Hats & Heroes Ball for Kids Beating Cancer


Kids Beating Cancer held its annual Hats & Heroes Ball with a debonair twist. The theme of the evening was “007 — Shaken Not Stirred.”

Elizabeth Patel (left) of Vizcaya and Donna Boyer of Palm Lake spy a couple of Bond look-a-likes.
Entertainment was provided by Michael Andrew and his orchestra with special guest artists Michelle Knight and LaRue Howard, who performed Bond-movie theme songs. The evening included a VIP cocktail reception, dinner, entertainment and a silent auction. Children who are waiting for or have received a bone marrow or cellular therapy transplant were honored during the event, as was Raymund Woo, M.D., medical director for pediatric orthopedics at Florida Hospital for Children. Dr. Woo was named Healing Hero of Excellence in Pediatric Medicine. Event proceeds benefited the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center. 💓

Southwest Orlando Boo-tiful Baby Photo Album


This Halloween, homes across Southwest Orlando will be enchanted by fairies; kept safe by superheroes; and visited by lions, tigers, bears and their companions.

Blake is the son of Kris and Amy Hanigosky of Winter Garden.

Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s 13th annual Boo-tiful Baby Halloween Photo Album is a sneak preview at what to expect from this year’s youngest trick-or-treaters, with costumes ranging from princesses to super heroes and even some villains. The SWB staff extends a heart-felt thank-you to all the residents who participated in this year’s contest.

SW Orlando Neighborhood News

compiled by Lauren Salinero

102016iyn05Young bullying prevention advocate Makaila Nichols of Windermere tops Amazon’s New Release list with her book, Blatantly Honest.

Eighteen-year-old Windermere resident Makaila Nichols turned her experience of being bullied as a young teen into a book, Blatantly Honest. In honor of October being National Bullying Prevention Month, her book was released Oct. 3. It topped Amazon’s New Release list in both Teen & Young Adult Social Issues and Parenting Teenagers categories. Makaila was also named National Ambassador for The Great American No Bull Challenge, a nationwide effort to raise awareness of bullying. She started her modeling career at age 14 when she was discovered by an agent at the mall.

Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Is the Perfect Addition to Any Meal

by Kirsten Harrington

Pumpkin Pumpkin is a healthy and flavorful addition to almost any dish.

Making an appearance in everything from doughnuts to dog treats, lattes and peanut butter, pumpkin is arguably America’s favorite fall flavor. We aren’t the only ones who love this glorious globe — pumpkin appears in savory dishes across the world from Italian ravioli to Thai curries to Moroccan tagines. It’s incredibly versatile and can be incorporated into just about any dish.

CFHLA Pays Tribute to Arnold Palmer


submitted by Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association

On Sept. 25, 2016, Central Florida lost one of its greatest ambassadors and community benefactors, Arnold Palmer. “The King” was more than a golf superstar to those in the area. His lifelong commitment to giving back to the community and passion for developing Orlando into a premier golfing destination distinguished him as a true legend.

Southwest Orlando Business Briefs


compiled by Lauren Salinero

Victory Martial Arts Celebrates 19th anniversary

Students and their families celebrate Victory Martial Arts’ 19th anniversary with special classes and a potluck.

To commemorate its 19th anniversary, Victory Martial Arts at 7512 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 120, in Orlando, hosted two special classes, featuring guest instructors Master Von Schmeling and professional Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters Antonio and Anthony Pettis. Anthony is the former UFC Lightweight Champion. After the classes, students and their families were invited to partake in a celebratory potluck. For more information, call 877-797-7988 or visit www.victoryma.com on the web.

Rediscover International Drive!


From Dazzling Nightlife and Romantic Dining to Family Fun and Attractions for All Ages, IDrive Offers Something for Everyone

If you haven’t been to International Drive lately, now is the perfect time to go. The crowds are down, the weather is cooler, and the area has undergone a recent revitalization. This 10.5-mile stretch of nonstop fun encompasses six theme parks, hundreds of shops and restaurants, hotels and attractions for every age.

“If you have a day or even a couple of hours, there is always something to do,” said Maria Triscari, president and CEO of the International Drive Resort Area Chamber of Commerce. “We have every cuisine imaginable, amazing attractions and some of the best shopping in the world.”

Quality Tutoring Services – EdU World Tutors


EdU World Tutors is making a huge splash in Orlando as it gains overwhelming popularity for its quality tutoring services provided by expert tutors for students of all grade levels and subject areas for the affordable price of $25 per hour. EdU provides tutoring via several options — in home, online and by phone.

A “Whole Self” Approach


Dr. Marissa Magsino strives to nurture the physical and spiritual sides of her patients

A holistic approach to healing — integrating the mind, body and spirit — is how Marissa Magsino, M.D., operates MetroWest Internal Medicine. Bumatako, a Filipino term that means “I’m young again,” is an iconic representation of Dr. Magsino’s commitment to a treatment that concentrates on the individual goals of her patients. Turning back the clock and regaining vitality and energy naturally is at the core of her philosophy when treating men and women regarding the effects of aging.

Marissa Magsino, M.D., uses a variety of specialized techniques to help patients feel better and younger.

Women Form Amy’s Army in Honor of Dear Friend


The Battle Continues

by Karen V. Contino

Mia Laudato, the late Amy Ames, and Jill Altomare participate in a Making Strides Against Cancer walk.

S. E. Hinton famously said, “If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.”

By this American author’s standard, Amy Ames made many people more than lucky.