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27.08.2021
Paula Wyatt
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Orlando – August 26, 2021 - FusionFest’s MYgration Films Contest randomly pairs 20 filmmakers with 20 Central Floridians on Friday evening, August 27. The filmmakers then have the next five days to get to know their subjects, interview them, gather B-roll footage, edit and submit a three-to-five-minute film. 

The films will premiere at the CMX Cinemas Plaza Café 12 (formerly Cobb Theatres) in Downtown Orlando as part of the Global Peace Film Festival on October 2 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. During those showings one film will win the “Audience Choice Award” and the right to use a film festival winner laurel. 

The next step for the films will be their showing on the big screen on the OUC/Massey Stage at FusionFest in front of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts during the signature festival November 27 and 28. At the festival a grand prize of $1,000 will be awarded along with several other prizes. 

Finally, the films will become part of history being archived at the Orange County Regional History Center and available for FusionFest’s virtual watch party the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., when two or three of the MYgration Films are shown, and conversation with the subjects and filmmakers are included on Facebook Live.

The filmmakers, film subjects, film judges and links to past MYgration Films can be found at FusionFest.org/film2021

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FusionFest is a nonprofit organization with the mission of celebrating the people and the many different cultures that make Central Florida awesome by educating, sharing stories, collaborating and breaking down barriers of fears and division. Since 2016 a Steering Committee of 40 members with heritages from around the globe meets monthly to shape the project.

 Calling all high school and college students who have self-selected as anti-prejudice and social justice activists. The Take Action Institute is a program of the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida - who has as its mission to use the history and lessons of the Holocaust to build a just and caring community free of antisemitism and all forms of prejudice and bigotry.The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida (the Holocaust Center) is proud to announce the establishment of the Take Action Institute, a passion project dedicated to preparing the next generation of leaders and change agents who are committed to ending all forms of prejudice and bigotry. The institute will officially launch with the Take Action Conference on January 22nd and 23rd at the Hilton, Orlando, featuring 200 high school students and 200 college students who have self-selected as anti-prejudice and social justice activists. The Take Action Conference, presented by the Ginsburg Family Foundation, will provide students with access to keynote speakers and facilitated sessions led by experts in community organizing, political activism, media training and other relevant fields. Additional supporters include Stetson University, Bank of America, Massey Services, Rollins College and several others.* Meet the Speakers* Register for the Conference

19.08.2021
Paula Wyatt
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Of the roughly 95,000 nonprofits registered in the state of Florida, it would be fair to say that at least half rely, at some level, on fundraising efforts generated from events. The event planning and the nonprofit industries have always gone hand in hand - and both were among the most impacted by COVID.  In Florida the nonprofit industry generates an estimated $105 billion annually and employs nearly 630,000 people. With a payroll of about $33 billion, the nonprofit industry employees account for about 6.5 percent of the workforce, the largest sector after construction and manufacturing.

 

The event planning industry, which is part of the hospitality industry, generates billions of dollars and thousands of jobs - hotels, event venues, catering, staffing, valet, security, decoration, entertainment, event technology, audio visual, floral, rental companies and more!  While some events are for celebration a nonprofit event is more than just fun – it’s a valuable revenue generating resource.  And in “the biz” we know that there are two key time periods when 90% of all charitable organizations are hosting their fundraising events - Spring Gala Season (March – mid May) and Fall Ball Season (August – mid November).

In Central Florida, over the last 18 months - it’s been inspiring to witness both the event planning and nonprofit industries adapting themselves to changing circumstances and continually readjusting their business models to best manage change.  As we are entering Fall Ball Season, I wanted to spotlight just a few of Orlando's biggest events.

 We hope you will consider supporting some or all of them either by purchasing a ticket, becoming a sponsor, volunteering, or donating an auction item.  They need your help, the sooner you commit the better, and if the event is postponed or cancelled – we hope you will consider leaving your donation with the organization. Just because the event is cancelled – the need doesn’t disappear. Here are just a few of the larger events taking place, but check Google Event Listing to find Orlando area fall nonprofit events priced from free to $1,000 per person -a ticket price for any budget. 

