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ORLANDO – The Orlando Gay Chorus (OGC) is proud to announce that it will perform its Winter Concert, “Tinsel in Technicolor,” on Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 4:30 p.m. at The Plaza LIVE, 425 North Bumby Ave., Orlando. Under the direction of Artistic Director James A. Rode, the performance will take people on a tour through classic holiday movies and TV specials that are held near and dear during the holiday season. Featuring popular hits ranging from Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” to National Lampoon’s “Holiday Road”, this show is sure to have something for everyone to enjoy. Some songs include: “What’s This?” from “The Nightmare Before Christmas;” “Sparklejollytwinklejingley” from “Elf: The Musical,” based on the Will Ferrell hit movie; Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas;” Eartha Kitt’s iconic Santa Baby”; songs from the Rankin/Bass animated classics “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”… and many more! Sue Glerum will be the principal accompanist. ASL interpretation will be presented by Valencia College Professor of Sign Language Debbie Drobney and her students. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” campaign. The chorus also will be sponsoring a Silent Auction and Raffle during both performances to raise funds to support OGC. Tickets are $25 for adults, $30 for early seating, and $10 for students and children. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to orlandogaychorus.org. The Orlando Gay Chorus (OGC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts and humanitarian organization and one of the largest mixed-gender LGBTQ choirs in the country. The members of the chorus, now 150+ strong and comprised of gay, straight, bisexual, and transgender individuals, feel thankful to be able to carry on our mission and vision. Our musical artistry speaks directly to our pride in ourselves and offers the world a chance to see beyond headlines and contentious social issues to build bridges of understanding and love. Founded on Valentine’s Day in 1990, OGC has been a fixture in the Central Florida area for over 28 years. In addition to the full chorus, OGC has four ensembles that perform at the annual concerts and cabarets, as well as outreach events: OUTLOUD!, the oldest running ensemble; Nothin’ But Treble, the all-female ensemble; Menage, the jazz ensemble; and Spectrum, the mixed ensemble. Contact Brandon Martin, Board Chair  Telephone 407.377.6638 Cell: 813.956.7849  Email Board@orlandogaychorus.org Website www.orlandogaychorus.org 
Party with a Purpose Event Featuring Check Presentation and Bring Change Awards As part of the City of Orlando’s new plans for Lake Lorna Doone Park, scheduled to break ground in early 2019, the reinvigorated space (adjacent to Camping World Stadium) will include 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, President, CEO of The Collage Companies – who has committed to funding the estimated $50,000 needed to design, build and install the fountain. Collage has been a longtime construction partner of Camping World Stadium, having recently completed a refurbishment of The Varsity Club at Camping World Stadium. The plans for the fountain will be revealed in early 2019 and will be installed in conjunction with the Lorna Doone Park construction time line. The Collage Companies will present a check to Florida Citrus Sports Association, the developer of the project, and to LIFT Orlando, a nonprofit founded in 2012 by local business leaders to revitalize the West Lakes community – during The Collage Companies’ annual: Party with a Purpose fundraising event to be held on December 13, 2018 at the East CenterState Club at Camping World Stadium. “This year we joyously get to give back to the West Lakes neighborhoods surrounding Lorna Doone Park by raising money for a fountain of moving and living water that will forever be a symbol of the vibrant spirit of the people living in the Communities of West Lakes.” Brian A. Walsh, Founder, President, CEO of the Collage Companies Another anticipated element of the annual Party with a Purpose is the presentation of the Bring Change Award – recognizing community leaders for their desire and fortitude to “bring change” to the Central Florida community. This year the event will honor: · Steve Hogan, CEO of Florida Citrus Sports, for expanding his role as a leader in the sports industry in central Florida to become an active contributor to the community in which sporting events occur and into the lives of those who live in our community. · Eddie Moratin, Executive Director of LIFT Orlando, has lived his life making a difference and through Lift Orlando has teamed with other central Florida leaders to bring generational change to the West Lakes neighborhood as well as lifelong change to the people who live in the West Lakes community. · Tangia Smikle, a second-generation resident of West Lakes who has become the voice around which others would rally - to see Lake Lorna Doone become a greater asset for neighborhood families. The Collage Companies is an established integrated services firm with capabilities and expertise in Design Build, Construction Management, and General Contracting. Collage has served Florida and the southeast since 1982 from their headquarters in Lake Mary, Florida. Collage pursues community–centric projects with an emphasis on green buildings in the religious, transportation, hospitality, education, government and in the parks and recreation sectors. Collage was honored as a 2018 “Florida Company to Watch” finalist among a short-list of second-stage businesses by GrowFL. And in November of 2018, Collage Companies’ Founder, Brian A. Walsh received the design-build industry’s highest distinction as part of the inaugural class of Design Build Institute of America Fellows. For more information visit www.collage-usa.com.
