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Magnifique: A Glowing Fairy Fundraiser

Oh, now this sounds so totally cool!  Imagine the gorgeous outdoor setting of the Mennello Museum of Art, where there are giant Live Oaks that are over 300 years old…

And then picture the sun setting and as dusk gathers, the fairy folk begin to emerge from their hiding spots, bringing a luminous glow to the grounds! This is the vision of Voci Dance and their Magnifique, a Glowing Fairy Fundraiser.

Envision yourself sipping wine as you stroll about the garden setting, taking in the magical fairies dancing about glowing mushrooms (from artist Doug Rhodehamel).

And, you can join the mystical fun for just $15 on November 20. For more details about what else is in story on this special night, check out!

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Portraits of Hunger: Timely Reminder for the Upcoming Season

More than 100 people participated in the 4th annual Portraits of Hunger photography competition, which took a frank, fresh, and often endearing look at the faces of Central Florida’s hungry.

The winners were announced in at a Showcase Party at the Enzian Theater with top honors going to Cynthia B. Slaughter for her winning photo titled “First Fruit.”

"Fruit First"

Sponsored by the Second Harvest Food Bank, the judges included Dave Krepcho, President of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Henry Maldonado, President of Enzian Theater, and Josh Garrick, Fine Art and Culture Writer for a series of news and on-line venues.

Winner Cynthia B. Slaughter and the judges

While the photo competition has ended, the hunger many Central Floridians face has not. Perhaps as you go into the upcoming holiday season you might keep such unfortunates in mind… it is often just the wrong circumstances or bad luck that can mean whether or not a child has a meal to eat one day or the next. You can make a difference!

Showcase attendees Kelly Carline, Lauren Moskowitz, Mindy Moulton, JoJo Dey, Michael Dey, Dac Ung


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CANstruction is just so cool!

The Top 5 posted earlier about the exciting CANstruction going on at the Central Florida Zoo. Well, the leap was made to the Fashion Square Mall where “canstructionists” were hard at work creating masterpieces of art! (Well, canned art that is.)

Be sure to vote on your favorite Canstructure and be entered to win a gift pack from the Central Florida Zoo!

All food will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank and brings awareness to the problem of hunger right here in Central Florida. Below are pictures featuring designs by Burke Hogue Mills, Inc.RLF and A&CHunton Brady Architects and M.J. Harris, Inc., as well as the Canstruction Committee.

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LIVESTRONG! Vote to Bring Its Residence-in-Arts Program to Orlando

What is it?

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando, in partnership with United Arts, has been selected as one of just 57 finalists across the nation for a grant from LIVESTRONG’s Artists-in-Residence Program!



This totally cool program would enable local artists to use the power of the arts to work directly with M.D. Anderson patients and their families as they meet the challenges of diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. Yeah, fighting cancer is tough, so why not help bring a bit of happiness through art into these patients’ lives?

How can you help?

Only YOUR votes to make this happen! You can vote now through 7 p.m. on October 29 by clicking the link below to help bring LIVESTRONG’s Artists-in-Residence Program to M. D. Anderson – Orlando.



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Darden Gives Back to the Community…in a Major Way!

As we gear up for the year’s upcoming holiday season, it is nice to see some companies already on their way to giving back to the community (and those most in need) in a major way. Over 100 volunteers from Darden’s Specialty Restaurant Group, comprising The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze Island Grille and Seasons 52, took part in two community outreach projects during the group’s annual Leadership Conference.

Approximately 65 restaurant leaders volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank to assemble food packs for the Hi-Five Kids Pack Program, which provides nutritious weekend meals to children who depend on free and reduced lunches offered by school cafeterias during the week. The Specialty Restaurant Group also donated $6,000 to the food bank to purchase kid-friendly items that make up the take-home packs. Volunteers created 2,000 food pack meals.


John Martin - President of The Capital Grille, Gene Lee - President of Specialty Restaurant Groups, Stephen Judge - President of Seasons 52, Laurie Burns - President of Bahama Breeze, and Dave Krepcho – President/CEO of Second Harvest



More than 60 members of the group painted the exterior of the Coalition for the HomelessCenter for Women and Families, which can provide shelter and services for up to 240 homeless single women and parents with children. The Specialty Restaurant Group donated $4,000 for the paint and supplies used during the project.

Now that’s what we consider real giving… maybe this might inspire you to give back, too?


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Cure for the Run MMX – Just Awesome!

The second annual Cure for the Run was this past weekend at Wall Street Plaza in downtown Orlando. Hosted by and benefiting New Hope for Kids, the endurance race (0.05k or about 165 feet) was a humongous success raising well over $4000! It was lots of fun, featuring guest appearances by much of Orlando’s podcasting community, area mascots such as UCF’s Knightro, as well as musicians like Jeff Howell.

If you weren’t able to make it, you can still donate on the event’s website, but for now, enjoy this video:

Special thanks to Bananakin (AKA Jeff Peak) for his help in filming.

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Five Guys is Feeding Families!

Love it!  When Five Guys Burgers & Fries opened their newest Central Florida store in downtown Orlando, they did it right by feeding 100 needy families  in the process.  By recruiting the Second Harvest Food Bank into the process, almost 500 needy people were served and nearly 400 pounds of canned food were collected.

Five Guys first became involved with the food bank last year when they began donating 10% of all restaurant sales on the first Monday evening of every month to Second Harvest. Since May 2009, Five Guys has donated more than $20,000 to the non-profit.

Now that’s a figure we can all dig in and enjoy!

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