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INSIDE EDITION’s deborah norville - 2012 GRAND MARSHAL On Saturday December 15th, join us as we welcome Inside Edition’s Deborah Norville to South Florida as the 2012 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade Grand Marshal. Aboard the Floridian Princess, Deborah will be waving to a crowd of more than one million spectators along the twelve

mile Parade route, brought to you by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and riding on the Nova Southeastern University bow. For the past 17 years, Deborah Norville has served as the anchor of Inside Edition, the country’s top rated and most honored syndicated newsmagazine. Throughout her tenure as anchor, the show has consistently been ranked in the top ten. Her journalistic reputation and her ability to get to the heart of the story have been important factors in the broadcast’s success. As the anchor of Inside Edition, Deborah has covered, on location, some of the world’s biggest news stories including: Washington D.C. on September 11th, 2011, the funerals of President

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Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, the inauguration of President Barack Obama, and the Royal Wedding of Prince Deborah Norville William to Catherine Middleton. She is also a best-selling and prolific author, having written more than 6 books and other various stories. Married and a mother of three, Deborah is active with many charities including the Broadcasters Foundation of America, the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, the March of Dimes as a National Celebrity Spokesperson, and so much more.


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John Haley In honor of his dedication to the Parade and his community involvement, the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade 2012 Commodore is John Haley. Haley’s engineering background has elevated the Parade’s staging along the New River for the past 5 years. John was honored this year at the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Black Tie Ball and will be part of the Parade along Fort Lauderdale waterways in true Commodore style on December 15, at 6:30 p.m.

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THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD – THIS YEAR’S POSTER World-renowned fine artist Ms. Susan SommerLuarca created this year’s limited edition poster powered by Ford. Depicting the view of the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade from the eyes of a family is the essence of this Artist Susan Sommer-Luarca with year’s poster image. “It’s a simplistic view of her painting, this year’s poster art. the Greatest Show on H2O seen through the eyes of a young family”, notes President and CEO of Winterfest®, Lisa Scott-Founds. “As Winterfest® embarks on the next 40 years; we wanted our poster directed towards the next generation of Winterfest®.” This image reflects the children who have grown up with the event as part of their holiday celebration, and are now sharing this tradition with their family. The young models for the artwork are second generation Winterfest® kids – one being the son of an advisory member and the other is the nephew of the little boy portrayed in a similar image from the 1986 poster.

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meet the Winterfest team ®

Lisa Scott-Founds is the woman in charge as President and CEO of the largest live event in Florida- the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade. As a Florida native, Lisa grew up with “The Greatest Show on H2O” and cherishes this South Florida family tradition.

Kathy Keleher, Lisa Scott-Founds and Dawn Read

Kathy Keleher has been in charge of making the South Florida waterways rock each December in South Florida style as the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade & Marketing Director for the past 12 years. Dawn Read, another Florida native, makes sure that the Winterfest® season of celebrations is filled with glitz and glamour as the Winterfest Event Director. For more than 20 years, she has orchestrated the variety of events that Winterfest presents. These ladies, combined, have more than 50 years of experience bringing a tropical flare to South Florida waterways, filling them with lights, music, and fun. But they don’t do it alone, they rely on the support of more than 50 active board members, interns, and 300+ volunteers annually.

Reserve your Seat & Party in the Park The Grandstand Viewing Area presented by Perrier provides the best entertainment and the best seats on land to witness this South Florida holiday tradition. It is located inside Birch State Park on the northeast corner of Sunrise Boulevard and the Intracoastal Waterway. Surrounded in a festive atmosphere, the excitement begins at 3:30 p.m. when the gates open on December 15th. Bring the family to enjoy all of the amenities associated with your reserved and assigned seats.


