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Making Waves: 3 Women with Passion & Purpose
They are high-achievers who have navigated life successfully through hard work, dedication and commitment. U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie
President Gaby Ortigoni share their stories.
106 Love Stories — Wonderful Weddings From a bright and festive wedding at The Capen House and elegant affairs at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Bella Collina to Floridainspired weddings at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club and Casa Feliz to a dream wedding at Disney, couples share details about their pictureperfect days. Wedding Trends: some industry experts weigh in on what
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Diane Crews and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando
Murphy, President and CEO of Orlando Sanford International Airport
106 on the cover: Brittany Marshall on her wedding day at Bella Collina photographed by Victoria Angela Photography. Story on page 114..
july | august 2018
july | august 2018
10 THE LIST
Prize in Contemporary Art; Julie von Weller recounts a special trip to England and shares travel packing tips; Bridge’s of Light Foundation presents its 15th annual Players Ball; A Q&A with the Canine Companions Tales & Tails Gala committee; Taste! Central Florida feels the local love from its committee and partners; Women to Watch: Central Florida Sports Commission honors three women in sports; Kay Rawlins demonstrates pride and perseverance; the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce’s Relaunch program; and a performing arts preview.
36 BEAUTY, BODY & SPIRIT
People, places and things: The Orlando Museum of Art presents its fifth annual Florida
Sassy Pants Activewear Boutiques showcases the latest in athleisure; Suzanne Magee Fleming helps women in transition; Readers share their favorite workout spots that keep them coming back; Drs. Deborah and Victor Harding share risks and tips to traveling safely this summer.
48 TASTES & EXPERIENCES
Foxtail Coffee Co. offers several spots to cool off and caffeine up; Editor Christi Ashby had a rockin’ good time at the new Hard Rock Daytona Beach; Orlando-based Barnie’s Coffee & Tea Co. looks to make a global impact with a new coffee line; Bits & Bites: Tartine Wine Bar & Eaterie; Mindful matcha combines teas and treatment.
58 HOME & DESIGN
Saxon-Clark Furniture Patio Design returns to its roots with a new showroom in College Park; Karen LeBlanc highlights some of the homes featured during the 2018 Parade of Homes, including designs from E2 Homes, Beck Custom Homes, Z Properties, Phil Kean Design Group, Hardwick General Contracting and Morrone Interiors.
Community and charity events: Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s Wine, Women & Shoes; The Hamlin & Associates Wishmaker’s Ball to benefit Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida; the Orlando Orthopaedic Center Foundation Women’s Wellness Luncheon; Heart of Florida United Way’s 26th annual Chef’s Gala; Support Our Scholars host its annual Dorm Shower and Luncheon; Spa Invitational to benefit Grace Medical Home; Orlando Heart Ball; and much more.
128 GIVING BACK
Jim Stratton, director of communications, Give Kids The World Village, shares the history behind the legacy that Give Kids The World Village Founder Henri Landwirth left as the organization prepares to present its 30th annual Black & White Gala.
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Can We Talk? Let’s Start the Conversation
t’s all over the news. Kate Spade’s
I would never spill my secrets. I would
passing followed three days later
laugh, tell jokes and learn to be the life of the
by word of Anthony Bourdain’s
party. I drank too much, entered more rela-
death. Both seemingly had it all —
tionships with bad-for-me boys, and masked
and that’s the problem. You can’t
all the pain, emptiness and self-doubt.
see when most people are in despair — so
In my early 20s I was lost. I had moved
anguished the only way out is suicide —
to South Florida. I had jobs, paid my bills,
because they are hiding it all, and proba-
lived independently and seemed to have it
bly have been for a very long time. Until it
all. One night after a breakup I should
all becomes too unbearable.
have rejoiced in, I found myself in the
I know. I first experienced, or recog-
bathroom crying hysterically. I had a razor
nized, depression and anxiety when I was
in hand, but even laughed at myself when
in elementary school. Many days I would
I realized the twin blade would barely
come home from school, run to my room
make a nick. These were my darkest years
and cry. One time it was worse, and I was
as I had no anchor, no family nearby, and
agitated and frustrated as well. I could
no friends who knew. After a few years, I
hear the oh-so-annoying sound of the vac-
realized this would never be home and
uum and it just made me, well, crazy. I
moved back to Central Florida. Before too
took a pen and started forcefully marking
long, I met my future husband. He unknow-
on my white sheet, the rage exploding. I
ingly saved my life.
was probably 10.
I finally had someone who truly loved
I was described by my family as moody.
to my darker side and actually drew some
me — faults, moods and all. He witnessed
They had no idea. And I would never tell
strength from it. I thought I could see and
the down days, consoling me when I cried
anyone anything. Most days were good,
feel things no one else could.
and had fits. I still never confided in any-
but the slightest thing — expectations not
In high school I became more confident,
one else or sought any type of help. The
met (not doing well in the spelling bee) or
which helped, but there were still moments
story continues for 35 more years, but I
perceived slights (not being invited to a
and days that were torturous. I allowed
will save that for later. For now. I will say
party) — would trigger strong emotions. It
myself to enter unhealthy relationships and
that I don’t know if my experience reso-
never, ever occurred to me to reach out to
sometimes uncharacteristic behaviors. The
nates or is typical in any way, but I know I
anxiety and racing mind were sometimes
am not alone. Please, can we keep the con-
impossible to slow down. I worried inces-
By junior high I would describe myself as an elevator that went to the top or the
santly about irrational notions.
bottom — there were no middle floors that
And when I was in college I started
could be reached. Writing gave me an out-
having what-if suicidal thoughts. Wouldn’t
let and I pecked and pecked out sappy, sor-
the world just be a better place without me
rowful poems no one would ever read. I
in it? I never came close to acting on them
also realized I was very creative, intuitive
but still no one knew. What if they sent me
and observant. I attributed all these traits
to a psych ward and tied me up? No, no, no,
The Central Florida Mental Health Association (mhacf.org.) is a great local resource.
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CARLOS BETANCOURT Let Them Feel Pink, 2011-2012 Mixed Media (wood, paint, epoxy, resin, collected objects) Courtesy of the artist
thelist summer celebration Orlando Museum of Art’s 2018 Florida Prize in Contemporary Art (through August 19), the fifth annual event celebrating Florida’s most progressive artists, features works from Carlos Betancourt, Brooks Dierdorff, Rafael Domenech, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Ya Levy La’Ford, Jason Lazarus, Glexis Novoa, Kerry Phillips, Kenya (Robinson) and Jack Stenner. Kenya (Robinson) received the $20,000 Florida Prize, which was generously underwritten by Gail and Michael Winn. 10
The Art of Packing: A Little Slice of England by Julie von Weller
Editor’s note: We asked Freshly Cast Founder and India Hicks Lifestyle Ambassador Julie von Weller to document a recent trip to England, with celebrity designer and entrepreneur India Hicks, and share some of her travel packing tips.
Julie with India on The London Eye
n the heels of India Hicks
emanates star-studded customer service,
social selling brand owners who fly you
launching her new book,
opportunities for meaningful engagement,
across the ocean, invite you into their
Slice of England, I earned a
over-the-top events she painstakingly pro-
childhood home, introduce you to their
trip-of-a-lifetime by being
duces, like the trip I just returned from,
mother, have their brother give you the
a senior director with the
Slice of England.
most interesting garden tour (a David
India Hicks Lifestyle Brand. Can you
From the moment I stepped into my
imagine the amount of thought that went
room at The Dorchester, I was greeted
into what to pack?!
with not only gifts, but a program of well
I had the rare opportunity to be seated
thought-out events for the next four days,
next to India during our Shanghai-themed
painted by India herself.
dinner, and I can tell you three things. 1.
Being a part of the India Hicks lifestyle brand is like seeing the world through
Hicks design), and then gift you with bestselling books written by all three.
India’s regal lens. For she has her hands in
Meeting her mother, Lady Pamela
She was fully focused on our conversation
every detail. The designs which bear her
Hicks, was of course my favorite part. If
(refreshing in this day and age to say the
name are impressions of her life, which
you’ve watched The Crown, you will most
least). 2. She cared much more about my
are born from a story of something or
certainly know of Lord Mountbatten. This
story than her own. 3. She started this
someone who has inspired her.
is India’s grandfather; Lady Pamela’s father.
business thinking it would be about the
As the daughter of the legendary
She served as royal bridesmaid to then
incredible collections she would create,
designer David Hicks, she comes with
Princess Elizabeth; was her lady-in-wait-
and in turn the opportunities it would cre-
innate talent. Anyone see pictures of the
ing and was with her in Kenya when her
ate for these ambassadors. This impres-
White House bowling alley? A David Hicks
father, King George VI, passed, making
sive entrepreneur doesn’t “have to work,”
original. The team she has surrounded
her instantly The Sovereign. Lady Pamela’s
but chooses to grow, create, and ultimately
herself with has that same approachability
grandmother was also the granddaughter
empower others through this lifestyle
and dedication. The company culture
of Queen Victoria. Needless to say, she has
brand. One where you are treated like
had quite an extraordinary life.
family. I will never forget the memories
Julie (far left) with Lady Pamela Hicks (far right)
Once at her home, The Grove, we were
made with 49 other dynamic women who
brought to her in what India’s father
worked their tails off to earn something
named the Drawing Room. She was
which you simply cannot buy.
perched on a lovely couch with her hair
Thank you not only to India and my cli-
done just so (India’s father designed her
ents, but to the entire Castaway Tribe. For
hair-do and it is magnificent). Within
it is their hard work and own personal
three minutes of being with her, you could
success that paved the way for me to enjoy
feel where India gets her warmth, gener-
a very special Slice of England, India Hicks
osity and authenticity. With all of us glued
style. To learn more, email me, jvw@
to her, she shared many fascinating sto-
freshlycast.com or visit indiahicks.com/
ries. But much more, I don’t know many
The group in front of India’s home, American Farm
Art of Packing Tips from Freshly Cast Each time I pack for a trip (or pack a client), I think of it as experience scripting. Who will I be with? What might the climate be? How do I want to feel in that moment? What am I trying to express through my ensemble? Where might the unexpected day or night take me? I want to be efficient, yet ready for any unanticipated moment. If all else fails, I go with what makes me feel most beautiful.
Infrastructure: Luggage matters.
My essentials are the Bigger Carry-On by AWAY and the Jet Pack by India Hicks.
Be strategic: More clothing options, fewer shoes.
A killer jacket and wrap: They can
be lightweight to add a little something to shorts and a camisole or over a killer dress for a smart look.
Scarves. Lots of scarves: They are
easy to pack and can instantly change a look. After wearing as part of an ensemble, leverage it as a sarong. Always have one with you on the airplane to keep you cozy.
Handbags: One crossbody. One clutch.
All jewelry must fit into clutch. All makeup must fit into crossbody. Both fit at the base of the Jet Pack. If they don’t, take some extras out. You’ve packed too much.
Samples of hair products from your local salon: They lay flat which
takes up less room, and your salon is dying to give them to you. Just ask.
Speaking of salon, get a blowout the morning of your flight: You’ll arrive looking fly and it will last you the first few days. Don’t forget dry shampoo. A must! Now, relax and get to packing. If still stressed, we can help. Learn more at freshlycast.com.
Players Ball Turns 15
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To commemorate a milestone year for the fundraiser and for Bridges of Light Foundation Founder Stacey Papp, the 15th Annual Players Ball will feature a “decades” theme along with musical entertainment from DJ Jazzy Jeff (think The Fresh Prince).
Dalia Malui, Shannon Gunn, Danielle Newbold, Shannon Julian, Stacey Papp, Melisa Rohrbach, Jeff Forres, Martha Gomez, Jenn Tarantino, Bobby Luthra, Siddique Jaffer and Terri Costigan
ot only has she chaired
believe it takes a village to really make a
out the year to ensure an enjoyable and
the event for the last
difference,” Stacey explains.
profitable fundraiser, but Stacey says they
decade, but Stacey estab-
As its largest fundraiser, Players Ball
are always looking for new members to
lished the Bridges of
celebrates the successes of the year and its
join them. “Our committee is very diverse.
generous supporters in an intimate and
We are looking for more people to join us
2004 with an objective to raise money that
luxurious setting. “Our guests return year
and bring new ideas to the table, not only
is distributed specifically for children who
after year to see our progress and what
with the event, but also how to better serve
have been abandoned, abused, neglected
their contributions have done for the chil-
our community by educating the children
or are at-risk. Since then, the organization
dren in our community. Our events have
and families living in poverty. We are
has implemented several programs, includ-
limited seating so our guests and donors
looking to solve a problem, and it takes
ing after-school tutoring programs, a sum-
are up close and personal with our chil-
many different perspectives,” she shares.
mer education program at Great Oaks Vil-
dren and their families,” she says.
lage foster care facility and adopt-a-family programs at Carver Middle School.
The 15th Annual Players Ball will take
“This is the first year we have hired
place Saturday, September 8, at the Four
celebrity guest talent. DJ Jazzy Jeff will
Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney
“Bridges of Light has continued to evolve
enhance our event with his high energy to
World Resort. The dress code is black-tie
by assessing the needs in our community.
celebrate our donors and the success of
optional or prom attire from your favorite
We realize that so many of the children we
our programs. Our guests can dress in
decade. A specially prepared meal with
serve have parents in need of assistance as
their favorite decade. Our hope is to see
wine pairings will be served and attendees
well. If corporations and individuals are
ensembles from the early 1900s to present
can dance the night away with special
able to ‘adopt a family,’ the community can
day,” Stacey adds.
guest DJ Jazzy Jeff. Sponsorships and
join us in our efforts to get homeless fami-
The Players Ball committee and Bridges
lies in a better position to thrive. We
of Light board of directors work through-
individual tickets are available at bridgesoflightfoundation.org.
CANINE COMPANIONS TALES & TAILS GALA: A Q&A WITH THE COMMITTEE Canine Companions for Independence Southeast Region will present the 22nd annual Tales & Tails Gala on Saturday, October 6, at Rosen Shingle Creek. It’s the Great Gala Charlie Brown! thanks to some special artwork from the Peanuts gang, courtesy of Jean Schulz. We asked the committee a few questions about the upcoming event. Why are you involved with the event and what do you love about the organization? “I was asked to attend a meeting for Canine Companions by a work colleague and I had no idea what it was about. Thirteen years later I have chaired several Tales & Tails Galas and I am now a member of the Southeast Region’s board of directors. During a training session, I had the opportunity to watch a child’s whole demeanor transform when she was with her new assistance dog. I saw the tears flowing from her mother who said, ‘Her life is changed forever.’ That is why I do what I do for this amazing organization.” – Paul Richards, gala co-chair, realtor with Mainframe Real Estate
“What I love about Canine Companions for Independence is easy — those we serve. When I joined the gala committee I was new to the Southeast Region board and I lived in Tampa. I thought that this was an opportunity to meet and work closely with all these wonderfully talented committee members. I have been able to learn from and share ideas with the committee and give back to the Canine Companions family in ways that I never thought possible.” Mary Taylor Jacobs, gala co-chair; community advocate
“I was changed after seeing firsthand what happens to people because of these smart, beautiful and very special dogs, who are specifically bred in Santa Rosa, California, for their health and temperament, and are socialized by amazing puppy raisers who volunteer their time. Then they are trained by a professional team of trainers. It truly takes a village.” – Trish Chard Walsh, chair of gala sponsorships; fitness consultant/ personal trainer
2018 TALES & TAILS GALA COMMITTEE: Back row: Paul Richards, Megan Wilson, Cathy Fischer, Trish Chard Walsh, Fonda Cerenzio, Diesta Gundacker. Front row: Kathleen Jezierski, Beth Mock LeBlanc, Pam Morton, Judy Albertson; and Canine Companions for Independence Assistance Dog in Training Herschel II.