The 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will return to Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Sunday, January 27, 2019. The game will be televised on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC.  NEW this year, not only will your ticket get you into the game that culminates an amazing Pro Bowl Week, it will also give you access to Player Red Carpet Viewing, Special Kid Zone Activities, and Postgame Fireworks. ALL ACCESS. ALL IN. The NFL will host Pro Bowl Week festivities across the Orlando area, including free experiences, activities and commemorative events for all levels of the game. Some of the Pro Bowl Week events include: Pro Bowl Experience: A free football festival located at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, where fans can participate in immersive exhibits, take photos with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, and more. Pro Bowl Practices: AFC and NFC team practices – which are free and open to the public – will be held at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Pro Bowl Skills Showdown: A unique competition pitting AFC and NFC All-Stars, will test the athletic prowess of the NFL’s best players in unique competitions. Play Football Opening Night: Over 600 NFL FLAG and High School football student-athletes will experience what it feels like to be in the spotlight as an NFL player. Play Football Skills Showdown: High school football players will participate in their own Skills Showdown at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Pep Rally at Disney Springs: Disney Springs will be hosting a Pep Rally to celebrate the 2019 Pro Bowl on Saturday night. The Pep Rally at Disney Springs will include dancing, NFL cheerleaders, team mascots, and more. NFL Shop will be on site to offer exclusive Pro Bowl merchandise. NFL FLAG Championships Powered by USA Football: The NFL FLAG Championships are returning to the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive year. Play Football Celebrity Flag Game: During the 2019 Pro Bowl, NFL Legends, celebrities, influencers, and the youth football community will participate in a friendly but competitive flag football game. Youth Football & Community Day at Pro Bowl: NFL Pro Bowl players will give back to the local Orlando community by participating in the 2019 Youth Football & Community Day. Don Shula High School Coach of The Year Award: The Don Shula High School Coach of the Year award honors an exemplary football coach at the high school level who displays the integrity, achievement, and leadership demonstrated by Coach Shula. ​ "We're thrilled to welcome the NFL Pro Bowl back to our city and Camping World Stadium," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. "The NFL returning one of its marquee events to our community for the third time solidifies our reputation as one of the premier sports destinations in the nation. Our city has embraced hosting the Pro Bowl and we look forward to welcoming the NFL's best back to Orlando in January." “We’re excited to return to Orlando for the Pro Bowl and to provide the ultimate football and family experience to our fans, players and partners,” said NFL Senior Vice President of Events Peter O’Reilly. “Hosting the event in Orlando has allowed us to expand the Pro Bowl into a week-long festival that celebrates the entire football community. We are thrilled to deepen our partnership with Verizon as the presenting sponsor and look forward to showcasing the NFL’s best alongside the next generation of stars on the Pro Bowl stage.” Get your tickets today. "I am excited to be part of the Pro Bowl 2019 Local Organizing Committee and would be happy to give you the scoop on corporate business packages and group sales." Paula Wyatt - paula@anythingisposhable.com - 321-946-6565
2018 AutoNation Cure Bowl Features a Bayou Battle Between Louisiana and Tulane - Kickoff for the fourth-annual AutoNation Cure Bowl is set for 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Camping World Stadium. ORLANDO, Fla. (CureBowl.com) – The Orlando Sports Foundation (OSF) announced on Sunday that the fourth-annual AutoNation Cure Bowl benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) will be between the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns and Tulane Green Wave. Kickoff for the Bayou Battle for a Cure is set for 1:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network on Dec. 15 at Camping World Stadium. “We are excited to welcome the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns and the Tulane Green Wave to the 2018 AutoNation Cure Bowl,” AutoNation Cure Bowl Executive Director Alan Gooch said. “We are looking forward to this Bayou Battle coming to Orlando. The last time these two in-state rivals played was an epic four overtime clash. We are excited that our Bowl Week will have a Louisiana flare." Louisiana (7-6, 5-3 Sun Belt Conference) and Tulane (6-6, 4-2 American Athletic Conference) played a grueling four overtime game in 2016, where the Green Wave earned a 44-39 victory on Sept. 24. Tulane holds a 22-4 all-time mark with the series going back to 1911. “The Cure Bowl is about bringing teams together to find a cure for cancer,” President of the Orlando Sports Foundation Kay Stanney said. “The AutoNation Cure Bowl is more than a game. It is a platform to raise awareness for cancer research and recognize those that have thrived in the fight against cancer.” The AutoNation Cure Bowl directly supports BCRF, who has received a total of $3.55 million donation from the first three games put on by the OSF. Local researcher Dr. Annette Khaled at the UCF College of Medicine has been vetted by BCRF and received $1.1 million from the funds donated. Tickets start at $25 and are currently on sale at CureBowl.com. Ticket holders will also have access to the AutoNation Pregame Tailgate and Concert, featuring the platinum recording artist Andy Grammer. The gates open for the pregame tailgate at 10:30 a.m. with Andy Grammer taking the stage at 11:30 a.m. for a 75-minute set. Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (7-6, 4-2 Sun Belt Conference) The Ragin’ Cajuns captured the west division of the Sun Belt with a 31-28 road victory against ULM on Nov. 24. Louisiana played in the inaugural Sun Belt Championship Game, but dropped a tough 30-19 decision at Appalachian State on Dec. 1. Louisiana is making its eighth bowl appearance and the first outside the Pelican State since the 1944 Oil Boil in Houston, Texas. The Ragin’ Cajuns registered non-conference victories against Grambling and New Mexico State before topping Texas State, Arkansas State, Georgia State, South Alabama and ULM. Sophomore Running Back Trey Ragas has eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark and has tallied 1,167 yards. He is the fifth running back in program history to accomplish the feat. Quarterback Andre Nunez is 174-for-270 for 2,136 yards with 19 touchdowns. A team high 10 touchdowns have been caught by junior wide receiver Ja’Marcus Bradley, who has totaled 557 yards on 38 receptions. “We are extremely excited to participate in the AutoNation Cure Bowl against a quality opponent in Tulane University. To be associated with a prestigious bowl that also serves an important cause in the fight against cancer is a true honor. We’re thrilled for Coach Napier, his staff and our student-athletes, winning the Sun Belt Conference West Division and making a bowl game in his first season leading the Ragin’ Cajuns. An exciting week in Orlando is ahead for our team, alumni and fan base.” -Director of Athletics Bryan Maggard “Our Louisiana Football program could not be more excited for this opportunity to play in the AutoNation Cure Bowl. We look forward to the challenge Tulane presents. We’re not finished playing football, and we’re not finished being represented by this outstanding class of seniors. Most importantly, the Cure Bowl stands for more than just football. This is an opportunity for the Ragin’ Cajuns to stand up in the fight against cancer. It’s an honor for our program to be involved in this initiative, and we look forward to doing all we can during our time at the Cure Bowl.” -Head Coach Billy Napier Tulane Green Wave (6-6, 4-2 American Athletic Conference) Tulane finished with a 5-3 record in the American Athletic Conference and earned a share of the West Division championship. The Green Wave won four of its final five games of the season to earn its bowl eligibility, defeating Tulsa, USF, East Carolina and Navy to finish the regular season at 6-6. Tulane enters the Cure Bowl playing in its first bowl game since the 2013 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, where coincidently it played the Ragin’ Cajuns. This will be Tulane’s 12th all-time bowl game, and the team holds a 4-7 record in bowl games lifetime. It is the first time Tulane has played in a bowl game outside the state of Louisiana since 2002, when it took part in the Hawaii Bowl. Junior running back Darius Bradwell has amassed 1,000 yards on 166 carries, while scoring a team-high nine touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Darnell Mooney has made 47 receptions for 987 yards and eight touchdowns. Senior quarterback Justin McMillan went 18-for-29 for 291 yards and three touchdowns in the bowl-clinching victory against Navy. He has totaled 1,159 yards and nine touchdowns in eight games played. Tulane’s 2018 regular-season slate was the 29th-toughest schedule at the FBS level based on FBS opponent winning percentage. Tulane’s 2018 opponents had a combined winning percentage of .580 and won 76 combined games.   “We are excited to accept an invitation to participate in the 2018 Auto Nation Cure Bowl in Orlando. The Cure Bowl is recognized for the outstanding experience it offers the participating teams, and its location is convenient for our significant fan and alumni bases along the Gold Coast and the Sun Coast. Advancing to the 12th bowl game in our 125 years of football history, and just the fourth in the last three decades is validation of the progress coach Willie Fritz has made in building a competitive foundation for Tulane football.  We look forward to continuing to building upon this progress, and setting a standard of bowl eligibility on a consistent basis.” -Ben Weiner Director of Athletics Troy Dannen “This will truly be an outstanding opportunity for our young men to compete in a first-class bowl game,” head coach Willie Fritz said.  "Orlando is a fantastic city, has a wonderful stadium and our opponent will provide a tremendous challenge. We look forward to our week in Orlando." -Head Coach Willie Fritz About The Orlando Sports Foundation The Orlando Sports Foundation (OSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising funding and awareness for cancer research. The mission of OSF is to bring teams together to find a cure for cancer. The OSF hosts several events throughout the year including their signature event, the AutoNation Cure Bowl. Funds raised from their events directly benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). About the Breast Cancer Research Foundation The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) is dedicated to being the end of breast cancer by advancing the world's most promising research. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF-funded investigators have been deeply involved in every major breakthrough in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. This year, BCRF has awarded $63 million in grants to support the work of nearly 300 scientists at leading medical and academic institutions across 14 countries, making BCRF the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide. BCRF is also the highest rated breast cancer organization in the U.S. Visit www.bcrf.org to learn About CBS Sports Network CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, is widely available through all major cable, satellite and telco distributors as well as via OTT streaming service providers YouTube TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV and Hulu. Additionally, a live CBS Sports Network stream is available through CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports App by authenticating with select providers. For more information, including a full programming schedule, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
02.12.2018
Paula Wyatt
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Have you heard the one about the giraffe, the fashion model and the chocolate cupcake? Insert a punch line here and you would have a joke. A joke is on one end of the humor spectrum and stand-up comedy is on the other. Jokes are fun and free - take one and pass it along.  Performing stand-up comedy, on the other hand, is about telling a story, it's about painting a satirical picture of the world as you see it - then desperately hoping that you can convey it in a humorous enough way that someone (anyone) will emit laughter (or at least not throw things at you while you are on the stage).   What makes something funny?  A thing is funny because either it is true (and we see ourselves in it), because it could never be true (it's too outrageous) or because we may be under the influence (hence the two-drink minimum at most comedy clubs).  I grew up with a professional comedian as a father. So I learned early on that there was a special magic in the ability to make someone laugh - laughter is powerful and comedy is connection. Having done stand-up comedy myself, I can report that it's the most terrifyingly awesome thing that anyone can do in terms of taking life to the next level and getting out of your comfort zone.  Because comedy has empowered me in my life and because I think getting out of your comfort zone is mandatory - I wanted to offer other women a platform to feel the peak level of aliveness that only comes from stand-up comedy. So, I created An Empowering Night of Laughter bringing together an energetic room full of empowered and philanthropic women for a hilarious night of laughter.  Join some of Orlando's most empowering and hilarious women at The Abbey in downtown Orlando on Thursday, January 24th (6pm) for an Empowering Night of Laughter - an "unprofessional" stand-up comedy experience. Be Witness to empowerment in action as nine Fearlessly Funny Women "get out of your comfort zones" and take center stage to perform a five-minute comedic routine - which they have written themselves.   Our Fearlessly Funny women are stepping outside of their comfort zones, for some real next-level empowerment. During the 90 days leading up to an Empowering Night of Laughter (on January 24th at the Abbey) - our comedians will be developing their comedy routine and participating in writing and stage coaching workshops. Here is the lineup: Patty Sheehan Tisse Mallon Paula Wyatt Amy Selikoff Christina Rordam Kristy Alonso Joyce Mallon Aimee LeCours Johanna Clark This hilariously empowering evening is hosted by News13 Anchor, Ybeth Bruzual. During the show you'll meet our three Empresses of Empowerment-  who will answer the question, "How Has Having a Sense of Humor Empowered me to be Successful in Life."  Meet our Empresses:  Kay Rawlins - Vice President of Community Relations Orlando City Soccer Club and Foundation President Moira - Orlando's Favorite Jewish Mother and the voice we all love from Real Radio Heather Wilkie Executive Director - Zebra Coalition - Supporting and Inspiring LGBTQ+ Youth Our pre-event Empowerment Mixer (6pm) features your chance to mingle with our three charity partners (Orlando City Soccer Foundation, Zebra Coalition, A Gift for Teaching) who are on the front lines empowering women in the Central Florida community.  Tickets are $30 each and include reserved seating for the show, valet parking and an all-access pass to the pre-event empowerment mixer and post-event cast party.
