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ORLANDO, Fla. (March 3, 2021) – Summer Elite Grassroots Basketball will be taking over Orlando in July, with boys and girls teams converging from across the United States to play high level basketball this summer. The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) will be transformed into the mecca of grassroots basketball with three events taking place from July 20 – August 1, 2021.
The Orlando Splash (formerly the Peach Splash) and The National Championship will be hosted by Ohiobasketball.com and 3C Basketball, the leading organizations in girls travel basketball. The Orlando Splash will take place July 20-22, 2021 and The National Championship is scheduled to be played July 23-25, 2021. These events will be open to girls’ teams composed of players graduating from 2022-2027. Both events are currently scheduled to coincide with the NCAA’s Recruiting Calendar and are sanctioned by the NCAA to allow prospective student athletes to be seen in person by collegiate basketball coaches.
“We’re incredibly excited to bring two of the nation’s favorite and well attended girls exposure basketball events to the wonderful city of Orlando, Florida. It’s the perfect marriage between competitive basketball and team bonding opportunities,” said Tucker Neale, Ohiobasketball.com President. “The National Championship has been a pillar in the Girls Exposure basketball scene since 2017 and The Splash since 2018, and I believe this is the perfect pairing that the girls’ basketball exposure community has been looking for.”
In addition to the girls’ events, Ohiobasketball.com, HoopSeen, NY2LA and HoopGroup have announced the boys’ Grassroots Summer Basketball Championships. The Grassroots Basketball Summer Championships will take place July 28 – August 1, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center and will be open to boys’ teams from grade five through grade 11, as well as unsigned seniors. The event will be the final stop and a true National Championship for boys’ travel basketball, bringing teams together from three circuits to compete against one another at the end of the season.
“It's a great feeling knowing that Orlando will become home to the Grassroots Basketball Summer Championships,” said Mike Eddy, HoopSeen President. “We are excited to bring our National Championship event to such a great city!”
“It's not too often that four of the nation’s top basketball event operators get together to host a major event,” said Antonio Curio, CEO of NY2LA. “Orlando and the Orange County Convention Center gives us the perfect opportunity to create something unique that separates us from the competition and has been sorely needed in grassroots boys’ basketball.”
“As one of the first venues to resume convention operations, our success is testament on how modified sporting events can be hosted safely, responsibly and enjoyably,” said OCCC Executive Director Mark Tester. “Since the onset of the pandemic, the OCCC has hosted more than 50 events, and many were sporting events. We thank our partners for their continued confidence in our center and look forward to working with many other sports organizations in the future.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Ohiobasketball.com, HoopSeen, NY2LA, and HoopGroup to Orlando,” said Jason Siegel, President & CEO of the Greater Orlando Sports Commission. “The Orange County Convention Center is the perfect venue to safely host these elite travel basketball events under one roof, and we are confident that the athletes, coaches and their families will have a wonderful experience in Central Florida.”
About Greater Orlando Sports Commission
GO Sports is a private, non-profit organization established to attract and manage sports-related events, conferences and activities that drive positive economic development in the City of Orlando, Lake County, Orange County, Osceola County, and Seminole County. Founded in 1993, the organization has hosted or co-hosted more than 1,450 events in the Greater Orlando area with a total economic impact exceeding $1.9 billion in spending within the community. For more information, please visit GreaterOrlandoSports.com.
About Summer Elite Grassroots Basketball
Ohiobasketball.com, 3C Basketball, HoopSeen, NY2LA, and HoopGroup are scheduled to run over 200 basketball events in 2021, with these events being hosted in 26 different states across the country. For additional information on events and more, head to Ohiobasketball.com or NationalExposureBBall.com.
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Of all the industries that have been turned upside down - the event industry (trade shows, meetings, conventions, fundraising, social events) is near the top of the list and estimated to be valued at $325 billion annually (in the US alone). With an average (pre-COVID) estimated two million events each year, event strategists and convention planners have been busy responding - usually in one of three ways:1. Canceling or Postponing the Event2. Re-Engineering a Hybrid Physically Distanced Event Experience3. Converting to a Virtual Event ModelSocial events (whose goal is to help people to have fun) are proving harder to convert to a virtual event. Probably because when you take the "event" out of the "event" you can be left with, well - it can a little like nonalcoholic beer or decaffeinated coffee. It's good, you know..but, do you really need it?On the other side of events, you find the business of events (trade shows, conventions, fundraising events, meetings) where you have the largest organizations and companies in the world dedicating large portions of their marketing and advertising budgets to produce event marketing concepts, trade shows, meetings, conventions, and other consumer engagement strategies. And with each budgeted event, there was a planned return on investment (ROI) which is now lost or at risk - which has left companies challenged to innovate new ways of engaging stakeholders. Trade shows drive innovation, product launches sell products, sales conferences motivate sales forces and fundraising events fill community needs. So what now? We've got you covered for your next event! Posh Able Events along with our partner vendors, venues, and community partners are committed to designing an engaging event experience in which the safety and convenience of your guests are top of mind. Your customized Posh Able Event Plan includes a comprehensive COVID compliance protocol, a virtual event option, and contingency plans for your venue and vendors.
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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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.
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 ActivitiesFusionFest 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.
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
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.