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January 13, 2021 – ORLANDO, FL - Today, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and District 5 Commissioner Regina I. Hill were joined by other members of the Orlando City Council and its development partner, Creative Village Development, LLC, to break ground on a new city-owned and city-managed park, Luminary Green at Creative Village.   The new 2.3-acre park will be a unique and special gathering space for residents, workers and students of Creative Village, Parramore and downtown Orlando.   “When we envisioned Creative Village more than 15 years ago, we envisioned a neighborhood that would provide residents with new paths to education, careers, business, housing and community,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “As you look around and see the new UCF Downtown and Valencia College Downtown campus, the new residential buildings that are completed or in progress, the EA Orlando Studio and now Luminary Green under construction, there is no denying – we have made great strides together in fulfilling that vision.” Luminary Green will showcase a large, welcoming lawn for residents, students, workers and visitors to gather, play and enjoy the outdoors. The lawn will host events for unorganized recreation and feature landscaped areas shaded with canopy trees and seating. Luminary Green will also include a dedicated area to feature the names of community luminaries – those who preceded us and whose legacies provided a light for our community to advance to where we are today and who still inspire us to look ahead and envision our community’s bright future. Initial luminaries will be named at the ribbon cutting for the park with the option to add more names in the future. The city is currently exploring ideas for the physical feature on which these names may be engraved, stamped or illuminated. “Since my first day in office, I have been committed to the revitalization of Parramore and all of District 5,” said District 5 City Commissioner Regina I. Hill. “I am incredibly proud to break ground on this new park at Creative Village in Parramore, a park that will inspire residents to look ahead to the future but will also provide an opportunity to honor and recognize community luminaries who have come before us and whose legacies made a difference in our community.”The park will be activated with decorative and interactive light installations illuminating the park from day to night and will also include a large artistic circular trellis that will serve as the aesthetic cornerstone of the park and provide additional shaded area for park patrons. Luminary Green is located at Creative Village, a $1.5 billion public private partnership between the City of Orlando and its Master Developer, Creative Village Development, LLC to transform 68 acres of underutilized city-owned land into a mixed-use, Innovation District. “When we partnered with the city to help fulfill the vision for Creative Village, a key component of the master plan was for the park to be a flexible, diverse and inclusive public space for the community,” said Craig Ustler of Ustler Development and Creative Village Development, LLC. “These types of special urban places are vital as we continue to build out Creative Village as a mixed-use urban Innovation District.”The construction manager for Luminary Green is The Collage Companies and VHB provided design/engineering services. Construction on the park is expected to be completed in the second half of 2021.   For more information about Creative Village, please visit www.orlando.gov/Initiatives/Creative-Village. 

ORLANDO, FL – Kickoff for the 2020 FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 26, 2020 - televised by ESPN. The matchup between No. 12 Coastal Carolina and No. 23 Liberty will take place at Camping World Stadium.

ESPN Events and the Orlando Sports Foundation (OSF) announced today that FBC Mortgage, LLC, will continue as the title sponsor of the Cure Bowl. Kickoff for the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl is set for Saturday, Dec. 26, at noon ET on ESPN.

“We are honored to have FBC Mortgage continue to join us in the fight against cancer and its support of the Cure Bowl, a platform that has raised over $3.8 million for cancer research,” said Cure Bowl Executive Director and Orlando Sports Foundation CEO Alan Gooch.

FBC Mortgage is a top-20 National Mortgage Lender headquartered in Orlando, Florida. FBC is licensed in 48 states and has over 950 team members nationwide. FBC specializes in residential mortgage lending through retail and wholesale/correspondent channels and offers purchase, refinance, construction and renovation loans. Many of the nation’s largest real estate firms and builders rely on FBC for their mortgage needs, along with a large referral base of satisfied past customers.

“The FBC Mortgage team is once again proud to be the title sponsor of the 2020 FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl. Last year’s event was a huge success both on the field and off the field allowing all involved to promote awareness and raise funds for breast cancer research. The Cure Bowl helps FBC fulfill its mission of being an active supporter of causes that affect not only our team members but also members of the communities that we serve” stated Joe and Rob Nunziata, Co-CEO’s, FBC Mortgage, LLC.

The FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for cancer research. To date, the Cure Bowl has been used as a platform to generate over $3.8 million for cancer research. The total includes over $1.2 million in Breast Cancer Research Foundation grants that have been awarded to Orlando-based researcher Dr. Annette Khaled at the UCF College of Medicine.

 

About the Cure Bowl

The Cure Bowl is more than a game. It is a platform to raise awareness for cancer research and recognize those that are fighting cancer or have survived cancer. Funds raised from the Cure Bowl directly benefit cancer research organizations such as the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Since 2015, the bowl has helped raise a collective $3.8 million dollars to benefit breast cancer research.

To learn more, visit CureBowl.com.

 

About FBC Mortgage

FBC Mortgage, LLC (“FBC”) is a Top 20 National Mortgage Lender headquartered in Orlando, Florida. FBC is licensed in 48 states and has over 950 team members nationwide.  FBC specializes in residential mortgage lending through our retail and wholesale/correspondent channels and offers purchase, refinance, construction, and renovation loans. Our focus is on providing our customers and business partners with industry best practices and service.  Many of the nation’s largest real estate firms and home builders rely on FBC for their mortgage needs, along with a large referral base of satisfied past customers.  FBC has won numerous national awards for our strong company culture and outstanding service, such as the Top 100 Mortgage Company, Best in Loan Delivery, Top Company for Working Families, and we are consistently ranked as a Best Place to Work.                          

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The Home at Last Project builds homes for wounded veterans who return from service with severe disabilities. The homes are made possible through donations and partner organizations who donate money, manpower, and expertise in the acquisition of land, as well as the construction of homes that meet the special needs of wounded veterans and their families. Located in Winter Garden, the ninth Home at Last Project was constructed by Winter Park Construction (WPC) and Hensel Phelps in partnership with a long list of suppliers and vendors. WPC has been part of all nine homes and Hensel Phelps has been part of 8 of the 9 projects. The 3,784 square foot home features a 3-car garage and includes five bedrooms and four bathrooms to accommodate the large family for which it is being built. The home was presented on December 17, 2020, to Sergeant Landon J Beck, USMC Retired, his wife Jessica, and their children, Serenity, 12 years old, Cristian, 10, Cristopher, 6, Paisley-Ann, 6, Maximus, 4, and Stormi,2. In September 2010 then Corporal Beck, deployed in Afghanistan, served as a turret gunner on a mounted patrol and received injuries in the line of fire along with his first purple heart medal. Beck received his second purple heart medal for multiple injuries received during the line of duty. He retired from the Marines in 2012 and has since been diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Chronic back and leg pain from undocumented combat injuries, and IBS. The Home at Last Project, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that builds homes for wounded veterans who return from service with severe disabilities. The homes are made possible through donations and partner organizations who donate both money, manpower, and expertise in the acquisition of land, as well as the construction of homes that meet the special needs of wounded veterans and their families. Home at Last (Number 9) Construction PartnersHensel PhelpsWinter Park ConstructionGuida Design Group (Architect)American Civil Engineering Co.Grusenmeyer-Scott & Associates, Inc. (Surveyor)Eden Site DevelopmentConTech (Concrete Labor)Preferred Materials (Concrete material)Best Block (CMU Block and mortar)Lott’s Concrete Products (Precast Lintels and Sills)ProTec (Termite Protection)Cocoa MasonryBergeron FramingA1 TrussTBPM (Plumbing)Armstrong Air & Heating (HVAC)Tri-City ElectricTurnkey RoofingBuck LumberForum/Wellington (Stucco)Baker Long (Drywall)CQ Insulation (Batt & Blown Insulation)Southern Foam (Core Fill Insulation)Impact Windows S&J Miller (Doors & Hardware)Master Wood Craft (Cabinets)Stone Installations (Countertops)Interstate PaintingKesco (Flooring & wall Tile)Bridgewell (Rough Hardware)Paradise Lawns (Landscape)Synergy EquipmentMobile Mini (Site Storage/Office)Waste Management (Dumpster)Solid Ground Concrete PumpingUnited Site ServicesFence OutletSynergy Wood ProductsFlorida Door SolutionsEdwards ConcreteSousa CabinetsGutter KingBritlena Cleaning

 

ORLANDO, FL (December 1, 2020) – Walter N. Meloon, grandson of Correct Craft’s founder and former Correct Craft CEO, has been inducted into the Wakeboarding Hall of Fame.