30.11.2018
Paula Wyatt
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There is a science to "why people give" and there is an art to "convincing them to do it."  Mainstream marketers sell a product or service by identifying a need within a target market, making a product to fill that need - then effectively communicating how their product or service will fill that need. In the world of nonprofit marketing, we are selling ideas and feelings about potential impact. Nonprofit marketing, in contrast to selling shoes, is selling the idea that there is an urgent problem and then convincing a potential donor that their contribution will positively impact that problem. By the way, doing this whilst competing amongst the millions of other equally worthy nonprofits. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations are registered in the U.S. They are filling needs for everything from toothbrushes to heart transplants. This also includes those nonprofits that are selling "an idea of something" like an investment in community arts and culture or in educational systems. There are no shortage of perceived needs in our society and thankfully no shortage of concerned groups rising to fill those needs.    I work with nonprofit organizations to develop fundraising events and marketing strategies to help them grab their share of the estimated $410 billion that American individuals, estates, corporations and foundations are estimated to give in 2018 to nonprofits, faith-based organizations and other charities. (Infographic provided by Giving USA).  Below is my personal take on what motivates someone to donate to a charity - and important to note that I believe there is NO WRONG REASON to give.   Top 5 Reasons People Give to a Charity 1.  They have a personal connection to the cause such as giving to the American Lung Association because a grandfather had Lung Cancer.  Or feeling the loss of a neighbor's child to a drunk driver and giving to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.2.  In exchange for a benefit such as: a ticket to a gala, a foursome of golf, a trip to Africa (at a charity auction) or for having their name engraved on a donor wall.3.  Because they are influenced by a group giving ask - from a religious or social group, from the company they work for or from family and friends. 4.  To receive a tax benefit.  To note, if you donate $100, you don't actually receive a $100 off your tax bill. You would receive a percentage of the $100 based on your tax bracket - which according to the US Tax Center is 10% to 37%. 5.  They are inspired or motivated by nonprofit marketing efforts. Here a nonprofit organization has creatively gathered facts, figures, stories and insights about "the cause" and presented them in a meaningful fashion to a target donor in an impactful way.  Keep Reading About Nonprofit Marketing Four Kinds of Fundraising Events Designing a Fundraising Concept that Keeps On Giving Free Event Planning and Marketing Resources Importance of Developing Community Partnerships
The 18th Annual Dancing for Diabetes showcase, held at the Bob Carr Theater on November 10, 2018, drew a record crowd of over 1,500 guests and featured hundreds of Central Florida dancers - using their talents raising funds to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. During the event, hosted by WFTV Meteorologist Brian Shields, a check for $100,000 was presented to the Diabetes Research Institute – the only national organization solely devoted to developing a biological cure for diabetes.  “When you have diabetes, it impacts every decision you make—from the food you eat, the clothes you wear and how you take care of yourself. Our (DFD) goal is to support local individuals and families who are impacted by type 1 Diabetes and to raise funds to support the Diabetes Research Institute - to find a cure. We are so grateful to the Central Florida community for their ongoing support and are energized about what we will do as a community moving forward!" Dancing for Diabetes Founder, Elizabeth Forrest (shown here)  Related Interest  · Press Release: November is National Diabetes Awareness Month · Florida Hospital Sponsors World Diabetes Day Event at Dr. Phillips Center · WQMP 101.9 Sunday Morning Radio Show – The Diabetes Show · The Kids & Teens with Diabetes Dance Program · Bowl for a Cause – January 27, 2019 at Boardwalk Bowl Types of Diabetes There are three primary types of Diabetes (Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational). Prevalence: In 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had some type of diabetes. The Orlando nonprofit Dancing for Diabetes focuses on Type 1 Diabetes which impacts approximately 1.25 million American children and adults. Type 1 Diabetes was once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes. It is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Read 2018 Diabetes Impact Report About Dancing for Diabetes Dancing for Diabetes is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to spread awareness of the impact that type 1 diabetes has on more than a million American children and adults – and through the art of dance raise funds to find a cure while inspiring those with type 1 diabetes to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle. Contact: Elizabeth Forrest - elizabeth@dancing4diabetes.com # # #
