Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson presented Runway To Hope with a check for $25,000 at their 2013 Spring Fashion Soiree fundraiser on Saturday, May 11. Nelson also served as a “celebrity escort” during the fashion show to support the organization at their annual fundraiser.
“I truly adore what this foundation is about,” said Nelson. “Hopefully one day we can find a cure for childhood cancer…From my heart I think this is a great cause, it’s such an honor to be involved in it.” Continue reading
Central Florida Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce, Business After hours event, are becoming more popular every month and it is also not only proving itself as a great business networking tool, but also as the numbers of new members grow after each event, they know they are doing something right. Continue reading
Jai Gallery & Awaken Magazine Launch The Fashion Lounge Orlando
Orlando, April 2013 – On Thursday May 16th from 6-10pm, Jai Gallery and partners Awaken Magazine and Shel Marks PR will hold their premiere monthly event: THE FASHION LOUNGE Orlando. The event will take place at Jai Gallery, in the Exchange Building, 101 S. Garland Ave, (at the corner of Pine and Garland), Downtown Orlando.
Jai Gallery Director, Coralie Claeysen-Gleyzon explains her vision and The Fashion Lounge’s purpose as fulfilling a need in the Orlando Fashion scene. She says “for a couple of years I have been researching Orlando’sfashion industry, specifically looking for emerging designers and fashion creatives at great lengths… the Fashion Creatives are there but finding them is a daunting task. Jai Gallery wants to provide them with exposure, by holding a monthly Fashion Lounge, enabling Central Florida’s designers to network, showcase their designs, get feedback and ultimately grow their career. I strongly believe this endeavor will in turn add to the creative vibe of the city”.
The Fashion Lounge will feature established and emerging artists in the following categories: Fashion Design, Art Direction, Fashion Photography, Makeup, Hair, Modeling, Jewelry, DJing and VJing. Send portfolios (no more than 5 images and 140 words) for consideration to email@example.com. Please note this is an open call for portfolios with no deadline since this will be a recurring event, your portfolio may be kept on file for future events.
Professionals in the industry are also called to present their work, to come scouting for new talent or just enjoy an evening with like-minded fabulous creatives, in a venue filled with glitz, glamour, great music and ambiance. A cash bar will be on the premises. Photography is REQUIRED! There is no dress code: Be yourself and wear what you want, dress to impress or dress to observe. That’s the purpose of the event.
The evening will present 3 designers each month, on the hour: at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm. The rest of the evening will allow participants to mingle and appreciate the beautiful art Jai Gallery has to offer.
Further opportunities will include a competition every 6 months, the possibility to be featured in AWAKEN Magazine and to be exhibited at JAI Gallery.
Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Awards Two Local Students $12K in Scholarships
-Since 1995, the Orlando Magic and its foundations have awarded nearly $500,000 in scholarships to local students-
Orlando, Fla. (May 1, 2013) – In surprise presentations at their high schools on Wednesday, May 1, Timber Creek High School student Reina Ubiles and Seminole High School student Dana Liang were awarded the Valencia College and Seminole State Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF) Scholarships, respectively. Magic Community Ambassador Bo Outlaw, STUFF the Magic mascot, along with the OMYF scholarship committee traveled to each winner’s high school surprising the students with large novelty checks and news of their scholarships. The presentations occurred on May 1 at each of the winner’s schools during a surprise visit to their classrooms. The scholarships are made possible through the OMYF. Since 1995, the Orlando Magic and its foundations have awarded $495,750 to 62 students from the Central Florida area. Continue reading
Join Forces for Another High-Tech “Symphony in HD” Gala
Symphony in HD: Live at Full Sail University will raise funds for the orchestra
(Orlando, FL – March 2, 2013) On Friday, May 31, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will once again join forces with Full Sail University to present Symphony in HD: Live at Full Sail University, a high-tech concert gala to benefit the orchestra. Held at Full Sail Live (141 University Park Drive, Winter Park), the event will feature the full Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Christopher Wilkins, in a concert accompanied by animation, film, lighting effects and other visual elements created by students and faculty of Full Sail University.
“We are incredibly lucky to collaborate with the phenomenally creative team of faculty and staff at Full Sail University,” says Orlando Philharmonic Executive Director David Schillhammer. “Developing the program has stretched the creative talents of both organizations, and the result is going to be an intersection of music and technology unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.”
“I am thrilled that Full Sail University and the Orlando Philharmonic are uniting again for a remarkable evening benefiting an organization that enriches our community and culture each and every season,” said Jay Noble, Event Producer, Full Sail University. “Through this dynamic collaboration our students and staff are challenged with creating a unique and larger than life visual environment that will become an extension of selections performed by the Philharmonic.”
Symphony in HD begins at 6:30 p.m. with drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction on Full Sail’s Hollywood-style film set, the Backlot, a facility that features various scenic facades from around the globe. At 8 p.m., guests will enter Full Sail Live to enjoy a three-course meal and a concert program entitled “Music of the Night,” featuring the full Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and guest appearance by former Broadway ‘Phantom,’ Davis Gaines, accompanied by visuals from Full Sail’s students and faculty.
The evening also includes a live auction and an outdoor post-concert party with Orlando Philharmonic musicians and Full Sail faculty.
Tickets to the event are $250 per person. Corporate tables and sponsorships are available. All proceeds will benefit the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. For more information about Symphony in HD, to purchase tickets or to become a sponsor, visitOrlandoPhil.org/HD or call 407-896-6700 x236.
The Orlando Phiharmonic Orchestra holds a fundraising gala every year. This is the second year the orchestra has partnered with Full Sail University to present Symphony in HD.