Give Kids the World Black and White Gala – September 18, 2021 – Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee, Florida Seniors First High Tea and Hats presented by Publix SUPER MARKET Charities - September 12, 2021 - Alfond Inn – Winter ParkKids Beating Cancer Hats and Heroes – September 25, 2001 - Waldorf Astoria OrlandoGreat Gatsby Garden Gala – Celebrating 60 Years Albin Polasek Museum- October 16, 2021 at Albin Polasek MuseumDancing for Diabetes - Presented by Touched By Type 1 - November 13, 2021 - Dr. Philips Center for the Performing Arts

It is being called the “Jewel of the West Side.” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, who has been central to the development of Lake Lorna Doone Park, says this 12-acre historic community park, located in Orlando’s West Lakes neighborhood (adjacent to Camping World Stadium) -  is on par with Lake Eola Park. The Park re-opened in July after having been closed since summer of 2019 for a $9 million renovation.The funding for the project came from a variety of sources, with the city being the largest contributor, dedicating $5 million to the park and with Florida Citrus Sports kicking in an additional $3 million. The project is rich with meaning and significance for so many in Orlando and boasts an impressive list of community partners. The Collage Companies served as General Contractor for the park which was built for Florida Citrus Sports Association and the City of Orlando.One of the oldest parks in the city of Orlando, in 1955 Lake Lorna Doone Park was the site of the first integrated Little League Baseball game played in the south as the Orlando Kiwanis took on the Pensacola Jaycees Little League team. The West Lakes neighborhoods and residents have been actively involved in the revitalization effort, the park continues to serve as the community meeting spot and is used for everything from cookouts to exercise. The Collage Companies, General Contractor for the park, was recognized during the grand opening ceremony for exceeding minority and small business participation, and for engaging the neighborhood as the park was being built.The reinvigorated space features the city’s first “Inclusive Playground” designed to allow children of all abilities to grow. According to the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD), playgrounds and well-designed playground activities can create opportunities for collaborative play and social interaction, and it is important that playgrounds and other potential public play spaces are inclusive of all, including children, parents, grandparents, and caregivers with varying conditions and abilities.During the Grand Opening Ceremony in July, Commissioner Regina Hill thanked key partners for their passion and dedication to the project including West Lakes neighborhood community members and HOA leadership as well as Lift Orlando and Polis Institute. The renovation was made possible through a partnership with the City of Orlando and Florida Citrus Sports. Corporate and philanthropic partners including the Orlando Magic (basketball courts), Wayne Densch Charities (city of Orlando’s first splash pad), OUC-The Reliable One (central solar pavilion with photovoltaic power system), College Football Foundation (fitness equipment and art walk), the Arnold and Winnie Palmer Foundation (provided nature walk and a putting experience which mimics the back 9 holes of Bay Hill Golf and Country Club) and the Collage Companies (provided focal-point fountain).A central part of the project is the installation of a focal-point fountain in the center of Lake Lorna Doone. “The fountain will forever be a symbol of the vibrant spirit of the people living in the Communities of West Lakes,” says Brian A. Walsh, Founder of The Collage Companies who served as General Contractor for the project as well as donating the $50,000 needed to design, build and install the fountain.For more information about the City of Orlando's Lake Lorna Doone Park.

Central Florida nonprofit, Touched by Type 1 reveals plans for their 21st annual Dancing for Diabetes show to be held on Saturday, November 13th at 7pm at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The annual Dancing for Diabetes Showcase aims to sell out the 2,700 seat Disney Theater for their 21st anniversary show. In 2020, the organization globally broadcast their 20th anniversary show virtually amidst COVID at the Dr. Phillips Center in the Disney Theater.   

Tickets go on sale on October 1st and range from $15 to $30 each.

