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20th Annual Tales & Tails Gala

The Southeast Region of Canine Companions for Independence will host the 20th annual Tales & Tails Gala on Saturday, October 1 at the Rosen Shingle Creek. Last year’s event raised more than $385,000 to help Canine Companions place assistance dogs, free of charge, for people with disabilities.

The event includes an evening of celebration and storytelling to honor the unique connection between canines and their companions. Attendees will dine on delicious cuisine and enjoy complimentary beer and wine, watch canine heroes demonstrate their extraordinary talents and hear inspirational stories of courage and triumph from recipients of our highly-trained assistance dogs.

Entertainment will be provided by The Royals, a premiere party band comprised of A-list performers.

Angels at The Abbey: A Benefit for Pulse of Orlando

The red carpet event will begin at 7PM at The Abbey with performances by Orlando Gay Chorus, Evin, and headliner Brandon Parsons (hit song “Forty-Nine Times”). Original artwork from around the world will be auctioned off along with silent auction.

The Abbey in Downtown Orlando will host the fundraising event “Angels at The Abbey: A Benefit for Pulse of Orlando” on September 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. All proceeds benefit the Pulse of Orlando Fund, a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and currently the only organization distributing funds to victims’ families and survivors.

The event will be held on September 12, 2016, the three-month mark of the tragedy, and will feature performances by Brandon Parsons, singer of the hit single “Forty-Nine Times.” Other performances include Evin, singer of “Angels (A Song to Orlando)” and the Orlando Gay Chorus. Pulse entertainment manager Neema Bahrami will emcee the event and Pulse owner Barbara Poma will also be there.

Original artwork from around the world will also be showcased and auctioned off, with one piece being presented to Barbara Poma for the new Pulse location.

This is a red carpet event with limited tickets sold. Tickets are $50.00 and can be purchased at www.Ticketfly.com.

100% proceeds go to Pulse of Orlando Fund, the only organization currently distributing funds to survivors and victims’ families.  


Pulse of Orlando is a local, grassroots 501(c)(3) non-profit and currently the only organization distributing funds to survivors and victims’ families, with over $150,000 distributed to date.

Pulse of Orlando Mission Statement: to reach out with expeditious allocation of funds for the victims, survivors and families of the Pulse tragedy; to recover through local survivor navigation and advocacy; and to rebuild our united Orlando community.

To learn more about Pulse of Orlando Fund, please visit: www.PulseofOrlando.org.

Copper Rocket’s Concert for Pulse

What do you do in the face of terror? You do what you know, and you get together to fight the damn thing with exactly what our enemies hate: our love, our joy, our community. In light of the horrible events this week in Orlando, affecting friends and family of staff and patrons, we are donating the proceeds and 15% of bar sales to the victims and families who’s lives have been forever changed by this tragedy. We have to stick together and help each other. Come out for live music, beer, wine, food, and friends. It is all going to help.

$5 at the door. You can give more. The more you give, the more we can help.

Performances by

Chris Perkins


The Dealers


Pulse Celebration Vigil (Old Town) #OrlandoUnited

With the recent tragic events in Orlando, Old Town Kissimmee will be honoring all of the victims with the Pulse Celebration Vigil And Fundraiser.

The evening begins at 7pm; celebrating the lives of the victims and families. There will be special guests and performances with inclusion from our neighboring cities. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to all of the victim’s, their families and the workers of Pulse Nightclub.

Old Town Kissimmee believes in an all inclusive and accepting community and in that spirit we will match donations up to $5,000.

Come out and show your support, stand proud with your fellow Osceola county residents and show the world we are one.


6/14 UPDATE:

Two Spirit Health Services, Inc. – offering on-site counseling services throughout the day.

Tampa Pride – offering on-site counseling services throughout the day.

More details to follow…please be patience with us.

6th Annual Paws for Peace Walk to Support Animal Survivors of Domestic Abuse

Bring Your Animal Family Members and Participate in the 6th Annual 

Paws for Peace Walk to Support Animal Survivors of Domestic Abuse 

Registration now open for individuals and teams to participate, raising money and awareness of Harbor House’s Paws for Peace Kennel

WHO: Harbor House of Central Florida’s 6th Annual Paws for Peace Walk presented by Verizon

WHAT: Harbor House of Central Florida’s 6th Annual Paws for Peace Walk presented by Verizon is a fun and leisurely stroll for families, friends and their pets. Participants walk to raise awareness about the impact of domestic abuse on pets and their owners. In addition, a blessing will be offered for any and all participating pets. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to fund veterinary and kennel services for survivors’ pets staying in the short-term emergency housing at Harbor House.