What does it mean to have the Peanuts artwork, courtesy of Jean Schultz, and how did that come about? “It’s rare that you get an opportunity to work this closely with the whole Peanuts gang! What makes it even more special is the connection to the late Charles Schulz. Together, he and his wife, Jean Schulz, generously supported the Canine Companions for Independence mission, helping the organization become the largest provider of assistance dogs in the world. I am humbled by their accomplishments and feel honored to have the opportunity to keep the spirit of the Peanuts characters alive and flourishing at the Tales & Tails Gala.” – Beth Mock LeBlanc, chair of the gala marketing committee; managing partner/chief creative officer for MLB Creative
What makes this event unique and gives it longevity? “The uniqueness of the Tales & Tails Gala occurs when you walk into a ballroom filled with well-behaved, highly trained assistance dogs of all ages. This event allows attendees to cuddle with puppies eight weeks of age, interact with professional trainers and puppy raisers, and witness the final benefit of a highly trained assistance dog matched with an individual. When our guests hear the stories and see the impact of these dogs, that is reason enough to come back year after year.” – Cathy Fischer, former gala co-chair; senior vice president, global merchandise, Universal Parks and Resorts For more information on the 2018 Tales & Tails Gala, visit cci.org/galacelebration.
Local Chefs. Local Causes. Local Love. With a large, all-volunteer steering committee, more than 300 day-of event volunteers, tremendous in-kind support from a variety of local business partners, and the generous backing of Orlando World Center Marriott who donates the event space each year, Taste! Central Florida does everything it can to direct every dollar raised to its beneficiaries while generating profound awareness and relief for the children of Central Florida who face hunger daily.
Front row, from left: Angel Tagudin, Shane Smith, Ed Nasser, Mark Charlton. Second row, from left: Rashmi Primlani, Sherri Avara, Brie Rios, Maria Diestro, Kelly Hinkle, Amanda Smiley, Katie Moore, Monique Leroy, Jenna Dunne, Andrea Patenaude, Michael Kennedy, Colleen Herrick, Mimi Goss, Jennifer Pence. Back row, from left: Bill Sullivan, Dee Dee King, Michele Byington, Betsy Dye, Paul Bodoia, Judy Odom, Jennifer Landress, Sasha Hausman, Krista Logue, Chandni Sakhuja.
he fundraiser, now in it’s 29th
restaurants, sponsors and partners to one
Central Florida provide shelter and ser-
year, made the leap of faith
of the largest dine-around events in town.
vices to more than 140 children and their
last year to operate as an inde-
“We’ve really tried to hone it to show off
families each night and serve more than
pendent event, benefitting
the skills and chefs of our local resorts and
270,000 nutritious meals in the coming
local organizations Second
our local restaurants that everyone in town
year. Second Harvest Food Bank of Cen-
Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and
may not get a chance to go to. It’s a great
tral Florida directs the funds raised to its
Coalition for the Homeless of Central
opportunity to come and to try all the differ-
childhood hunger relief programs to assist
Florida. It had previously been aligned
ent restaurants and know where you want
the 1 in 4 kids in Orlando who struggle
with national organization Share Our
to go back,” Michele says. In 2017, more than
Strength’s No Kid Hungry.
40 restaurants donated and served up sam-
This annual celebration of the commu-
“Last year, with us going 100% local, we
plings of their signature dishes, as well as
nity’s culinary excellence will take place
were nervous. But we had more restaurants
two dozen brewers, distilleries, wine pur-
Saturday, September 8, at Orlando World
participate, we raised more money than
veyors, and specialty beverage vendors who
Center Marriott. Tickets are $175 and
we ever had before, and had more guests
served sips to more than 3,000 guests.
include unlimited tastes and sips with
attend the event. It was one of those com-
The event aims to keep costs minimal,
mission messages throughout, but no for-
plete confirmations that we were doing the
so that more money goes directly to the
mal sit-down program. Taste! Central
right thing for children in Central Florida,”
beneficiaries. “We would love to raise
Florida also features an extensive silent
says Michele Byington, who has been co-
more than $400,000 at this year’s Taste,”
auction and a wine door chance drawing.
chairing the event with Bill Sullivan for
Michele says. “It’s really easy to get behind
For more information on Taste! Central
nearly a decade. Bill began as a food pro-
the mission of making sure the children
Florida or to purchase tickets, visit tastefl.
vider and joined the committee shortly
in our neighborhoods are fed.”
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thereafter. Since then, he’s been leverag-
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WOMEN TO WATCH
CELEBRATING Women IN Sports THE CENTRAL FLORIDA SPORTS COMMISSION recently presented the inaugural Celebrating Women in Sports luncheon, presented by Orlando Health. The program included recognition of three local female honorees with the Community Sports Leadership Award and featured a keynote address from Olympic Softball Gold Medalist and ESPN’s first female MLB analyst Jessica Mendoza. The
Bisienere, senior vice president at Walt
Maribeth Bisienere, Joanie Schirm and Linda Landman Gonzalez
Disney World Parks and Security; Linda Landman Gonzalez, vice president of social responsibility for the Orlando Magic and president of the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation; and Joanie Schirm, founder of Geotechnical and Environmental Consultants, Inc., and author. Each was individually recognized for their outstanding leadership and contributions to the Central Florida sports community. Maribeth led the strategic growth and management of the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and the runDisney endurance series. Linda serves in a leadership role overseeing community relations, government relations, philanthropy, corporate giving, cause marketing and multicultural insights at the Orlando Magic. Joanie was Christi Ashby and Kate Slentz with Jessica Mendoza (middle)
the founding volunteer president of the
she doesn’t want to be known as just the
Central Florida Sports Commission and
first female MLB analyst, she wants to be
chairman of Orlando’s venue bid and host
known as a great one.
committee for the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
“When I got this position, it was sur-
Two-time Olympic medalist and co-host
prising the amount of attention my gender
of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball Jessica
received. I’ve been aware that I’m a woman.
Mendoza shared her journey to becoming
But I kind of crave the day when it’s just
ESPN’s first female MLB analyst and
another person doing a kick-butt job. I
what she hopes for the future of females in
don’t want it to be so much about my gen-
sports and other leadership roles.
der but about what I’m saying. I think
She was first approached by an ESPN producer as she gave an exciting interview
that’s the important thing that I’m hoping we can get to,” she explained.
following a World Cup of Softball game.
She also dished on what it’s like working
Jessica, a graduate of Stanford University,
with Alex Rodriguez on ESPN’s Sunday
said: “I had an internship in DC. I wanted
Night Baseball and getting career advice
to work on education reform and eventu-
from Alex’s girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez,
ally be a senator. I had everything planned
and what her advice would be to not only
out and then I made the Olympic team.
other women in sports but also women in
When I was approached by ESPN, at the
business, as there are still many of the
time, I laughed, ‘You really want me with
same hurdles and challenges.
a mic with no filter?’ Sometimes the
“My biggest thing is don’t feel like you
things that you’re afraid of turn out to be
have to be perfect for something. If you
the best. So, my initial reaction was no, but
want to do it, go for it. To me, learn as you
my heart was like, let’s try it.”
go but go for it; jump in. I think there is
She quickly realized that television,
this idea [among women] that we have to
like softball, gave her those pressure
be the perfect person and perfectly pre-
moments that she craved, admitting she
pared. The best things that I have done in
still gets nervous each time that red light
my career are the ones that have scared
goes on, signaling live television. However,
the crap out of me,” she shared.
WOMEN TO WATCH
PRIDE PERSEVERANCE Kay grew up one of five children in an
still loves. The couple was approached by a
industrial town about two hours north of
club in England to start a team in the U.S.
London. She had a wonderful childhood
“We started looking seriously at soccer in
with her siblings. After school she went
this country but didn’t give it too much
on to work in a bank and says, “It was one
thought as we didn’t see a lot of it on TV.
of the most fun times of my life.” She mar-
We sat down at the kitchen table and drew
ried her first husband, had kids and stayed
up a list of who could help. We made all our
home, which she loved.
friends work for us for free,” she explains.
Kay Rawlins, vice president of
“When my youngest was 3, I answered
They started a team in the minor
an ad to work one day a week at a pre-
league, but they just could not get it going
community relations for Orlando
school. And I could take her with me. The
in Austin. “The problem was everyone
City Soccer Club, president of the
lady running the school was one of the
said it was a sports town and it was — it
best mentors ever. She taught me so much
was called the University of Texas (college
about management, about giving feedback
football) and that’s what we were fighting.
in a good way, and more,” she shares.
We were at the point of giving up when the
Orlando City Foundation, has been called the heart of Orlando City,
The school was in an old house with
soccer league asked us if we would con-
the soccer club that quickly became
gardens and three playhouses where the
sider a move. They gave us a list of five cit-
a sensation for being a valued part
kids could act. “It was the most idyllic
ies and Orlando was on there,” she recalls.
of the community — giving instead
place,” Kay says. The owner became ill and
She was not immediately enamored
unable to continue operating the school.
with the prospect. “I thought it was just
of taking. And in the past two years
At 31, Kay ended up running the school —
theme parks and holiday visitors. I did not
her heart was broken and repaired.
managing that while getting early child-
know all the amazing things that were
hood education and business degrees. “I
here. But my husband was smart in some
have no idea how I did it — I still don’t,”
ways and he took me to Winter Park and
she explains. And if that wasn’t enough,
told me that was Orlando,” she laughs.
she bought another preschool. And in
After a week she was sold.
She has risen, head held high, above an agonizing, very public divorce with support of friends, family and
doing so was able to help a lot of mothers
fans. Her new hometown has
re-entering the workforce.
cheered her on and her future here
“I am going to skip the next little bit,”
community-mindedness and grassroots
she says, “because I don’t want to talk
fan building. “This has been the most
is very, very bright. She spoke at the
about him [her recent ex].” However, she
warm, welcoming, friendly city I have
Orlando Women’s Conference and
relayed to the audience that she had
ever come across. From the media to the
known him in school, but they both went
other businesses to government, they all
their separate ways, marrying and having
wrapped their arms around us and said
families before reconnecting.
we do want a soccer team. We also had
the audience was so touched by her remarks, we asked her to speak at Orange Appeal’s April luncheon. 24
They ended up in Austin, Texas, which Kay describes as a beautiful city that she
Most everyone knows the rest of the story — it was the perfect combination of
some naysayers and I love calling them out,” she laughs.
WOMEN TO WATCH
She has been an integral part of the
flict, growth and identity. They wanted me
“The main focus is to bring health and
organization’s growth from the first season
to talk about how you grow from nothing.
wellness to communities. We do it through
in Major League Soccer in 2015, adding a
If you listen to it, there are stories about
soccer,” she says. The organization con-
women’s team, Orlando Pride, in 2016, and
why people think this is so special. And a
verts old tennis courts with mini pitches
opening the downtown stadium in 2017.
lot of it is how we keep our fans involved.
that are near community centers. They
Kay did a talk at TEDx Orlando 2017 at
There’s no club without the fans. We still
bring in free programs for the kids, who
the Dr. Phillips Center. “My kids thought
encourage the players to interact, take self-
might not otherwise be able to play, and
it was the coolest thing ever. But it was a
ies with fans,” she explains.
train the staff. Nutrition education is also a
really good opportunity for me to look back,
The Orlando City Foundation was
because they wanted me to talk about con-
formed in 2015 and is Kay’s special project.
part of it. “We bring the players in and the kids will listen to these athletes. The spin-off that came out of it is community gardens. We realized we were talking to kids about nutrition education and eating healthy food in places where there is very little access [to them],” Kay adds. They approached the City of Orlando and said they had funding for gardens but did not know where to start. By partnering with the city’s resources, gardens are blossoming. “It means families can own a small piece of land. They get help with what they should grow, when they should grow it, and how they can look after it. They are growing food not only for themselves, but they exchange with their neighbors, and in turn get to know their neighbors,” she explains. Now there is a farmer’s market outside the soccer stadium every Saturday morning. Orlando City pays for the security and opens the stadium bathrooms. There is also a partnership with Orlando Health. “At the Paramore Kidz Zone we did an experiment with honey, so the kids are learning how to be business owners. They have to do a business plan, search for honey, market it and sell it. It’s a beginning,” she says. Kay lights up when she talks about the foundation’s initiatives and hopes to help tackle the issues of homelessness as a board member of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness. As for soccer, she shares that the Orlando Pride need our support and encourages anyone who has never been to attend a game.
A New Resource for Relaunching Careers Photo by Hughes Fioretti Photography Faced with a pending divorce and two teenagers to support, Angela Katsur was
The inaugural Relaunch class celebrated a graduation at the Women of Influence Luncheon this past spring, which also honored Support Our Scholars Founder and President Susan Johnson. From left: Michelle Dodge, Allison Miller, Pam Massengale, Holly Allport, Betsy Gardner Eckbert, Jana Ricci, Susan Johnson, Dawn Jennemann, Marion Neijenhuis, Angela Katsur and Kristina Mackinder
looking for some guidance regarding reentering the workforce. She learned of a new
women build their resume, network and
Angela Katsur Events — planning every-
program at the Winter Park Chamber of
confidence, and covers topics such as
thing from corporate meetings to charity
Commerce, Relaunch: Career Rentry for
using Linkedin and identifying their per-
galas. I am so grateful to this program and
Professional Women. “I was enrolled into
sonal brand. Betsy shares her own experi-
hope my story empowers other women. I
a diverse class of talented women who had
ences, along with guest speakers, during
am excited to continue with my passion
strong backgrounds, but we all needed our
eight monthly sessions.
and enthusiasm for event planning.”
confidence back,” Angela explains.
“I knew what my talents were; I just
The fee to participate in the Relaunch
Led by Chamber President and CEO
needed help and confidence to get myself
program is $250 and the deadline to apply
Betsy Gardner Eckbert, Relaunch is an
out there,” Angela says. “After completing
for the next class is August 17. Learn more
eight-month program designed to help
the program, I am now the proud owner of
PERFORMING ARTS Preview
Summer is the perfect time to plan for all the wonderful performances taking the stage in the fall and beyond. Even better, many of our local arts organizations offer subscriptions with premium seating and discounted tickets to their performance series. ORLANDO BALLET EXPANDS 2018-19 SEASON LINEUP
John P. Keller in 2018’s Shakespeare in Love
COMPANY CELEBRATES ROBERT HILL’S 10TH YEAR AS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR This season marks Robert Hill’s 10th anniversary as artistic director with Orlando Ballet, and the upcoming season includes several audience favorites from the past decade. Arcadian Broad will also create a new full-length ballet, Wonderland: Mad Tales TONY FIRRIOLO
of the Hatter, featuring an original score
ORLANDO SHAKES’ 30TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON
composed by him as well. The production will include live accompaniment by Central Florida Community Arts, and acclaimed Carmina Burana will also feature live music by the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park.
