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32 x March 16 - April 5,

32 x March 16 - April 5, 2017 x SOUTHWEST SEEN ▲ Guests browse silent auction items during the Big Orange Awards cocktail reception. West Orange Chamber of Commerce held its annual Big Orange Awards at Walt Disney World's Contemporary Resort. The event honored leaders in the west Orange area who make WOCC and the community strong. Awards were presented to the University of Central Florida, Chairman’s Award; John Rinehart, Sam Hovsepian Award; Eva Tukdarian, Mary Vandeventer “The Spirit of West Orange” Award; Reed Nissan, George Bailey Award; Mary Keating, Bert Roper Award; Congressman Daniel Webster, Danniel J. Petro “The Bright Future of West Orange” Award; Kathleen Roat, Ambassador of the Year; Aflac — Denise Fisher, Small Business of the Year; and Manheim Orlando, Big Business of the Year. ▲ West Orange Chamber of Commerce board member Cynthia Cardona of the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation meets Mickey and Minnie prior to the Big Orange Awards ceremony. ▲ West Orange Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Stina D’Uva opens the Big Orange Awards ceremony. ▲ Big Orange Awards recipients and co-sponsors (l. to r.) Rob Maphis, Collage Design and Construction; Stina D’Uva, president and CEO of West Orange Chamber of Commerce; Denise Fisher, Aflac; Kim Hardy, the University of Central Florida; Kathleen Roat, Kathleen Roat & Co.; Eva Tukdarian, Dr. Phillips Charities; Mary Keating, Winter Garden Association of Arts; Raymy, Reed Nissan; John Rinehart, Civitas Consulting Inc.; Keith Bradford, Disney Springs; Deborah Rios Barnes, CenturyLink; Charles Ingold, Manheim Orlando; Michael Eng, Observer Media Group; and Krista Carter, WOCC, gather onstage at the event’s conclusion. ▲ West Orange Chamber of Commerce 2016 Chairman Rob Maphis presents Kim Hardy of the University of Central Florida with the Chairman’s Award. ▲West Orange Chamber of Commerce 2016 Chairman Rob Maphis (left) of Collage Design & Construction and 2017 Chairman Keith Bradford of Disney Springs co-present Kathleen Roat of Kathleen Roat & Co. with the Ambassador of the Year Award. ▲ West Orange Chamber of Commerce 2016 Chairman Rob Maphis (left) and Jessica Batchelor, granddaughter of Dan Petro, present the Danniel J. Petro “The Bright Future of West Orange” Award to Congressman Daniel Webster. ▲ Trish Eakin (second from left) of Apple Air Conditioning & Heating and Nina Sayad of Reed Nissan snap a shot with Mickey and Minnie just before the Big Orange Awards ceremony. x March 16 - April 5, 2017 x 33 Presented by: Indulge in West Orange County's Largest Food Tasting & Business Expo! Each year, BEST FEST, “The Taste of West Orange,” wows guests from around Central Florida as they taste and enjoy the best that West Orange has to offer in food, wine and spirits. Our event has grown to attract over 1,000 food enthusiasts and business leaders from all across the area. Admission to the event provides guests with unlimited food and beverage samples from local restaurants & caterers, along with interactive exhibits from leading businesses across West Orange. Thursday, March 30th, 2017 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm Rain or Shine 150 N. Lakeshore Dr. Along the shore of Starke Lake in beautiful, historic Ocoee $40 advance | $50 at the door Save 10% when you purchase 10 wristbands! To purchase tickets and for vendor registration, visit or call 407-656-1304. FEATURING Bates New England Seafood and Steakhouse • Black Market Ribs Cathee Brady Catering • Chick-fil-A Ocoee and Winter Garden Cracker Barrel • Disney Springs Taco Food Truck • Gators Dockside Hagan O'Reilly's Irish Pub and Restaurant • House Blend Cafe Jeremiah's Italian Ice Market to Table • Melts on Main Street Mission Inn Resort & Club Ms. Bee's Popcorn & Candy Shoppe Orange Technical College - Westside Campus Culinary Team Pammie's Sammies • Pilars Martini • Press'd Juice Bar & Kitchen SeaWorld Orlando • Table Top Catering Takeout Waiter Restaurant Delivery and Marketing The Attic Door • The Vineyard, Wine Bar and Healthy Bistro TooJay's Restaurant and Deli New restaurants added each week! Premier Sponsor: Participating Sponsors: Media Sponsors: Event Sponsors: Apple Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. | Critical Intervention Services, Inc. | Orlando Health - Health Central Hospital | Reed Nissan