York’s bravest. But as I walked north on Manhattan’s West Side Highway that day, I didn’t feel brave at all. There was no traffic. It was eerily quiet and, instead of city sounds, I heard a bad chorus of Scott Pak alerts. The whaling alarms, located on a firefighter’s breathing pack, go off when a firefighter goes down or lies motionless. I walked through what seemed like a foot of soot, feeling totally unprepared in my borrowed, one-size-too-big FDNY bunker coat, khaki shorts and sneakers. I kept asking myself, “Where the heck are the towers?” As I made my way closer to what looked like a war zone, everything went silent. There, about 20 yards ahead, sat my fire engine, E-23. Windows blown out, all compartment doors open. It was clear the guys took everything they could and bravely ran into hell. Then, a figure emerged from behind the engine. It was Tony, my engine company’s driver. I wondered if I was seeing a ghost. He explained that he had been dispatched to retrieve another fire engine, and it hit me. Jimmy took my spot today. There’s no way he’s gone. He took my spot. With urgency, I crawled up the rubble to search. The smoke smell was heavy. Utter devastation surrounded us. It looked like a mini mountain range of burning scrap yard piles that went up

about eight stories, covering 16 acres. Giant steel beams were twisted and torn. Heavy elevator cables ran out of the pile like thread. A couple of us tried lifting debris, but it wouldn’t budge. I felt like an ant commissioned to rescue his brothers under a pile of 2x4s. I saw things in those days I can’t write about. In the days after 9/11, I attended many funerals. To this day, the sound of bagpipes still unearths buried emotions. Seeing life through the lens of a funeral recalibrated my focus to what matters most in life. My second chance compels me to live in gratitude in response to God’s grace. It shapes my choices, my relationships and my work. While I wish this story on no one, I write so we never forget. This story has been condensed. Visit to read the extended version.



s an FDNY firefighter in New York City, I was living the dream. On Sept. 11, 2001, I awoke in my Staten Island apartment on my day off. Forty-five minutes later, my phone rings. “Turn on the TV. A plane hit the Trade Center!” I called my dad while watching the news. Thoughts flashed in and out of my mind: God be with those people. That would be the highest roof rope rescue in the history of FDNY. How the heck are they going to knock down that fire? When I saw the second plane hit the south tower, followed by a huge fireball, I knew I had to go. During the drive, a radio message came through: “All off-duty NYC firefighters and police officers are to report to work immediately. A major disaster has just occurred in lower Manhattan.”


Vintage Vibes at

The Edison

The Edison serves bottomless sangria and mimosas for $25 every Saturday and Sunday.

By Lyndsay Fogarty


hen The Edison celebrated the New Year in 2018 by opening its doors in Disney Springs, it became a hotspot for those looking for good food and a good time. Since then, families have been enjoying the Gatsby-era venue by day while the 21-and-up crowd settles in after 10 p.m. to kick back in multiple themed areas that have an industrial gothic look.

Memorable Menu Items

The Edison’s menu features craft cocktails and contemporary American cuisine, including a selection of satisfying entrees, burgers and more. The DB “Clothesline Candied Bacon” is a guest favorite. Crisp strips of maple and black peppered bacon are playfully presented hanging above a fruit mostarda and sweet and spicy pickles. It’s an appetizer that shouldn’t be missed. The menu also seems to carry a bacon theme. The Old-fashioned Meatloaf and Gravy is prepared with applewoodsmoked bacon and a spicy ketchup glaze, and the Oh Bacon baked macaroni and cheese dish combines maple-black pepper bacon, cavatappi pasta and melted fontina, muenster, cheddar and Alpine Swiss cheeses. It’s also included as a burger topping and could be an add-on to consider for the famous Organic Tomato Soup and Gooey Grilled Cheese.


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The DB “Clothesline Candied Bacon” is playfully presented hanging over a selection of accompaniments.

What’s New

A selection of new house-made desserts have been added to The Edison’s sweets menu. Treat yourself to the Cherry Cheesecake Trifle, which includes layers of cheesecake filling, vanilla pound cake, Amarena cherries and whipped cream, or the Triple Chocolate Voltage Cake, a dessert filled with chocolate mousse and raspberry sauce then topped with whipped cream. There’s also an Old Fashioned Shake in vanilla, chocolate or strawberry flavors. All shakes are topped with whipped cream, chocolate chips and a cherry. Then, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, The Edison

