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26 x September 21 - October 5, 2017 x CONTINUED FROM PAGE 25 members of SeaWorld’s rescue team, to return the whale safely to the Gulf of Mexico. “We all watched her strongly swim away,” said Dr. Lara Croft, veterinarian at SeaWorld Orlando, who escorted the pilot whale through every step of her rescue journey. “This story has been a true collaboration, and we worked together with many dedicated partners. We are proud to be a part of this rescue, rehabilitation and successful release. This truly is why we all do what we do.” The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) encourages people to report sightings of dead, injured or entangled dolphins and whales to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 888-404-3922. n OneBlood calls for blood donations OneBlood, a local nonprofit blood center serving the southeastern U.S., sent nearly 300 units of blood to Texas after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Rising flood waters and massive destruction prevented blood centers in Texas from being able to collect blood. The local center encouraged residents to donate blood, and blood supply will continue to be in need during the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and as hurricane season progresses. While all blood types are needed, there is an urgent call for O negative and O positive blood, as well as platelets and plasma donations. Generally healthy people age 16 and older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. For more information, call 888-936- 6283 or visit n Foundation serves local high schools Fairwinds Credit Union launched a nonprofit, Fairwinds Foundation, dedicated to helping individuals create and achieve a path toward financial responsibility, security and freedom. The foundation, led by Executive Director Garry Capton, already selected two organizations for partnerships, sponsoring a Junior Achievement of Central Florida program as well as a program with the University of Central Florida. It will partner with Junior Achievement to serve as the exclusive banking sponsor of JA Finance Park Virtual, a virtual simulation exercise for high school seniors in economics classes. Participating Southwestarea schools are Dr. Phillips, Ocoee, Olympia and West Orange high schools. Already a long-standing partner and the official Student Banking Service Provider for UCF, Fairwinds will continue to support the university through its newly formed foundation. It will support UCF’s Centsible Knights financial literacy program, offering five $2,500 scholarships to UCF students that complete the program. Centsible Knights provides students with information and resources that enhance their financial knowledge and equip them to make sound financial decisions, including responsible spending and saving, student load management, credit evaluation, protection of financial information, and investment planning. For more information about the Fairwinds Foundation, visit www. BUSINESS BRIEFS iFly Orlando, the world’s largest indoor skydiving operator, invites all individuals, despite physical and cognitive barriers, to attend iFly Orlando’s All Abilities Event on Sept. 27 from 6-8 p.m. The program is customized for those with physical and cognitive challenges in an environment of support and inclusion for those in the special needs community. The event package includes a preflight training session, all necessary flight gear, and two one-minute flights at the special price of $39.95. iFly Orlando is located at 8969 International Drive in Orlando. To reserve a spot, call 407-337-4359 or email West Orange Chamber of Commerce representatives held a one-year anniversary celebration for Friendly Confines. WOCC builds x September 21 - October 5, 2017 x 27 Photo courtesy of WOCC West Orange Chamber of Commerce members celebrate the one-year anniversary of Friendly Confines. partnerships, strong businesses and commitment to the community by serving as the leading business advocate in Central Florida, facilitating opportunity to nearly 1,000 member businesses. For more information about WOCC, call 407-656-1304 or visit Florida Hospital officials announced the hospital is developing a pediatric liver transplant program that will provide much-needed services to children in Central and North Florida. Today, the only active pediatric liver transplant program in Florida is in Miami, causing children and their families to travel great distances, sometimes out of state, for treatment. 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