Now celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season, the ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA is Central Florida’s resident professional orchestra, appearing in over 125 performances each year. Comprised of professional musicians recruited from around the world, the Philharmonic provides musical experiences ranging from classical works to popular music, chamber music, opera programming and community concerts. The orchestra also provides educational programs for over 50,000 students annually. More information at www.orlandophil.org
FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment and media industry. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has been recognized as one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs by Electronic Gaming Monthly, one of the Best Music Programs by Rolling Stone Magazine, and one of the Best Film Programs by UNleashed Magazine. In 2011, Full Sail received the “21st Century Best Practices in Distance Learning Award” from the United States Distance Learning Association, was named the “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Social Media Colleges by Studentadvisor.com.
Full Sail offers on-campus and online Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree programs in areas related to animation, art, business, education, graphic design, film, marketing, web development, music, recording arts, sports, and video games. Full Sail graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Spike Video Game Award nominated and winning projects. For more information, visit www.fullsail.edu, www.twitter.com/fullsail, or www.facebook.com/fullsailuniversity
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By John Denton, OrlandoMagic.com
ORLANDO – The roar started in the hallway of the Rosemont Community Center, spilled into the Orlando Magic Reading and Learning Center and nearly took the freshly coated paint off the walls with all of the children screaming with excitement.
When more than 100 Orlando school children poured into the renovated rooms on Tuesday, there were plenty of wide eyes, toothy grins and screams of sheer joy. Not far away from the rush of students pouring into the facility, Magic CEO Alex Martins soaked in the enthusiasm and unleashed a wide smile of his own. Continue reading
Dear Brazilian friends, good afternoon. It was a pleasure to spend time with all of you at the Breakfast and/or Business After Hours of the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce. I encourage you to join me to call Florida House and Senate to pass a sales tax rebate legislation that will help us to build a new soccer stadium and compete to obtain a Major League Soccer franchise. Please, read the letter below.
Mayor Dyer and the City of Orlando are working hard to secure a Major League Soccer franchise for Florida. Opportunities to add a top tier professional sports franchise to the state are very rare, and cities from across the country are competing with Florida right now for the economic investment and exciting quality-of-life amenity that a professional sports franchise can offer.
Due to the rapid growth in soccer’s popularity, MLS has publically announced expansion of their league with a desire to have a team located in Orlando. MLS’s possible expansion into Florida will depend on the selected cities being able to build soccer-ready stadiums for their expansion team. To help fund a soccer-ready stadium, the City is seeking legislation from the State of Florida that would provide a sales tax rebate for the stadium. This funding is no different than what is currently offered to all other major league sports teams in Florida.
There are only seven days left in the 2013 session in Tallahassee, but legislation to give MLS equal standing with the other professional sports leagues in Florida is currently stalled in the Florida House of Representatives.
If legislation does not get passed this year it is likely MLS will choose to locate their expansion team in Atlanta rather than in Orlando. This means Orlando and the entire State of Florida will lose the opportunity to create new jobs, generate additional international travel, especially from Brazil, and highlight Florida to the millions of international fans that make soccer the most popular sport in the world.
We need YOU, along with your co-workers, friends and family, to help break through the logjam. Below is information on how to contact Speaker Weatherford’s office along with additional background on the impact Major League Soccer would have here in Orlando and across our region and state.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP – PLEASE TAKE THIS ACTION NOW OR FIRST THING TOMORROW!
Please call and email House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz’s office using the number and email link below
Senate President Gaetz
WHY MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER?
In the past decade, Major League Soccer (MLS) has quickly surpassed other professional sports in popularity, boasting higher attendance than both the NBA and NHL – and surprisingly MLS doesn’t have any teams in the Southeast region of the country.
Orlando and Florida are competing for an expansion team with cities like New York, Atlanta, Washington D.C., and Minneapolis.
Flavio Augusto da Silva, a Brazilian businessman, recently acquired the majority ownership interest in Orlando City Soccer and is looking to bring thousands of international soccer fans and their economic impact to Central Florida’s front door. This also positions Orlando to become the U.S. soccer destination for all Latino soccer fans.
The hospitality industry remains the backbone of Central Florida’s economy and international travel is critical to ensuring the economic growth of Central Florida. Take for example, in 2009, when TAM airlines added a direct flight from Saó Paulo, Brazil to Orlando, the Mall at Millenia and the Prime Outlet Malls immediately saw double digit increases in sales.
We have the rare opportunity for a second major league professional sports franchise to call Orlando home and if we don’t seize this opportunity now we could lose it forever.
ABOUT THE LEGISLATION:
The primary bill being discussed is Senate Bill 306, relating to economic development – though other bills in both chambers propose various development incentives for professional sports development in Florida.
The legislation would treat MLS like all other professional sports leagues for purposes of a sales tax rebate to help finance the construction of a soccer-specific stadium in downtown Orlando.
The sales tax rebate comes from new sales tax revenues generated by the new stadium – it does not redirect existing sales tax revenues.
The legislation being proposed adds new accountability measures to the existing rebate program.
This new legislation ensures that the economic activity promised is actually achieved.
Luis M. Martinez-Alicea
Multicultural Affairs Director
City of Orlando
400 S. Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32802
Tel. (407) 246-4128
Fax. (407) 246-3434
Get Informed! / ¡Infórmate!
“To strengthen the commitment of the City of Orlando with its diverse, multicultural community by building strong communication bonds between its residents, businesses and community organizations to accomplish a collective collaboration and enhancement of the citizens’ quality of life.”
“Fortalecer el compromiso con la diversa comunidad multicultural de la Ciudad de Orlando solidificando los lazos estrechos de comunicación entre sus residentes, negocios y organizaciones comunitarias, propiciando la colaboración colectiva y optimización de la calidad de vida de los ciudadanos.”