serves bottomless sangria and mimosas for $25 per person. Selections include a classic mimosa prepared with Opera Prima Brut and a splash of orange juice as well as red or white sangria made with Beso Del Sol, Peach Schnapps, Lazzaroni Amaretto, Lejay Cassis, orange juice and apple juice. Indulge in these buzz-worthy beverages before or after Sunday brunch at Maria & Enzo’s, one of The Edison’s sister restaurants. From 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Maria & Enzo’s A La Carte Sunday Brunch delights diners with authentic Italian cuisine. Expect items such as Spaghetti Alla Carbonara, thick-cut spaghetti with a parmesan cream sauce, prosciutto and a soft-poached hen egg, as well as Braised Beef Short Rib Ragu with smoked pancetta, roasted tomato, spicy Italian sausage ragu and a softpoached hen egg. Other brunch items include Nutella Stuffed French Toast and Frittata Rustica (an Italian-style omelet) that pair perfectly with the restaurant’s Garden to Glass cocktail list. Live entertainment at The Edison starts after 10 p.m. daily. Guests who visit in the evening hours are asked to abide by a dress code that includes no ball caps, sleeveless shirts or flip-flops.


Go back in time to the Gatsby era with a visit to The Edison in Disney Springs.


First Day at Holy Family Catholic School School is in at Holy Family Catholic School, and students and parents were excited to get back into the swing of things last month for the school’s 23rd year of being open.

New Schools for OCPS Four new Orange County Public Schools, including three in the rapidly growing Horizon West community, opened to students for the first day of school last month. These openings increased the district’s number of non-charter public schools to 199.  astleview Elementary, Horizon •C West, relieves Bay Lake and Sand Lake elementary schools  orizon West Middle, Horizon •H West, relieves Bridgewater Middle School  ater Spring Elementary, •W Horizon West, relieves Keene’s Crossing and Independence elementary schools  ershing School, Conway •P area, is the district’s newest K-8 school. It blends Pershing and Pine Castle elementary schools and adds middle school students for the first time.

SCPS Partners with Goodwill Jobs Program In August, Seminole County Public Schools announced a partnership with GoodSource Staffing Services to help connect Central Floridians with job opportunities. Created by Goodwill Industries of Central Florida in 2017, the GoodSource program screens, evaluates and places job-seekers in temporary positions suited to their skills and abilities. With the preemployment training provided by GoodSource, candidates can begin working immediately. “GoodSource seeks to tackle two social issues greatly impacting Central Florida — joblessness and homelessness,” says Yvette Hernandez, vice president of staffing for GoodSource. “This partnership with Seminole County Public Schools will mean affording even more people an opportunity to provide for themselves and their families.” The partnership is designed to help SCPS fill dozens of support staff openings, such as custodial and cafeteria workers, throughout the school system. These positions can lead to permanent employment.


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The new school year started with several additions to the HFCS media center, including two collaboration rooms and three MakerBot Replicator+ 3D printers. The printers are an extension of the school’s STREAM program. There is also a new after-school program called Champions that offers STEAM-centered enrichment activities. The school year also kicked off with one of HFCS’s largest fundraisers, Raising the Dough. Tickets can be purchased online for a chance to win a grand prize of $50,000. The drawing will be held at the Fall Festival on Oct. 26. “We are ready for a wonderful year, always growing in faith, knowledge and love,” says Principal Sister Dorothy Sayers, M.P.F.

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Community Health Centers, Inc.

Improving the Wellness of Our Region This local not-for-profit healthcare organization is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of uninsured and underinsured patients across Central Florida.



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of primary care in underserved areas across the country. Today, there are more than 1,100 FQHCs in the United States.

An Advocate for Health

Locally, Community Health Centers, Inc. in Central Florida is one of our region’s largest notfor-profit providers of health and wellness services, caring for nearly 70,000 patients annually and contributing $87.9 million in economic impact on our region. As an FQHC, Community Health Centers, Inc is a communitydriven organization dedicated to serving patients and their families locally, in the neighborhoods that they live and trust. Their mission is to provide quality, compassionate healthcare services to many diverse communities, and do so in a way that consistently overcomes economic, cultural and geographic barriers. Their strength is in their constant focus on being a community partner that cares for the whole person. They view patients as being individuals who deserve specialized care. Each patient

has unique needs, and they strive to develop programs that meet these needs while exceeding the expectations of those receiving care. Programs such as pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine, dental, optometry, behavioral health, OB/GYN, pharmacy and laboratory services have been designed to meet a significant need for their patients, as many of them are managing chronic, life-long conditions such as diabetes. Additionally, the Hospital to Medical Home transition program is designed for patients who are hospitalized at local hospitals and need transitional care.


hroughout the country, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) have become an integral part of the health care safety net for a vast majority of uninsured or underinsured patients needing care. FQHCs began in 1964 when the Economic Opportunity Act was created by President Lyndon Johnson to develop neighborhood health centers. The term Federally Qualified Health Centers was first used in 1989 and was added as a Medicare benefit in 1991. More recently, FQHCs were a key part of the Affordable Care Act, which highlighted the importance

