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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.
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
Winter Park Construction (WPC) is nearing completion of the Georgetown Square Apartments located at 400 South Locust Avenue in Sanford, Florida. The developer of the project is Redding Development Partners and the architect is Slocum Platts Architects.
Georgetown Square is a 90-unit affordable senior community being developed in partnership with the Sanford Housing Authority and Gardner Capital on the site of the former Redding Gardens public housing development. The development will consist of 65 one-bedroom units and 25 two-bedroom units in an energy-efficient, four-story elevator building. The 3.2-acre site is near Sanford’s attractive downtown shopping and dining district and near medical services and a variety of recreational activities. Project amenities include indoor and outdoor seating areas, a covered picnic area with a grill and covered patio, a fitness room, a library, and a laundry room
Of these apartments, 28 will be project-based Section 8 units, and the remainder will be reserved for residents earning 60% AMI. The Housing Choice Voucher Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (also known as Section 8) allows private landlords to rent apartments and homes at fair market rates to qualified low-income tenants, with a rental subsidy administered by Home Forward.
The project received a 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) allocation from Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC). Created by the Tax Reform Act of 1986, the LIHTC program gives State and local LIHTC-allocating agencies the equivalent of approximately $8 billion in annual budget authority to issue tax credits for the acquisition, rehabilitation, or new construction of rental housing targeted to lower-income households.
“The LIHTC is a valuable resource for creating affordable housing in the United States. At WPC we work with many (tax credit) clients on the detailed compliance standards for development and construction of these projects.” Jeff Forrest, President, Winter Park Construction
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 from completion in 2020, WPC provides employment for 140+ full-time employees and thousands of subcontractor positions. With a portfolio rich in many sectors, in 2020 WPC is focusing on construction projects in the senior housing market, the hospitality sector as well as on major renovation projects.