Founded in 1989, Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Orlando Shakes) in Partnership with UCF produces classic, contemporary and children’s plays. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jim Helsinger and Managing Director PJ Albert, Orlando Shakes has grown into one of the region’s most acclaimed professional Equity theaters. The Theater continues to provide an innovative world-class theatrical experience to its guests, while showcasing William Shakespeare’s legacy as the cornerstone of the company. and Hamlet, as well as more modern productions like In the Heights, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manual Miranda and based on the book by Quiara Alegría Hudes. A Doll’s House, Part 2, a sequel that addresses Nora Helmer’s return home years later, and Gertrude and Claudius, a prequel to Hamlet, will also be showcased. And the 2018-19 Children’s Series
will bring the well-known tales of The Little Mermaid and The Jungle Book to life.
2018-19 SIGNATURE SERIES In the Heights | September 5 – October 7 The Mystery of Irma Vep — A Penny Dreadful | October 10 – November 18 A Christmas Carol | November 28 – December 30 A Doll’s House, Part 2 | January 2 – February 3 Hamlet | February 6 – March 24 Gertrude and Claudius | February 20 – March 23 Richard II | March 27 – April 28
2018-19 CHILDREN’S SERIES The Little Mermaid | June 14 – July 29 The Jungle Book | October 18 – November 16 Jack and the Beanstalk | April 4 – May 4 30
“Over the past decade, I have watched Orlando Ballet grow by leaps and bounds in every aspect of the organization,” says Artistic Director Robert Hill. “The upcoming season is no different. After a successful 2017-18 lineup, with so many sold-out shows, we are bringing an ambitious repertoire that celebrates the classics while welcoming inventive new works. I especially look forward to continuing Orlando Ballet’s tradition of partnering with our community’s artistic talent, including
MICHAEL CAIRNS 2018
The 2018-19 Signature Series will include popular classics such as A Christmas Carol
Central Florida Community Arts, the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park and Florida
Symphony Youth Orchestra.” To meet growing demand, Orlando Ballet will add a fourth performance (Saturday matinee) to each Mainstage series and perform The Nutcracker over two weekends instead of one.
2018-19 SEASON LINEUP Carmina Burana | October 12-14 The Nutcracker | December 7-16 Bailamos | February 15-17 Fast Forward | March 29 Peter & the Wolf Family Weekend | March 30-31 Arcadian Broad’s Wonderland: Mad Tales of the Hatter | April 26-28
ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA CONTINUES CLASSICS SERIES AND WELCOMES A NEW COMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
Season subscriptions can be purchased by calling 407-418-9828. For more information, please visit orlandoballet.org.
2018-19 season will include five concerts on the FAIRWINDS Classics Series, and five programs of two concerts each on the
HAMILTON TO ANCHOR THE 2018-19 FAIRWINDS BROADWAY IN ORLANDO SERIES
Pops Series, with all performances taking place at Bob Carr Theater. The Focus
The highly-acclaimed Hamilton will headline the 2018-19 FAIRWINDS Broadway in
Series includes five concerts at The Plaza
Orlando series at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to Hamilton,
the season includes the 2017 Tony and 2018 Grammy Award winning Dear Evan Hansen
FAIRWINDS Credit Union has com-
and the 2017 Tony Award winning Hello, Dolly! starring Broadway legend Betty Buckley.
mitted to continuing its sponsorship of the
“This will be a stand-out season on so many levels,” says
Classics Series through the 2020-21 sea-
Hamilton Chicago Company
son. “We are so grateful for the past and
Dr. Phillips Center President
future support from FAIRWINDS Credit
and CEO Kathy Ramsberger.
Union,” says Chris Barton, OPO executive
“Hamilton has become a theat-
director. “This ongoing support helps us to
rical phenomenon, and three
enrich the community, inspire our audi-
of the seven shows made their year, so the content is fresh and relevant. The other big benefit is that we’ve had great success securing show performers for special appearances and educational workshops in our local schools, including our own School of the Arts. Extending the arts beyond our facility and into the community is one of our top priorities.”
2018-19 FAIRWINDS BROADWAY IN ORLANDO SERIES: Hello, Dolly! | November 27 – December 2 Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical | December 18 – December 23 Hamilton | January 22 – February 10 Fiddler on the Roof | March 5 – March 10 Dear Evan Hansen | April 16 – April 21 Anastasia | May 14–19 Come From Away | June 11–16 The season will also feature the return of audience favorite Jersey Boys | October 30 – November 4 For more information, visit orlandobroadway.com.
ences, and build our organization to serve JOAN MARCUS 2016
debut on Broadway just last
Central Florida for the next 25 years.” Puerto Rican-born composer and multiinstrumentalist Angélica Negrón will be featured as composer-in-residence for the 2018-19 season. The OPO will perform her compositions and arrangements, including a world premiere on the Focus Series; on four programs throughout the season.
FAIRWINDS CLASSICS SERIES Pines of Rome | September 29 The Planets | November 3 Tango! | January 19 Beethoven’s 7th | February 23 French Soirée | April 27
POPS SERIES American Blues featuring Rhiannon Giddens | October 13 Home for the Holidays! | November 24 The Second City Guide to the Symphony with Colin Mochrie | February 2
thelist Mardi Gras in New Orleans | March 9 Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams | April 13
FOCUS SERIES Schumann and Schumann – October 8 Tchaikovsky & Mozart – November 19 Mahler’s Song of the Earth – January 14 Mozart’s Symphony No. 33 – March 18
SYMPHONY STORYTIME SERIES Peter and the Wolf | September 15 & 23 ’Twas the Night Before Christmas | December 1 & 9 Ferdinand the Bull | February 9 & 17 Aesop’s Fun Fables | May 4 & 11 For more information, please visit orlandophil.org.
OPERA ORLANDO TAKES THE MAIN STAGE FOR 2018-19 SEASON Central Florida’s freshest performing arts experience is back for a third season and filled with great entertainment, artistic excellence, added performances and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Opera on the MainStage is Opera Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center Series with performances at The Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
OPERA ON THE MAINSTAGE The Tales of Hoffmann | October 24-30 Hansel and Gretel | December 8-9 Pagliacci and Pulcinella | March 20-26 Purchase a special subscription package for all three productions at a discounted price. Visit operaorlando.org for more information. Opera Orlando will also continue Opera on Park Summer Concert Series with upclose and personal performances at the University Club of Winter Park.
July 29 | Alex Mansoori, Tenor August 5 | Laura Leon, Soprano August 12 | Suzanne Kantorski, Soprano Purchase tickets at operaorlando.org.
beautybody&spirit gear up! Athleisure continues to trend, and summer is the best season to sport fashions that can keep you cool, dry and protected. Shop the latest (and cutest) looks locally at Sassy Pants Activewear Boutique in College Park (on Edgewater Drive). From left: Lisa Anderton shows off a cover up (with UPF 50) by BloqUV; Kiara O'Hara wears Tropic Zone tall band capris by Terez, Flurry top by Body Glove and sports bra by Coobie; Carrie Evora is in Strive capris by Vimmia, Volley tank by Vimmia and Strive sports bra by Vimmia; Caitlin Anthony models Frame leggings by Koral, runout tank by Koral, and Pump pullover by Koral.
beautybody&spirit WOMEN WHO INSPIRE – A FLORIDA HOSPITAL FOR WOMEN SERIES
Suzanne Magee Fleming Helps Women In Transition At the recent Orlando Women’s Conference, title sponsor Florida Hospital for Women asked those in attendance to nominate a woman for this special series. Bree Goldstein nominated her friend and mentor Suzanne Magee Fleming. Suzanne is so community and women ori-
has become her focus through the years.
lot about her character. “When I started in
ented. She’s constantly creating community
As she was working with clients she noticed
business, others said you’ll never be suc-
by introducing women to each other and mak-
many of the women were not well-informed
cessful because you are too nice. I was
ing meaningful connections between them.
about their financial details, only adding
determined to show them you can be nice
Suzanne specifically works with (and helps)
to their emotional distress. Suzanne found
and still succeed,” she says. Her favorite
women in transition to get them on their feet
that by sitting down one-on-one and dis-
saying is: always do the right thing even when
and make a future for themselves. When she
cussing the goals, she could guide them
no one is looking.
is not sharing her knowledge and resources
through the planning process and help
Nurturing relationships is very impor-
with clients and those in need, she is an
them make better decisions. Her valuable
tant to her. Caring about others, especially
incredible friend, mentor, sister and mother.
lessons empower women to continue
women, and helping them make better,
She leads by example, teaches by example and
making good decisions about their person-
informed decisions and achieve both their
mentors from experience. Her words come
personal and financial goals. “That comes
from her heart and she loves and lives fully. I
“I have worked hard, feel I am a good
from my heart,” she adds. “And I love
can’t think of a woman more deserving of this
friend, and have loved being a mentor to
bringing friends together as you never
honor. Suzanne is an unsung hero who never
others. One young woman I started men-
know who can help each other.”
asks for recognition!
toring after she graduated from college —
Suzanne is also very involved in the
Suzanne is a member of a team of five
she’s now 35. She and I would get together
community as the co-founder of the local
at Magee, Stanford & Associates’ Bank of
once a month to discuss jobs, life, etc. Even
chapter of the Merrill Lynch Women’s
America Merrill Lynch office in downtown
when she moved to New York City, we
Exchange, a member of the Central Florida
Orlando. Helping women chart and navi-
continued to chat on the phone once a
Women’s League, and a longtime supporter
gate their financial course after the loss of
month to catch up on life,” Suzanne says.
of the Central Florida Boys and Girls Club.
a spouse, either through divorce or death,
Suzanne’s business philosophy says a
NEED HELP BALANCING YOUR AND YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH? One call to Florida Hospital for Women’s Health Navigator Doreen Forsythe, BSN, RN, can help you coordinate all your health care. Florida Hospital for Women understands the intricate role women play in their family’s healthcare decisions and needs. Doreen is a specially trained registered nurse who is available to help women access Florida Hospital’s extensive network of services across Central Florida. This coordination specialist not only provides expert, clinical assistance, but also helps manage your overall care and identifies ways to speed up the process of scheduling physician appointments and procedures. The health navigator acts as your personal advocate — creating a seamless healthcare experience that focuses on health, wellness, hospitality and convenience. As a registered nurse, Doreen has been a valued member of the Florida Hospital team since 2001. Graduating from Villanova University in Pennsylvania, she has more than 15 years of experience in multiple nursing disciplines including cardiology, neurology, surgery and nursing education. No matter what kind of women’s health services you need, Doreen can connect you with the right doctors and resources to ensure you receive the best treatment available. This complimentary service is available to all women. Doreen Forsythe, BSN, RN
To speak to Doreen or to schedule an appointment, call 407- 720-5191. 38
FOCUS ON FITNESS:
Stuck in an exercise rut? Craving something new that you can stick to? We took to Facebook to ask our fans their favorite workouts around town that keep them committed to their exercise regimen. Here are some of the top suggestions.
9ROUND 9Round offers a kickboxing-themed fitness program that incorporates functional, interval, cardiovascular and circuit training regimens. The 30-minute, full-body workout consists of nine challenging workout stations that a trainer guides you through, utilizing heart rate monitoring technology to ensure you stay in the fat-burning zone. There are no class times and the workouts change daily.
“My favorite part, as a busy professional and mom, is the fact that I don’t have to schedule time to go there. There is always a trainer there; you literally drop in and complete the 30-minute circuit. It’s a great workout and it makes it impossible to have excuses!” – Sarah Geltz Winter Garden: 1201 Winter Garden Vineland Road, Suite 6-B. With even more locations across Orlando, and in Oviedo and Ocoee, and coming soon to Lake Nona, Winter Park and Maitland, visit 9round.com for location and class information.
All Fit’s approach is a modern-day method
Barre3 delivers a full-body workout utilizing a signature three-step sequence — isometric
combining all aspects of fitness to build
holds, small-range movements and large, dynamic movements — to produce a strong and
sound bodies and minds in a group setting.
balanced body. Winter Park studio owner Andi Prather found barre3 after she had her fifth
Personal training sessions are also available.
baby and was looking for a workout to strengthen her body without any stress on her joints.
Led by Robert Schwartz, a former U.S. Navy
She loves that barre3 keeps her energized for the rigors of motherhood and that it makes her
hospital corpsman and combat medic, All
a better runner.
Fit’s trainers are nationally certified and accredited, and understand that no two bodies are alike and will work with clients to get them fit at the right pace.
“I love All Fit Bootcamp because it’s a different workout every time you go in and they will modify it if you have any injuries or pulled muscles. It’s like getting a personal trainer for group training rates.” – Ashley Cox Orlando: 1626 E. Colonial Dr. SoDo: 5607 S. Orange Ave. allfitorlando.com
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“I love barre3 because the community of strong and supportive women. The studio focuses on both mental strength as well as physical, and the barre3 method works on the whole mind, body and spirit for wellness on three levels. It’s the best workout in town!” – Kristina Davis Winter Park: 141 S. New York Ave., Unit 113 barre3.com
beautybody&spirit CENTRAL FLORIDA YMCAs “Each of our Family Centers have fitness offerings that are customized to meet the unique needs of our members in those communities. Recently, we’ve expanded our Les Mills programs to offer a variety of fun, new group exercise classes, as well as added more functional training classes and a renewed focus on making fitness accessible to everyone by offering a variety of formats for every fitness level and schedule,” says Kelly Prather, executive director of health strategies and member experience at the YMCA of Central Florida.
J. Douglas Williams YMCA 665 Longwood-Lake Mary Road
“I have taught cycling and fitness classes there since 1997. The instructors at the Y in Lake Mary are top instructors and there are a variety of great classes offered. Family fitness is encouraged, with several sports programs as well as the pool.” – Roxane Mann
Downtown Orlando YMCA 433 N. Mills Ave.
“I love working out at the downtown YMCA because it feels like home. It’s a place where every shape and size can feel comfortable and everyone knows your name. Most importantly, I am humbled by all the work the downtown Y does for the community. I know my membership dollars are going to more than my sweat. They are helping a child or family in need.” – Courtney Hazouri With 25 locations in the area, visit ymcacentralflorida.com to find the one nearest you.
FUSION FITNESS Fusion Fitness provides clients with the leading fitness technology in Pilates and personal training in a friendly atmosphere. Pilates classes are available in addition to private 30-minute and one-hour sessions with certified instructors. Fusion Fitness also now offers barre classes and Motr classes, which combines the comfort of a foam roller with the challenge of three weight level resistances, giving clients a challenging and incredibly diverse workout tool.
“The owner, Ariel Hernandez, and his trainers are all so welcoming and supportive of everyone who comes in for Pilates or barre class, no matter what level at which they are able to train. He maintains updated equipment and an immaculate studio! All of the trainers are so knowledgeable of the classes that they teach and pay close attention to each individual’s limitations.” – Anita Gabriel Lake Mary: 1061 S. Sun Dr., Suite 1129 | fusionfitnessusa.com
SWEAT SWEAT is a state-of-the-art, 2,000-squarefoot fitness studio that combines hardcore training with healthy lifestyle strategies. Whether its personalized training, intense cardio classes, spinning, sport-specific training, rehabilitative conditioning or pre/post-natal training, SWEAT offers something for everyone and is led by a team of fitness professionals. Opened in 2013, SWEAT is the life’s work of Laura Cascaddan, an Orlando native and fitness industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience.