Giving Back to the Community

Beyond healthcare services, Community Health Centers strives to be an active, visible and engaged member of the communities they serve. “It is my personal belief that if you are a business or organization that is based in a community, then you need to take on the responsibility of being an active leader in improving the overall wellness of your community,” says Margaret Brennan, President/CEO of Community Health Centers. “This is very important to me not only as a leader but also personally as an individual in our community. I am very fortunate that our employees share in this passion.” Board and team members participate in numerous programs and events to give back to the community. “Whether it be volunteering at a local food pantry or helping build a home for Habitat for Humanity, or taking part in a community parade to recognize and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., we proudly share in the excitement and importance of these events,” says Brennan.


What It’s All About

Community Health Centers is prideful of the fact that they help to improve quality of life within the region. Providing healthcare means much more than just treating the sick. It’s about overall wellness and education. It’s about prevention and convenient access. It’s about supporting mental, emotional and physical health. It’s about being there when a friend or neighbor needs you most. That is who Community Health Centers is and strives to be. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 407-905-8827.

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MARGARET BRENNAN TO RETIRE AFTER DISTINGUISHED HEALTHCARE CAREER Community Health Centers, Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer Margaret Brennan has announced that she will be retiring early next year. One of the region’s largest non-profit organizations, Community Health Centers, Inc., employs over 540 team members and cares for 70,000 patients annually throughout Central Florida. While under Brennan’s leadership, the organization has achieved significant growth while providing quality, compassionate primary healthcare services to Central Florida’s many diverse communities. Brennan’s health centers have earned many industry quality awards and was chosen as a Best and the Brightest Company to Work For by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR). They were also recognized for three consecutive years as an Orlando Sentinel Top 100 Company for Working Families. They also earned accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). In addition, Brennan has been instrumental in launching the organization’s Hospital Transition Program, which ensures a seamless transition of care for patients from the hospital to primary and specialty care providers. “I’m extremely proud of what we have been able to accomplish at Community Health Centers,” says Brennan. “I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to lead a community-driven organization dedicated to serving patients, in the neighborhoods they live and trust. Our tireless work in providing healthcare excellence has been a bridge over economic, cultural and geographic turbulence.” Brennan is a strong believer in giving back to the communities in which she lives and works. She has served as a board member for PCAN, Dental Care Access Foundation, Sexual Assault and Treatment/Victim Services, Special Care Inc., West Orange Health Alliance, and the University of Central Florida School of Nursing Advisory Board. As a registered nurse, she was a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the National Omicron PSI Honor Society and the American College of Health Improvement. Additionally, she was a Home Town Health Care Award recipient and, most recently, recognized as one of the Orlando Business Journal’s CEOs of the Year for 2019. “I would like to offer my personal and professional appreciation for the leadership and guidance that Margaret has provided during her time with Community Health Centers,” says Board Chair Nathaniel Friends. “Our communities are healthier because of the outstanding work and dedication of Margaret and her teams. She has been a true visionary and her legacy will continue to shine for many years.” Following her retirement, Brennan says she looks forward to remaining an active and visible part of the Central Florida community, where she intends to continue volunteering. She looks forward to traveling and spending time with husband John and extended family.



How to Love Your Kitchen Again

Without Breaking the Bank Use these tips to give new life to your kitchen without spending a lot of time, energy or money on a full remodel. By Tracy Lund, Tracy Lund Creations


tyles have changed over time. Today, more and more people are thinking of ways to update their kitchen to capture the new trends in color and style. What many don’t realize is that there are ways to do this for far less than you think. The first thought may be to gut the entire kitchen. This is a great choice if you want to change the floor plan

Tracy Lund founded Tracy Lund Creations in 2000 and has been creating beautiful custom pieces of art for home owners, designers, interior decorators and builders ever since. For more information, visit


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and start from scratch. However, with such a large undertaking, you’re looking at a huge mess along with months of construction and a hefty price tag. An alternative to the “complete gut job” is to work with what you have and change the look. If you have cabinets that are in good condition, but are just worn out from years of use or have an outdated color, then painting is the way to go. It’s a fraction of the cost and only takes days instead of months to complete without the mess. To further transform your cabinets, I would suggest adding some extra touches. This includes molding to the side panels and crown molding to the tops of the cabinets. Then finish the look with light rails to create a more custom look. You could

also change the hardware to a more updated finish and larger scale. All these things are the new trends in style for the home. Some other things to consider when looking at a kitchen remodel are changing the backsplash, including new appliances and new counter tops, and updating the lighting. These small adjustments can make a big impact for a relatively minimal investment. For the past 20 years, I have worked with clients to transform kitchens, along with many other rooms in their homes, using the latest styles and current trends without breaking the bank. Let me help you transform your kitchen cabinets to a new, fresh updated look!