Enjoy a variety of interactive games and fun for the entire family! Highlights include the SunSentinel Kids Town, live music on the Mobile Mike Stage and a variety of games courtesy of the Miami Marlins, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and the Florida Panthers. Get your photo with Santa - compliments of the Jim Jensen 11 Foundation. Get your cameras ready - Billy the Marlin and the Winterfest® mascot “Skip Ahoy” will be stopping by.

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Winterfest® merchandise is now on sale! Be a part of the Parade experience with hand-painted glass ornaments as well as Winterfest® charms. Call 954-7670686 or visit our website to place an order. Winterfest® Ornaments designed by Pat Anderson Winterfest® Charms designed by Carroll’s Jewelers


With all the excitement and anticipation leading up to the start of the Parade, you may find yourself looking for a place to sit down and enjoy a meal. Ice cold Michelob Ultra, Simply Naked Wines, Perrier and great food will be available for sale. Now, the only thing to do is sit down with your food and spirits, relax, and enjoy the show! Commentary by Luke and Scott from the Paul & Young Ron Morning Show.

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade Judges

Rear Admiral William D. Baumgartner - United States Coast Guard - Sector 7 Dan Lindblade - President & CEO of Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Stephen B. McWilliam – President of REALTOR® Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Inc . Carlos M. Molinet - Senior Vice President of Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau Robert W. Runcie – Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools and YOU! Remember to text or vote on the web! Text “Boat (#)” to 23000. One lucky winner will receive two tickets aboard Spirit Airlines and your favorite boat becomes the winner of the “PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD.”


PLANNING ON BEING IN THE PARADE? There is a mandatory meeting at the New West Marine Flagship Store in Fort Lauderdale. All captains will partake in a review of the waterway and rules prior to enjoying a dinner and reception. Goodie bags will be given out to each captain. CAPTAINS ONLY.


$22 per adult plus tax / $18 per child plus tax (10 and Under) Walking into the park: Birch State Park offers a $3 general admission fee (bring a chair or blanket)


There is no parking inside Birch State Park on December 15th. Park and Ride Service; Designated parking at The Galleria Mall. Buses are ONLY $5 per person round trip. Parking is FREE Just a friendly reminder: Parade goes on rain or shine – NO REFUNDS. No pets, cans or coolers permitted inside the gated Grandstand area.


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Winterfest White Party ®

The Marriott Harbor Beach of Fort Lauderdale opened its doors to the exclusive Winterfest® kick-off celebration. Sixth Star Entertainment transformed the courtyard and Ocean Ballroom into a White Winter Wonderland with models from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, signature bars from Absolut and Moët & Chandon Ice with a lounge area from Balmelli Creative. The aroma of the room captivated the audience with delicacies from Timpano, SAIA, Las Olas Wine Cafe, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Fort Lauderdale Country Club, Sea Level, Anthony’s Runway 84, Elite Cake Creations and The International Culinary School at the Art Institute, creating tantalizing delights with Stubb’s, Florida Beef, Ciao Bella, Perrier and Malibu Rum.

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Some highlights - Gray Robinson, P.A. representative Robyn Vines welcomed guests as Fort Lauderdale’s Mayor Jack Seiler and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino president, Phil Madow, unveiled this year’s poster with Winterfest® chairman Bob Leider. Artist Susan Sommer-Luarca was on stage along with Big105.9 FM’s Paul Castronovo serving as M.C.

Michael and Robyn Vines

Glitz, Glamour, and something a little “wicked” seminole hard rock Winterfest® black tie ball On Saturday, December 8th, guests were “Dancing Through Life” as they donned their bow ties, ball gowns, dancing shoes then boogied down at Hard Rock Live for the most elegant and most anticipated highlight of the Fort Lauderdale social season – the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Black Tie Ball, presented by Moët & Chandon, in association with Absolut Vodka and Estancia Wines. Guests started their night off right by enjoying the JM Lexus Welcome Reception. “Thank Goodness” the only ice we saw that night was the ice bar featuring a variety of Southern Wine & Spirits products, such as Absolut Vodka, Estancia Wines, Simply Naked Wines, Malibu Rum, and Avion Tequila.