Meet Ted Maines, owner of Ted Maines Interiors and philanthropist, and his miniature greyhound, Donatella, who are honorary co-chairs of the event. Past years’ honorary co-chairs, City of Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan and her brown schnauzer-mix, Sienna; along with George Diaz, Orlando Sentinel sports columnist, and his boxer, Addie are anticipated to be on-hand with their teams.

WHEN: Saturday, April 23, 2016
Registration begins at 8 a.m.; Walk starts at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Blue Jacket Park, Baldwin Park, 2501 General Rees Ave, Orlando (north corner of General Rees Ave and Lower Park Road)

REGISTRATION: A $20 donation includes a free t-shirt and bandana for a pet. Participants will also have the opportunity to donate their pets’ birthday. Children 12 and under walk for free. Register at www.harborhousefl.com or contact Shirley Draper at sdraper@harborhousefl.com.

ADDITIONAL INFO: Harbor House of Central Florida’s Paws for Peace Walk is important because:

– 48% of survivors delay leaving an abusive situation for fear their pets will be maimed or killed
– 88% of pets living in domestic violence homes are either abused or killed
– 100% of the proceeds of the walk funds will service survivors and their pets staying at Harbor House
– Regular walks are important for your dog to maintain healthy, balanced lifestyle-opportunities for exercised, exploration and socialization for people as well as pets.

The event is presented by Verizon. Other event sponsors include SeaWorld Orlando and WKMG 6.


Harbor House opened the 1,500 square-foot kennel in December 2012. It serves as one of seven on-site, free-standing domestic abuse kennels in the state of Florida and is one of the largest in the country.  Since it opened, the kennel has served as a safe haven for nearly 150 dogs, cats, birds, turtles, guinea pig, and more.  It features an examination room, grooming area, 10 kennels for dogs and 10 for cats, as well as spaces for other pets, such as ferrets, birds, hamsters and other “pocket pets.”

Harbor House is Orange County’s only state-certified domestic violence center. It provides safe shelter, a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, legal advocacy and justice for thousands of domestic violence survivors and their children each year. Harbor House works to prevent and eliminate domestic abuse in Central Florida by providing critical life-saving services to survivors, implementing and advancing best practices, and educating and engaging the community in a united front. For more information, please visit www.harborhousefl.com. For more information, please visit www.harborhousefl.com. Follow on social media through Facebook at Harbor House of Central Florida; Twitter @HarborHouseFL (#PAWSOrlando); and YouTube at harborhousefl.

Cabaret and Cabernet at UCF Rosen College

Oui Oui! The UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management is hosting their 6th Annual Cabaret and Cabernet Paris/Moulin Rouge themed fundraiser April 9th, 2016. Guests will enjoy a delicious meal that embraces the love of all things French, including the most “civilized” part of any meal (as the French would say!)… WINE. (It isn’t called Cabaret and Cabernet for nothing!)

cabernet cabaretHospitality industry executives and community supporters will be out in full force for some joie de vivre (exuberant enjoyment of life) at this full evening of fun, food and entertainment.

Sponsors include Freeman Audio Visual Solutions, PRG Orlando Production Services, Max King Events Rental Service, Frontline Event Services, Ritz Cartlton, Universal Studios, Puff n Stuff Catering and Walt Disney World.

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. Limited tickets are available and cost $75 each with profits benefiting Rosen College of Hospitality Management student projects. To purchase, visit goo.gl/dceLDC.

To reserve a full table or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Suzan Bunn at Suzan.bunn@ucf.edu or 407-903-8212.

“La vérité est dans la vin”  Translation: There is truth in vine.

