12 x August 17 - September 6, 2017 x www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com n Turtle Creek Turtle Creek resident and owner of Kidsville Pediatrics Francelis Gonzalez, M.D., FAAP, attended Pinceladas de Mejuer’s first Spring Hat Show, benefiting Hope Community Center. The charity event, held at Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, showcased Winter Park IN YOURNEIGHBORHOOD designer Liz Sheppard, with her latest spring/summer collection on the catwalk while guests enjoyed a threecourse preselect menu. Attendees also had the opportunity to enter a compiled by Lauren Salinero dual-category hat competition, where they were judged on elegance and in coordination with the season. Based on his leadership and achievements in the Turtle Creek community throughout the past year, Turtle Creek Homeowners Association President Michael Kulich was awarded the Monica Harris Spires Excellence in Leadership Award for the second consecutive year. He was presented the award at the 22nd annual Community Conference, Members of the board of directors of Pinceladas de Mujer, including Dr. Francelis Gonzalez of Turtle Creek (second from left), receive a proclamation from Luis Martinez (third from left), a representative of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, at the organization’s first Spring Hat Show. Southwest resident and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs presents the Monica Harris Spires Excellence in Leadership Award to Turtle Creek Homeowners Association President Michael Kulich.
www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com x August 17 - September 6, 2017 x 13 organized by the Orange County Neighborhood Preservation and Revitalization Division. The Turtle Creek Homeowners Association also received the Excellence in Safety & Security Initiatives for initiating programs, policies and procedures designed to protect and ensure the safety of the neighborhood’s residents and property. n Windermere Florida League of Cities officials recognized Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn with a 2017 Home Rule Hero Award. Bruhn earned the prestigious award for his tireless efforts to advance the league’s legislative agenda and help protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s cities during the 2017 regular legislative session. Home Rule is the ability of a city to establish its own form of government and enact ordinances, codes, plans and resolutions without prior state approval. The mayor was also the recipient of the league’s inaugural Home Rule Hero Award in 2009 and has received the honor the past four consecutive years. Amber Hughes, a Florida League of Cities Legislative advocate, presents a 2017 Home Rule Hero Award to Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn. “I am truly honored to be recognized by the Florida League of Cities for my efforts,” Bruhn said. “As all of our local officials can attest to, this legislative session contained many bills that attempted to diminish our self-governance and have Tallahassee dictate what our local governments can do. We need to continue our efforts, as I expect we will see more of the same in our next session.” Most Insurances Accepted Mitesh and Vernic Popat of Windermere, CEO and CFO of PlantOGram, respectively, were invited to The Hamptons in New York, for Russell Simmons’ annual Art for Life Gala. The theme was Moroccan, and the entire event was filled with spices and Moroccan designers. Mitesh and Vernic donated items for the VIP gift bags and silent auction. The gala raised more than $1 million. CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 Rizzo Dental Group WILLIAM RIZZO, D.M.D. JEFFREY RIZZO, D.M.D. Cosmetic & Family Dentistry 407.521.8765 NEW PATIENTS AND EMERGENCIES WELCOME Request an appointment online at www.rizzodentalgroup.com 6150 MetroWest Blvd., Suite 207, Orlando, FL 32835 All Major Credit Cards Accepted -CareCredit®- ROYAL Landscape Nursery • Topiaries • Shrubs • Trees • Fruit Trees • Crape Myrtles • Sod • St. Augustine • Floratam • Zoysia • Palmetto • ALL VARIETIES • Rocks • Mulch • Ground Covers • Palm Trees Foxtail • Foxtail • Robellini • Queen Palms • Adonidias • Sabals • MANY MANY MORE!