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Tips For Easing Anxiety

Stress and anxiety is a part of life, but you can handle it a little bit easier by integrating these tips into your daily routine. By Louise Rush


nxiety is something we all have to deal with at some point in our lives. Job interviews, exams and awaiting medical test results are all part of life and can cause varying degrees of stress and anxiety for most people. For some, however, anxiety isn’t just triggered by a particular event, such as a hurricane or other natural disaster. Instead it can impact their daily life. In addition to feeling restless or worried on an almost constant basis, a person with anxiety may have trouble concentrating or sleeping. In particularly bad cases, he or she may experience dizziness or heart palpitations. Dealing with anxiety may be difficult, but it can be done. Here are some tips for how to do so without resorting to the use of medication. 1. Talk to someone about your fears and worries. Confiding in a trusted friend or a relative can help alleviate your anxiety, and he or she may even help you find a solution to your problem. 2. Exercise more often. Not only will physical activity help take your mind off of whatever is causing your unease but it also releases endorphins, which are nature’s own happy drug. This will naturally make you feel better and help you combat your anxiety. 3. Take a break and some deep breaths. If you begin to feel yourself becoming fretful, try and relax. Don’t become anxious about your anxiety. Stop what you’re doing, stand back and breathe deeply. If possible, leave whatever you were working on when you began to feel nervous and don’t come back to it until you feel more relaxed and ready to deal with it.


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4. Keep a journal. This can help you identify the cause of your anxiety if you’re not sure what it is. Journaling can also be a good coping mechanism. Make a note of your thoughts and feelings through the day. Writing  can be an alternative to speaking to someone if you would rather keep your emotions private. 5. Don’t try to be perfect. It’s easy to worry about what others think of you, whether it’s about how you perform at work or in school or what you choose for your hobbies. What’s important is to always give your best and not let setbacks get you down. Anxiety is a normal part of life, and it’s important to remember that no matter what you do, the occasional bad days are inevitable. These five tips are designed to help you cope with mild anxiety. However, if your anxiety becomes overwhelming, you may need to seek the help of a doctor for treatment.


Arts in Orlando A 2019-20 Season Preview

This is just some of what to expect from the upcoming seasons for a selection of local arts organizations in Orlando.

On Pointe with the Orlando Ballet Orlando Ballet’s upcoming season will feature fan favorites, such as “Vampire’s Ball” this Halloween and “The Nutcracker” during the holiday season, as well as some special performances. Visually stunning performances are expected to come out of this season, which has the largest production budget in the organization’s 45-year history. “Investing in the artistic vision of Orlando Ballet  is of the utmost importance to me,” says executive director, Shane Jewell. “We want to continue our upward trajectory and deliver another exciting, high-quality season.”  There will be guest choreographers from across the country as well as a special performance by Artistic Director Robert Hill, who is celebrating his 10th anniversary with Orlando Ballet this season. Hill will take the stage for a featured role in one of guest choreographer Jessica Lang’s pieces during the “Made in the USA: A Collection of American Works” production in March. 44

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“What makes this time extra special is the opportunity to work with one of the world’s greatest ballet dancers, Robert Hill, performing my signature work ‘The Calling,’” Lang says. “Robert is legendary, and to have an artist of his caliber perform my work is truly an honor and ‘pinch me moment.’ I am sure with his dignity and grace, Robert’s performance in this ballet will remain with us in our minds and hearts long after the curtain falls.” The season will feature live music, including performances from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra for “Cinderella” in February and the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra for “The Nutcracker.” Additionally, two new dancers will take the stage: Thomas Holdsworth from the United Kingdom and Kellie Fulton from the Pennsylvania. For more information and the full 2019-20 season schedule, visit

Up Next at Cornell Fine Arts Museum On Sept. 21, the museum will unveil three new exhibits that will run through Dec. 29. Here’s a look at what’s coming up for the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College. African American Art in the 20th Century This traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian American Art Museum features nearly 50 paintings and sculptures by 32 African American artists who came to prominence between the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights Movement. Ut Pictura Poesis: Walt Whitman and the Poetry of Art To mark the bicentennial of Walt Whitman’s birthday, this exhibit was curated in collaboration with Rollins College Archives and Special Collections at Olin Library and the English Department. It examines the impact of Whitman’s work on American life and culture by drawing connections between his ideas, motifs, symbolism, persona and contemporary artistic responses.