Florida has a very broad public records law. As a result, any
written communication created or received by the City of
Orlando officials and employees will be made available to the
public and media, upon request, unless otherwise exempt.
Under Florida law, email addresses are public records.
If you do not want your email address released in response
to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to
this office. Instead, contact our office by phone or in writing.
This May, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will present two fully staged performances of Frank Loesser & Abe Burrow’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, “How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. ” Performances will be Saturday, May 11 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W Livingston Street, Orlando. Tickets are $17-$70, available at 407-770-0071 or OrlandoPhil.org. The event is sponsored by Darden Restaurants and Harriet’s Charitable Foundation. Continue reading
-The award is part of the Downtown Orlando Partnership’s Golden Brick Awards Program-
Orlando, Fla. (April 18, 2013) — On Thursday, April 18 the Orlando Magic was awarded with the Downtown Orlando Partnership 2012 “Award of Excellence” as part of the Golden Brick Awards for NBA All-Star Weekend. The Magic were recognized for their work with the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend at the Amway Center, serving as host to the February 2012 event. The awards are given to projects which affected the Downtown Development District.
The Golden Brick Awards recognize outstanding contributions to downtown that demonstrate excellence and achievement. For over two decades, these awards have been distributed for projects which affect the Downtown Development District.
The 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend, the league’s signature event, generated a nearly $100 million economic impact for Orlando. All-Star festivities provided exposure to Central Florida as the game and events reached fans through broadcast partners in 215 countries and territories in more than 44 languages; more than 1,800 media covered the events, including 336 international reporters with 150,000 guests filling up 30,000 hotel room nights breathing life into downtown Orlando and surrounding areas.
About the Orlando Magic
Orlando’s NBA franchise since 1989, the Magic’s mission is to be world champions on and off the court, delivering legendary moments every step of the way. On the court, Orlando has won five division championships (1995, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2010), had seven 50-plus win seasons, and won the Eastern Conference title in 1995 and 2009. Off the court, on an annual basis, the Orlando Magic gives more than $2 million to the local community by way of sponsorships of events, donated tickets, autographed merchandise, scholarships and grants. Orlando Magic community relations programs impact an estimated 75,000 kids each year, while a Magic staff-wide initiative provides more than 6,000 volunteer hours annually. In addition, over the last 23 years more than $18 million has been distributed to local non-profit community organizations via the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation and Orlando Magic Youth Fund (OMYF-MFF), a McCormick Foundation Fund since 1994, which serves at-risk youth. Ticket highlights for the 2012-13 season in the Amway Center, named SportsBusiness Journal’s 2012 Sports Facility of the Year, include: 2,500 seats priced $20 or less, 8,000 seats priced $40 or less and 10,000 seats priced $50 or under. For ticket information log on to www.orlandomagic.com or call 407-89-MAGIC.
League Promotes Growth and Awareness of Hockey in Community
Orlando, FL – The Orlando Solar Bears announced today that they have partnered with the Central Florida High School Hockey League (CFHSHL) in promoting and developing high school hockey in the Central Florida. The student-athletes playing in the CFHSHL will register with USA Hockey and will follow its rules.
“The Central Florida High School Hockey League Board of Directors and Coaches are very excited to partner with the Orlando Solar Bears,” said Julio Guerra, President of the CFHSHL. “The relationship aligns the goals of both organizations by expanding the great sport of ice hockey in our community. CFHSHL’s Inaugural 2013 season will see seven (7) regional teams and over 100 student-athletes competing from Seminole, Orange, Brevard, Volusia, Osceola, Lake, Duval and other counties. We anticipate rapid growth and are grateful to have the Solar Bears involvement and support.”
To aid new and prospective players with the initial start-up expenses, the Central Florida High School Hockey League made the entry fee reasonable, and will provide equipment swaps and inexpensive skills clinics. The Solar Bears are providing jerseys and socks for the teams. The Orange and Seminole County jerseys will sport the CFHSHL logo crest with the Solar Bears logo on the upper right chest. The league continues the growth of high school hockey in Florida by establishing the Solar Bears Conference to join with South Florida‘s Panthers Conference and the Lightning Conference in Tampa Bay. The majority of the games will be played at the Solar Bears practice facility, the RDV Sportsplex Ice Den in Orlando, and the seven teams in the conference will compete for the Solar Bears Championship Cup. The Championship Game is scheduled to be played on Saturday, June 22.
“We have a long list of community based goals and objectives, with the growth of youth hockey right there at the top of that list,” said Solar Bears Managing Partner, Jason Siegel. “Our involvement and sponsorship of High School Hockey along with our participation in youth ‘house leagues’ at RDV, SpaceCoast, and Daytona represents another step toward achieving those goals. Youth hockey participation has grown incrementally this past season since the Solar Bears first took the ice back in October of 2012 and this League will provide yet another outlet to showcase the talent of these high school-aged student-athletes.”
The CFHSHL completed a “pilot” season last year featuring 75 high school students residing in five different counties surrounding Orlando. This number is expected to grow to over 100 participants this year, with the eventual goal to see each high school have the ability to field a team exclusively made up of their own students. In turn this will increase the awareness, participation, and accessibility of hockey in Central Florida.
Student-athletes from 38 different High Schools will skate in the CFHSHL: Apopka, Atlantic, Berkshire, Bishop Kenny, Boone, Connections Academy, Crooms, DeLand, Deltona Christian, Dr. Phillips, East Ridge, Eustis, Father Lopez, Fleming Island, FLVS, Freedom, Hagerty, Lake Brantley, Lake Highland Prep, Lake Mary, Lake Nona, Lyman, Mainland, Mandarin, Monteverde Academy, Oviedo, Pace Brantley, Phantom Trail, Seminole, Seminole Virtual, Spruce Creek, St. Cloud, Timber Creek, University, Weikva, West Orange, Winter Park, and Yulee High.