The Wakeboarding Hall of Fame was created in 2015 to recognize those who have had an outsized impact on the sport. Each year a panel of industry leaders consider nominations to determine who will receive an invitation to the Wakeboarding Hall of Fame, a highly coveted honor.

Walter N. Meloon was CEO of Correct Craft during the rise of wakeboarding and as the company’s innovations were leading development of the sport. The wakeboard tower was just one of the many innovations developed by Correct Craft during Walter’s tenure as CEO.

Bill Yeargin, President and CEO of Correct Craft stated, “Our team is thrilled to see Walt honored with induction into the Wakeboarding Hall of Fame, a well-deserved acknowledgement. We celebrate with Walt and his family as they enjoy this high honor.”

Yeargin added, “The success we enjoy at Correct Craft today is built on the shoulders of Walt, the entire Meloon family, and many other Correct Craft leaders over the past century. Our team is not only grateful for the contribution of Walt but also excited to continue building on his legacy.”

The 2020 HOF class includes Shannon Best, Mike Weddington, Zane Schwenk, Greg Nelson, Kristin (Buster) Lutgert Cartwright and early innovators Brannon Meek and Rich Goforth. Scott Harwood a pioneering wakeboarder was also recognized in the Lifetime Achievement category.

About Correct Craft: Celebrating 95 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. Focused on “Making Life Better,” the Correct Craft family includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, SeaArk, Parker, and Bryant boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, Watershed Innovation and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com.

The Bridges of Light Foundation (BOL) has launched Share & Care: A Mission Driven Space, a new community initiative to help Central Florida nonprofit organizations save money and expand their reach. The space sharing program will utilize the organization’s available office space to establish communication and collaboration with like-minded organizations.According to the national nonprofit resource Independent Sector, 83% of organizations experienced a reduction in revenue since the COVID-19 pandemic.“At BOL, in the interest of being good stewards of donor support, we’ve been streamlining every aspect of our organization – and this includes our idea to build a community space to not only help us run more efficiently, but to engage other nonprofits,” said Ray Gaines, executive director of the Bridges of Light Foundation.The Share & Care Space, which could fit two or three small organizations, comes in a range of shapes and sizes with different areas of focus. The goal of Share & Care: A Mission Driven Space is to decrease overhead costs and improve efficiency for each nonprofit involved, as well as make it possible for the organizations to work together on larger initiatives in the community.“There are so many organizations in our community that do great work but can’t reach their full potential because of overhead costs and lack of community collaboration,” Gaines said. “This initiative will help us learn from one another so we can all think bigger and do more than we can do on our own!”The Bridges of Light Foundation is a nonprofit that builds bridges to a brighter future by nurturing, mentoring, and tutoring under-served Central Florida youth. Contact Moriah Subar at msubar@bridgesoflightfoundation.org or 407-735-2160 for more information.###Take a Virtual Tour of BOL's Shared SpaceA look inside the BOL Office

Celebrate the People and Many Cultures That Make Central Florida Awesome at the Free Two-Day Festival That Features Over 1,000 Local Artistsand Draws People From More Than 110 Different Cultures to Experience Music, Dance, Food, Visual Arts, Spoken Word, Games and Activities

