Michael Larson and Camille West celebrate their engagement.
The MetroWest 5 Holiday Party 2011 was a tremendous success. The inaugural event was attended by Southwest residents Val Demings and Bo Outlaw, and entertainment was provided by disc jockey Ulises Perez and Olympia High School’s jazz band. Numerous local restaurants, businesses and residents contributed to the success of the event. Thanks also was extended to members of the MetroWest 5 Social Committee — Madeleine Francois, president; Veronica Carew, event coordinator; and event planners Gerri Lostlen, Angela Romo-Guadalupe, Alyce Sanders and Jewell Shlomi. A 2012 holiday party will be planned later this year.
South Bay resident and Heart of Florida United Way President/CEO Robert “Bob” Brown joins United Way Worldwide’s National Professional Council.
Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn was appointed to a second term on the board of directors for the Florida League of Cities. The 54-member board of directors is composed of elected city officials from throughout Florida and is tasked with policy-making and overseeing FLC operations. Founded in 1922, one of FLC’s primary functions is to lobby the state Legislature and Congress on a variety of issues that are important to Florida city government.
Pre-K and voluntary pre-K students from Windermere Union Church, United Church of Christ perform at the annual Arbor Day festival held at Windermere Town Hall.
Cub Scout Pack No. 6 in Dr. Phillips is the January recipient of the You’ve Been Spotted Outstanding Community Service Award from Chick-fil-A of Sand Lake Road.
Cub Scout Pack No. 6 in Dr. Phillips was the January recipient of the You’ve Been Spotted Outstanding Community Service Award from Chick-fil-A of Sand Lake Road. The boys were recognized for collecting 254 bags of food, totaling 1,778 pounds, that were donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Each month, Chick-fil-A of Sand Lake Road honors a person or group from Southwest who has been spotted giving back to the community. Winners receive a recognition party at Chick-fil-A. For more information or to suggest a nomination for the You’ve Been Spotted award, call Diana Mainieri at 407-351-1573, ext. 23; or email
Southwest resident Angela Winiewicz (right) meets actress Stefanie Scott, star of the TV show A.N.T. Farm.
William Steele, M.D., (third from right) of Southwest donates $150,000 to Shepherd’s Hope. Attending the check presentation are his family members; the Rev. William Barnes (far left), founder of Shepherd’s Hope and lead pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church at Windermere; and Cathy Benson (second from left), president of Shepherd’s Hope.
During the Famous Faces Masquerade Ball that benefits Shepherd’s Hope, William Steele, M.D., was the lucky winner of a $10,000 raffle prize, which he then donated back to the nonprofit organization. The Southwest resident also won a $198 million Powerball jackpot in 2009. Last year, he and his family donated $150,000 to Shepherd’s Hope, which operates nine Central Florida health centers for low-income, uninsured residents.
Central Florida Women’s League members (l. to r.) Karen Mills, Nancy Asche and Shelley Griffiths attend a CFWL luncheon at MoonFish.
Southwest resident and Dr. Phillips Charities board Chairman James “Jim” Hinson receives an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from the University of Central Florida.
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