At Leisure: Images of Repose from the Permanent Collection This exhibit includes art from the museum’s permanent collection. The selection of works by European and American artists from the 17th to the early 20th century depicts leisurely activities in private settings and in nature to explore moments of respite and enjoyment.


A Night at the Opera

Center Stage at The Rep

Opera Orlando’s MainStage Series will feature a season of laughter and heart with three original productions. Performers will be joined by musicians from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Orlando Repertory Theatre has been creating amazing experiences for audiences since 1926. The 2019-20 season will be no different. Here are just some of the highlights.

Nov. 1-3 & 5, 2019 The Marriage of Figaro Sung in Italian with English supertitles, this production tells the story of Figaro and Susanna’s wedding day, which is overrun by a perfect storm of scheming, confusion and hilarity. The cast includes executive and artistic director, Gabriel Preisser, in the title role of Figaro, and members of the Opera Orlando Chorus and Opera Orlando Youth Company will be featured as well.

Sept. 3-29, 2019 Tuck Everlasting A Theatre for Young Audiences Edition, this season opener follows the adventure of Winnie Foster as her life becomes entwined with the Tuck family. Based on the novel by Natalie Babbitt and adapted for the stage by Claudia Sheer and Tim Federle, Tuck Everlasting brings the audience along as Winnie faces one of the toughest decisions of her young life.

Dec. 20-22, 2019 All is Calm Christmas 1914 is the backdrop of this remarkable true story, set during World War I at the western front. When a German soldier stepped into No Man’s Land singing “Still Nacht” (Silent Night), an evening of camaraderie, music and peace began. This production, written by Peter Rothstein with vocal arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach, will be performed in English, a capella and in the round. March 27-29 & 31, 2020 The Daughter of the Regiment Through equal parts comedy and romance, this production tells the story of an orphaned infant who was adopted and raised by a French army regiment. Orlando native and Metropolitan Opera National Competition winner Carlos Enrique Santelli takes on the role of Tonio, soprano Camille Ortiz sings the title role of Marie and bass-baritone Peter Strummer performs the role of Sergeant Sulpice. It will be sung in French with English dialogue and supertitles Performances will be held at the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. For ticket information and details, visit

Jan. 27, 2020 to Feb. 23, 2020 Anne of Green Gables This dramatization of the classic novel by L.M. Montgomery tells the story of Marilla and her brother Matthew who request an orphan boy to help them work their farm. They get a fiesty red-head named Anne Shirley instead. Will the ups and down, the trials and tribulations, lead to an understanding between the family and Anne? March 30, 2020 to May 10, 2020 Disney’s Freaky Friday The Musical The one-act edition of this musical introduces viewers to a super organized mom and her spontaneous teenage daughter, who swap bodies and spend a day in each other’s shoes. Watch as they grow to appreciate each other more with every minute. For more information on these performances, and to view the full season schedule complete with special engagements, Youth Academy performances and more, visit

CityArts Orlando Welcomes New Artist


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This month, CityArts Orlando, which is managed by the Downtown Arts District, is hosting its first artist in residence. Chris Seaber, a London-based artist, will open “Wanted on Voyage Sheets - Bindle - Pictures” at an exhibition from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 19 in the Rogers Kiene building in downtown Orlando. There is no admission fee, and the exhibit can be viewed through Oct. 13. The work in this exhibit was selected from three current engagements: Canvas Sails; Norman Rockwell’s illustration, “The Runaway”; and “Pictures at an Exhibition,” Mussorgsky’s musical fantasy. The starting point for Seaber’s work is diverse, and is considered a starting point, not a destination. During his three-week residency, Seaber will continue to work on the series throughout the course of the exhibition.


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Arts & Entertainment

Comes Full Circle in West Orange Garden Theatre interior

By Stina D’Uva, West Orange Chamber of Commerce


rts and entertainment means something different to each person. Someone like me, a transplant to West Orange County who arrived in 1989, may think that the term “arts and entertainment” means theme parks. Theme parks emerged in West Orange with Walt Disney World in 1971, then expanded with SeaWorld in 1973, followed by Universal Studios Orlando in 1990. I can recall the family trip with my brother and parents in 1974 to Walt Disney World and then my own

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family trip with Nick, and our 2-yearold twins back in 1988. That was our entertainment then and now, with many more options as well. West Orange has grown in so many ways over the nearly three decades in which I have lived here. Lucky for us, our choices are many and some have come full circle. The history of arts and entrainment in West Orange predates our theme parks by many decades. In 1935, a movie theater opened in downtown Winter Garden that attracted residents from the surrounding West Orange area. While it was the place to go for many years, times changed and the theater eventually closed and remained vacant for many years. Yet, as history tends to do, it repeats itself and its doors opened again. Lucky for us, community members partnered with the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation and developed a plan to restore the theatre to its original splendor. This effort led to the re-opening of the Garden Theatre in

2008. The Garden Theatre showcases local talent in plays, musicals, concerts and still shows movies and hosts private functions. As the theatre thrived in Winter Garden’s historic downtown, other community leaders realized that other forms of art had a place in the city. This led to the formation of the Winter Garden Art Association to fill the need for a place for local artists to feature their artwork. The art gallery, known as SOBO, was born and fulfills this need on South Boyd. I am thankful to the community leaders who have had visions and fulfilled them for all of us to have arts and entertainment right in our backyards.