FusionFest Now to Take Place Solely on Seneff Arts Plaza at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Orlando, FL (November 10, 2020)– Downtown Orlando’s annual celebration of the people and the many cultures that make Central Florida awesome, FusionFest, returns this month on Thanksgiving Weekend: Saturday, November 28 from 10am to 9pm and Sunday, November 29 from Noon to 7pm.  Keeping CDC guidelines, cultures from all across the world will be showcased at the free, two-day festival, which draws people from more than 110 different cultures to experience music, dance, food, visual arts, spoken word, games and activities and features over 1,000 local artists, who will perform and showcase their work on the stages, gallery and installations at FusionFest.   FusionFest will now take place solely on Seneff Arts Plaza at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Artsutilizing the upcomingFrontyard Festival™ seating boxes,through which the many cultures presented at FusionFestcan be experienced in a socially-distanced way by a limited 1,500 attendees at a time. Guests of FusionFest will enjoy the Opening Spectacle, International Food Court and Marketplace, two stages featuring music, dance, spoken word and fashion, screening the MYgration Films in partnership with Global Peace Film Festival, singing of the FusionFest anthem, “My Colors”, Visual Arts Gallery with newly commissioned 24’ immigration mural by Alberto Gomez, Fun and Games Station, exciting prizes, Fusion contests with cash awards up to $1,000, plus a new station highlighting cultural celebrations from around the world. In compliance with state and local laws, FusionFest will implement a wide variety of health and safety protocols, which include: Six feet social distancing for tables, chairs and patron lines, temperature checks at dedicated entrances for staff, vendors, performers, volunteers, participants and all attendees, masks for vendors, staff and volunteers and facial coverings available for sale on site, increased handwashing and hand sanitizer stations throughout the festival, and continuous spraying of CDC-approved disinfectant on all high touch areas. FusionFest is free to attend.  VIP Passports can be ordered in advance online or at the festival for $25, which include: (1) Neck Wallet, (4) Food Tokens, (1) Souvenir Button, (1) Prize Ticket and (1) Super Prize Raffle Ticket ($300 Gift Card). Experience FusionFest on Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29, 2020 in Downtown Orlando.  For event updates, the performance schedule, artist lineup and vendor stations and for more information, visit www.FusionFest.org for or call 407-836-5540.

 

 

MAITLAND, Fla. (November 19, 2020) – The American Fundraising Foundation (AmFund) has launched a new electronic bidding platform, called AmFund VIP, to assist nonprofit organizations with their virtual events. The new platform is an expansion of AmFund’s VIP Program and has been developed and is being hosted by Auction Frogs, one of the nation’s most respected fundraising auction sites.  AmFund’s VIP Auction platform includes each partner organization’s uniquely branded graphics, video appeals and open ask tracking. The system maintains accreditation by the PCI Security Council for credit card security and integrity.

 

“The AmFund VIP Auction Platform was built in response to the need of our nonprofit partners during a year of challenge and change. It has become an integral tool for nonprofits to achieve outstanding results in their live, look-live, and hybrid fundraising virtual events,” said Deborah Marshall, SVP and Chief Operating Officer of AmFund. “Virtual events and auctions have extended the reach of organizations beyond traditional in-person events, expanding the donor base exponentially. Due to their success, we anticipate virtual events will be a permanent addition to most nonprofit organizations’ schedule of fundraisers each year.” 

 

Marshall continued, “The simple to use, aesthetically attractive format of the new AmFund VIP Auction platform heralds yet another way AmFund supports its nonprofit partners.”

 

The American Fundraising Foundation, a GuideStar Platinum rated 501(c)3 nonprofit, has donated over 36 million dollars to other service-providing nonprofits over the course of the past 20 years and was recognized by NonProfit Pro as Fundraiser of the Year.

 

Nonprofit organizations interested in the new AmFund VIP Program can apply for support by visiting www.amfund.org or calling 407-895-8000.

 

Media Contact:

Deborah Marshall

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

dmarshall@amfund.org

(407) 895-8000

 

About the American Fundraising Foundation

Each year, the American Fundraising Foundation (AmFund) carefully chooses organizations to support through sponsorship of events, year-end grant distribution of financial support, virtual silent auctions, and other programs to raise much-needed unrestricted funds for the important mission of those organizations.

 

AmFund is recognized with the GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency and since 1999 has donated more than $36 million for worthy causes. Its signature silent auctions featuring once-in-a-lifetime experiences are presented at organizations’ special events, whether in person, virtual or hybrid events, drawing admiration, praise and excitement as the entire process elevates the event in the eyes of patrons, board members and the community.

 

Leveraging more than two decades of fundraising experience, AmFund also provides expert educational support and training on a wide variety of topics and offers subject matter expertise through its Speaker’s Bureau for groups ranging in size from 12 to 500. Additionally, AmFund annually distributes unrestricted grants known as their Golden Pear Awards, to select organizations.

 

The Golden Pear, prominently part of AmFund’s new logo, is deeply rooted in history as well as in its mission.   Throughout history, even before the written word, the pear has been honored as a sacred fruit signifying wisdom, prosperity, good health, longevity, and future happiness – all the things Amfund seeks for its nonprofit partners.