“SWEAT is committed to making sure that every minute spent at the gym is going to produce great results. Laura is dedicated to ensuring all classes offer a great 42
workout. There is a lot of variety to the classes, as well as special challenges throughout the year where you can really be pushed to your limits, while also getting great nutritional and holistic guidance as a member. She and her staff are tough but passionate!” – Susie Carlton College Park: 727 W. Smith St. sweatyourassoff.com
beautybody&spirit THE PILATES LOFT The Pilates Loft is owned and operated by Jennifer O’Mara. She studied Pilates under and was certified by Romana Kyrzanowska, Joseph Pilates’ protégé, in 2000. With a specialization in spine care, Jennifer found an easy transition from helping people find relief in the physical therapy arena to using Pilates to strengthen and eliminate most pain associated with the back and neck. The Pilates Loft instructors are a diverse group of fitness professionals armed with the skills, knowledge and dedication to serve clients of all levels
THE BAR METHOD The Bar Method Orlando - Winter Park is
in private lessons, duet or trio lessons, or group classes.
a boutique fitness studio offering barre
long, lean, sculpted muscles. Highly-
vides spinning classes and recently added
“Warrior ONE has a variety of exercise options: yoga, spinning and strength training. I love it because there is a real sense of community and camaraderie among the instructors and the participants. I actually look forward to exercise when it comes to going there. That is saying a lot since I usually dread exercise!” – Julie Wright Orlando: 2282 Corrine Dr. wearewarriorone.com
trained instructors customize the exercises to ensure they are safe and effective for any age and body type, including modifications for pregnant women and students with injuries.
“Due to medical conditions and chronic back pain, my doctors deemed Pilates essential as a non-medical course of treatment. Owner Jennifer O’Mara was very familiar with my conditions and knew the correct course of training my body required. Not only has my body changed, becoming longer and leaner, my level of strength has overall improved and my pain level has significantly decreased.” – Tara Fontana Downtown Orlando: 879 N. Orange Ave. pilates-loft.com
classes. The Orlando location also pro-
transformative workout that results in
Power, basics and yin/restorative yoga
Dunedin. Memberships work for both
the ballet barre and a few props to create a
Dr. Phillips: 7536 Dr. Phillips Blvd. #330 orlando-drphillips.barmethod.com
Studio offering Hot Power Vinyasa, Cool
expanded on the west coast of Florida to
ture method uses one’s own body weight,
Winter Park: 480 N. Orlando Ave., Suite 132 orlando-winterpark.barmethod.com
Warrior ONE is a Baptiste Affiliate Yoga
rowing classes. In 2017, Warrior ONE
classes for students of all levels. The signa-
“What I love most about The Bar Method is the people. The instructors bring so much positive energy to every session, which spreads through the whole class. They also offer a very personalized workout in a group setting by focusing on our form and ensuring that we get the most benefit from the exercises. And it must be good because I have stayed with them longer than any other workout program that I have done.” – Laura Cosgrove
OTHERS: RDV Sportsplex Ice Den
Maitland: 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd.
Jazzercise Mills 50
Orlando: 927 N. Mills Ave.
Orlando Power Yoga
Orlando: 422 N. Bumby Ave., Studio B Dr. Phillips: 6375 Conroy Road, Suite 101
Crossfit Winter Park
Winter Park: 125 W. Fairbanks Ave.
My House Fitness
Locations in College Park, Winter Park/ Maitland, Oviedo and Winter Springs
Winter Park: 244 S. Pennsylvania Ave.
TRAVEL SMART THIS SUMMER
Tips to Keep You Healthy and Safe by Victor Harding, MD and Deborah Harding, MD, Harding Medical Institute
Now that summer is here, many people travel to exotic places such as South Africa, Cuba, Venezuela, Haiti, and other areas of Central and South America, Asia and Africa. While these locales are exciting to explore, there are associated health risks when traveling to them. These risks can be minimized with careful planning and caution. Here are some useful tips.
irst, try to identify the risk factors. Discuss travel plans
Drs. Victor and Deborah Harding in Cuba with their son, Alex.
with your medical provider. The Center for Disease Control has an excellent web-
site (cdc.gov) containing tips and warnings. Additionally, the CDC’s TravWell app helps you plan for safe and healthy international travel. Build a trip to get destination-specific vaccine recommendations, a checklist of what you need to do to prepare for travel, and a customizable healthy travel packing list. The app also lets you store travel documents, keep a record of your medications and immunizations, and set reminders to get vaccine booster doses or
arthritis, and other, often fatal pathologies.
some Caribbean countries. Furthermore,
take medicines while you’re traveling.
These diseases are responsible for several
many areas have poor refrigeration or fre-
Different countries, even different United
million deaths and hundreds of millions
quent power outages that may lead to food
States regions, have a variety of disease
of cases every year, according to the World
poisoning. Avoid drinking the tap water or
prevalence. For example, Lyme disease is
using ice in many countries, and don’t
common in the U.S. Northeast. Chagas
Anopheles mosquitoes, which can carry
swallow shower water. Frequently sani-
disease, carried by Kissing Bugs, is a lead-
Zika, dengue and chikunguya, love non-
tize your hands and keep your fingers out
ing cause of heart failure in Brazil, but has
air-conditioned houses in tropical coun-
of your mouth and eyes.
recently spread to the Southwest U.S. San
tries. You may need to take vaccinations
Scombroid, a type of poisoning from
Joaquin Valley Fever is prevalent south of
or preventative treatments for diseases
mackerel-type fish, has no smell or taste
Interstate-80 in California. Histoplasmo-
such as malaria, hepatitis and yellow
and causes histamine reactions. I got this
sis, common in the mid-Atlantic and Mid-
fever. Travelers should cover exposed skin
after eating some tasty escolar at a fine
western states, stops at Stone Mountain
by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants
restaurant in California. As for the effect,
and hats, and apply appropriate insect
imagine overdosing on caffeine. However,
Internationally, disease risk increases.
repellent to help avoid mosquito bites and
scombroid is typically more prevalent in
Numerous mosquito-borne diseases include
ticks. Check yourself for ticks daily, and if
malaria, dengue, Zika, yellow fever, chikun-
you find any, notify your provider.
Many underdeveloped countries report-
gunya, West Nile virus and encephalitis.
Poor sanitation or water quality can
edly have asbestos problems, particularly
Symptoms range from sore throat, fever,
cause diarrhea during or after visits to
in old, decaying buildings. Try to stay
away from such buildings. Avoid demolition sites, and donâ€™t touch anything that may contain asbestos such as ceilings. Customized health travel kits can be invaluable. Your medical doctor may pre-
The Hardings in a classic car typically found on the streets of Havana.
scribe emergency antibiotics such as Cipro, which is usually effective against food poisonings and many urinary tract and respiratory infections. Also, you may be exposed to black mold or other allergens.
a detailed list in case you need to replace
and other companies. (We really love cruises
Your provider may allow you to carry a
them or carry back-ups separately.
because they usually have good medical
Medrol dose pack for severe allergic reac-
Be smart when you travel. Think about
tions or asthma. Carry nasal steroids, such
what you might do if you suddenly become
If you feel poorly after returning from a
as Flonase, and antihistamines, like Clari-
sick or injured in a remote area. If possi-
trip, even months later, be sure your doc-
tin or Allegra, which are largely non-
ble, call your doctor if you need help. Med-
tor is aware of your travel history. Some
sedating, or Benadryl, which is sedating
ical care and medical products may be dif-
diseases, such as Lyme, take months to
but works well for treating scombroid and
ficult or impossible to find, expensive, and
severe allergies. Antacids and acid-block-
of questionable quality. Be prepared in
It is possible to have a great time when
ing medicines such as Prilosec are also a
case of illness. Hospital flights to the United
you travel and usually the benefits far out-
good idea. Some doctors recommend low-
States may cost upwards of $50,000. Travel
weigh the risks, particularly if you take
dose Valium for motion sickness. Your
insurance including medical evacuation
steps to reduce them. Have fun and travel
medicines might be lost or stolen, so keep
insurance is available through credit card
smart this summer!
july | august 2018
tastes&experiences cool beans Local fave Foxtail Coffee Co. continues to expand with more than just fresh brews. In addition to locations in Altamonte Springs, Winter Park and Downtown (in DoveCote brasserie), a new one is planned for the Hourglass District (Curry Ford Road). Foxtailâ€™s Farmhouse in Winter Park features a wine bar, small bites, an experimental coffee bar and expanded seating. Recommendations: hand-crafted cocktails, deconstructed latte and heat-busting affogato with vanilla ice cream and espresso.
A Rockin’ GOOD VIBE
by Christi Ashby
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SPENT TIME AT DAYTONA BEACH — ON THE BEACH? WHILE MOST OF US CHILL IN NEW SMYRNA OR PONCE INLET, THERE’S AN ICONIC BRAND THAT IS SHAKING THINGS UP ON THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS BEACH.
HARD ROCK DAYTONA BEACH pays proper respect to its vintage site, the former Desert Inn, by turning part of the past motor lodge into new Rock Royalty suites. In addition, a seven-story tower with ocean and city view rooms, spacious pool deck, multiple bars, and ballrooms, meeting rooms and event spaces make this the place to party on. You already know much of what to expect from Hard Rock — musical memorabilia amid a cool, hip design. This resort showcases Taylor Swift’s first-in-public gingham twopiece swimsuit, a trio of Bette Midler’s mermaid costumes and side-by-side displays of jackets worn by Elvis and Michael Jackson. Each floor of the main hotel is also a tribute to different artists from Madonna to The Rolling Stones. And your room number is also marked with a specific album/CD cover in case you are not good with numbers. Music rules, with some individual experiences for guests including The Sound of Your Stay music program, offering complimentary use of Fender guitars and Crosley record players for in-room jam sessions. You can also listen to customized playlists, and familiar tunes are everywhere from the pool deck to the spa. At Rock Spa and Salon, I felt the beats reverberate through my body with the Rhythm & Motion treatment. The massage is choreographed with decidedly non-spa tunes. Imagine and More Than A Feeling started my restorative 50 minutes as the sound waves surrounded me, taking me on a journey. If you want to stay on track, you can work out at the Body Rock Fitness Center 24/7 during your stay. And if you need a little retail therapy, the Rock Shop has a wonderful array of souvenirs exclusive to this location. Drinking and dining spots include the all-day dining Sessions that begins indoors and flows out onto the alfresco bar and oceanside terrace. In a two-day visit we enjoyed light
bites at the bar, a full dinner inside (oysters with a choice of spicy sauces followed by Florida Red Snapper with broccolini, straw mushrooms, fish veloute and toasted almonds), and a hearty breakfast before our departure. For quick pick-ups and early morning must-have coffee, Constant Grind opens at 6:30am. The open-air Wave Terrace, open from 4-7pm, offers an expansive view of the entire property. Local brews and craft cocktails are joined by seafood specialties. Fire pits and live music make dusk absolutely dreamy. Outdoors there is one pretty colossal surprise — driving is banned on the beach in front of the property. This ensures quiet views and safer treks to the shore. Poolside servers, walk-up bar, and ample tents and cabanas make day-lounging downright decadent. Even the kids’ pool is rock worthy in the shape of a guitar. You will definitely feel like rock royalty in the aptly named suites, but even in a standard room you can imbibe in the vibe and get your groove on. The staff, or members of the band, are gracious and hospitable. You won’t find smashed guitars or trashed hotel rooms, but you can imagine the inspirations as you pose, vogue and selfie.
HARD ROCK HOTEL DAYTONA BEACH
918 N. Atlantic Avenue Daytona Beach, Florida 32118 386-947-7300 | Reservations: 844-745-1502 hrhdaytonabeach.com
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BITS & BITES
HOW A BACKYARD BRAND MAKES A GLOBAL IMPACT A brand well-known to caffeine lovers all over Orlando, Barnie’s Coffee & Tea is expanding locally
and influencing globally to revitalize the coffee industry while supporting a worthy organization. roviding perfection in a cup for
can trace each variety of Crop Ex coffee to
family trade and their children are step-
almost 40 years, Barnie’s Cof-
its literal roots, from the mountains and
ping up. Coffee Kids helps these young
fee & Tea is widely known for
valleys of Ethiopia, Indonesia, Costa Rica
coffee farmers through education and
its popular lines of everyday
and family farms across the globe. The
implementation of updated processing
flavors and unique seasonal
beans are sourced from trusted coffee
techniques, which is vital to efficiently
offerings, including Santa’s White Christ-
growers and roasted to bring out the bean’s
harvest and process coffee. Since 1988,
mas and Cool Café Blues. Over the years,
best natural qualities and flavors. In addi-
Coffee Kids has supported 200,000 coffee-
the company has transitioned from local
tion, every bag is signed and dated to convey
farming families in more than 400 com-
and regional coffee shops to national dis-
munities, enhancing family farms to
stabilize the future and
impact. Recently, the
growth for these up-
iconic brand has ex-
panded locally through
“While we have this
incredible global initia-
with EA Sports Tiburon
tive, we also know that
Studio and the Orlando
our roots are here in
Orlando,” says Sonya
Now Barnie’s has also
Hardy, chief operating
widened its reach by
officer. Being part of
offering Crop Ex, a pre-
the Barnie’s family for
mium line of small-
more than 20 years,
batch coffee that’s roast-
Sonya knows the impor-
ed in Orlando and helps
tance of growing locally:
give back globally. A
“As a company, we are
portion of the proceeds
committed to staying
from each bag of Crop Ex directly sup-
“We wanted this line to be about the
close to our coffee-roasting process, which
ports Coffee Kids International, a non-
coffee, not about Barnie’s,” says Scott
is why we have our headquarters and a
profit organization committed to enrich-
Uguccioni, chief sales and marketing offi-
roasting facility here.”
ing the lives of young growers in coffee-
cer of Barnie’s. “The quality, the community,
In Orlando, Barnie’s is known for its
farming countries. Rapidly expanding
the future of coffee as an industry, that’s
local history, quality coffee and sincere,
and growing in popularity, coffee drinkers
what Crop Ex is about.”
customer-centric brand. With the addition
can now find this “ground-breaking” line nationwide in The Fresh Market.
Having the foresight to recognize how
of Crop Ex under the Barnie’s awning,
much the coffee industry has changed
whether they buy it at The Fresh Market
The Crop Ex collection is roasted in
since 1980 and how much it will change
or online (barniescoffee.com), caffeine lov-
small batches that produce eight to nine
over the next 50 years, Barnie’s decided to
ers can now get a great cup of coffee that is
bags at a time. Featuring single-origin cof-
partner with Coffee Kids. As coffee farm-
not only cultivating the local economy, but
fees from around the world, customers
ers grow older, they’re retiring from the
also advancing the coffee industry globally.