Belle of the Ball Lily Pardo with Bob Leider

Guests bid on an array of amazing silent auction items in the Fidelity Investments Silent Auction featuring more than 250 coveted items, such as sparkling jewels, travel packages, art, sports memorabilia, and so much more. Those looking for a truly unique experience made sure to participate in the Live Auction featuring fabulous items such as a 2013 JM Lexus ES350, a shopping spree at Carroll’s Jewelers, and a Winery Estates Tour Package from Southern Wine & Spirits. Starting at 8p.m., guests were welcomed into a breath-taking, awe-inspiring ballroom that was “Defying Gravity” thanks to the vision of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino special events team. Guests were treated to a gourmet dinner and became enchanted by a spell-binding “WICKED” performance, featuring Glinda & Elphaba straight from Broadway.

2012 Winterfest Ball Committee

The 2012 Belle of the Ball – Lily Pardo, who along with Winterfest® Black Tie Ball Chairwomen Susan Renneisen and Kara Wolf, were dazzling in gowns designed by Zola Keller. The “Wonderful” Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Black Tie Ball was the perfect way to capture everyone’s favorite “Musical Memory” and the essence of the South Florida holiday spirit, leading up to the 2012 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade.

Susan Renneisen, Ken Schulman, Lisa Scott-Founds, Gene Robinson and Kara Wolf


Shoreline Decorating Extravaganza Presented By Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company Tuesday, December 11th Residents and businesses along the New River and Intracoastal Waterways are encouraged to decorate their properties or docks and participate in the 2012 Shoreline Decorating Extravaganza presented by Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company. This year’s event, on December 11th, marks the official beginning of lighting up of the backdrop of our award-winning Parade. By decorating your homes, condos, businesses, gardens and even docks for the Tuesday prior to the Parade, the holidays come alive in sparkling splendor along the waterways. As an award, WSVN-Channel 7 films the best of the best in decorations. This filming is included in the upcoming Winterfest® Television Special, airing locally on WSVN 7 in primetime on December 22nd at 8p.m. Be a part of the excitement and follow by boat the Floridian Princess as she leaves the Coral Ridge Yacht Club dock with their Cruisers in tow!

VIP Viewing The Parade VIP area will accommodate celebrities,

judges, and VIP’s at Laura Ward Park and the Stranahan House with a special thanks to the Huizenga Family Foundation. Close to 400 community leaders, dignitaries and Winterfest® sponsors will enjoy the ambiance while enjoying magnificent food from The Capital Grille, Timpano Italian Chophouse and Martini Bar, Mangos, Las Olas Wine Café, Fiji Water, Elite Cakes, Indigo, Grandforno, Cheese Culture, Café Europa, Vienna Coffee, Larry Kline Meats, TK Oriental Fine Food, Absolut Vodka, Simply Naked and Southern Wine and Spirits.

See The Parade on TV! Special Presentations The Winterfest® Television Special will be aired locally on WSVN 7 in primetime, December 22, December 25, and January 1. WSVN’s Sister Stations in Boston, WHDH and WLVI will air the Parade on December 23. Thanks to WSVN’s cable network partnership, residents throughout the state of Florida can get a glimpse of the ‘World’s Most Watched Boat Parade’ as it is rebroadcast throughout the holiday season on Fox Sports Net (look on for times and airing details.) See It Live The Parade will be Streamed LIVE on thanks to the partnership with Comcast Communications. Special thank you to Securenet Systems for hosting the site. LOOK FOR PARADE HIGHLIGHTS Look on for additional videos and partner websites such as clear Channel, Mobile Mike and


You are invited to join us aboard the Oasis of the Seas – July 20-27, 2013. The World’s Largest Boat Parade will be aboard the World’s Largest Ship. For details on this Summerfest Promotion – visit

YOUNG WINTERFEST® ARTISTS The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade with longtime supporter are working together to make this year’s Fantasy Boat Student Art Contest better than ever. Contest entrants (Broward County Students 3rd – 5th grade) submitted drawings of a boat they have seen or would like to see in the Parade. Winners of the contest will appear in select 2013 YP directories. All submitted artwork will be on display at ArtServe during a reception for all the participants on March 7.