 

For more information about AmFund, visit www.amfund.org or call (407) 895-8000. Read AmFund’s blog at www.amfund.org/blog and connect on Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

Press Release November 11, 2020 (Orange County, Florida) – The Home at Last Project is nearing completion of their ninth home in West Orange County, with 8 of the 9 being built in the town of Oakland, Florida. The Home at Last Project, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that builds homes for wounded veterans who return from service with severe disabilities. The homes are made possible through donations and partner organizations who donate both money, manpower, and expertise in the acquisition of land, as well as the construction of homes that meet the special needs of wounded veterans and their families. Located in Winter Garden, the ninth Home at Last Project is being constructed by Winter Park Construction (WPC) and Hensel Phelps in partnership with a long list of suppliers and vendors. WPC has been part of all nine homes and Hensel Phelps has been part of 8 of the 9 projects. The 3,784 square foot home features a 3-car garage and includes five bedrooms and four bathrooms to accommodate the large family for which it is being built.   The home is being built for Sergeant Landon J Beck, USMC Retired, his wife Jessica, and their children, Serenity, 12 years old, Cristian, 10, Cristopher, 6, Paisley-Ann, 6, Maximus, 4, and Stormi,2. In September 2010 then Corporal Beck, deployed in Afghanistan, served as a turret gunner on a mounted patrol and received injuries in the line of fire along with his first purple heart medal. Beck received his second purple heart medal for multiple injuries received during the line of duty. He retired from the Marines in 2012 and has since been diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Chronic back and leg pain from undocumented combat injuries, and IBS. John Russo - WPC Senior Estimator and Home at Last Board Member (involved in all nine homes). “All of the partners are working all-systems-go for a delivery date so that Sergeant Beck and his family can enjoy their beautiful new home for Christmas.” Bryan Butcher, Chief Estimator at Hensel Phelps “The continued support of our valued trade partners will allow this home to be the Beck family’s biggest Christmas gift, thank you all!” Home at Last (Number 9) Construction Partners Guida Design Group (Architect) American Civil Engineering Co. Grusenmeyer-Scott & Associates, Inc. (Surveyor) Eden Site Development ConTech (Concrete Labor) Preferred Materials (Concrete material) Best Block (CMU Block and mortar) Lott’s Concrete Products (Precast Lintels and Sills) ProTec (Termite Protection) Cocoa Masonry Bergeron Framing A1 Truss TBPM (Plumbing) Armstrong Air & Heating (HVAC) Tri-City Electric Turnkey Roofing Buck Lumber Forum/Wellington (Stucco) Baker Long (Drywall) CQ Insulation (Batt & Blown Insulation) Southern Foam (Core Fill Insulation) Impact Windows S&J Miller (Doors & Hardware) Master Wood Craft (Cabinets) Stone Installations (Countertops) Interstate Painting Kesco (Flooring & wall Tile) Bridgewell (Rough Hardware) Paradise Lawns (Landscape) Synergy Equipment Mobile Mini (Site Storage/Office) Waste Management (Dumpster) Solid Ground Concrete Pumping United Site Services Fence Outlet Synergy Wood Products Florida Door Solutions Edwards Concrete Sousa Cabinets Gutter King Britlena Cleaning 

Thirteen ESPN Events Owned and Operated Bowl Games ESPN will televise a 35-game college football bowl season schedule in 2020-21, continuing its long-standing commitment to the sport. The schedule features 13 ESPN Events owned and operated games, the College Football Playoff Semifinals (Friday, Jan. 1) and the entire New Year’s Six, culminating with the College Football Playoff National Championship (Monday, Jan. 11) from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Bowl Season Begins December 19 This year’s bowl season kicks off Saturday, Dec. 19 with ESPN Events’ Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl from Frisco, Texas at 7 p.m. ET.  ESPN’s lineup includes the new Montgomery Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 23 (7 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN2), in addition to Camellia Bowl, also in Montgomery, Ala., which will be played on Friday, Dec. 25.  