 

 In 2019, the Central Florida nonprofit, Dancing for Diabetes rebranded as Touched by Type 1 rolling out a more comprehensive brand reinforcing their commitment to leading the Type 1 Diabetes conversation in Central Florida, and beyond. The “Dancing for Diabetes” brand stands strong as the name of their signature annual event. The show has raised well over half a million dollars for Type 1 Diabetes research which goes to various well-vetted organizations such as the Diabetes Research Institute in Miami, Florida.   Proceeds from the 21st Anniversary event will go to the Diabetes Research Institute and Touched by Type 1

About

Touched by Type 1 is a nonprofit organization based in Central Florida whose mission is to elevate awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and to offer those living with the daily reality of Type 1 Diabetes a supportive community with many interactive programs and creative resources.

 

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VERAX Investments, joined by stakeholders broke ground on July 15th on the VERAX – WG, a high-end professional medical center located at 12301 West Colonial Drive in Winter Garden, Florida. The 2-story center will feature multiple medical office spaces to be filled by healthcare professionals specializing in areas related to spinal heath including spinal surgery, physical therapy, and pain management.

VERAX Investments is a real estate investment and development firm located in Orlando, Florida. The new VERAX - WG building is under the management of Orlando Neurosurgery who is a confirmed anchor tenant along with AdventHealth Physical Therapy. The project is a partnership with AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute under the leadership of Craig Brubaker. Lamm & Company Partners is the general contractor for the 24,000 square foot facility which is planned for completion in Spring of 2022. The building was designed by KTH architect and the sale of the property was organized by Ashley Walker, of Millenia Partners.A groundbreaking ceremony was held on July 15, 2021, at 9am on the site of the future home of the VERAX – WG, located at 12301 West Colonial Drive in Winter Garden, Florida. Shown in the image below from left to right: Jeremy Lamm, Robert Fisher, Ravi Gandhi, Liliana Para, Ashley Walker, David Lamm, (not shown here Javier Miller).About Spine Health from Ravi H. Gandhi, MD – Brain and Spinal Surgeon and Principal of VERAX Investments.

Spine and back pain issues are often life changing for patients.  Nearly half of all Americans report have back pain and 80% of people will experience a spine related issue at some point in their lives. This spine clinic is to improve the patient experience by incorporating all facets of spine care both surgical and non surgical under one roof.

About Leasing Opportunities at VERAX-WG from Ashley Walker, of Millenia Partners  

 

FusionFest has its mission: to celebrate the people and the many cultures that make Central Florida awesome. FusionFest organizes weekly and monthly, both virtual and in-person, events that keep the community engaged and connected to the cultural diversity in Central Florida. They participate in parades and create dining experiences and workshops from January to November. And we all know their signature event held each year on Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving Day in Downtown Orlando (this year on November 27 and 28). It's a a free, two-day, festival that draws people from more than 110 different cultures to experience music, dance, food, visual arts, spoken word, games and interactive activities.HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Keep an eye on our social media and website to join in one (or several) of the Diversitastic! Dining Experiences, the Flag Crew in parades, workshops, webinars and to perform at the Thanksgiving Weekend festival. FESTIVAL HOURS: Saturday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. & Sunday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.WHAT WILL YOU FIND AT THE FESTIVAL:Opening SpectacleInternational Food Court & MarketplaceStages featuring music, dance, spoken word and fashionFilm Station screening the MYgration Films in partnership with Global Peace Film FestivalGlobal Street Dance PartyDiversitastic! ChoirInteractive ExperiencesVisual Arts GalleryCelebrations & Faiths StationKids VillageExciting PrizesCommunity PanelsFusion Contests with cash awardsWHERE: At the Seneff Arts Plaza at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Orlando.WHO IS BEHIND IT: FusionFest is a non-profit organization with support from Orange County Government. Since 2016 a Steering Committee of 40 members with heritages from around the globe meets monthly to shape the project.SPELLING: FusionFest is one-word with two capital Fs.HASHTAGS: #FusionFest #FusionFestOrlando #ICanBeMeHere #ProudToShowMyColorsSOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook.com/FusionFestOrlando & Instagram.com/FusionFestOrlando

 