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Official Sponsors

Local Media Partners

Event Sponsors

Huizenga Family Foundation SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO

Boat Parade Sponsors Haley Engineering Las Olas Riverfront

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Operation Assistance

Balmelli Creative Bon’s Barricades Crazy About Costumes Deco Productions Elite Cake Creations Florida Inland Navigation District Kenneth A. Ortner, P.A. Miami Marlins

Mobile Mike Pat Anderson, Artist Seminole Tribe of Florida S.Mark Graphics Show Management Stephen’s Distributing Company Susan Sommer-Luarca, Artist The Las Olas Company Zola Keller

Broward Amateur Radio Club, Broward County Board of County, Commissioners, BSO Marine Unit, City of Fort Lauderdale Dockmaster, City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation, Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fort Lauderdale Police Marine Unit, Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Lauderdale Small Boat Club, United States Coast Guard

MUSICAL MEMORIES • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2012 “The Winterfest Boat Parade is truly a fun, entertaining, and unique way for family and friends to enjoy the holiday season here in South Florida. This extraordinary event captures the imagination of Fort Lauderdale residents and visitors, while showcasing our tropical City to a global audience, strengthening our reputation as a must-see destination, and generating millions of dollars for our local economy. Creatively decorated and magnificently illuminated vessels cruise along the New River and Intracoastal Waterways putting smiles on the faces of children of all ages. As we celebrate the 41st year of this community treasure, we thank the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade for creating and sustaining a wonderful holiday tradition. Please join us for what will be another magical evening on the water.“

John P. “Jack” Seiler John P. “Jack” Seiler, Mayor City of Ft. Lauderdale

Volunteer Appreciation Event

Attention all Winterfest® Volunteers! To thank you for assisting with our events in addition to helping with the pre- and post- needs of the organization such as distributing brochures and posters as well as working at the Winterfest® office, you will receive an invitation to our Volunteer Party. This Thank You party is scheduled for March 2013 at Timpano Italian Chophouse and Martini Bar. The event will also honor the winner of the Carolyn McLaughlin Spirit of Volunteerism Award. The 2011 recipient of this award was Ed Braxl.

In memory of Carolyn McLaughlin Spirit of Volunteerism Award

“Winterfest launches the holiday season with the fabulous lighted line-up of decorated yachts all aglow along the inland waterways.”

Nicki E. Grossman Nicki E. Grossman, President Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention& Visitors Bureau

“On behalf of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, I would like to recognize the efforts of everyone who have made this wonderful event possible for 41 years. I have seen the parade every year and it is exciting to see it evolve into a spectacular show which is truly unique to South Florida. You have nurtured an event which is truly a treasure to our community and something everyone looks forward to each holiday season.”

Kristin Jacobs

Kristin Jacobs, Broward County Mayor


(Bridge times are approximate) 7th Avenue Bridge. ................................................. 6:00 pm............ 8:30 pm FEC Railroad Bridge................................................. 6:00 pm............ 8:30 pm Andrews Avenue....................................................... 6:00 pm............ 8:30 pm Third Avenue Bridge................................................ 6:00 pm............ 8:30 pm Las Olas Boulevard................................................... 7:00 pm............ 9:00 pm Sunrise Boulevard.................................................... 7:30 pm............ 9:30 pm Viewing from the Grandstand Area (just north of Sunrise Boulevard) Oakland Park Boulevard.......................................... 8:00 pm.......... 10:00 pm Commercial Boulevard............................................. 8:30 pm.......... 11:00 pm

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All you need to know about the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade on December 15, 2012.