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Très Delicious NAMED FOR THE FANCY FRENCH OPEN-FACED SANDWICH TOPPED WITH SPREADABLE INGREDIENTS, Tartine Wine Bar & Eaterie (formerly Croissant Gourmet) is a charming new spot for lunch or dinner in College Park’s growing food scene. We popped in for an early Friday afternoon bite and were pleased with the atmosphere, offerings and service. And the bottle of French wine we ordered, 2016 Willm Pinot Gris from Alsace, was a delicious accoutrement to the flavors. Since there were three of us — in the name of research, we each ordered something different. And while we were waiting, the sights and whiffs of everything going by was head-turning. My decadent grilled cheese was crunchy and gooey — the perfect combination with sharp cheddar and American cheese on brioche. Bacon is an optional add-on. My sister ordered the fancy French dip — juicy roast beef with horseradish cream, paprika aioli, caramelized onions, cheddar and roasted red peppers on a house-made baguette. Kate went for the champignon tartine with roasted mixed mushrooms, truffle cream, swiss cheese, pickled Fresno peppers, chives, crème fraiche and fried kale. The paninis were accompanied by some crispy, golden French fries that were very hard to resist. The cozy atmosphere and neighborhood feel make it perfect for both meeting a group, at indoor or outdoor tables, or dining alone at the small bar where you can peek in the kitchen. I will go back for dinner as I hear the menu is filled with more delights. – Christi Ashby
Tartine Wine Bar & Eaterie
2445 Edgewater Dr., Orlando | 407-845-0016 | (closed Monday and Tuesday)
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tastes&experiences Derek Hofmann
BITS & BITES
mindful matcha: HealingTea AS SHE WAS LOOKING TO RESTORE HER HEALTH, local entrepreneur and business broker Jackie Hirsch discovered the power of matcha, powdered green tea. The process uses the entire leaf, which is typically discarded when preparing tea. Known for its antioxidants, matcha does have caffeine but the energy boost is more of a calm climb. However, Jackie wished there were more flavors, and so, a new company, Healing Butterfly, was born. Jackie wanted to make sure she had the highest quality ingredients so all Healing Butterfly matcha is sourced from anÂ organic, family farm in Japan. The selections include a plain version, vanilla, chocolate, Earl Grey, ginger, mint and pumpkin spice. The flavored teas contain organic additives such as vanilla, cinnamon, clove and cacao. They also brought in a tea sommelier to make sure the taste matches the quality of the ingredients. The Earl Grey Matcha blend received a silver medal as part of an international competition in 2017. A new collaboration has been formed with The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando. Spa Director Derek Hofmann is always looking for ways to add healthful treatments and was intrigued by the Healing Butterfly matcha. He just introduced the Mindful Matcha treatment that features a detoxifying matcha exfoliating scrub and a hydrating body massage. A small group was invited to hear from both Jackie and Derek during a tea party to taste the different matchas and then experience the mindful body indulgence. For more information, visit hbutterfly.com and fourseasons.com/orlando/spa. â€“ Photos by Victoria Angela Photography
home&design fine furnishings In 1996, Donnie Saxon and Tom Clark opened their first furnishings store in College Park before adding other locations and then consolidating to just the Altamonte Springs site during the housing bust. That main showroom now comprises 30,000 square feet with more than 75 brands of furniture, lighting and accessories. And recently, Saxon-Clark Furniture, Patio and Design returned to its roots with the opening of a second 3,000 square-foot store in College Park on Edgewater Drive.
TOP LIFESTYLE TRENDS ON TOUR
ORLANDO PARADE OF HOMES
by Karen LeBlanc
The annual Parade of Homes, presented by the Greater Orlando Builders Association, draws visitors from across Central Florida in search of décor inspiration, fresh floor plan ideas, and the latest lifestyle amenities. Whether production or custom, many of the homes offer an early look at emerging trends.
property. The home is surrounded by mature trees and wetlands, so we wanted to capture views from every room and also make the home naturally connect to its surroundings,” Rob says. Interior designer Rob Turner, of CRT
Two Master Suites: Design by Michael Wenrich Architects, construction by E2 Homes
Studios, imbued the home with its organic, modern style and in collaboration with the builder, created several standout design details that blend repurposed materials with midcentury modern décor. Art figures prominently in the living spaces, showcasing the works of local artists RICKIE AGAPITO
Krista Berman, Martha Mahoney and
TWO MASTER SUITES
sculptor Sandro Perez. The kitchen, outfitted with Sub-Zero Wolf appliances, draws focus to a backlit quartzite backsplash in an open floor plan
than 5,000 pounds of a special UCF-pat-
with a large pantry that serves as a “dirty
250 Northwind Road, Maitland
ented blend of soil media,” says Rob Smith,
kitchen” with a sink and appliance garage.
Demand is rising in the luxury home mar-
owner/president of E2 Homes and the
The kitchen connects both the living and
ket for two master suites, with the second
developer of Lake Maitland Owl Preserve.
dining rooms, all of which open up to the
offering the flexibility to host guests, aging
Denise Smith, wife of the homebuilder, is
parents or adult children. E2 Homes
a landscape architect and designed the
A floating walnut and quartz stairway
embraces this lifestyle trend of dual mas-
subdivision layout as well as this home’s
with stainless steel glass railings leads
ter suites in its 4,846-square-foot custom
landscape, including the popular succu-
upstairs to floors clad in solid French oak in
home located on the north shore of Lake
lent plant balls that accent the front entry.
contrast to the first-floor porcelain flooring
Maitland in the Lake Maitland Owl Pre-
Situated on 3.5 acres, the home wraps
in 2' x 4' tiles. Other design details include
serve subdivision. Working with Michael
around a large outdoor space with a sum-
curtain tracks hidden behind drywall
Wenrich Architects, E2 Homes constructed
mer kitchen, pool, spa and a 400-foot
niches and a privacy wall in the outdoor
the open concept home with both a down-
boardwalk winding through wetlands
shower area crafted from handrails sal-
stairs master bedroom with a lanai and a
leading to a boat dock on the canals of
vaged from a Winter Park home renovation,
full master suite upstairs that opens to a
Lake Maitland. “The most important ele-
and fully retractable screens on the deep,
large rooftop deck and green roof.
ment has always been the connection to
covered porch. The builder also used repur-
the land and the special features of this
posed materials to create an arched board-
“We created the green roof by using more 60
walk entry using handrails from the origi-
The foyer, with its white-painted panel-
nal home on the property, built in the 1980s.
separate walk-in closets, a morning bar,
ing, textural custom moldings and mosaic
The home is available for sale, priced at
large windows with equally impressive
tiles, opens to an infinity-edge view of the
$2,990,000, and fully furnished as an
views, a master bath with a walk-through
lake through a 12-foot wide, 9-foot-high
oasis in the middle of urban life. “It offers
shower, and a wall of textured glass tiles
butt- glass window. The 140-foot main gal-
the seclusion and privacy yet is set right in
that highlights the freestanding tub.
lery hall infuses the first floor with natural
the heart of Winter Park and Maitland,”
Working with the residential design
light extending sight lines through the
Rob says. It’s located in the same develop-
firm Arace Design, Beck Custom Homes
built Bella Mattina with the flexibility to
ment as E2 Home’s 2017 Parade of Homes
Designed to handle family dinners or
accommodate the changing needs of a
cater to large parties, the home’s open
multigenerational household with two
kitchen includes a full secondary spice
master suites. The second master suite is
kitchen. Transitional in design, the main
Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act
kitchen has many contemporary elements
compliant and designed to accommodate
but still maintains a warm, inviting feel
either aging parents or a returning college
for everyday living. Each kitchen is
Located on an irregular-shaped lot in
student. Located on the ground floor with
equipped with a 48-inch gas range, a Sub-
Windermere and artfully designed around
a separate entrance, the second master
Zero 60-inch refrigerator and plenty of
Lake Davis, Bella Mattina by Beck Custom
suite has a bathroom with universal
design features, including bracing for grab
Grand Award Winner for Renovation.
Bella Mattina, 5401 Marleon Drive, Windermere
Homes embraces water and sunrise views
“Our clients entertain large gatherings
from all vantage points. “One of our goals
several times a year with approximately
was to take advantage of the views without
150 people. The open floor plan allows
sacrificing the livability of the home,” says
The second floor has flex space with
them to entertain a large group while still
Barry Beck, president of Beck Custom
built-in homework stations, a home theater
keeping connected visually,” Barry explains.
Homes. The 8,600-square-foot transitional-
— bedroom and suites for each of the
The 1500-square-foot owners’ retreat
style home with Mediterranean design
homeowners’ four children. “The goals for
features a separate entry to the private
elements is built for entertaining and mul-
Bella Mattina were to design a home for a
dressing and sitting area, and another pri-
large family and accommodate for elderly
vate entry to the study. The suite also has
parents to stay in comfort,” Barry says.
bars, an ADA-compliant toilet and a rollin, curb-less shower.
Bella Mattina’s hospitality extends outdoors with a living space built for entertaining with 300 feet of frontage on Lake Davis and a 40-foot long, double-sided infinity edge pool. The summer kitchen comes outfitted with a gas grill, kamado grill, ice maker, sink, refrigerator, warming drawer, 140-square-feet of countertop and seating for 15. Energy-efficient features such as LED lighting throughout, foam insulation, tankless heaters and whole-home automation controlled with smart devices keep living spaces at peak performance. Other amenities include a family prayer room with a large window overlooking the lake, a sports-themed exercise room and a six-car garage. “We designed Bella Mattina as a home that lives well for our clients Multigenerational Living: Bella Mattina, by Beck Custom Homes
now and in the future, meeting their needs and desires,” Barry says.
july | august 2018
home&design JEWEL BOX HOMES:
most walls as a standout feature,” Emily
and opens on one side to the lanai/pool
1160 Mayfield, Winter Park
says. Pinks, greens, blues, blushes and brass
area and on the other side to a spa encap-
The husband and wife team of Z Proper-
define colorscapes throughout the three-
sulated in a private open-air courtyard.
ties, a boutique design-build firm, proves
bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home, with
The contemporary-styled, gourmet kitch-
high style doesn’t require huge spaces. Zane
the exception of the kitchen, rendered in
en, with a double island and full wall back-
Williams, the general contractor/builder
gold and black with parquet wood floors.
splash, leads to the dining room that
and his wife, Emily Williams, an interior
The living room drinks in light through a
seamlessly blends with the outdoors via
decorator, put their personal residence at
glass wall looking out to a green space.
sliding glass walls that open to the lanai,
1160 Mayfield in Winter Park on the
Other standout features include the out-
pool and summer kitchen. Retractable
Parade of Homes Tour, showcasing one of
door living room with its tiled wall and
screens enhance comfort and add protec-
the latest lifestyle trends known as the
tion to the indoor and outdoor spaces.
The home’s painted, white brick facade
The first-floor guest suite features its
and designed for high-impact style in
draws the eye immediately to the hot pink
own open courtyard and the first-floor
succinct spaces. “The house has intimate
front door with glass insets. “The exterior
master suite has access to the private,
spaces rather than soaring rooms. We see
elevation could read very modern without
open-air courtyard with spa. The two upper-
things trending away from huge homes
the details like the precast, awnings and
floor en-suite guest rooms feature a large
and spaces,” Emily explains.
gates,” Emily says.
balcony. A private casita with full bath,
“jewel box” home, thoughtfully decorated
Inspired by a Paris apartment with a
Designed with ease of living in mind,
bar, pool and golf course views enhances
nod toward Palm Springs modernism, the
the single-floor open layout with floor-to-
the home’s hospitality and entertainment
3,400-square-foot custom residence enthu-
ceiling windows in most spaces blur lines
siastically embraces color while blending
between inside and out, leading to the
Throughout the home, architectural
in an eclectic, collected look. “We chose to
summer kitchen, pool and cabana. An
details include coffered, vaulted and beam
use Venetian plaster with a mica powder
interior courtyard off the kitchen serves as
ceiling details and luxury finishes, includ-
for a little sparkle and luminescence on
another entertaining space and is embel-
ing marble and hardwood floors, crystal
lished with fountains.
door hardware and transparent lighting
Jewel Box Home: design, construction and interior design by Z Properties
Island Breeze, Lake Nona Golf & Country Club Situated on a corner lot overlooking the 11th tee box along Lake Nona’s champion-
STEPHEN ALLEN PHOTOGRAPHY
ship golf course, this 5,414-square-foot
fixtures, evoking an open and airy feel. This energy-efficient home earned the National Green Building Standard’s “Silver” Certification and is available for sale at $2,995,000.
REPURPOSED & REDESIGNED:
custom residence draws curb appeal from
1341 N. Lake Sybelia Drive, Maitland
island-inspired architecture, a style gain-
Farmhouse chic is having its moment in
ing traction in the new home market.
interior design and architectural styles as
Coastal contemporary interiors convey
an upscale iteration blending rustic charm
the architectural tone throughout the
and luxe looks. Hardwick General Con-
home centered on an indoor-outdoor life-
tracting has captured the essence of the
style. “The home is designed so that you
style in the renovation of an early 1990s
have a beautiful golf course and pool view
lakefront home, the personal residence of
from the moment you enter, from every
the construction company’s owner Greg
living area, and by balcony view,” says Phil
Hardwick and his family.
Kean, president of Phil Kean Design Group.
The interior styling of this 4,050-square-
A gallery entry hallway leads to an
foot residence, located at 1341 N. Lake Syb-
open and airy living area. The great room
elia Drive in Maitland, is a collaboration
is surrounded by glass using eight sets of
with Greg, his wife, Donna, and John
French doors and clerestory windows,
“The primary focus of the project was
Contemporary Coastal: design, construction and interior design by Phil Kean Design Group
to completely refit the interior finishes without any changes to the floor plan. The original architecture of the home made for an easy transition from a traditional mid90s interior to the modern farmhouse,” says Greg Hardwick, P.E., owner/president of Hardwick General Contracting. Reclaimed wood floors throughout the home, prefinished with a low-VOC penetrating oil, originated from old barns, distilleries and factories across the Southeast. Nickel-gap shiplap clads many accent walls and cabinetry, and reclaimed wood appears as shelving crafted from cypress tree logs salvaged from the bottom of Lake Eustis. “We build all types of homes, but since 2010 the use of reclaimed materials is a predominant feature in all of the farmhouse-inspired homes as well as many of UNEEK
the more modern homes,” Greg says.
july | august 2018
home&design backyard a makeover that included significant excavation and dirt work to construct a larger retaining wall to create a much more lakefront-friendly area.
REIMAGINED RESIDENCE: 1520 Westchester Avenue, Winter Park
Interior designer Audrey Morrone saw potential in a Winter Park villa built in 1925; whereas other potential buyers
MARK MATUZAK, MATUZAK PHOTOGRAPHY
wanted to tear it down and start anew, she
Repurposed & Redesigned: renovation by Hardwick General Contracting; interior design in collaboration with John McClain Designs
wanted to restore the home to its fullest potential. This reimagined residence honors its past and stylistically embraces modern life, echoing its historic Orwin Manor charm but with contemporary décor and an updated layout. Located at 1520 Westchester Avenue in Winter Park on a double lot, Audrey drew inspiration from the framework of the house itself, preserving as much as possible of the orig-
The Hardwick GC team updated door
up routine,” Greg adds. Throughout the
hardware and plumbing fixtures from its
day, the home’s automation system adjusts
“Even though the original home needed
dated polished brass finishes to oil-rubbed
and responds to changes in temperature
a lot of work, there were purchase offers
bronze. Wainscoting in formal living areas
and the sun’s position, with a shutdown
on it and my offer included a letter to the
and tongue-and-groove ceiling accents
mode each evening.
family stating that I would not tear it
amplify the home’s rustic-chic style.