The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild and Des Moines, Iowa, AHL, play all of their home games at the 2012 Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year, the Amway Center.
Don’t get shut-out when we sell out! Take advantage of the Orlando Solar Bears season ticket pre-sale offer by placing a $50 deposit per ticket now to receive seat selection priority for the 2013-14 season. Call the Solar Bears at407-951-8200 or visit www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com.
Group tickets are a great way to entertain employees, co-workers, clients, friends and family. For more information on discounted group tickets and a list of group benefits, call 407-951-8200 or click here.
Officially licensed Orlando Solar Bears replica team jerseys, apparel, and headwear can be purchased online at: http://shop.orlandosolarbearshockey.com/
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Strategically located on International Drive, Kings arrive in Orlando and promises to be this Summer Sensation. Kings Bowl America-Orlando was built to last , beautifully decorated, with a VIP room, last generation equipment, well trained crew, great food and spirits, an ambiance to make anyone feel just right, with everything to make an impression that you will not forget.
With roots in Boston the Company opened its doors for the first time in 2003, and it has been a success since then.
KINGS Orlando will offer a first-class dining and entertainment experience unlike any other along International Drive or in Central Florida. In addition to 22 ten-pin bowling lanes, KINGS will offer full-sized billiards tables, a regulation-sized shuffleboard table, a full outdoor bocce ball court (one of only a few in the area), weekend disc jockeys, dancing and much more. Continue reading
Talented Hispanic exponents reading, poetry, music, theater and other facets of art, in what is called the Tertulia 4Gatos. , and it is a palece for the art lovers. and for those who want to share their artistic talents.
This year, they completed their 4th anniversary, they began meeting in South Creek Public Library, with the initiative of Maria Emma Fernandez, from Colombia, with the objective to promote Latin Art. Continue reading
Universal Parks & Resorts Vacations to Donate $100 to Give Kids The World for Every Package Booked
Universal Orlando Resort today unveiled a one-of-a-kind vacation package allowing guests to spend cherished family time in its theme parks and then to create unforgettable memories for children at Give Kids The World Village.
Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) is a 70-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort that immerses children with life-threatening illnesses and their families in joy, hope, laughter and non-stop fun at Central Florida‘s world-class attractions. Continue reading
Orlando Philharmonic & Orlando Shakes
Team Up for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
This month, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and Orlando Shakespeare Theater will join forces for the very first time for a one-performance-only production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring a dramatic presentation of Shakespeare’s play accompanied by all of Mendelssohn’s incidental music. The sole performance will be Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m. at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W Livingston Street, Orlando. Tickets are available through the Orlando Philharmonic Box Office at 407-770-0071 or OrlandoPhil.org. The performance is sponsored by the Bryce L. West Foundation. Continue reading
The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation’s (OMYF) Black Tie and Tennies Charity Gala raised $547,308 with matching funds at .50 on the dollar provided by the McCormick Foundation. All proceeds benefit the OMYF.
The 23rd Annual OMYF Black Tie and Tennis Charity Gala presented by FAIRWINDS Credit Union was held on March 23 at the Amway Center. More than 700 guests were in attendance for an evening of silent and live auctions, gourmet food, activities and interaction with Magic players, coaches and executives. One of the highlights of the evening was the announcement of the Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award winner. This year Magic captain Jameer Nelson was recognized for his efforts off the court and in the Central Florida community. Nelson will receive $50,000 from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation to donate to the charities of his choice. Photos by Gary Bassing Continue reading
Food Packs to Hungerford Elementary
On Friday, March 15 the Magic, UnitedHealthcare and Second Harvest teamed up to deliver food packs to Hungerford Elementary. Delivering the food packs were Magic CEO Alex Martins, Magic VP of Community Relations Linda Landman Gonzalez, Second Harvest VP Agency Relations & Programs Karen Broussard and UnitedHealthcare Director of Account Management for North and Central Florida Todd Guiley along with Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson, Bo Outlaw and the Magic Dancers. Earlier in the week more than 300 people including Magic players Al Harrington and Kyle O’Quinn, Magic Dancers, Magic staff and UHC employees assembled Hi-Five Kids Packs for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. The athletes and employees worked together to fight hunger and help the food bank provide 13,500 Hi-Five Packs to underserved children in the tri-county area.
Orlando Magic Celebrates Noche Latina Presented by Chase
Team will wear “El Magic” jerseys for three games starting tomorrow/March 8; Chase and Magic refurbished court at Pinar Elementary
In appreciation of the Orlando Magic’s Hispanic fan base, for the second consecutive year the team will wear “El Magic” jerseys for three home games beginning on March 8 when Orlando faces the Indiana Pacers at the Amway Center (tip off set for 7:00 p.m.). The team will don the “El Magic” jerseys to mark Noche Latina presented by Chase, at the March 8 game. The “El Magic” jerseys are part of the team and Chase’s continuing efforts to connect with the entire community of greater Central Florida. In addition to the March 8 Pacers game, the Magic will wear the jerseys at the March 22 Oklahoma City contest and the March 25 Miami matchup. Also, in celebration of the partners’ multicultural platforms, the Magic and Chase unveiled a refurbished court at Pinar Elementary on March 2—a school with a large Hispanic population—to update the facilities built in 1976. Continue reading
Orlando Philharmonic Presents
‘Cirque de la Symphonie’
March 30 concert will feature aerialists, contortionists, strongmen and other circus artists performing on stage with the orchestra.