Discover the local venues that have kept residents entertained through the decades.

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Color On Get your colored pencils ready for an adult coloring session to relieve stress. By Lyndsay Fogarty


oloring isn’t only for kids. In the past several years, adults have gone wild for coloring books, too. Whether it’s to jump start the morning over a cup of coffee or to wind down over a glass of wine at night, the over-18 crowd is armed with colored pencils, gel pens, markers — any tool that will get the job done. What’s the job you ask? The adult coloring trend blossomed as a way to relieve stress. It’s not necessarily about going back to your childhood but instead is about finding a way to forget about the world for a little while and create. The benefits go beyond stress relief as well. It is said that coloring calms the brain, bringing you into a meditative state that can 50

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work wonders on the human body. It can enhance an individual’s ability to focus by opening up the frontal lobe, an area of the brain responsible for organization and problem solving. In turn, focusing on coloring inside the lines on each intricate area of a page can improve motor skills and stimulate the brain, which is especially therapeutic for dementia patients. Coloring can also help you sleep better at night, and it’s not just because you’re more calm and stressfree. When you adopt coloring as a bedtime habit instead of watching TV, working on a laptop or scrolling through social media on your phone, you’re avoiding exposure to light that could interrupt your sleep patterns. The artificial blue light

emitted by electronic devices suppresses the release of melatonin and delays your body’s internal clock. While coloring is often an individual activity, some choose to go to meet-ups where they can color together in a group setting. The Orange County Library System hosts adult coloring events from time to time. They are meant for people ages 18 and up. A Creative Coloring for Adults event is currently scheduled for one Monday a month through the end of the year at the library’s Hiawassee branch. All supplies will be provided, but guests are welcome to bring their own favorite colored pencils or markers. Check the OCLS website for more details and a full schedule.

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Fostering Creativity for Kids

ArtReach Orlando cultivates social and emotional development for local children through the healing process of art.

By Christie Fogarty


The Arts in Wondercamp program is available during spring break and summer. PHOTOS COURTESY OF ARTREACH ORLANDO


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rtReach Orlando was founded by Bickley Wilson in 2012 as a way to enrich the lives of today’s youth through the arts. Her vision was to create a safe environment for underprivileged children, where they could discover their creativity and build their self-esteem. “It was literally a dream,” Wilson says of the beginning stages of founding the program. One night, Wilson dreamt she bought a house that she would turn into an art studio. Throughout the course of the dream, the house was opened up to children so they could explore their creative sides. “The only rules were that you couldn’t paint on each other and you couldn’t paint on the walls,” she remembers of that dream. A few years later, with the help of friends and family, she turned it into a reality and ArtReach Orlando was born. The organization’s very first program was a week-long summer camp that was developed for the Bithlo area. It has since grown to reach children all over Central Florida. Other programs that encourage local children to discover their worth and chase their dreams were created in partnership with the help of local entities. This includes an in-school residency at Orange County Academy (OCA) in Bithlo, literary-based initiatives through the Orange County Public Library and an afterschool program called Creative U: Arts for Empowerment through the Orlando REP. In addition, mobile outreach programs bring ArtReach Orlando’s vision to local events. Many children participating in these programs come from difficult economic and social backgrounds, but the creative process teaches them new coping mechanisms and builds their self-worth. By fostering creativity, Wilson and her team create a safe space for children to share feelings and learn how to take on life’s challenges. Wilson says the programs teach children that, “If somebody says something that you don’t understand, instead of criticizing, turn to wonder.” Programs like the one at OCA typically last for nine weeks. Participants meet for two hours, twice per week. During that time, the children have an opportunity to learn about visual arts, theater and creative writing. It culminates into a final “share-formance” in front of their family, teachers and new friends. The new sense of self-confidence they built through those nine weeks make them excited to share their creations with their loved ones. “I’ve had children at the end of a program cry because it was over and that just totally touched my heart,” Wilson says. If there is one thing she would say to any past, present or future students it would be “that your dreams can come true.” ArtReach Orlando is a private, not-for-profit organization serving the Central Florida community. To learn more about how you can help, visit


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+ CALENDAR of Events September 3-29 Tuck Everlasting

2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Orlando Repertory Theatre 1001 E. Princeton St. Orlando, FL 32803 Prices vary 407.896.7365 Based on the best-selling novel by Natalie Babbitt, this show tells the story of Winnie and her infinite journey with the Tuck family. This production is recommended for ages 9 and above.