30.05.2021
Paula Wyatt
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The 2021 Cure Bowl will be played on Friday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m. ET, on ESPN2. The seventh annual event will be held in Orlando, Fla. "We are looking forward to kicking off the 7th annual Cure Bowl this December," said Alan Gooch, executive director of the Cure Bowl and CEO of the Orlando Sports Foundation (OSF). "We are excited to continue the mission of bringing teams together to find a cure for cancer through the game and pregame events including the pre-game pep rally and March 2 Cure." In the past seven years, the Cure Bowl has been used as a platform to raise $3.8 million for cancer research. The Orlando community has benefited from the funds generated at the game, with local researcher Dr. Annette Khaled at the UCF College of Medicine receiving over $1.2 million of the funds distributed. The 2021 Cure Bowl will host teams from a combination of the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference, Mountain West Conference, Sun Belt Conference and Army. Memberships, hospitality, and sponsorship packages are available now. General public tickets will go on sale later this fall. For more information visit www.CureBowl.com/membership About Orlando Sports Foundation The Orlando Sports Foundation (OSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research. The OSF holds several events throughout the year, including the Cure Bowl, which is an NCAA college football bowl game played each December. With the combined support of Central Floridians, loyal sports fans and strategic partners, the OSF is further dedicated and committed to serving the challenges of cancer awareness and elimination, invigorating the Central Florida athletic community and supporting youth organizations with standards of benevolence, integrity and moral excellence. The foundation works with our stakeholders to involve the entire community to join us in our quest to bring teams together to find a cure for cancer. The Orlando Sports Foundation focuses on research because we know we will all have to continue to manage the problem until we solve it. We focus our efforts on cancer because it touches so many lives. Together, we can tackle this. Click here to donate For more information about the Orlando Sports Foundation or the Cure Bowl and affiliated events visit www.OrlandoSportsFoundation.com

(Sarasota County, Florida) – Named a “Top 10 Happiest Seaside Town” by Coastal Living Magazine, Venice is located on Florida's Gulf Coast in the popular and fast-growing Sarasota County. The county has a resident population of 438,816, which increases to about 500,000 when snowbirds are in season. Resort style multifamily communities are a great option for many retirees and new families, alike and that is what Venice Isles has to offer.

 

Nvision Development and NM Residential, along with general contractor Winter Park Construction (WPC) completed Venice Isles, a luxurious 324-unit, 6-building apartment community located just outside the Venice city limits in unincorporated Sarasota County. In support of new growth, the area will also see two new two state-of-the-art hospitals: Sarasota Memorial Hospital is slated to open in the fall of 2021, and Venice Regional Bayfront Hospital is opening in 2022, bringing additional new residents to Venice.

 

Venice Isles first building opened in November of 2020, with the final of six buildings becoming available to new residents in May 2021. Venice Isles boasts a gated vehicle entrance and a clubhouse with a Lifestyle Fitness Center, a resort-style pool (with outdoor grills and lounge chairs), and a golf and sports simulator. To take advantage of the year-round warm Florida weather, Nvision incorporated as much green space as possible, including a walking trail around the central pond area and a dog park. An official grand opening and ribbon cutting event was held on May 13th.  Venice Isles is at 61.90% leased occupancy as of May 17, 2021.

 

Venice Isles is the fourth multifamily project Winter Park Construction (WPC), Nvision, and NM Residential have partnered on together. The others include Champions Vue Apartments in Davenport, Serenity at Lake Wales and Orlando’s Vale East Apartments.

An official grand opening and ribbon cutting event was held on May 13th.  Shown here left to right front row: Austin Bustamante, Collin Hill, Michael Niederst, Melody Niederst, and Ian McCook.

  

About Nvision Development

Nvision Development is an Orlando based, full service Real Estate Development Company looking to ensure that our clients, projects, and partners are set up to succeed. Nvision was founded in 2006 and has been involved in almost one billion dollars in projects since inception. Currently, Nvision is developing multifamily apartments, student housing, independent living, assisted living, hotels and mixed used developments throughout Florida and Tennessee.

 

About WPC

Since 1974, WPC has provided general contractor, pre-construction, construction management and renovation services to Central Florida and the southeast United States. With over $200M in projects set for completion in 2020, WPC provides employment for 140+ full-time employees and thousands of subcontractor positions. With a portfolio rich in many sectors, WPC is currently working on construction projects in the senior housing, student housing, multifamily and hospitality sectors.