This month, the Orlando Philharmonic will feature cirque performers from around the globe in a concert entitled “Cirque de la Symphonie” on March 30 at 2 & 8 p.m. Concerts will be held at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W Livingston Street in Downtown Orlando. Tickets are $17-71, available at 407-770-0071 or www.OrlandoPhil.org. The concert is sponsored by Darden Restaurants, Merrill Lynch and IOA Insurance.
Conducted by Music Director Christopher Wilkins, the concert will consist of recognizable classical music favorites, from Bizet’s Carmen to Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. As the orchestra performs, a variety of circus performers, including aerial acts, quick change artists, jugglers, strongmen and dancers, will present solo and duo acts choreographed to the music. Continue reading
Orlando Mayor Dyer invites Central Florida residents and visitors to the 7th annual Blues B-Q in Downtown Orlando. Injecting the blues genre into Downtown Orlando’s culture, this FREE blues festival attracts music fans from across the state.
Blues B-Q is one of the City of Orlando’s four signature events and now in its seventh year, Blues B-Q boasts previous headlining acts such as GRAMMY Award winning artists Buddy Guy, The Robert Cray Band, Jonny Lang and the Queen of the Blues, KoKo Taylor.
Mayor Dyer is proud to announce that Robert Randolph & The Family Band will headline this year’s annual Blues B-Q event. Robert Randolph & The Family Band taps into the rich history of 20th century American music, pulling from the soulful sounds of the blues and the high energy of rock.
The event will also feature other national and local blues acts as well as Orlando’s finest mouth-watering barbecue available for purchase.
New at the Blue B-Q event this year, the City will be collecting new or gently used shoes to help children and families in need. The drive is in partnership with NBA player Chris Duhon’s Stand Tall Foundation, the Art of Stepping. All types of gently used shoes will be accepted and can be dropped off at the Parramore Kidz Zone tent.
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Beautiful Bobby Blackmon
RJ Harmon & Company
Saturday, March 9, 2013
4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
In front of the Orange County Courthouse located at 425 North Orange Avenue between Amelia Street and Livingston Street.
For parking information, visit cityoforlando.net/bluesbq.
The free LYMMO Circulator is recommended for Downtown residents and attendees parking at garages other than the Courthouse Garage. For LYMMO stop information visit www.golynx.com
Orlando City SC representatives attended the Orlando Business Journal Meet the Mayors event on Friday morning at the Sheraton Orlando Downtown hotel, with the mayors from five different cities giving their perspectives on what 2013 can possibly bring to the Central Florida area in terms of economic and business development.
The focus of conversation, however, was quickly shifted to Orlando City and their Major League Soccer (MLS) aspirations.
The first question asked by the moderator was on the potential soccer stadium in downtown and their thoughts on a MLS franchise in Orlando.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer responded first, saying “MLS is looking to expand in the near future. Orlando is in the lead, currently, to land a franchise in the Southeastern United States. But there are other vital options, including Atlanta, Miami and even Tampa. So we have a window of opportunity and I think it would mean a great deal to the city of Orlando to have a second major league franchise, especially soccer.”
On Monday, the club reinforced their commitment to bring a MLS franchise to Orlando by introducing new Orlando City Owner Flavio Augusto da Silva to local members of the press. His multi-million dollar investment will will be used for the club’s share of a private/publicly funded multi-purpose soccer stadium in downtown Orlando and future acquisition of an MLS franchise. The club is committing over 50% of the total funds needed to secure a franchise in Orlando. Continue reading
Over the past five weeks, second graders at Rock Lake Elementary School and Grand Ave Primary Learning Center have been working with professional teaching artists from Mary Palmer and Associates, Florida Alliance for Arts for Education, and Orlando Repertory Theatre as part of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s Symphonic Stories program, which teaches students about science, music and theatre, and helps students to work together to create an original theatrical production based on their classroom studies.
Thanks to a Disney Shine On Grant, children at Rock Lake Elementary and Grand Avenue Primary Learning Center will work with teaching artists and musicians from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra during the months of January, February and March 2013 as they learn about science and storytelling, and create their own production of their work.
Photos by Bob Turner
-Auction to take place during broadcast of Magic’s matchup with Trail Blazers on Sunday-
The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF), in partnership with FOX Sports Florida, will be hosting the Fourth Annual Broadcast Auction on Sunday, February 10 during the Magic’s matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers (tipoff set for 6:00 p.m.) The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports Florida and all auction proceeds will benefit the OMYF.