September 12 Popcorn Flicks in the Park

8 p.m. Central Park, Winter Park Free admission 407.629.0054 Pack a blanket or chairs and a picnic dinner to enjoy a showing of “Singin’ in the Rain” under the stars.

September 13 Library After Hours

7 p.m. Orlando Public Library 101 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, FL 32801 Tickets start at $15 407.835.7323 Special guest speaker, Jerome F. Buting, an attorney who represented Steven Avery in Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer,” will discuss his book titled “Illusion of Justice: Inside Making a Murderer and America’s Broken System.” Proceeds will benefit Friends of the Library to support important library events.


cialty cocktails. Proceeds will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. Cocktail attire is required.

September 14-15 Wine & Cheese Festival September 14 Craft Beer Festival

10 a.m. - 6 p.m. SeaWorld Orlando 7007 Sea World Dr. Orlando, FL 32821 Included in regular theme park admission 407.545.5550 Enjoy over 100 craft beers from breweries across Florida, plus some domestic and international favorites. This event will be held on weekends throughout the month of September.

September 14 Cooking from Scratch: Fresh Pasta Workshop

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Harry P. Leu Gardens 1920 N. Forest Ave. Orlando, FL 32803 $60 members, $65 nonmembers 407.246.2620 Instructor Jennifer Hostetter will share the secrets to preparing pasta dough and creating pastas such as ravioli, tagliatelle and more. They will be paired with a selection of sauces for an al fresco lunch. Adults are welcome to bring their own alcoholic beverages to enjoy during class.

September 14 Taste! Central Florida

6:45-10 p.m. Orlando World Center Marriott 8701 World Center Dr. Orlando, FL 32821 $200 per person Attendees will have the opportunity to sample tasting portions of signature dishes from local chefs as well as fine wines, craft beers and spe-

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Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lakeridge Winery 19239 U.S. 27 North Clermont, FL 34715 $10 adults, free for kids ages 12 and under 800.768.9463 This annual festival features live music, food and drinks available for purchase, and complimentary wine tasting, including samples of cheese.

September 15 Interactive Movies: Hocus Pocus 7:30 p.m. Garden Theatre 160 W. Plant St. Winter Garden, FL 34787 $15 407.877.4736 Get dressed in your best Sanderson Sisters costume for a showing of “Hocus Pocus” for a chance to win the costume contest.

September 21-22 Central Florida Home Expo

Times vary Orange County Convention Center 9400 Universal Blvd. Orlando, FL 32819 877.730.7469 One of the largest consumer home shows, the Central Florida Home Expo features local, regional and national experts in remodeling, building, decorating and landscaping. Expect instructional how-to seminars, giveaways and exhibits.

September 22 Ballet and Brunch

12-4 p.m. Lake Eola Park 512 E. Washington St. Orlando, FL 32801 Prices vary Attendees will enjoy performances and demonstrations followed by a light brunch with United Ballet Theatre’s dancers. Further season performances will be announced as well.

September 22 This is My Brave: Orlando September 21 31st Annual Black & White Gala

6:30 p.m. The Hyatt Regency Orlando 9801 International Dr. Orlando, FL 32819 $400 per person 407.396.1114 Enjoy an evening of friends, fine dining and fabulous entertainment to support Give Kids the World Village.

3 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts 445 S. Magnolia Ave. Orlando, FL 32801 $20 844.513.2014 This show features storytellers telling true, personal stories about overcoming depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, postpartum depression and more through creative expression such as essay, poetry, original music and even comedy.

CALENDAR of Events + September 25 Art Night Out: Palette Knife Painting

6-8:30 p.m. Orlando Museum of Art 2416 N. Mills Ave. Orlando, FL 32803 $27 members, $30 nonmembers 407.896.4231 Instructor Maria Coville will teach you how to use a palette knife to build thick, textural layers on canvas. Bring a photo or reference to work from. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

September 22 31st Season Gala

5 p.m. John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center 812 E. Rollins St. Orlando, FL 32803 $150-$250 407.447.1700 ext. 1 Orlando Shakes invites the community to celebrate its upcoming season with an evening of exceptional food, live entertainment and memorable conversation.

September 25-26 Spotlight Cabaret Series: Tay Anderson 7:30 p.m. The Winter Park Playhouse 711 Orange Ave., Ste. C Winter Park, FL 32789 $20 general admission, $10 standing room only 407.645.0145 Enjoy beverages from the bar while experiencing true New York cabaret. Advance reservations and early arrival are strongly recommended.