The busiest day of ESPN’s bowl campaign will be Saturday, Dec. 26, when six games are scheduled across ESPN and ABC beginning at noon with the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl in Tampa and the Cure Bowl in Orlando. ESPN continues to be the industry’s home to college football’s postseason, airing 35 of the 37 bowl games that are scheduled to be played during the newly rebranded Bowl Season. College Football Playoff Semifinals on New Year’s Day – The Rose Bowl Game and Allstate Sugar Bowl This season’s College Football Playoff Semifinals will return to its traditional New Year’s Day date on ESPN. The Rose Bowl Game (5 p.m.) and Allstate Sugar Bowl (8:45 p.m.) will host this year’s CFP Semifinals, while the New Year’s Six’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (12:30 p.m., ESPN) is also scheduled for Jan. 1. The New Year’s Six also features the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Dec. 30 (7:15 p.m.) and a pair of games on Saturday, Jan. 2 – the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (4 p.m.) followed by the Capital One Orange Bowl (8 p.m.), all on ESPN. ESPN’s 2020-21 Bowl Season Schedule Sat, Dec 19 7 p.m. Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl ** Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas ESPN Mon, Dec 21 2:30 p.m. Myrtle Beach Bowl ** Brooks Stadium, Conway, S.C. ESPN Tue, Dec 22 3:30 p.m. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl ** Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho ESPN 7 p.m. Boca Raton Bowl ** FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Fla. ESPN Wed, Dec 23 3:30 p.m. R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans ESPN 7 p.m. Montgomery Bowl ** Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Ala. ESPN or ESPN2 Thu, Dec 24 3:30 p.m. New Mexico Bowl ** TBD, Albuquerque, N.M. ESPN Fri, Dec 25 2:30 p.m. Camellia Bowl ** Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Ala. ESPN Sat, Dec 26 12 p.m. Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl ** Raymond James Stadium, Tampa ABC 12 p.m. Cure Bowl ** Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla. ESPN 3:30 p.m. SERVPRO First Responder Bowl ** Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas ABC 3:30 p.m. LendingTree Bowl Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala. ESPN 7 p.m. Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl Independence Stadium, Shreveport, La. ESPN 10:15 p.m. Guaranteed Rate Bowl Chase Field, Phoenix ESPN Mon, Dec 28 2:30 p.m. Military Bowl Presented by Perspecta Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md. ESPN Tue, Dec 29 2 p.m. New Era Pinstripe Bowl Yankee Stadium, New York ESPN 5:30 p.m. Cheez-It Bowl Camping World Stadium, Orlando ESPN 9 p.m. Valero Alamo Bowl Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas ESPN Wed, Dec 30 12 p.m. Duke's Mayo Bowl Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte ESPN 3:30 p.m. TransPerfect Music City Bowl Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tenn. ESPN 7:15 p.m. Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas ESPN 10:45 p.m. LA Bowl SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, Calif. ESPN Thu, Dec 31 12 p.m. Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl ** Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas ESPN 4 p.m. AutoZone Liberty Bowl Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis ESPN 8 p.m. Texas Bowl ** NRG Stadium, Houston ESPN Fri, Jan 1 12 p.m. TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl ** Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala. ESPN2 12:30 p.m. Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta ESPN 1 p.m. Vrbo Citrus Bowl Camping World Stadium, Orlando ABC 5 p.m. College Football Playoff Semifinal at The Rose Bowl Game Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif. ESPN 8:45 p.m. College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans ESPN Sat, Jan 2 12 p.m. TaxSlayer Gator Bowl TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville ESPN 12:30 p.m. Outback Bowl Raymond James Stadium, Tampa ABC 4 p.m. PlayStation Fiesta Bowl State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz. ESPN 8 p.m. Capital One Orange Bowl Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla. ESPN Mon, Jan 11 8 p.m. College Football Playoff National Championship Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla. ESPN All times Eastern. Subject to change. ** ESPN Events bowl games Note: A decision regarding the Las Vegas Bowl will be announced in the near future -30- Media contacts: Amanda Brooks at 704-973-5042; Amanda.D.Brooks@espn.com and @BrooksAD Bill Hofheimer at 860-766-9589; Bill.Hofheimer@espn.com and @bhofheimer_espn