Bids may be placed on any item at orlandomagicauction.com or by calling 407.440.7699. Phone lines will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will remain open throughout the conclusion of the postgame show. Below is a list of the packages available:
- Magic Game Day Experience with Exclusive Access to Postgame Press Conference (Item is non-refundable and non-transferable)
- · Two courtside tickets to the March 22 home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder
- · Postgame press conference with Jacque Vaughn
- · Experience is for two people only
- Two on Two Ticket Package (Item is non-refundable and non-transferable)
- · Two tickets to the 23rd Annual OMYF Black Tie & Tennies Gala on March 23, 2013
- · Two superstar tickets to the March 25 game against the Miami Heat
- Love and Basketball (Item is non-refundable and non-transferable)
- · Two lower level tickets to the Atlanta Hawks game on February 13
- · Two night weekend stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Orlando Hotel
- · A $100 gift certificate to any Talk of the Town Restaurant
- · A bouquet of roses delivered by STUFF, the official mascot of the Orlando Magic, during the game on February 13
- · One personalized Magic Gram to be shown on screen during the game on February 13
- High Five the Magic (Item is non-refundable and non-transferable)
- · Two superstar tickets with access to the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge to the March 29 game against the Washington Wizards
- · Two spots in the High-Five Line during the Orlando Magic pregame
- · $150 gift card to the Orlando Magic Team Shop
5. FOX Sports Florida Game Day Experience (Item is non-refundable and non-transferable)
- · Four courtside tickets to a mutually agreed upon home game (subject to availability)
- · Tour of the FOX Sports Florida production truck (pregame)
- · Meet and greet with the announcers (David Steele, Matt Guokas, and Paul Kennedy or Dante Marchitelli)
- · Package must be redeemed by April 13, 2013
6. FOX Sports Florida/Magic Suite Night (Item is non-refundable and non-transferable)
- · 15 FOX Sports Florida suite tickets to the March 29 game against the Washington Wizards
- · Food and drink catered for the suite
- · Meet and greet with the announcers (David Steele, Matt Guokas, and Paul Kennedy or Dante Marchitelli)
- · FOX Sports swag bag for all 15 attendees
7. We Will. (Item is non-refundable and non-transferable)
- · Four lower level tickets to one of four select upcoming Orlando Magic games at Amway Center. Game dates, each of which have limited availability and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, include: 2/23 vs. Cleveland, 3/8 vs. Indiana, 3/10 vs. Philadelphia, 4/13 vs. Boston
- · All ticket packages include an Orlando Magic T-Shirt
The Orlando Magic is committed to making a difference in Central Florida. Each year, the Magic gives more than $2 million to Central Florida by way of sponsorships of events, donated tickets, autographed merchandise, scholarships and grants. At the heart of the Magic’s charitable efforts is the work done by the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation. The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation raises community dollars annually through donations, auctions, 50/50 drawings and events such as the Black Tie and Tennies Gala and the OMYF Open Golf Tournament.
Over the last 23 years, more than $18 million has been distributed to local nonprofit community organizations through the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation and the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund (OMYF-MFF) since 1994. The McCormick Foundation matches all donations to the Fund at fifty cents on the dollar. Scholarships are also awarded each year.
The OMYF is committed to helping children in Central Florida realize their full potential, especially those most at-risk, by supporting non-profit organizations offering youth based programs in the areas of arts, education, housing, and health and wellness programs that promote healthy living practices for children and families in low income communities. For more information, visit www.omyf.org
About the Orlando Magic
Orlando’s NBA franchise since 1989, the Magic’s mission is to be world champions on and off the court, delivering legendary moments every step of the way. On the court, Orlando has won five division championships (1995, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2010), had seven 50-plus win seasons, and won the Eastern Conference title in 1995 and 2009. Off the court, on an annual basis, the Orlando Magic gives more than $2 million to the local community by way of sponsorships of events, donated tickets, autographed merchandise, scholarships and grants. Orlando Magic community relations programs impact an estimated 75,000 kids each year, while a Magic staff-wide initiative provides more than 6,000 volunteer hours annually. In addition, over the last 23 years more than $18 million has been distributed to local non-profit community organizations through the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation and the Orlando Magic Youth Fund (OMYF-MFF), a McCormick Foundation Fund since 1994, which serves at-risk youth. Ticket highlights for the 2012-13 season in the Amway Center, named SportsBusiness Journal’s 2012 Sports Facility of the Year, include: 2,500 seats priced $20 or less, 8,000 seats priced $40 or less and 10,000 seats priced $50 or under. For ticket information log on to www.orlandomagic.com or call 407-89-MAGIC.
3-concert series will include a social hour, chamber music, and reception with the orchestra’s principal musicians
This spring, the Orlando Philharmonic will launch a new 3-concert chamber music series in downtown Orlando, featuring up-close performances by its principal musicians. The Tuesday night Principals at The MEZZ concerts will take place at The MEZZ, inside the Sanctuary Building (100 S Eola Dr, Orlando) with lounge-style setting, live music with commentary by the musicians, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and opportunities for patrons to mingle with the musicians after the performance. Concerts are February 26 (winds), April 9 (strings) and April 16 (brass) at 7 p.m., with pre-concert socials beginning at 6 p.m. With only 150 seats available, the performances are expected to fill to capacity. The orchestra encourages audience members to purchase tickets early: $40 per concert, 2 concerts for $70, or $99 for all three performances, available at 407-770-0071 or www.orlandophil.org/mezz. Continue reading
TAKE A BITE OUT OF MEAT WEEK AT FOGO DE CHÃO
Meat lovers across the country are indulging in the rich and succulent flavors of meat this week in celebration of Meat Week – January 27 through February 3, 2013. That’s right, Meat Week – a tradition started in 2005 by two Tallahassee co-workers. It’s now a popular “holiday” celebrated across the country. For Central Florida residents, there’s no better place to cut into Meat Week than at the Southern Brazilian Steakhouse, Fogo de Chão. Guests can enjoy a full spread of savory meats grilled over an open fire by real Gaucho Chefs, which are then served and carved table side. And best of all you’ll experience what the Gaucho’s call, espeto corridor, meaning continuous service. It’s the perfect place this Meat Week to experience a delectable meal that certainly will leave your taste buds full of flavorful meats.
For more information and to book a reservation this Meat Week visit, www.fogodechao.com/reservations.
About Fogo de Chão. Fogo de Chão is known as the premiere Brazilian steakhouse. The restaurant was founded in 1979 in Southern Brazil, and expanded into the United States in 1997. The Orlando restaurant is located at 8282 International Drive and is the 18th location in the United States. More information at www.fogodechao.com
By John Denton, OrlandoMagic.com
Looking like she had just made a game-winning shot for the Orlando Magic, Hope CommUnity Center board Vice President Mary Carroll thrust her arms in the air and pumped her fists in celebration on Thursday.