20.11.2018
Paula Wyatt
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Orlando City Foundation has been Kicking it Back to the Community since 2012, helping to meet the needs of the Central Florida community. The foundation has as its mission: to bring soccer to underserved communities with a holistic approach to health and wellness. They accomplish this by providing free soccer programming, investing in safe places to play, and focusing on urban gardens and access to healthy food choices. Join the Orlando City Foundation to celebrate the All-Stars in our Community from the volunteer coaches and kids in our free programs to our budding gardeners! Presented by Orlando Health. Meet the 2019 Orlando City and Orlando Pride Players Enjoy outstanding entertainment and performances Bid on silent and live auction items Dance the night away! When: Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 Where: Renaissance Orlando, 6677 Sea Harbor Drive -  Orlando, FL 32821 Time: 6:00pm-11:00pm Dress Code: Cocktail Attire - * This event is for ages 21+   Sponsorship - Tickets  - Donate an Item Become an All-Star and help support Orlando City Foundation's community initiatives which include: building safe places to play, increasing the number of youth impacted by our soccer programming, and installments of more community gardens in underserved areas! For more information, please contact Katie Orvosh at korvosh@orlandocitysc.com
The first-ever FusionFest is coming Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 24 and 25, to the grounds of the Dr. Phillips Center in downtown Orlando. “Come share a smile and your heritage and “you may discover just how different other people really aren’t!” Two full days – noon to sundown - of international food, music, dance, film, fashion and storytelling. Go to FusionFest.org for the entire schedule – it’s mostly free, except for the sample-size food & drink offerings. An exciting element of FusionFest is the Heritage Runway Showcase and Fusion Fashion Contest, where colorful and varied fashions from around the world set the stage, highlighted by innovative FusionFest Contest designs that bring together elements from different cultures to show off how wonderfully varied and interwoven we really are in Central Florida. Stop by the City Hall Stage - Fashion Shows at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm on both Saturday, November 24th and Sunday, November 25th.  Meet the Fusion Fashion Contest Judges Panel: Brigitte Jensen - Honorary Consul of France and President of Fabco French American Business Hozumi Greiner - Modeling scout with a keen sense of fashion with over 20 years of experience identifying successful talents around the world Nadege Ngongo-Wilson. FusionFest Judge of style- "I am honored to be part of this heritage runway showcase and the FusionFest competition." Starr Dalton VP/Talent Director for Fierce Entertainment Management host of Orlando International Fashion Week also model and style blogger Snejanna Dunn is President of the Russian American Eastern European Chamber of Commerce, President of the International Modeling Convention IMAC Fashion and Director for the Harbin fashion week Bonnie Lewis - World traveling fashion industry professional and tailor to the stars.     HA’ANI HoganFusionFest Show Guide  #FusionFestOrlando #diversitastic #ICanBeMeHere
14.11.2018
Paula Wyatt
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Sales Functions, Lead Generation Rallies and Networking Events are an exciting and hands-on way to connect with the people, places and things that can fuel the growth of your Orlando area business. Events are a surprisingly cost-effective way to get qualified leads and industry influencers to engage with your company's message.  Get the right people in the right space - at the ideal time.  Select an interesting venue with built-in style so you don't have to spend money on decor.  Use a digital webpage and RSVP system that allows for easy lead generation and picture sharing.  Give your guests something to talk about. Don't forget to add at least one WOW factor, something like a celebrity guest, free product sampling or unique entertainment experience.  Activate your brand in a variety of ways including: printed items, video, brand ambassadors and social media contests.  Central Florida is Growing! At Posh Able Events we have events for every stage of your business growth from Ground Breaking to 50th Anniversary. We offer full service event planning, comprehensive media promotion with integrated social media marketing.Anything is Posh Able! Sharing Innovative Ideas and Helpful Hints on Event Planning, Image Building and Philanthropy at POSH University. Follow Posh Able Paula at Orlando News Room a BLOG about interesting people and exciting places in Central Florida.
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