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Orlando City SC: The Thin Red Line and #RethinkHomelessYouth on 8/28

With only five home matches left in the Lion’s season, the push for the playoffs is in full effect!


The City Lads currently sit just below the “red line” in the log jam that is the Eastern Conference. If the boys plan on making the playoffs this year, they are going to need a serious run of positive form for the remainder of the season.

The Lions return home to Camping World Stadium tonight, Wednesday, August 24th to take on Toronto FC.  The Lions defeated Toronto back in June, but is was no walk in the park.  Tied at 2-2 late in the match, it was Kaka who would step up hit the penalty kick in stoppage time to put the Lions on top for good.

The Lions will also be in action at home on Sunday August 28th, against New York City FC. This will be the third and final meeting of the year between the two clubs.

The Lions took the 1-0 win away at New York in the first meeting back in March.  Then in May, the Lions would come back from two goals down, to earn the point on a 2-2 draw in the Bronx.

This will be the first trip to Orlando for NYCFC this season. [Tickets are still available for this match.  Visit http://www.orlandocitysc.com/tickets to get yours!]

Image by Macbeth Photo

Images by Macbeth Photo

Whether in attendance or not, something special will happen on social media during Sunday’s match and you can be part of it! During the game (on August 28th), post on social media using the hashtag #rethinkhomelessyouth. Every post using this hashtag will be matched by a $1 donation from Orlando Health, up to a total of $20,000!

Supporters at Camping World Stadium can join the fight to end youth homelessness by attending the Rethink Homelessness advocacy campaign kickoff at the Orlando City Soccer match on August 28th (and the tailgate beforehand). 40% of homeless youth age 18-24 identify as LGBT, and with as hard as this community has been hit this year, we encourage anyone and everyone to help in any way they can.

New Stadium News

The new stadium is coming along nice and according to the club, it is still on track for the beginning of next season.  If you don’t have the chance to drive by, you can follow the link below to the live construction cam.  There is also a very cool time lapse video which was compiled over the last eight months. [Link]

Away Days – City Pubs

Don’t forget that Orlando City SC also has official watch parties at five different City Pub locations.  All City Pub locations guarantee to show all 2016 matches with sound, as well as discounted Heineken on match days. The next big watch party to be hosted by the Orlando City promo team, will be September 24th at Wall St. Plaza.  The match against D.C. United is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 pm.

For your local City Pub, follow this link:  http://www.orlandocitysc.com/gameday/citypubs

Vamos Orlando!

Show Your Local Love at Canvs on June 5th

Since we were founded in 2009, Central Florida Top 5 has been all about celebrating the amazing things happening here in our region.

We’ve cheered on SunRail and the Dr. Phillips Center. We’ve covered the opening of the Orlando Eye and the arrival of cool new businesses like Gods and Monsters. We’ve walked a mile in her shoes and learned how sharing bikes can get us all farther.

Now, coming up on June 5th, from 3pm to 9pm, all citizens of Orlando are invited to a community celebration of everything we love about The City Beautiful. Macbeth Photography is holding a very special edition of their monthly “First Friday” photography event series at Canvs in the Church Street Exchange building.

Working with artist Nathan Selikoff of Local Notebooks, the Macbeth team researched all of the official neighborhoods of downtown Orlando and created a hand-painted map that showcases each neighborhood and the community as a whole. Here’s how it looks:

Central Florida events First Friday Fotos Local Love

For $20, you get a 5-10 minute photoshoot in front of this beautiful map. One of the images will be lightly retouched and made available via Facebook; all the others will be available for download later. Food and drink vendors will be present, but have yet to be announced.

The proceeds from the Local Love event will go to benefit the work of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness (CFCH). Wondering who they are? You might recognize this video as their work:

Possibly better known as the organization behind the Rethink Homelessness campaign on Facebook, the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness is ultimately responsible for conducting the research and coordinating the implementation of community-wide solutions to the homelessness crisis. Their leadership has helped to put Orlando on the path to making homelessness brief, one-time, and rare.

In addition to donating the event’s proceeds to the Commission, attendees of the Local Love event will be encouraged to write on signs inspired by the Cardboard Stories video embedded above. You can either share something you love about Orlando, or hold up a pre-made sign in support of Orlando’s journey to ending homelessness.

Central Florida Local Love Mayor Dyer Kay Rawlins Phil Rawlins Bess Auer

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orlando City Soccer leaders Phil and Kay Rawlins, FLBlogCon founder Bess Auer, and other community members are already standing up to show their support. (We did too!)

What makes you want to show your local love for Orlando and Central Florida? RSVP on Facebook today!

Rethink Homelessness still going viral with recent video “Cardboard Stories”

“Rethink Homelessness” advocacy campaign has reached a historic number of local  followers and has now been seen by millions around the world. 

What do George Takei, Buddy Dyer and Lifebuzz all have in common? They have all shared this video! Do the same- and Like them on Facebook.com/RethinkHomelessness


The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness is leading a historic campaign to  rally citizens and leaders to understand and get involved with the issue of homelessness. The campaign titled, “Rethink Homelessness” was started 8 months ago and is now the most successful nonprofit advocacy campaign of any type with over 20,000 local followers on social media, and a new video that has gone viral around the world with over 1 million views in just the last 5 days.

Their video, “Cardboard Stories”, has not only captured local attention but has also been picked up by celebrities & media around the globe. In the few days that it has been released it has been written about in the Huffington Post (National and International versions), Daily Mail UK, Deccan Chronicle, Digital Journal, and The San Francisco Globe. It has also been shared on social media sites by celebrities and politicians such as Saturday Night Live alumni Amy Poehler, and Star Trek legend George Takei. Other publications putting out the video include ABC News, Kiss 92.5, Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Weekly, Upworthy, Distractify, GodVine and Viral Nova.

“We need to change the way people look at homelessness if we are going to find solutions for those in need” said Andrae Bailey, CEO of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, the group that has created and launched the Rethink Homelessness Campaign. “The homeless are people, just like you and I, that were usually impacted by some sort of tragedy. This latest video Cardboard Stories shows that homelessness can happen to anyone.” said Bailey, who has been heading the Rethink Homelessness Campaign since its inception 8 months ago.RethinkHomeless

The campaign’s Lead Advocate and spokesperson Joshua Johnson, a Central Florida businessman, has helped voice the campaign by spending time with the homeless on the streets of the community learning their names and stories. “I came to understand that stereotypes suck,” said Johnson, 34, who was enlisted by a friend to help with the social-media aspect of the campaign. “I basically became involved in this as a favor … but I’ve stayed because once I met people on the streets and really talked to them, it changed my thinking about who they are.”

“We have to admit we thought wrong about who these people are,” said Bailey. “We found out through our research that the homeless are people with disabilities and mental illness and mothers escaping domestic violence and veterans who panhandle because they have post-traumatic stress and they’re living on our streets after serving our country.”

The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness wants to use the Rethink Homelessness Campaign as the launch pad for its new plans and strategies to help get thousands of the homeless of the streets and into a home of their own.

The Commission hopes to help other communities start their own version of the Rethink Homelessness Campaign in the months to come.  

Follow and show your support also on Twitter @ Twitter.com/RethinkHomeless