Seconds later, and before Carroll was presented with an oversized check for $100,000 in grant money through the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund (OMYF-MFF), Carroll wrapped her arms around her own head, blushed because of the excitement of the moment and doubled over in disbelief. Continue reading
-OMYF-MFF All-Star Team Announced on January 24-
In what is becoming an annual tradition, the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund (OMYF-MFF), in a surprise ceremony on Thursday, January 24 at the Amway Center, announced its OMYF-MFF All-Star Team presenting checks totaling $1,050,000 to 17 grantee organizations from three counties in Central Florida (Orange, Seminole and Osceola). This is the third consecutive year the Orlando Magic Youth Fund has presented checks totaling more than $1 million.
The OMYF-MFF All-Star team was announced in the spirit of the NBA Draft as each nonprofit organization was recognized and presented with an OMYF-MFF jersey or specialty basketball. Representatives were greeted by Orlando Magic Chairman Dan DeVos, Magic CEO Alex Martins, Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw, Magic Vice President of Community Relations and Government Affairs Linda Landman-Gonzalez and the OMYF team. Continue reading
In celebration of the Magic and Chase’s Champions of the Community (COTC) partnership the two teamed up with Magic guard Arron Afflalo, Magic Dancers, STUFF the Magic Mascot and Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw unveiling a refurbished basketball court at Pine Hills Elementary on Saturday, January 19. The restored court will benefit the 800 children who attend the school.
On Friday, the City of Orlando will host the One Less Car, One More Park event where six local design firms will temporarily transform eight on-street metered parking spaces into re-imagined parks and green spaces to show the positive impacts of leaving vehicles at home and walking, biking, carpooling or using public transit to commute.
As part of the event, Orlando Mayor Dyer is encouraging residents and employees to commute to work using an alternative mode of transportation this Friday. Not only do alternate travel modes reduce the need to use land for parking, but it also saves residents money and reduces congestion and pollution.
“Due to lack of transportation options, historically Central Floridians have relied on cars to travel, but with our region’s focus on strategically developing our transportation infrastructure, residents will not have to rely solely on vehicles anymore” said Mayor Dyer. “The One Less Car, One More Park event will visually demonstrate the benefits of mass transit and will hopefully encourage our community to change their transportation behaviors.”
Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite re-imagined parking space and learn more about local transit options. Mayor Dyer will present the winning design firm with a trophy made from a recycled parking meter.
The One Less Car, One More Park event is part of Green Works Orlando, the City’s sustainability initiative to engage everyone who lives, works and visits Central Florida in the effort to “go green.”
To engage more residents in the City’s sustainability efforts, Orlando has launched GreenWorksOrlando.com. This interactive forum allows Orlando residents to provide feedback and further the ideas of other residents as to how to continue to make Orlando a more sustainable and livable community. These suggestions will be used as the foundation for Orlando’s future sustainability plans.
Friday, January 11, 2013
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
***2:00 p.m. – Mayor Dyer will present the Voters’ Choice Award to the winning “park”***
On-street metered parking spaces in front of City Hall Plaza
400 South Orange Avenue
PARTICIPANTS AND SPONSORS:
Participating design firms include:
- Comprehensive Engineering Services, Inc. (CES)
- Creative Village Development, LLC represented by Jefre
- DLR Group & KZF Design Studio
- Bike/Walk Central Florida
- MetroPlan Orlando
By John Denton, OrlandoMagic.com
Alex Martins’ impressive reorganization of the Orlando Magic throughout last season has earned the team’s CEO yet another local honor.
Martins is ranked fourth on The Orlando Sentinel’s “25 Most Powerful People in Central Florida” list, a jump of one spot over the previous year. Martins, the Magic’s CEO since last December, trails only Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Walt Disney World President Meg Crofton on the prestigious list. Continue reading
SEPHORA is proud to announce the new SEPHORA PROs, a team of 17 elite beauty experts that will travel the Americas throughout 2013 and 2014, showcasing the highest level of beauty artistry on behalf of the brand. Selected from a nationwide search that included hundreds of SEPHORA sales associates from the U.S. and Canada, these lucky few have shown the talent, creativity, and drive to rise above the rest and earn their spot at the top. Continue reading
The New AboutUS is Here ! There is lots for you to see! Business in Orlando, The New ride Transformers, Lots of tips on Christmas Shopping, Music and much more!
Winter Park’s Hannibal Square Businesses Present Holiday Event to Benefit Orlando Philharmonic
“Hannibal Square Holiday” will include food and wine from area restaurants, and holiday music by musicians of the Philharmonic Orchestra.
On Friday, December 7, Winter Park’s Hannibal Square Merchants Association will present “Hannibal Square Holiday,” a food and wine celebration benefiting the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Hannibal Square merchants and area restaurants, including Armando’s, Chez Vincent, Dexter’s, Mi Tomatina, Tollas, and others, will provide food and wine between 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on New England Avenue, between Virginia Ave and Pennsylvania Ave in Winter Park, Musicians from the Orlando Philharmonic will provide seasonal music. Continue reading
The NCAA announced today that Orlando and the Amway Center have been awarded the opportunity to host 2nd and 3rd round games of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament in 2014. The tournament games will be hosted locally by Stetson University and the Central Florida Sports Commission, in partnership with the City of Orlando, Orange County and the University of Central Florida. Continue reading
Orlando Magic Hosted Seats for Soldiers Night Presented by Harris Corporation
For the ninth year overall, the Orlando Magic and Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, teamed up to honor military men, women and their families with Seats for Soldiers Night at the Magic vs. Suns game on November 4. The Magic, Harris Corporation and season ticket holders donated more than 800 tickets to the Magic/Suns matchup for active and retired military personnel and their families. Continue reading
Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Continues 50/50 Raffle Tonight
*Raffle offers fans a chance to win half of what is collected while helping raise money
for the Magic’s foundation*
*More than $119K total won last season*
Orlando, Fla. (November 2, 2012)– The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF) resumes the 50/50 Drawing of Chance raffle tonight allowing fans the opportunity to win cash while raising money for the OMYF. Fifty percent of all proceeds raised at each home game are awarded to one lucky fan.