Outside, Greg and his team gave the
The kitchen is redesigned to accommodate twice the storage from its original layout and features exotic granite, combined with brick and reclaimed wood accents. Living spaces include five bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, including the master suite that opens to a covered balcony with a sweeping lakeside view. The spa-inspired master bathroom features a large, deck-mounted soaking tub and a walk-in shower with rain glass. The high-performance home also received a comprehensive technology upgrade to enable voice-activated automation with the latest lighting and shade controls and multimedia distribution. “It’s pretty amazing when every morning the home ‘turns on’ by opening all of the first-floor shades, turning on the lighting and playing our favorite music. It’s kind of like our wake64
Reimagined Residence: kitchen designed by Audrey Morrone, Morrone Interiors
inal 1925 floor plan.
down. The other eight offers were builders
who wanted to tear the house down due to the amount of work it needed,” says Audrey, who purchased and renovated the home as her personal residence. After extensively gutting the structure due to termite damage, Audrey set about renovating the 3,030 square feet of living space. From what was once the original front porch, Audrey created a foyer to welcome guests into a living room featuring a built-in fireplace surrounded by custom cabinetry. She also refurbished the home’s original wood flooring with a new black stain throughout. By removing the wall separating the dining room and kitchen, Audrey connected the two spaces, creating a new open and living floor plan perfect for entertaining. The kitchen was outfitted with new cabinets, quartz countertops and a glass door Sub-Zero refrigerator. A breakfast nook off the kitchen features French doors that lead to one of the outdoor patios. Also on the first floor, a new office has a built-in bookcase for ample storage, as well as an updated powder bath. Audrey created a much larger master retreat by utilizing space initially used as one of the three guest bedrooms. The 20’ x 19’ bedroom features a custom built-in bed, large walk-in custom closet with a washer and dryer, and a luxurious master bath with a stainless-steel Japanese soaking tub, and honed marble floors. The residence also features an extensive backyard with a pool, and a guest retreat that has been transformed into a home theatre with a projection screen, custom sofa and herringbone floors. More photos of these projects will be posted on orangeappeal.com. Karen LeBlanc is host of The Design Tourist series. She travels the globe attending some of the world’s premiere design events in search of the latest trends, tastemakers and unique finds. Learn more at thedesigntourist.com. july | august 2018
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3 Women with
passion & purpose BY
Stephanie Murphy: PROUD PATRIOT As the first Vietnamese-American woman elected to congress, Stephanie Murphy always felt the calling to public service, to a country she credits with saving her family. The story illustrates a very desperate move during a difficult era. “I was a baby when my parents and 8-year-old brother escaped communist Vietnam. After the fall of Saigon and the end of the war, the communist government was consolidating power and persecuting people who had been affiliated with the U.S. or South Vietnamese government. My parents had done both. My mom had worked on an air base and my dad worked for the South Vietnamese government. I think they looked at the prospect of raising their children in a country with no true freedoms and no respect for human dignity, and so they made a very risky decision to get on a boat in the middle of the night with several dozen other families and escape by sea,” Stephanie recounts. As the boat made its way to the South China Sea it ran out of fuel. “I can only imagine what the adults on the ship were thinking. As luck, or grace or providence would have it, the U.S. Navy found our ship, so they refueled and resupplied us which gave us enough to get to Malaysia. We stayed in a Malaysian refugee camp for a number of months before a Lutheran church in Virginia sponsored my family,” she adds. U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D) represents Florida’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives that includes all of Seminole County and much of northern Orange County, including downtown Orlando, Maitland, Winter Park and the University of Central Florida. She currently sits on the powerful House Armed Services Committee and the House Small Business Committee, where she serves as ranking member on the subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce.
The family was relocated to Virginia by the sponsoring
lot to be able to raise me in a democracy and I am committed to
church that also assisted in finding Stephanie’s parents their
the philosophy that democracies aren’t self-fulfilling. Nothing
first jobs. “They both worked multiple jobs, so I grew up very
about it is going to take place automatically. It takes engaged citi-
much in a working-class family. My parents would clean office
zens involved in the process for it to work,” she says.
buildings as a second job at night and they would take my brother and me with them,” she says. Her parents always told
her to focus on her education and she became the first woman in
Her philosophy also includes collaboration that begins with
her family to graduate college. Post-college, she began her career
building relationships. She feels she has accomplished quite a bit
at Deloitte Consulting where she would meet her future husband
in her inaugural term. “I love the policy parts of this job and I
(they will celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary this month).
love being able to advance legislation that can help this commu-
But soon after the 9/11 tragedy, she felt an insistent call to public
nity. That has been a big driving factor in trying to get a lot done.
I am proud to say that an external organization [Quorum] that
CALL TO DUTY “The country I loved so much, that had given me so many oppor-
My parents gave up a lot to be able to raise me
tunities, was under attack. I left Deloitte and went back to gradu-
in a democracy and I am committed to the
ate school at Georgetown and then went to work for the Depart-
philosophy that democracies aren’t self-fulfilling.
ment of Defense,” she says. Her roles included positions with the chief of naval operations and the Pacific Commander in Hawaii
Nothing about it is going to take place automati-
before serving as a national security specialist in the Office of the
cally. It takes engaged citizens involved in the
U.S. Secretary of Defense. She received numerous awards for her distinguished service, including the Secretary of Defense
process for it to work.
Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Among the security issues she was involved with were counterterrorism, foreign mil-
ranks members of congress and their performance rated me as
itary relations and strategic planning for the department.
‘the most effective freshman member [at garnering cosponsors for
When Stephanie’s husband accepted an opportunity to run a
their legislation].’ FiveThirtyEight also rated [based on her voting
business in Central Florida, the couple moved here 10 years ago.
record] me as the seventh most bipartisan member of congress. I
She found a position at Sungate Capital, an investment company,
think those two things go hand in hand. By being bipartisan,
but soon felt another calling and started doing some contracting
meaning if it’s a good idea and it helps my constituents, and it
for Rollins College’s Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship.
helps my country, I will work with whomever to move it forward.
“One of the programs I worked on was social entrepreneur-
That has enabled me to be effective,” Stephanie explains.
ship and bringing that to the campus. I ended up parlaying that
She has worked on a variety of issues for the benefit of the
into guest speaking in one of the classes and into an adjunct posi-
Central Florida community, including an emergency education
tion, eventually becoming an instructor,” she explains. When
fund to mitigate the cost of displaced Puerto Rican students.
she ran for office she was teaching finance and social entrepre-
Ongoing efforts also include greater access to SBIR (Small Busi-
neurship full time at Rollins, in addition to her job at Sungate.
ness Innovation Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology
Taking on a long-term incumbent in her initial race was no
Transfer) grants for private/public defense partnerships. “These
small feat and many would question why a successful business-
are federal grants for technology R&D that serves a national
woman would even want that challenge. “My parents gave up a
security purpose as well as commercial applications. There are
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some women-owned businesses here in Orlando that have been
credit. “We wanted to expand it and increase the amount you can
beneficiaries,” she adds.
put into savings programs because it had not been updated to
And assisting women and minority business owners is a pri-
keep pace with the actual cost of childcare,” she says. Even though
ority. “When I was in the private sector I had the real honor and
they had hoped to get it expanded, it was going to be cut from the
privilege to work with a lot of women entrepreneurs who were
new tax bill and they were able to save it. Stephanie hopes they
starting businesses or trying to grow businesses, and I saw first-
will be able to revisit an expansion later.
hand how hard it was for them to gain access to capital or navigate
Encouraging other women is a near and dear idea. She
the process or get access to federal contracts that can really
points to her hand and says: “I wear this ring on my right hand.
launch a company,” she says. Through her congressional commit-
My husband gave it to me the night of the election before the
tee positions she is pushing to give more women access to capital,
results were revealed. He said, ‘This is a ring for you to com-
counseling and contracts, and is hoping a Small Business Admin-
memorate the fact that you had the courage to try. Whatever
istration women’s business center can be opened in Florida.
happens tonight, you had the courage to try it.’ I always tell
HAVING IT ALL
women that I hope they find their courage ring and try, whether that’s running for public office, or whatever that big, hairy,
I know it seems an unfair question, but I had to ask how she
audacious goal you have in your mind. Go try and do it, regard-
handles it all — demanding job, husband and two young chil-
less of whether there’s an assured, positive outcome. I think so
dren. “It would be disingenuous to say it’s easy. With any new
often with women, we self-talk ourselves out of doing things.
job, it takes some time to find the rhythm for family and work.
What’s exciting about this election cycle is so many women are
People talk about a work-life balance, but it doesn’t feel like bal-
getting involved and engaged with the process, which is great.
ance — it feels like holding on. I am really lucky that my husband
In a democracy where you are supposed to have representative government, we don’t have a government that reflects the diver-
I am proud to say that an external organization
sity of our country.”
[Quorum] that ranks members of congress and
their performance rated me as ‘the most effective
Reflecting on the future, she is optimistic but sees a lot of work
freshman member [at garnering cosponsors for their legislation].’ FiveThirtyEight also rated me as the seventh most bipartisan member of congress.
ahead to diversify congress. “The millennial generation will be the largest generation ever, eclipsing the boomers in a few years. They are currently about 30 percent of the workforce but will be 50 percent in 2025. And yet only 2 percent of congress is millennial,” she says. Opening the door to and encouraging those younger genera-
is incredibly supportive. I am also lucky in that, unlike many
tions has a place in her own congressional office, where she has
women in this country, we have the resources to be able to get
converted a large closet into a space for visiting children with
help. This whole idea of the cost of childcare and doing some-
small chairs, Legos and a treasure box. “I would like for my
thing about it is so important to me. One in three families in
daughter and my son to believe they live in a country where if
Florida can’t afford childcare,” she explains.
they work hard and play by the rules, the potential for them is
She thinks when it comes to women and equality, women won’t have to make choices between quality childcare and
limitless. If my daughter wants to be a congresswoman, hopefully she won’t be in the minority,” she adds.
whether or not to pursue a career. She has worked with Con-
For now, Stephanie is taking her congressional career one elec-
gressman Kevin Yoder (R-KS) on a child and dependent care tax
tion at a time. But there’s still a lot she would like to accomplish.
Diane Crews: HUMBLE LEADER Success for Diane Crews, president and CEO of the Sanford Airport Authority — which operates Orlando Sanford International Airport — is measured in the impact she has on others. As a later-in-life college student, she has inspired not only those in her family, but those she works with as well. And she says that means everything to her. “I am at a good place at this point in my life. I am where I want to be, and I am setting a good example for my 5-year-old granddaughter who has already said she wants to be an airport president when she grows up. They had career day at school and they had to dress up. She was talking to her mother about what to do. And my daughter said, ‘well you just dress up like whatever you want to be,’” Diane says. Her granddaughter ended up dressing like an airport president in a borrowed black blazer, skirt and “official” name badge worn on a lanyard. As part of her report she wrote: “I like airport presidents. They help people at the airport. I will need a radio.” Later, when Diane and her husband attended a grandparents’ night at the school, they were informed that one of the principals had recently come to school dressed like an airport president (black blazer and skirt). But Diane has also had an impact on the community too. She was recently honored as one of the Business Executives of the Year at the Orlando Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business event. Her granddaughter begged to go. “You know you are making an impression here and there. And I certainly have made an impression on her. That’s enough isn’t it?” she explains.
DELAYED ENTRY Diane’s path to heading an airport was anything but conventional. She did not earn her undergraduate degree in public administration until she was 41 and obtained her master’s at 46. “I graduated high school when I was 17. I was supposed to go immediately to Stetson University on a scholarship. But back then you didn’t Diane Crews, president and CEO at Orlando Sanford International Airport
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have as much grant and scholarship money as you do now. So
like. Diane credits then-mayor Larry Dale with mentoring her and
even though I was getting assistance, there was still a tremen-
teaching her invaluable lessons. “Larry is a visionary and consensus
dous amount that was not covered. I was really overwhelmed by
builder. The commission was very diverse then,” she adds. When
the debt I was going to incur,” she says.
Larry Dale ended up taking the top leadership role with the Sanford
Her family, whom she describes lovingly as mountain people
Airport Authority, he encouraged her to be part of the team.
from Tennessee, had never gone to college and were uncomfort-
She has been at the airport for 17 years. “It was 2001 and our
able signing financial aid forms. That left Diane on her own to
domestic service had just started. The airport was a general avia-
figure it out. She decided the best course was to enroll at Semi-
tion airport after the Navy base closed [in 1968] and then in the
nole Junior College (now Seminole State College).
mid ’90s became a commercial airport with international service,
“At 17, it was up to me and it was really too much to take on. I
predominantly U.K. charters. Even with more than a million
did not know what I wanted to study. I had a lot of uncertainties.
passengers a year, you could not originate here. Locals started
In that first year, I met my husband and got married a year later.
saying they wanted to be able to fly out of Sanford and were asking
We had plans to go to upstate New York and attend a small
for domestic carriers. In March 2001, construction was completed
school. We never made it all the way and decided to come back
on the domestic terminal,” Diane explains.
home. Life takes over,” she adds. Diane and her husband made several moves over the years while growing their family. They had built a nice life in Michi-
I have never been so angry in my life as I was
gan when tragedy struck, changing everything. “My husband got
that day. Because it didn’t matter how smart or
hurt on the job. The company he worked for filed for bankruptcy,
talented I was, nothing mattered except that I was
but they said they would take care of him anyway. But when he found out he needed neurosurgery, they fired him that day. I
unable to support my family. I was angry that
have never been so angry in my life as I was that day. Because it
I had not finished school.
didn’t matter how smart or talented I was, nothing mattered except that I was unable to support my family. I was angry that I had not finished school,” she recalls.
BACK TO CLASS
Her initial position was as vice president of administration, where she continued to learn from her mentor. “Larry was a developer and a pilot. He had a lot of experience to really prepare
The family moved back to Central Florida and Diane picked up
him for this role. I used to kid him that everything he had done
her education after a 17-year hiatus. “People said you can’t work
in all the prior years, he used out here. He had an agronomy
full time and go to school. I took one, then two, and then four
degree and whenever anyone came in for development — an air-
classes at a time. But my kids were growing up and I did not
port is one development project after another — they would talk
want to miss anything. Every minute of my life counted. I ended
about soils. He could pick up the soil and know exactly what it
up getting my degree in public administration. Then I went on
was,” she says.
and earned my master’s,” she says. She was working for the Sanford mayor and city commission,
RISE TO THE TOP
which was a good place to be because she got to see government in
Diane quickly caught on, learning about more aspects of airport
action and form her own ideas about what good government looked
management. “Once I got into it — I’m an accredited airport
executive now, which is a grueling course of study — I learned the hard way, hands-on. I did not have any aviation experience.
I have told people that when my children were
That’s not that unusual. You find a lot of people who did not have
younger I would not have taken this position
aviation degrees who end up in airport management,” she adds. She did have the administrative experience and became the vice president of finance and administration in 2014. By 2017, the role of president and CEO was open to her, but it wasn’t an automatic step. “When the opportunity came up for the president’s position, I ended up being chosen after a national
because my family came first. This is a 24/7 job. It’s all-consuming and I love it. I absolutely love it. But it would require a huge sacrifice to do it with a family.
search was conducted. There were a lot of people who felt like I should have just been offered the position, but as others have
major shift at the airport, which now includes sustainability.
said, at least no one can say that I wasn’t really qualified for the
“We are looking at terminal expansion, but it’s a $60 million
job because I went through a very rigorous examination from my
stop-gap because we can’t afford, nor do we need, a brand-new ter-
peers, officials, and government and local leaders,” she says.
minal right now. But eventually we will. So, we looked at our
There are not very many women in the top spot at airports,
existing footprint and asked how we can make it more efficient.
even though more and more women are entering the industry.