The New Holocaust Museum for Hope & Humanity will offer a transformative experience for future visitors in the heart of Downtown OrlandoNews ReleaseORLANDO, FL – October 1, 2020 – The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida announces that it has partnered with USC Shoah Foundation—The Institute for Visual History and Education (USC Shoah Foundation) to be a content and creative partner in the development of the new Holocaust museum to be located in downtown Orlando. This marks the first time USC Shoah Foundation, a world leader in testimony-based research, education and interactive experiences, has teamed with a Holocaust museum to design, develop, and implement a ground-up and permanent museum-wide exhibition.The USC Shoah Foundation team, led by Finci-Viterbi Executive Director and UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education Dr. Stephen Smith, is working with the Holocaust Center on a uniquely immersive museum experience which will bridge the insight needed to question the past and foresight to impact the future. Ralph Applebaum Associates, a multidisciplinary firm specializing in the planning and design of museums and exhibits, serves as the lead exhibition designer. Ralph Applebaum Associates has been commissioned for more than 700 design projects in over 40 countries.“This is an incredibly smart, powerful and prestigious partnership that benefits from the expertise, experience and shared vision of USC Shoah Foundation,” said Pamela Kancher, executive director of The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida. “Their expertise working and connecting with millions of students, teachers, and scholars worldwide elevates the impact of this project.”Established by filmmaker Steven Spielberg after his experiences filming Schindler’s List, USC Shoah Foundation develops empathy, understanding and respect through testimony, using its Visual History Archive of more than 55,000 video interviews with Holocaust survivors and other witnesses to genocide, award-winning IWitness education program, and the Center for Advanced Genocide Research. USC Shoah Foundation’s interactive programming, research and materials are accessed in museums and universities, cited by government leaders and NGOs, used by media organizations, and taught in classrooms around the world. Now in its third decade, USC Shoah Foundation reaches millions of people on six continents from its home at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California.“This creative collaboration with USC Shoah Foundation reflects our common commitment to integrating testimony and storytelling into the heart of our new museum and programs,” explained Kancher. “It is a significant and long-term partnership intended to ensure that stories of those who survived the Holocaust are accessible and continue to inspire students, and all of our visitors, to be more empathetic, stand up to bullying and demonstrate a greater sense of social responsibility.”The Holocaust Center announced in January 2018 that it would be establishing its new museum in downtown Orlando, expanding its space from its current 7,000 square feet to an estimated 40,000 square feet.“For the first time, the eyewitness accounts of the survivors will form the beating heart of a museum dedicated to sharing their stories,” said Smith. “We are excited to work with The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida to conceptualize groundbreaking experiences that inspire visitors living in and visiting Orlando for years to come. A recent study shows experiencing the stories of witnesses and survivors is one of the most effective ways to educate about the Holocaust.” The new museum will include innovative and interactive exhibits using existing and in development exhibits from by USC Shoah Foundation, including Dimensions in Testimony, recently profiled on CBS News’ 60 Minutes. This pioneering project integrates adapted filming techniques, specialized display technologies and natural language processing to create an interactive biography. Dimensions in Testimony enables people to ask questions and receive real-time answers from video interviews with Holocaust survivors and other witnesses to genocide.“Orlando has shown itself to be a community that cares about human rights and justice, which is why building this new museum and welcoming the USC Shoah Foundation partnership is both important and appropriate,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “Our city will now play an even greater role in righting the wrongs of the past and contributing to a kinder world.”Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings stated, “This partnership will continue to teach important lessons from history and in ways that engage and remain memorable. That’s how we change the future.”This strategic collaboration will raise the Center’s profile on the world stage and empower its ability to fulfill its mission to use the history and lessons of the Holocaust to create a more just and caring community free of antisemitism and all forms of prejudice and bigotry.ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL RESOURCE & EDUCATION CENTER: Founded in 1980 as a series of lectures on the Holocaust, the Center opened its current museum in 1986. It was founded by Holocaust Survivor and local philanthropist, Tess Wise. Located near Orlando, the Holocaust Center attracts visitors from around the world. Their mission is 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. Through their outreach of educational and cultural programs and exhibits, they teach the principles of good citizenship to people of all ages, religions, races, sexual orientations, abilities, and backgrounds every year. For more information on the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center, contact Lisa Bachman, LBachman@Holocaustedu.org, 216-570-3243. To learn more about the Holocaust Center, visit www.holocaustedu.org.
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