On Nov. 6, more than 30 Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association companies participated in a Hurricane Relief Hospitality Career Fair with the purpose of securing employment for those who fled to Central Florida in the aftermath of the destructive hurricane season that impacted Puerto Rico and neighboring islands.
On Sept. 27, representatives from the school districts of Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties joined Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association (CFHLA) members for the annual Adopt-A-School Kick-Off Luncheon at the Crowne Plaza Orlando Universal.
On Thursday, July 20, the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association Allied Relations Council conducted the sixth annual Bowling Bash to benefit its CFHLA Adopt-A-School partner Lockhart Elementary School. The team-building and networking event, held at AMF Sky Lanes, included more than 130 CFHLA members “bowling for a cause.”
Caitlin Walsh of Dr. Phillips High School is awarded the 2017 Don Lorraine Freeberg Foundation’s “Full-Ride” $40,000 student scholarship from Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association President and CEO Rich Maladecki (left) and CFHLA Immediate Past President Chairman Gerlad Urquiola.
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. ♠
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Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association Board of Directors Chairman David Bartek (far right) and CFHLA Bacchus Bash Committee Chairman Louis Robbins (far left) stop by the Paramount Hospitality Management — Resort Collection booth.
On Friday, March 31, the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association produced the 31st annual Bacchus Bash fundraising event, benefiting the CFHLA Foundation, a nonprofit organization that has supported many Central Florida hospitality students and schools throughout the past 10 years.
Former Commissioner Scott Boyd (center) receives the 2016 CFHLA Public Servant of the Year award from Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association representatives (l. to r.) Board of Directors Chairman David Bartek, Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Peter Kacheris, Political Action Committee Chairman Jay Leonard, and President and CEO Rich Maladecki.
The Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association honored Scott Boyd, former Orange County District 1 commissioner, as the association’s 2016 CFHLA Public Servant of the Year.
Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association holds its annual career fair Jan. 31.
Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association will hold its annual CFHLA Hospitality Career Fair on Jan. 31 at the Orange County Convention Center. The event features on-site representation from more than 20 local lodging properties.
Jim Burns receives the 2016 Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association Member of the Year Award.
On Dec. 10 at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Studios Orlando, the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association hosted more than 1,100 members and community leaders at its annual CFHLA Hospitality Gala. The event is the hospitality industry’s largest annual holiday gathering. During the evening, CFHLA honored its lodging member of the year, allied member of the year, and engineer of the year.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to receive Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association’s 2016 Charles Andrews Memorial Hospitality Award.
Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association members appointed Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer the association’s 2016 Charles Andrews Memorial Hospitality Award recipient. The award is presented in recognition of achievements and contributions to Central Florida’s hospitality industry, as well as the community at large, and is the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by CFHLA.
On Friday, Sept. 9, the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association proudly presented the annual Patriot Day Breakfast, a community event to remember the lives tragically lost 15 years ago in New York City; Shanksville, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C. Each year, CFHLA commemorates the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and honors local law enforcement, fire rescue and emergency medical service members in the Central Florida region.
Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association honors community first responders during its annual Patriot Day Breakfast.
Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association, incorporated in 1980, is the world’s largest regional lodging association, representing approximately 80 percent of all lodging rooms in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. CFHLA also represents more than 500 “supplier” businesses that operate within the hospitality industry in Central Florida.
CFHLA leadership is composed of a 45-member board of directors, who …
Each year, Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association representatives conduct the Teacher Academy program, a job-shadowing experience that allows Central Florida educators the opportunity to follow “department heads” at CFHLA lodging establishments. The program is intended to inform teachers of the importance of the hospitality industry and to highlight the wide variety of employment opportunities…
Last year, the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness reported that more than 25,000 Central Florida children, or one in every 17, are homeless at some point during the year. While there is no short-term fix to the homelessness issue, many of the youngest still attend school and need basic, daily resources that many take for granted.
For the past eight years …
Awards Scholarships & Grants
Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association held its Community Partnership Luncheon at the Hilton Orlando, during which the CFHLA Foundation awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships and grants to Central Florida hospitality students and programs. For the second consecutive year, a “full-ride” $40,000 Don & Lorraine Freeberg Foundation Scholarship was presented. This year’s recipient was University High School student Ilana Harmon Sanchez, who will be attending the University of Central Florida Rosen College of Hospitality Management this fall. Also among the 29 Central Florida students who received scholarships at the event was Ira–Rain Levinson of West Orange High School. Ira-Rain was awarded the $10,000 …
CFHLA Elects 2016 Executive Committee Members of the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association elected a new board of directors and executive committee. The 2016 CFHLA board of directors is composed of 45 Central Florida hospitality executives from Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. The executive committee is as follows: Windermere resident David Bartek of Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando, chairperson; Windermere…