At all home games this season, tickets are available for purchase from representatives throughout the arena in yellow aprons from the time the doors open until the end of the third quarter. Cost is a suggested donation of two tickets for $5, five for $10, 20 for $20 and 75 for $50. Fans may purchase raffle tickets via cash or credit card (AMEX, Visa, MasterCard, Discover). Last season more than $238,000 was collected with 36 lucky fans collectively winning approximately $120,000.
The winning ticket is randomly drawn in the fourth quarter at section 113. All individuals (both in-arena and out) are eligible to participate in the 50/50 Drawing and can view the winning drawing ticket numbers during the game, at www.omyf.org the following day, or by calling the 50/50 Drawing Hotline at 407-440-7868. Winners must redeem their prize within seven business days of the drawing and present the winning ticket to an OMYF representative or call 407-916-2641.
The OMYF is committed to helping children in Central Florida realize their full potential, especially those most at-risk, by supporting non-profit organizations offering youth based programs in the areas of arts, education, housing, and health and wellness programs that promote healthy living practices for children and families in low income communities. For more information, visit www.omyf.org.
Over the last 22 years, more than $17 million has been distributed to local non-profit community organizations via the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund (OMYF-MFF) since 1994. The McCormick Foundation matches all donations to the Fund at fifty cents on the dollar. Scholarships are also awarded each year. In 2012, the Orlando Magic Youth Fund and the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation distributed over $1.1 million to 24 nonprofit organizations and awarded scholarships totaling $30,000.
About the Orlando Magic
Orlando’s NBA franchise since 1989, the Magic’s mission is to be world champions on and off the court, delivering legendary moments every step of the way. On the court, Orlando has won five division championships (1995, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2010), had seven 50-plus win seasons, and won the Eastern Conference title in 1995 and 2009. Off the court, on an annual basis, the Orlando Magic gives more than $2 million to the local community by way of sponsorships of events, donated tickets, autographed merchandise, scholarships and grants. Orlando Magic community relations programs impact an estimated 75,000 kids each year, while a Magic staff-wide initiative provides more than 6,000 volunteer hours annually. In addition, over the last 22 years more than $17 million has been distributed to local non-profit community organizations via the Orlando Magic Youth Fund (OMYF-MFF), a McCormick Foundation Fund since 1994, which serves at-risk youth. Ticket highlights for the 2012-13 season in the Amway Center, named SportsBusiness Journal’s 2012 Sports Facility of the Year, include: 2,500 seats priced $20 or less, 8,000 seats priced $40 or less and 10,000 seats priced $50 or under. For ticket information log on to www.orlandomagic.com or call 407-89-MAGIC.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer invites Central Florida residents and visitors to join him for the annual Holiday Lights Orlando event to kick off this year’s holiday season. Holiday Lights Orlando is the premiere holiday event for families, Downtown businesses and residents. Continue reading
In the Land of Fantasy a new Adventure that will give you more than the eye can see.
The new attraction is at JW Marriott in Orlando and as the name says Zip”n”Climg commands an action, but it is a lot more. It is a great adventure that envolves the entire family, not only because you can have fun together but also learn how important it is to support and cheer each other, and in the case of children to praise their achievements Continue reading
As part of NBA Cares Week, the Orlando Magic will participate in two community service projects with the Christian Service Center (808 W. Central Blvd., Orlando, 32805) on Monday, October 22 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and Habitat for Humanity Home Dedication (Stag Horn Villas, 2471 Pillar Coral Dr., Villa 100, Orlando, 32808) on Friday, October 26 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. NBA Cares Week events are being led by players, legends, coaches, and executives in an effort to give back to the community in the areas of education, health and wellness and hands-on service. Continue reading
**Magic’s Spanish radio broadcasts will continue with all games exclusively on ElOrlandoMagic.com**
The home games will be called by Joey Colon, entering his 15th season with the Magic’s Spanish radio broadcasts, handling play-by-play duties for television. The Magic also announced yesterday, Spanish radio broadcasts will continue with all games in Spanish exclusively on the Magic’s Spanish website, ElOrlandoMagic.com. This is the first time the games will be broadcast on the team’s site. Continue reading
The City of Orlando invites Central Florida residents and visitors to enjoy a family day of FREE fun on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake for the City’s third annual National Public Lands Day. This weekend, Americans from coast to coast will visit their favorite public parks, beaches, wildlife preserves or forests to enjoy and learn more about these treasured places as part of National Public Lands Day. Continue reading
We had the pleasure and the honor to be part of an important celebration. Gilson’s Birthday at his famous Vittorio’s Restaurant, among employees and very close friends. Continue reading
The Central Florida Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce was more than honored to receive all her guests, members and Directors to celebrate the 190 years of Brazilian Independence. As Mayor Buddy Dyer representative Luis Martinez-Alicea proclaimed the 7th of September 2012 , Brazilian Independence Day, in a certified proclamation document signed by the Mayor honoring all of us. Continue reading
For everything there is a time, a year ago the New Hope Assistance Center started, I remember we had a Ladies’s tea to celebrate, but in another circles other people also started their journey, like the Brazilian Consul in Florida, Helio Vitor Ramos Filho, that was just arriving in Miami. Continue reading
The Orlando Magic Named Champions of the Community
By John Denton, OrlandoMagic.com
Each of the past two years, as the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation has given away $1 million annually to 19 local non-profit organizations, cheers, tears and boisterous ovations from the recipients have filled the air. Continue reading