About NM Residential

 Founded in Cleveland, Ohio, NM Residential is an owner/operator of multifamily residential projects in Ohio, Michigan, and Florida. Throughout the years, NM Residential has adapted seamlessly to everchanging market conditions through continued use of cutting-edge technology and management techniques. NM Residential has stabilized and operated a portfolio of over 10,000 units, with a current (and growing) inventory of over 1,200 units in Florida.

(Polk County, Florida) – Nvision Development and Winter Park Construction (WPC) completed the $55 million Serenity at Lake Wales, a 335-unit community just north of Eagle Ridge Mall. The project is the first new luxury Class-A multifamily community to be built in the municipality since 2005. The development team at Nvision were early to relate the changing demographics in Polk County to the need for luxury multifamily options. Residents began moving in last fall, when WPC delivered initial turnovers to the Maitland-based Nvision Development, and owner/operator NM Residential. With the project now complete, an official ribbon cutting ceremony was held on May7th.  

Gene Fultz the Mayor of the City of Lake Wales, in attendance at the event shared, “Nvision Development just raised the city of Lake Wales to a new level! They did a wonderful job on creation of this new community and the City of Lake Wales is grateful for their work.”

 

Image From Left to Right:  Lake Wales Mayor Gene Fultz, Andi Brannon – Citizen’s Bank & Trust – Chamber Member, Jennifer Lopez - Citizen’s Bank & Trust – Chamber Member, Sandra Wolf (orange shirt) - Citizen’s Bank & Trust – Chamber Ambassador, Tonya Stewart – Tonya Stewart Law P.A. – Chamber Member, Larry Bossarte – Interim Chamber President. Back Row: Clarke Gerard (blue shirt), Ewing Blackwelder & Duce Insurance – Board Director, Linda Hayes – American Legion Post 71 – Chamber Ambassador

 

Serenity at Lake Wales is already at 43.6% leased occupancy and leasing fast. The community consists of thirteen 3-story, walk-up buildings with a mix of one, two and three -bedroom units. Typical units will feature upgraded slate-colored appliances, open floor plans, walk-in closets, granite countertops and faux wood floors. Every unit has either a balcony or a solarium. The 6,500-square-foot resort style clubhouse features a grand club room, a business center, ultra-modern fitness center, screened porch with loungers, a saltwater pool, and an outdoor kitchen and grill. 

Developer – Nvision DevelopmentGeneral Contractor - Winter Park Construction Architect - Slocum Platts Architects, PAProperty Management – NM ResidentialLeasing Information – Gloria Otero - 863-279-0100

Serenity at Lake Wales is the fourth multifamily project Winter Park Construction (WPC), Nvision, and NM Residential have partnered on together. The others include Champions Vue Apartments in Davenport, Venice Isles Apartments  on the gulf coast of Florida and Orlando’s Vale East Apartments.

 

About Nvision Development

Nvision Development is an Orlando based, full service Real Estate Development Company looking to ensure that our clients, projects, and partners are set up to succeed. Nvision was founded in 2006 and has been involved in almost one billion dollars in projects since inception. Currently, Nvision is developing multifamily apartments, student housing, independent living, assisted living, hotels and mixed used developments throughout Florida and Tennessee.

About NM Residential

 Founded in Cleveland, Ohio, NM Residential is an owner/operator of multifamily residential projects in Ohio, Michigan, and Florida. Throughout the years, NM Residential has adapted seamlessly to everchanging market conditions through continued use of cutting-edge technology and management techniques. NM Residential has stabilized and operated a portfolio of over 10,000 units, with a current (and growing) inventory of over 1,200 units in Florida.

About WPC

Since 1974, WPC has provided general contractor, pre-construction, construction management and renovation services to Central Florida and the southeast United States. With over $200M in projects set for completion in 2020, WPC provides employment for 140+ full-time employees and thousands of subcontractor positions. With a portfolio rich in many sectors, WPC is currently working on construction projects in the senior housing, student housing, multifamily and hospitality sectors.

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