We’re going to improve everything we can — add more gates,
“It’s a very demanding position and that may hold women back a
more ticket counters. We are starting that project, which will
little bit. I have told people that when my children were younger
take about two and a half years, and in about five years we will be
I would not have taken this position because my family came
starting a new terminal,” Diane explains.
first. This is a 24/7 job. It’s all-consuming and I love it. I abso-
Other priorities are adding more retail, dining and entertain-
lutely love it. But it would require a huge sacrifice to do it with a
ment options to the airport’s underdeveloped outparcels, so visi-
family. I know many women who are in highly demanding jobs,
tors have something to do around the airport, and adding new
but it is not the path I would have chosen back then,” Diane
carriers with more destination options for residents. A critical
explains. Part of her mission is to educate and encourage young
part of management is also about the people you serve.
people to consider careers in aviation and airport management.
“We are a small hub airport. We will never be Orlando Inter-
The airport had nearly 3 million passengers in 2017 and a
national, and we don’t aspire to. Part of what attracts people to us
huge part of operations is development. There is an ongoing need
is the simplicity. There are people who tell me they have never
for improvements as well as additions for a fast-growing entity.
flown before who are flying out of this airport. I hear that on a
For example, Diane relays how lengthening one runway took
regular basis. It’s a great accomplishment for this airport. For
major resources: “It cost about $30 million just to acquire the
families and elderly passengers, and everyone in between, we
additional land. It was a $44 million project, but most of that was
can operate simpler, faster and better. But if you are going to say
in land acquisition. That’s just one project that took years to plan,
you are, you better be,” she adds.
years to implement, and there are processes all along the way, including other agencies.”
WHAT’S NEXT A master plan is done every 5-10 years, every time there’s a
She wants everyone to have a good experience and encourages all her employees to observe and assist passengers whenever they can. It’s something she’s taught her children as well. “I don’t care what you do as long as you’re kind. If you grow up to be kind people, everything else will fall into place,” she says.
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Gaby Ortigoni: PREPARED PRESIDENT As the new president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando (HCCMO), Gaby Ortigoni understands it’s a big job and a lot of people are relying on her leadership, but she knows she’s in the right place at the right time. “I have been preparing for 20 years for this particular role. I studied hospitality management in college at ITT Tech, but after graduating I felt I needed to do something different. At that time, I had the opportunity to volunteer for one of the first Hispanic radio stations here in Central Florida. That opened so many doors for me because I learned through volunteering not only how many connections you can make, but how much you can learn in your own community,” she says. That volunteer role led to a position as a legislative assistant with a state legislator for the Florida House of Representatives, District 35. And Gaby has never looked back — taking one professional position at a time, ultimately preparing her to lead the Chamber. She did not end up utilizing her hospitality training in a formal way. “So instead of going in the restaurant or hotel world after college, I went into politics and government, an arena I previously had no knowledge about. I was able to work here and in Tallahassee. I had to learn the entire process in two months — how to conduct business in Tallahassee and how to be a legislative aide,” she explains.
NEXT STEPS Gaby found she had a passion for it and wanted to explore more. Her next professional role was with a senior community officer for the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration where she was responsible for community outreach. She worked there for three years. She went on to become director of the Hispanic Crime Prevention Program for Florida International Gaby Ortigoni, president, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando
University’s Center for the Administration of Justice. “This
as manager of community relations. “Going from a small His-
was a program of FIU, but they had extended their funds to
panic organization and getting into a new industry was a great
bring the program to Central Florida,” she explains.
experience for me, especially working with someone like Rose-
She had become very intrigued with chambers of commerce
ann Harrington [vice president of marketing, communications
and the world of Hispanic businesses. “I wondered how I could
and community relations], who has been there for more than
help in that area, especially with my legislative background
30 years. It was very analytical and technical. It really shaped
and working with the Puerto Rican community,” she says.
me in areas where I needed to grow and gave me a different
She discovered the HCCMO and volunteered to work on the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund (HBIF). “Next I volunteered
foundation that strengthened me in order to take on other leadership roles,” she explains.
at the Chamber and I loved it. As soon as there was an opportu-
She was there for five years and was able to connect with the
nity to come on board — even though I had to take a huge pay
entire Central Florida community while maintaining her rela-
cut from the director position — I did it because I really wanted
tionships in the Hispanic community. Connecting HBIF, now
to get into it and learn more,” she says.
Prospera, with OUC was an accomplishment combining both.
She found a professional mentor in the Chamber president
“I really made sure I opened myself up to learn about other
at the time. “I always really admired not only what the Cham-
communities — to see all the diversity — and I was still work-
ber was doing, but all the work he did to take the Chamber to a
ing on economic development initiatives,” she adds.
different level. I really wanted to learn from someone like that,” she adds.
Gaby was able to return to Prospera as regional vice president — Central Florida. “At that time, it felt like the right thing
Stepping down to take the administrative position, Gaby
to do. I was very happy at OUC and enjoyed what I was doing,
knew the move would pay dividends. “In less than a year they
but I knew that I had a special purpose to help my Hispanic
offered me the position of director of marketing and sales.
community. What a better way to grow and apply my talents
That’s when I really started learning everything and getting
and experience — to work with entrepreneurs who were in the
very connected with the community. I was there from 2004 to
process of opening or expanding their businesses,” she says.
2009 and I was able to really discover the power of our Hispanic community and our community in general,” she says.
This move enabled her to work with HCCMO again as the two are sister organizations — even sharing office space. They
“I always say I knew then how much Central Florida was
also partner on the very prestigious annual Don Quixote awards.
changing — how much we were growing, and all the economic
“I felt like I was back home. I was with Prospera for three years
development. I was part of Project Hometown that was work-
and loved every single minute of it. Then the opportunity came
ing on getting the three venues (Dr. Phillips Center, Camping
to apply for the Chamber president opening,” she says.
World Stadium and Amway Center) done. I started getting
She carefully considered applying as she knew it would be a
involved in other initiatives with the offices of the mayors of
large responsibility — and also a wonderful professional advance-
Orange County and City of Orlando. By being involved in the
ment for her. As she was weighing her decision, she realized
economic development atmosphere, I felt I was getting the
this was the job she had been preparing for her whole career.
opportunity to be part of history,” she continues.
“And everything in life has been guiding me — from relation-
ships to government to businesses to start-ups to community relations and so many areas to be able to have a holistic
Gaby felt like to continue growing professionally she really needed
approach to this position. What an incredible way to really
corporate experience and landed at OUC — The Reliable One
come full circle,” she adds.
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globally respected destination. We have everything anyone could
And everything in life has been guiding me — from relationships to government to businesses to start-ups to community relations and so many areas to be able to have a holistic approach to this position. What an incredible way to really come full circle.
ask of a host site. We really need to pay attention and bring those events and businesses here. If we don’t take action and promote our region as one of the top places in front of business owners and investors somebody else will,” she explains.
PERSONAL PRIORITIES Gaby came to the U.S. from Puerto Rico when she was 14 and has a lifelong passion for travel. “I love to explore different places in the world. My mother is an anthropologist, so I was raised with the mentality of understanding different groups and cul-
tures. I am intrigued by learning from all socioeconomic levels,” she adds. Her other interests include music — she was a choir
In this important position she wants to expand on the work of
director and used to play guitar — and the arts. She credits her
the Chamber in several areas. “I want one of my legacies to be
boyfriend with planning their cultural activities.
the creation of a platform for businesses to really understand
Even though she is at the highest point in her career and
how to grow and be profitable in a very sustainable way. Another
plans to stay to accomplish her goals, she would like to own a
of my main areas of focus is advancing women. We have huge
business someday. “Not right now, but since I was a little girl I
opportunities to help women — position them and develop them
always saw myself having my own business. I envisioned my
for executive positions,” she explains.
office, my firm. It’s interesting because everything I have done
“One of the challenges that we have as women, even if we are
has prepared me with the tools so one day if I have that opportu-
prepared for a position, we doubt ourselves so much. I was read-
nity I will have the experience and contacts to do so. It will be in
ing an article that said when a man is exposed to an executive
the area of helping people reconnect with themselves; that’s why
position, even if they only have 10 percent of the qualifications,
I love personal and professional development so much. Some-
they will think they are the perfect candidate for the position.
times we get so distracted that we forget about ourselves. I want
The opposite is true for women. Even if they have 90 percent of
people to disconnect from the noise and stress and craziness and
the qualifications, they will say, ‘Oh I’m not the right person for
reconnect with their passion and what made them become suc-
that.’ I want the Chamber to be part of that leadership group that
cessful,” she says. And of course, it will include travel.
will create the platform and opportunities for women to have success,” she adds.
“My main message is that I really encourage everyone, especially the younger generation, to take time to volunteer. Really
International relations and economic development are also
commit to it. Find something you are passionate about and treat
on her list of to-dos. “I went to Dubai in 2016 and as we were tak-
it as if you were getting paid to do it. The moment you do that,
ing a tour I realized there was a Latin American conference
even if life takes you down other paths, you will discover your
there. It was one where the brightest minds and leadership came
real path. It will open doors you never knew existed. In my
together to discuss things that are going to shape the world in
career that has been the key. I have been very blessed to have
terms of business and education. And we are right here. Why
been mentored by people I have met through my volunteer
aren’t we having these conversations in Orlando? We have a
work,” she says.
The Wedding of
Date: February 17, 2018 Venue: The Capen House at Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Planning and design: Annie Gottshalk Day-of coordination: Anna Christine Events Photography: Amalie Orrange Photography Videography: KEJ Productions Floral: Flowers by Lesley Catering: Puff ‘n’ Stuff Catering Dessert: Donut King Hair/Makeup: Flawless Faces by Alicia Dress: Pronovias gown, Calvet Couture Bridal Reception DJ and lightning: A-List Entertainment Ceremony and dinner music: Classern Quartet Rentals: Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals Their story: Kris and Annie both tried all the dating sites at one point or another but never found each other. “Thankfully one Sunday in November, I decided to give Tinder another shot. I got back on, created a profile, and swiped right on Kris. We met for the first time about a week later, and I think we both knew that there was something special between us. After a few months, we moved in together and the rest is history,” Annie explains.
The proposal: Kris proposed after a day of skiing in
Whistler, BC. They had flown up early, ahead of a work trip for Annie, and stayed at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. “After a full day of lessons and skiing, we spent the evening relaxing at the hotel. When we got back to our room, Kris surprised me with the ring. He got down on one knee and proposed in front of the fireplace,” Annie says. 106
Ceremony and reception: The couple was
married at Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens in Winter Park. The ceremony was outside in front of the lake, and the dinner and reception were on the other side of the lawn at The Capen House. “We picked a weekend in February, before the daylight savings time change, so we’d have a beautiful sunset over the lake,” Annie says. “My inspiration was a garden party with a little Florida flare. I chose navy as the base/neutral color — navy suit for Kris, navy table cloths and navy cushions — and lots of pops of bright colors through the flowers, bridesmaid dresses and napkins.”
Personal thoughts: “Everyone warns you that
the day will fly by, which it did, but I was prepared for that. I tried to soak up every second. The most amazing thing about having a wedding is that all your family and friends gather together in one place to support you.”
Where they are now: Kris and Annie live in Oviedo. “We bought a house there about a year ago and are having a great time renovating and designing it,” she says. “I work in Maitland and Kris works from home. I travel a lot for work, so we cherish our weekends together.”
The Wedding of
lyssa Stephan Robert Gerzanick and
Date: November 4, 2017 Ceremony: St. James Catholic Cathedral Reception/Catering: Waldorf Astoria Orlando Photography: The Hons + Rachel Burkhart Videography: Sky Schuyler (Perfect Sky Productions) Wedding coordination: Amanda Borrero Floral: Greenery Productions Dress: Alfred Angelo Hair/ Makeup: LeJeune Hair & Makeup Artistry Entertainment: Bay Kings Band Honeymoon: New Zealand/Australia Their story: After being introduced online and some quaint banter
regarding the Yankees and Mets, they texted for another few weeks before deciding to meet. Bobby arrived to Eola Wine Company (now, The Parkview) wearing a lavender oxford, which to this day is still Alyssa’s favorite piece from his wardrobe. They had immediate chemistry. The blueberry beer that Alyssa ordered for Bobby would be the first of many new experiences they would share together, and from that first date a beautiful relationship blossomed.
The proposal: On that first date, Alyssa and Bobby discovered
something they have in common — a thirst for adventure and a love of travel. In March of 2016, the couple ventured to the United Kingdom, beginning in Edinburgh, Scotland. Bobby had a detailed itinerary from which there could be no deviations. But he could not have predicted the stumble Alyssa took in the Edinburgh Airport, where she twisted her ankle. Alyssa powered through her injury, as she knew the following day they were to climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat — the highest point in Edinburgh. What she didn’t know was that Bobby had more plans than he included in his itinerary. Though she complained throughout the duration of the hike, her pain was immediately relieved when Bobby got down on one knee, pulled out a ring, and asked her to spend the rest of her life with him.
Ceremony and reception: The ceremony site, St. James Catholic Cathedral in downtown Orlando, and reception areas at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, exuded romantic elegance. “Surrounded by 130 of our closest relatives and friends, it was the most perfect and beautiful day,” Alyssa says. 110
One of the recurring themes throughout the wedding was a gold and silver leaf emblem patterned after a ring that Robert gave to Alyssa when they were dating â€” a symbol of deep and abiding love as told in the mythical story of Baucis & Philemon. And in following the "something old, something new" tradition, Alyssa paid tribute to the many strong women who have influenced her life by including three generations of wedding rings and heirlooms in her bouquet.
Where they are now: Alyssa and Bobby reside in Winter Garden with their two Welsh corgis. Alyssa works as the assistant director of front office operations at Waldorf Astoria Orlando. Robert works as a history teacher in the private school sector.
The Wedding of
Brittany Marshall Marvin Lawrence and
Date: April 7, 2018 Venue/Catering: Bella Collina Photography: Victoria Angela Photography Videography: LUXECINÉ Wedding Coordination/Floral: Vangie Events of Distinction Dress: The Collection Bridal Hair/Makeup: L.A.’s Hair Studio & Company Ceremony Music: Beautiful Music Reception Entertainment: Subsonic Event DJs Cake: Publix Bakery Honeymoon: Italy and Greece
Their story: Brittany and Marvin met in 8th
grade Spanish class and remained good friends until high school. “Marvin asked me to be his girlfriend after he took me to our senior prom. We’ve been supportive and compassionate companions ever since,” Brittany says.
The proposal: Marvin and Brittany planned a
trip to London in 2016, but he surprised Brittany with a trip to Paris halfway through the vacation. “We arrived in the city Chantilly, France and he informed me of dinner reservations he planned in the heart of Paris. A private car dropped us off in front of the Eiffel Tower during its famous light show. From there, we took a horse and carriage ride down the ChampsÉlysées, which stopped across the Seine, Trocadéro, the site of the Palais de Chaillot. With a large open square and gardens offering the best unhindered views of the Eiffel Tower, Marvin dropped to one knee and asked me to be his forever,” Brittany shares.
Ceremony and reception: The ceremony
and reception were held at The Club at Bella Collina in Montverde, and incorporated special nods to their Parisian engagement, such as the cake. “The day was filled with an indescribable spirit filled with love, kindness and support from our friends and family,” Brittany says.
