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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.

Chef’s Gala at Epcot

Heart of Florida United Way hosted its 24th annual Chefs Gala at Epcot in the Walt Disney World Resort. The region’s premier food and wine pairing event, the gala raised $250,000 to benefit local programs that provide food, shelter and other assistance to thousands of Central Floridians in need. This year featured cuisine from more than 20 of the area’s top chefs, as well as fine wine pairings, live music and a silent auction.💓

Lion & Hornet Society Social Scene

Lion & Hornet Society members held their first fundraiser, a carwash. The group is made up of Bishop Moore High School students who are Holy Family Catholic School alumni, and they took their name from the mascots of each school. Donations from the carwash totaled $550, all of which was given to HFCS’s Adopt-A-Student program,…

14th Annual Best Fest “The Taste of West Orange”

West Orange Chamber of Commerce sponsored its 14th annual Best FestThe Taste of West Orange.” Held along the shore of Starke Lake in Ocoee, more than 30 local restaurants and businesses treated guests to their most creative dishes, delicious desserts and inspired cocktails. Attendees sampled an unlimited array of food and drinks while also visiting the many interactive business booths. They also voted for the best booths of the night. Winners included …

Bacchus Bash Pictorial

Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association sponsored its 30th annual Bacchus Bash fundraising event to benefit the CFHLA Foundation. The nonprofit organization has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships and grants to local hospitality students and schools during the past 10 years. This year, the event earned more than $123,000 for hospitality education in Central Florida. Held at Orlando Premium Outlets on Vineland Avenue, Bacchus Bash is considered …

The Celtic Festival at Winter Garden

Crooked Can Brewing Co. and Plant Street Market co-hosted a Celtic Festival in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and the first anniversary of the opening of Crooked Can. The three-day festival in Winter Garden included Highland games, Irish grub, live Celtic music, local vendors and more. One of the highlights of the weekend was Crooked…

Windermere Art Affair

  The town of Windermere hosted its inaugural Windermere Art Affair last month. With 66 booths, 43 artists and more than 3,000 attendees, the event was a huge success. The weather was beautiful for the outdoor affair, providing the perfect ambiance for residents and visitors to stroll through, and view and buy unique pieces created…