September 28 Run Nona 5k & Nemours Kids’ Run 3:30 p.m. registration opens 4:30 p.m. Nemours Kids’ Run 5:45 p.m. 5k begins Lake Nona Town Center 6941 Lake Nona Blvd. Orlando, FL 32827 Entry fees vary 407.896.1160 Experience the excitement of Lake Nona! The race ends at a block party filled with food trucks, music, activities for the kids and more.

AROUND THE CORNER October 4 White Canvas Party

7-9 p.m. Marilyn L. Mennello Sculpture Garden 900 E. Princeton St. Orlando, FL 32832 $75 general admission, $125 VIP 407.246.4278 Enjoy an evening of live music, gourmet food and beverages and the White Canvas Gallery - 30 works of art, commissioned exclusively for this event, from 30 of Orlando’s best artists. All curated art purchased will benefit the artists and the Mennello Museum.

October 4 Harry’s Sip & Savor Pairing Series

6:30 p.m. reception 7 p.m. dinner begins Rosen Centre Hotel 9840 International Dr. Orlando, FL 32819 $60 per person 407.996.3970 This culinary experience pairs signature spirits and cocktails featuring Jameson Irish Whiskey, Smooth Ambler Bourbon and Monkey 47 Gin with multiple courses celebrating the fall season.

October 4 Jake’s Beer Festival

6:30 p.m. Loews Royal Pacific Resort 6300 Hollywood Way Orlando, FL 32819 $45 general admission, $55 VIP 407.503.3200 Experience the hotel’s signature beer festival under the outdoor Wantilan Pavilion. It will feature 50 craft, specialty beers and creative food items as well as live entertainment.

October 5 Thomas Rhett

7 p.m. Amway Center 400 W. Church St. Orlando, FL 32801 Ticket prices vary 407.440.7900 Multi-platinum selling country performer Thomas Rhett brings his Very Hot Summer Tour to Orlando with special guests Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson and Rhett Akins.



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Baskets for Books 1. On Aug. 1, Orlando Magic and Florida Blue teamed up to volunteer at the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County, where they inserted five children’s books into 900 brand new backpacks. The backpacks were distributed to underserved kids from 17 different organizations.


2022 Special Olympics Games On Aug. 8, the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games organizing committee unveiled its logo for the 2022 USA Games during a celebration ceremony at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. 2-3. S  pecial Olympics athletes show off the new logo, which, for the first time in the Games’ history, was inspired and designed by nine talented Special Olympics athletes.


Hearts of Reality Weekend 4. O  n Aug. 9, more than 100 reality stars visited Discovery Cove in Orlando. The crew was in town for Hearts of Reality Weekend, an event that raised money for Give Kids the World Village.

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5-6. Last month, Publix executives and employees volunteered in the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida warehouse before participating in a check presentation for a $150,000 donation to the organization. Those funds will help put food in the hands of local families who need it most.


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Second Harvest Food Bank helps to take hunger out of the community.

econd Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida has been closing the gap on hunger in the community for more than 30 years. Through its network of more than 550 local feeding partners in six counties, Second Harvest distributed 58 million meals (enough to feed 53,000 people a day) last year. So who is hungry in our community? One in seven people in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Brevard, and Volusia counties are food insecure. One in five children are at risk of going to bed hungry at night. Brevard, Orange and Volusia counties have food insecurity rates that are higher than the national average. The Second Harvest website defines food insecurity as USDA’s measure of lack of access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all members of a household as well as limited or uncertain availability of nutritious food items. 58

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Second Harvest works together with the food industry, farmers, the USDA and the general public to redirect an extraordinary amount of society’s extra food for people in need. Unfortunately, there remains a huge gap between the amount of food needed in Central Florida and the amount currently available. In fact, 78 million more meals a year are needed to fill that gap. Tours of the food bank’s 100,000-square-foot Morgan & Morgan, P.A. Hunger Relief Center are available and are very informative.

Other important food bank programs include the Darden Foundation Community Kitchen, which provides adults with vital job training skills and life skills for work in the culinary field. In this way, Second Harvest is seeking to help actually shorten the line of people needing help with food as well as feeding the line. Second Harvest Food Bank relies entirely on donations of food, funds, and time to accomplish its mission for our struggling neighbors. Any or all of these methods of helping make a great difference.

How You Can Help 1. Donate money. Just $10 can provide 40 meals for individuals in need. 2. Donate food. Non-perishable food donations are always needed. Food companies can contribute both fresh and non-perishable items. 3. Donate time. Check the Second Harvest Food Bank website for the schedule and to register.


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