Relay For Life of Hunter’s Creek

Relay For Life of Hunter’s Creek is Central Florida’s largest Relay For Life event, and dare we say The Best Relay EVER! Join us on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 at Osprey Park in Hunter’s Creek for fun, food, entertainment, activities and fundraising for a great cause, the American Cancer Society! To register as a Survivor, a team, an individual or as a sponsor, please visit relayforlife.org/HuntersCreekFL

Fundraising Begins: 11:00 AM
Opening Ceremony: Noon
The Opening Ceremony brings everyone together for a high-energy event kickoff to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, to inspire hope by sharing recent accomplishments and progress, and to remind everyone that while we are winning this battle, fighting cancer is a year-round priority.

Survivors Lap: Noon
During the Survivors Lap, upbeat music plays as all cancer survivors at the event take the first lap around the track cheered on by the other participants who line the track, celebrating their victory over cancer.

Caregivers Lap: Noon
During the Caregivers Lap, anyone who ever cared for someone with cancer walks a lap so they can be honored for their support. Caregivers walk this lap with the people they helped if they are also present at the event.

Luminaria Ceremony: 9:00 PM
The Luminaria Ceremony is a time to remember people we have lost to cancer, to support people who currently have cancer, and to honor people who have fought cancer in the past. The power of this ceremony lies in providing an opportunity for people to work through grief and find hope.

Breakfast 7:00 AM – $5

Closing Ceremony: 9:00 AM
The Closing Ceremony is a time to remember the lives of those lost and to celebrate that each of us has committed, through our participation in a Relay event, to fight back against this disease over the next year.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement symbolizes hope and our shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love. If cancer has touched your life, participating in a Relay For Life event is a way to take action and help finish the fight. This is your opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember those you have lost, and raise funds and awareness to fight back and help end cancer forever.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Orlando

Join our Managing Editor, Jen Vargas, the American Cancer Society and a few thousand new friends as we walk through Downtown Orlando on Halloween morning! Register your team, your company or to volunteer your time/talents at www.orlandostrides.com!

Why do you walk? Maybe you walk in honor of a breast cancer survivor – the memory of their journey still fresh in your mind. Maybe you lost a loved one to breast cancer and you are walking in their memory. Maybe the memories of your own breast cancer experience motivate your efforts. Or maybe you walk to make sure no one ever has to hear the words “you have breast cancer.”

Whatever your motivation, when you join our family of supporters, you help the American Cancer Society finish the fight against breast cancer. Because of the dollars you raise and the steps you take, the American Cancer Society is able to help those touched by breast cancer in every community today and work to find cures to end the disease tomorrow.

Date: October 31, 2015
Event Time: 7 a.m. registration,  9 a.m. walk
Walk Length: 5K (3.1 miles)
Location: Lake Eola Park
Contact Us: Christy Clelland, Christy.Clelland@cancer.org
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The Orlando MINI Open presented by Roetzel & Andress

Thursday, March 12 | 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. | East Sideline Clubs, Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium

Glow-in-the-Dark Golf

The Orlando MINI Open presented by Roetzel & Andress is the primary fundraising event for the FCSports Foundation MVPs. New for 2015, the event moves to spring with a brand new location inside the reconstructed Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium.

Two of the stadium’s new sideline RP Funding Club spaces will be converted into a pair of 18-hole glow-in-the-dark miniature golf courses with tournament-style leaderboards. The adjacent Indoor Club will serve as a clubhouse, with premium food and beverage included for all guests.

Foursomes are $500, with individual tickets each $125. A special hospitality-only ticket is available for guests who wish to attend and support cause but do not wish to play. All proceeds directly benefit the Foundation MVPs and our efforts in Central Florida.

The event will also feature a silent auction and raffle.  With your help, we can reach our goal and continue to provide opportunities to young people and residents of the neighborhoods surrounding the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium.

MAPA Kamikaze Karaoke

MAPA Hosts Unique New Fundraiser
Featuring Local Celebrities and Personalities
MAITLAND, FL- OCTOBER 9, 2014 – MAITLAND ACADEMY OF THE PERFORMING ARTS announces their new, exciting and unique fundraiser: Kamikaze Karaoke at the Abbey on Thursday, November 6 at 7:00PM


In this unique fundraiser, 18 local celebrities and personalities will be up for auction online. The person who places the highest bid on each celebrity before 12:00 noon on October 30 gets to select any song for that celebrity to sing at the KAMIKAZE KARAOKE live event.