Where they are now: “Marvin and I have
purchased a home in Gainesville,” Brittany says. Marvin works for Gainesville Regional Utilities as a water operator and Brittany works as an IMC/ICU registered nurse at UF Health Shands in Gainesville. 114
The Wedding of
Nikki Garcia James Phelan and
Date: April 21, 2018 Venue: Lake Nona Golf & Country Club Wedding coordination: Em Gibbons & Katie Scully, Blue Ribbon Weddings Photography: 28 North Photography Florals: Michelle Lewis of Bluegrass Chic Cake: Le Petit Sweet Dress: The Collection Bridal Groom & Groomsman Attire: Men’s Wearhouse Hair/Makeup: Ali Lee Artistry DJ: Tabitha Carroll, Our DJ Rocks Ceremony music: Anthology Quartet Entertainment: Photobooth Rocks Cocktail hour magician: See Magic Live! Linen: BBJ Linen Rentals: Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals Tabletop rentals: Dishie Rentals Transportation: Cole's Classic Cars Monogram/Signage: Do Tell Calligraphy Stationery: Citrus Press Co.
Their story: Nikki and James have known
each other since attending Bishop Moore Catholic High School. “We never dated back then, but there was always something there,” Nikki reveals. “Years later, after college and moving out of state, we both moved back to Orlando and ran into each other on Park Avenue in Winter Park. We decided to go out for dessert and that was it! We have been doing date nights ever since.”
The proposal: The couple loves the beach
and their English Bulldog, Bubbles, so they wanted to have a weekend where they could enjoy both, and went to Sanibel Island for Fourth of July. “James planned a fancy dinner, where we could get dressed up and afterward take family photos on the beach. He persisted even though it started raining. He asked me to pick my favorite spot, and right by these beautiful sea grape trees, he asked me to marry him,” Nikki says.
Ceremony and reception: The ceremony
and reception were at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in April 2018. “The ceremony was under this big, beautiful tree by the 18th hole,” Nikki explains. “Because we both love Florida, we tried to make sure the wedding incorporated all the things we love about our home state like the moss trees by the lake, oranges and magnolias.”
Personal thoughts: “We were both very
calm. It’s a very surreal experience and we were full of love; not for just each other, but our closest family and friends who were with us as well. We had the most wonderful wedding planners and thus, equally wonderful vendors, so we were able to truly enjoy every second of our day.”
Where they are now: “We live in an apart-
ment by Lake Ivanhoe, close to downtown Orlando. For the honeymoon, we used JoEllen Kamen with Go Travel, Inc. in Longwood and went to Mykonos, London, and Positano!” Nikki says.
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The Wedding of
Erika Anderson Nolan Beerbower and
Date: March 11, 2017 Ceremony: St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church Reception: Casa Feliz Planning and design: L.I.F.E. Events Photography: Amalie Orrange Photography Videography: Jeffrey Stoner Video Catering: Arthurâ€™s Catering and Events Floral: Velvet + Twine Dress: Liancarlo dress, Calvet Couture Bridal Hair/Makeup: MakeoverStation Getting ready venue: The Alfond Inn Entertainment: A-List Entertainment Rentals: Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals Invitations: Maureen H. Hall Stationery and Invitations Honeymoon: Las Vegas and Palm Springs, CA
Their story: Erika and Nolan met at a fam-
ily friend’s wedding at The Breakers in Palm Beach. “Although we had gone to the same elementary, middle and high school — we had never met!” Erika explains. “We hit it off right away, talking and dancing all night. We went on our first date shortly afterward, and we’ve been together ever since.”
The proposal: Nolan surprised Erika with
tickets to the Beyonce and Jay-Z concert in Miami, and the next day, he pulled into The Breakers Hotel. “I was so excited, but still never expected what was to come. We went back to the very beach where we had met, and he proposed in the sand. It was just the two of us and such a happy and romantic day,” she shares.
Ceremony and reception: The ceremony
was at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church and the reception was at Casa Feliz. “It was a beautiful, sunny March day which matched the romantic, airy feel of the wedding perfectly. After getting ready at The Alfond Inn, we headed to the church for the main event. Afterwards, guests enjoyed an avocado bar and cocktails on the lawn at Casa Feliz, and we finished the day with dinner and dancing,” Erika says.
Personal thoughts: “I felt happy and re-
laxed, which I owe a lot to my amazing bridal party, my family, and the incredible vendors we hired. As the time approached for us to do our first look, I felt nervous in a good way to see Nolan. The moment was so surreal. And once things got started, it was the most amazing feeling to have everyone we love and cherish in the same place for our day.”
Where they are now: The couple now lives
in Winter Park, after living in St. Croix in the USVI for a few years. “We recently purchased a home and are excited to settle in with our two pets — Keto, a husky, and Marlow, our kitty. Nolan is a physician assistant working in general surgery and I work for a communications agency,” Erika explains. july | august 2018
The Wedding of
Jennifer Kuznicki Jonathan Riley and
Date: March 2, 2018 Ceremony: Disney’s Wedding Pavilion Reception: Disney’s Grand Floridian Photography: Disney’s Fine Art Photography Wedding coordination: Pamela Mattack, Disney’s Fairytale Weddings Dress: Christian Michele gown Groom’s attire: Calvin Klein tuxedo DJ: DJ Charles Miles Hair: Beaute Speciale Makeup: Judy Kuznicki (mother of bride), Estee Lauder Beauty Advisor Officiant: Rev. Kevin Knox Honeymoon: Kauai & Oahu, Hawaii
Their story: Jennifer first caught Jonathan’s eye while working within the same
building. Jonathan did not know the best way to approach Jennifer within a professional work environment, so he asked a mutual co-worker to introduce them. Jonathan first fell in love with Jennifer’s laugh and after asking her for three weeks, she finally agreed to a date. Jennifer soon realized that this love was something special and was the start of their happily ever after.
The proposal: While on a New Year’s Eve cruise on the Disney Dream, Jonathan
knew this would be a perfect opportunity to ask the love of his life to be his wife. His original plan, unfortunately, was ruined by bad weather. Not knowing what to do, Jonathan saw an early morning walk around the ship as a perfect moment. Jonathan lead Jennifer to the front of the ship, which had a perfect view of the coast as the sun was rising.
Ceremony and reception: “On March 2nd, 2018,
we married at our dream location, Walt Disney World, surrounded by our closest friends and family. The ceremony was held at the Disney’s Wedding Pavilion with the picturesque Cinderella’s Castle as the backdrop. The reception was held at Disney’s Grand Floridian Ballroom which was an elegant and fun occasion. During the evening, we stepped away to share an intimate moment to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks over Bay Lake,” Jennifer explains.
Personal thoughts: “I was surprised by Jonathan’s
brothers who delivered a lovely bouquet of flowers, which Jonathan put together himself, that had a love letter attached; this made me feel even more excited. This day was filled with overwhelming emotions that included a first look with my dad, receiving a rosary from my mom and finally seeing Jonathan at the end of the aisle. Our wedding day was so special to us; we wish we could relive it again!”
Where they are now: Jennifer works in financial
planning and analysis, supporting Disney’s dining and retail district, Disney Springs. Jonathan works for Full Sail University, specializing in business and financial analytics. “We call Windermere home, where we can see the Magic Kingdom fireworks nightly from our front porch!,” Jennifer adds.
What’s New in Weddings
SOME INDUSTRY EXPERTS WEIGHED ON WHAT THEY’RE SEEING IN THEIR FIELDS. A FIRST FOR EVERYTHING: THE NEW TRADITION IN WEDDINGS Victoria Angela, Victoria Angela Photography No, it is not bad luck to see your bride/groom before the ceremony. This age-old superstition comes from a time when arranged marriages were custom and the betrothed couple wasn’t allowed to see each other before the wedding. Most may already be familiar with the term “First Look” when it comes to weddings. If not, this is something to truly consider if wedding day plans will allow for it. Couples have benefited from a First Look for many reasons: hair and makeup is fresh; more photo opportunities together and with the wedding party; attendance at the cocktail hour; and more time to dance and enjoy the reception to the fullest. Plus, couples can share in a private moment before the ceremony. First Looks have transformed into opportunities to share in the moment with your wedding party and parents as well. A First Look with your bridesmaids or father is another way to capture their reactions and the emotion of your wedding story. If the ceremony is early and the reception is a few hours after, a First Look may not be necessary. However, you can still have a sweet photo opportunity together with your bride/groom-to-be! We call this a “First Touch.” A First Touch is a private and emotional occasion normally captured before the ceremony. It allows the couple to share a few minutes together before their “I Dos” and elevates the element of surprise and anticipation. However, couples should choose what
works best for them and consider the wedding day schedule for lighting, ceremony and reception location, and the distances between them. A professional and experienced photographer will be able to accommodate requests and ensure a flawless experience from start to finish.
A FLORAL JOURNEY: NATURAL, EARTHY ARRANGEMENTS Linda Grier, Greenery Productions Just as fashion has trends, so do wedding florals and they are constantly evolving. I began in this business 30 years ago (1988), where I first saw the late trends of the 1980s going into the ’90s. With a high volume of wedding-related movies (Father of the Bride, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Monica and Chandler’s wedding on Friends), the industry was booming. Creativity began to evolve. We saw bigger ideas and inspirations: fresh florals being added to cakes; bouquets were simple and rounded with muted tones of creams and whites. In the early 2000s, destination weddings became very popular. This inspired a more abstract design with the use of tropical flowers such as orchids, birds of paradise and hibiscus. Today, the trends have evolved to big flowing and freeform bouquets with draping foliage. We see a vast inspiration from the woods and garden that works plants, vines, succulents, branches — anything nature inspired — into our floral and events. Moving forward we think we will see deeper shades in purples, burgundy and plums. These darker colors and shades put together with greens and natureinspired accents make an arrangement that feels dramatic, edgy and a bit mysterious. We do not know where the next 30 years will go, but we can guarantee to be the benchmark of design and creativity. Cheers to 30 years! july | august 2018
weddingtrends A PENCHANT FOR PAPER: HANDS-ON APPROACH Cedar & Megan Watson, Paper Goat Post
At Paper Goat Post we like to say that
ally designed invitation. We love that we’re
celebrating everything — especially
seeing more and more customers seek out
weddings, starts with an invitation. We
invitations in the brick and mortar
feel that couples have a desire to set the
setting… brides and grooms want to be
tone for their big day with an intention-
part of a collaborative design process where their styles are translated into an invitation suite that feels like them! They get energized by customization options available in our curated collections… mixing and matching design elements into a unique invitation suite gives purpose to the purchase. When it comes to invitation design trends, more and more couples are comAMALIE ORRANGE PHOTOGRAPHY
bining classic-type layouts with fun and
modern fonts. Luxe papers and finishes have been all the rage, which makes sense why couples want the experience to be hands on… they need to touch and feel the options available. Foil stamping and floral elements are also an irresistible design element for many.
we’re even seeing this on bridal registries
out of our restaurant kitchen, we strived to
for home use.
create a fine dining restaurant experience
Getting caught “talking with your
for our guests in their home or chosen
mouth full” will become more challenging
venue. That same ideology remains in
as the use of drones to capture different
place for us today, except with a better
perspectives of the wedding day become
understanding that if you employ sincerely
all the rage. From saying “I do” to the din-
happy and genuine individuals they will
ing tables, pictures and video will be
far exceed any expectations your guests
snapped from all angles.
may have. Cheers to the next 20 years and
In 1991, when we began catering events
the ever-evolving events industry!
A FULL CIRCLE: WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN Chef Jamie McFadden, Cuisiniers Catered Cuisine and Events Having the amazing opportunity to play a small role in many Central Florida weddings over the past 20+ years, it has always been interesting to see and experience the cycle of “what’s old is new again.” Based on that theory, I predict that wedding styles will begin to see a slight decrease in rustic and vintage motifs. Fresh (old) ideas will include bringing the outdoors in with lots of tailored greenery, live trees and water features. Keeping with that theme, look for green or emerald to be a coveted color for 2019. Family-style dining, always popular in Europe and slightly popular here 12-15 years ago, will power forward over the next few years, but with a slight twist: a served first course followed by platters and bowls being shared by guests. Look for more couples to opt for mis-matched place settings for their tablespaces, as july | august 2018
Give Kids The World Village: Continuing a Legacy
by Jim Stratton, director of communications, Give Kids The World Village
n paper, we usually describe
and unique attractions designed to accom-
Give Kids The World Village
modate children of all abilities. Last year,
as “an 84-acre, nonprofit,
the Village hosted almost 8,000 critically
storybook resort that pro-
ill children and their families.
vides weeklong, cost-free,
Visiting families receive free theme park
dream vacations to critically ill children
tickets, transportation, meals, gifts, and
and their families.” But in reality, Give
much more. All told, the Village has served
Kids The World Village is a time machine.
more than 160,000 families from all 50
It’s a place where families facing unimag-
states and more than 75 foreign countries.
inable challenges in their everyday lives
No child is ever turned away, and there is
can stop the clock and take a breath. A
never a cost to visiting families.
place where they reclaim time stolen by
We can do that only through the gener-
illness and set aside worry and anxiety.
osity of countless individuals and corpora-
At the Village, there are no hospital visits
tions. These are the champions who vol-
or medical procedures. No appointments
When Henri learned what had hap-
to keep or meetings to attend. There’s just
pened, he was beside himself. To him, it
laughter and fun and time spent together.
was unthinkable that a little girl’s dying
One of those fundraisers is just around
It’s a place where memories are made and
wish could be derailed by something as
the corner. In September, we’ll host our
stories are written.
mundane as logistics. So, Henri vowed
30th annual Black & White Gala at Hyatt
Amy’s story would never be repeated.
Regency Orlando. It’s an evening of fine
Give Kids The World’s story began in
unteer their time, donate goods and services, and support our fundraisers.
1986 with a little girl named Amy, a wish,
With the help of friends in the tourism
dining and dazzling entertainment, all to
and the desire of one man to make that
and hospitality industries, he created a
wish come true.
nonprofit organization dedicated to bring-
Our theme this year is “Discover the
support the families we serve.
Amy had leukemia and a wish to visit
ing wish families to Central Florida —
Power of Hope & the Color of Imagina-
Orlando’s world-famous theme parks. To
within 24 hours if need be. Henri, who
tion.” We would be delighted to see you
make her dream a reality, Central Florida
passed away this year at the age of 91,
there. You can visit our website — givekid-
hotelier Henri Landwirth was asked to
called the project “Give Kids The World.”
stheworld.org — for more information.
provide a complimentary stay for Amy
That was more than 30 years ago, and
If you can’t make our gala, we invite
and her family. He happily obliged — he
in the ensuing decades, Give Kids The
you to volunteer or become part of another
often hosted visiting “wish families” —
World has grown far beyond Henri Land-
fundraising event. When you do, you quite
but the remainder of Amy’s travel plans
wirth’s initial plan. Today, it is an 84-acre,
literally give the gift of time to a critically
took too long to arrange, and her wish was
full-service “village” that includes 168 vil-
ill child and their loved ones — time to
never granted. Time simply ran out, and
las, a host of whimsical venues, two pools,
play, giggle, and simply be together. We
Amy passed away.
on-site dining, a miniature golf course,
believe there is no greater gift on earth.