Category: Social Seen

Southwest Social Seen / Kids Beating Cancer

Kids Beating Cancer held its 2017 Hats & Heroes Masquerade Ball, celebrating 25 years, at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. The theme for the night was “Phantom of the Opera.” It featured music from the Broadway show with Terry Barber and his orchestra, as well as dancing to the music of Michael Andrew & Swingerhead followed by a DJ After Party.

Southwest Sports Seen / Iron Core Gym

Iron Core Gym of Ocoee competed at the R.A.W. United Stronglife Powerlifting Competition in Tampa. Kendall Danganan of Turtle Creek placed first in the women’s 132-pound senior division. Christopher Newton of Dr. Phillips won the men’s 181-pound 18-19 division, and Peter Pires of Cross Creek took the 181-pound senior title, as well as the pound-for-pound best power lifter award, for the men with a total of 1,525 pounds.

2017 MetroWest MusicFest

The MetroWest Master Association, managed by FirstService Residential, hosted the 2017 MetroWest
, presented by Diamond Sponsor Girard Environmental Services, at MetroWest Golf Club. The free, family-friendly event attracted a crowd of 2,000 people who partook in a relaxing, sunny afternoon filled with multiple music genres of talented local bands and school groups.

Westbrooke Elementary School Teacher Appreciation Week

Westbrooke Elementary School celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week for its 2016-17 teachers. The themes for the week were “Out of This World” and “Star Wars, May the 4th Be With You.” Students expressed their love by dressing up, decorating classroom doors and presenting gifts to the teachers who made it such an awesome school year.

Windermere Earth Day Cleanup Event

An army of volunteers joined Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn and Orange County Environmental Protection Division employees for the recent Mayor’s Earth Day Cleanup Event. Three different groups spent their morning discarding invasive plants and trash at Fernwood Park, Maguire Road and Bird (Egret) Island.

Bacchus Bash Photo Album 2017

Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association held its 2017 Bacchus Bash at Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets. The annual street party included more than 35 food, beverage and entertainment booths with more than 20,000 attendees. The festival raised more than $108,000 to support Central Florida Hospitality Education.

Photos courtesy of Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association

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Best Fest Photo Album

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce held its 15th annual Best FestThe Taste of West Orange” along the shores of Starke Lake in Ocoee. More than 60 food and drink vendors treated attendees to mouthwatering samples.

Catholic Schools Week at Holy Family Catholic School … Photo Album

There was a “student mutiny, tug-of-war and race for orphans” during the whirlwind Catholic Schools Week at Holy Family Catholic School. The week began with an open house to give prospective students’ parents a look behind the classroom doors. Nearly 700 students, from pre-K 3-year-olds to eighth-graders, took part in a walk-a-thon to raise money for the Orphans Rising Missions. The school also hosted a field day, Crazy Hair and Sock Day, talent show, Virtual Career Day and volunteer breakfast that honored all the people who make every event at HFCS possible.

HapCo 2017 Jazz Fest Photo Album

Ocoee High School hosted the HapCo 2017 Jazz Fest, an all-day free clinic with jazz professionals. Twenty bands benefited from the tutelage of Bernie Hendricks of the Ocoee High School jazz band; Jeff Rupert, director of The Flying Horse Big Band aka The University of Central Florida Jazz Ensemble; and Scott Wilson, the University of Florida’s jazz band director.

Windermere Treebute – 13th Annual

Photos by Lauren Bocken

The 13th annual Windermere Treebute, A Florida Arbor Day Celebration and Festival, took place Jan. 21 at Windermere Town Square. Families enjoyed viewing native, flowering and fruit trees, as well as an ask-the-arborist booth, food, artists, music, kids tree climb, nature education, plant sales, prize drawings and silent auction. The event is held every January, because that is the best time for planting trees in Florida. All proceeds benefitted the Windermere Tree Board Arbor Trees Fund.

(L. to r.) Aborist Michael Sampson of Clermont, Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn, Windermere Tree board member Jackie Rapport, and Duke Energy vegetation specialist Gregory Dortch enjoy the festivities.

Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Grand Opening

Dr. P. Phillips YMCARepresentatives of Dr. P. Phillips YMCA held a grand reopening after the facility’s multimillion dollar renovation. The new and improved center is an innovative model for future YMCAs and provides members with a holistic approach to wellness. Due to partnerships with Orlando Health, Axum Coffee and other organizations, the Y’s members have easy access to health screenings, doctor referrals, education about healthy eating and cooking, and …

Dr. Phillips High School’s Class of 1996 Reunion

The Dr. Phillips High School Class of 1996 held its 20-year reunion, which was attended by more than 160 alumni and guests. The former Panthers flew in from all over — from Chicago to Washington to Spain — to attend. The event was coordinated by class officers Joel Barnes, Mindy Carrion Colon, Cara Kane Wieckowski, Joe Humphrey and Mike Humphreys. The weekend included a happy hour in MetroWest at Crafted Block and Brew, as well as a tour of the DPHS campus led by administrative dean and fellow classmate Riki Smith. Attendees then enjoyed dinner and dancing at Aloft Downtown Orlando. 💓

A Taste of Dr. Phillips

Photos by Lauren Bocken

The Taste of Dr. Phillips 2016 was held at the Dellagio Town Center Sunday November 13th. Proceeds from this event was invested back into the community to organizations like, Dr. Phillips High School Scholarship Fund, Dr. Phillips Hospital, Dr. Phillips Library, Dr. Phillips Foundation, and other Dr. Phillips Rotary Charitable causes. Please enjoy our photo album!

West Orange Chamber of Commerce Building Business & Wellness Expo

West Orange Chamber of Commerce representatives held the Building Business & Wellness Expo in conjunction with a Business After Hours. The event was sponsored and hosted by West Orange Country Club. Guests were invited to take an up-close look at the many recent improvements made on the golf course and throughout the club. The expo was presented by Orlando HealthHealth Central Hospital, and attendees were introduced to the many business and wellness-focused organizations in the community. 💓

Stoneybrook West Kids Halloween Extravaganza

(Front, l. to r.) Savannah, Brayden, Madison, (back, l. to r.) Ross and Michelle Mathews

Photos by Lauren Bocken
Families gathered for a fun night of trick-or-treating at the Stoneybrook West Kids Halloween Extravaganza on Oct. 29. See photo album here!

Winter Garden MusicFest

Photos by Lauren Bocken

The Winter Garden MusicFest was held Oct. 8 & 9 in historic downtown Winter Garden to the delight of hundreds, of residents. A diverse collection of Central Florida’s finest musicians were showcased exposing the community to their music styles. Genres included: Country, Jazz, Blues, Americana, Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Blue Grass, Alternative, Pop, Folk, Classical, Opera, Musical Theater, Choral, R&B, Zydeco, Native American, Japanese, African, and Celtic.

Dr. Phillips Food & Wine Festival

(L. to r.) Donna Wolk, Diana Chastain, Lindsay Richardson and Brenda Kearney of the Southwest Orlando Bulletin

Photos by Lauren Bocken

The Dr. Phillips Chamber of Commerce presented the first Dr. Phillips Food & Wine Festival on Oct. 1, hosted by Eton Bridge Insurance and Financial Solutions. The event featured a variety of food and wine from local restaurants, live music and more. The festival was held in the Eton Bridge parking lot, with proceeds benefitting local scholarships.

Pints 4 Paws Photo Album

Photos by Lauren Bocken

The Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips Citrus’ Pints 4 Paws was hosted at Bar Louie on September 25, 2016. The event included raffles and giveaways, with 65 percent of the proceeds benefiting Pet Alliance of Central Florida.