Tickets to the live KAMIKAZE KARAOKE event are $20. VIP Tickets are available for $40 which include prime seating near the stage. A cash bar will be available.  To purchase a performance ticket to the live Karaoke Event, visit www.abbeyorlando.com. The winning bidder for each singer will also receive 2 VIP tickets.

“We like to think outside the box here at MAPA, and we thought this was a fun way to involve the community and raise not only funds, but awareness of our new nonprofit,” says Tim Evanicki, Executive Director of MAPA.


Here’s the lineup of local celebrities up for bid, some have already topped $100!

Priscilla Bagley, Celebrity Vocal Coach and Performer
Marina Jurica, WFTV Channel 9 Meteorologist
Laura Hodos, Locally-based national Performer
Kevin Kelly, Performer
Tim Evanicki, Executive Director, Maitland Academy of the Performing Arts
Eric Pinder, Local Personality
David Dorman and Julie Ohlberg
Adam McCabe, Creative Director, Orlando Weekly
Billy Manes, Sr. Staff Writer, Orlando Weekly
Scottie Campbell, Local Personality
Becky Fisher, Local Personality
Dexter Foxworth, Executive Director, Zebra Coalition
Mark Baratelli, Producer of The Daily City
Chris Leavy, Local Celebrity Piano Man
Ben Johansen, Owner, Embellish FX
Joshua Eads-Brown/Ginger Minj, Nationally Renowned Entertainer
Eric Rollings, Candidate for Water and Soil District 4
Janine Klein, Local Icon

Tickets to the live KAMIKAZE KARAOKE event are $20. VIP Tickets are available for $40 which include prime seating near the stage. A cash bar will be available.  To purchase a performance ticket to the live Karaoke Event, visit www.abbeyorlando.com. The winning bidder for each singer will also receive 2 VIP tickets.

The Abbey is located 100 S Eola Drive #100, Orlando, FL. To bid on one of our local celebrities, please visit www.32auctions.com/mapa.

For more information, call 407-370-4909.

The Maitland Academy of the Performing Arts is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit community arts school with a mission to enrich lives through participation in the performing arts by providing professional training, classes and performance opportunities made available to all people regardless of background, abilities, skill level, age or socioeconomic status.

8th Annual Scooters For Hooters & 3rd Annual Ellen’s Walk With the Angels


Scooters 4 Hooters is the signature FUNdraising event for Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation. This 22 mile, police escorted scooter ride and free celebration of life takes place annually at Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando. The day’s activities include great speakers, live music, food vendors, a silent auction, scooter raffles if you want a scooter yourself then For the best reviews of scooters and gear, I recommend going to https://myproscooter.com, and survivor tributes.

If you are interested in FUNdraising for this great event, CLICK HERE to create your customized fundraising page.

If you are interested in volunteering, you can sign up here. To learn more about the event, visit our events page. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!


Ellen’s Walk with the Angels is a 4K (two lap) walk around Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando on Saturday, May 10, 2014 with a celebration of life following in conjunction with the 8th Annual Scooters 4 Hooters Breast Cancer Charity Ride & Music Fest.

Finding Dora Drawdy Fundraiser 2014



Who is the Dora in Mount Dora? No one really knows for sure. But because Mount Dora was named after the lake it sits beside, the search for Dora starts there. The most popular account has surveyors in the 1860s naming Lake Dora after Dora Ann Drawdy one of the area’s first settlers. But there’s a problem with this legend. An older document shows that the lake was first surveyed and named twenty years before Dora Drawdy (or any other woman for that matter) drove her pioneer wagon into the Central Florida wilderness. Even if the “real” Dora was merely a surveyor’s sweetheart left behind in Annapolis or Boston to sip her tea, it doesn’t matter. Mount Dorans see their Dora dipping her chapped fingers into the lake and trudging her boots across the town’s mighty hills. One look at Dora Ann Drawdy’s tint type photograph and there’s little doubt that this strong intelligent looking woman is Mount Dora’s namesake.

Tickets available at http://findingdoradrawdy.com/

Schedule of Activities:

FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm
“WINE ABOUT ART” silent Auction at the lobby of the lakeside inn



4:00pm to 6:00pm – “FASHION SHOW” FEATURING:

• THE SECRET GARDEN (Adult & Children’s fashions)
• THE RICH HIPPIE (Fun & Cool fashions)