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4 x May 3 — 16, 2018 x www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com More than $20,000 in one night: that is what was raised by 12 ambitious Southwest Orlando teenagers who wanted to make a difference for children battling life-threatening illnesses. The inaugural St. Jude Presents One in a Million: A Night of Magic and Hope took place at Rosen JCC, raising $20,130 for children and teenagers fighting cancer and other harmful diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event marked the first time teenagers ran their own teen-oriented gala to benefit St. Jude, doing everything from peer-to-peer fundraising to contacting businesses for donations to the actual setup and participation in their homecoming/prom-themed event. “We wanted this first-ever event [to be] completely run by teens, for teens, with minimal adult help, so that we could show we were responsible and could do this,” said Zayna JeBailey of Windermere, chair of the event and a sophomore at Montverde Academy. “Helping that many people with that much money is great.” SOUTHWEST SPOTLIGHT A Night of Magic & Hope First-Ever Teen Gala for St. Jude Doubles Its Goal Fundraising & More It all began with an idea to do something different for a worthy cause. Zayna had spent years helping her mother, Charlotte JeBailey, with charity events, recently St. Jude adult galas. While assisting, Zayna learned that the only St. Jude events led by children and teenagers were marathons and school events, but no galas. “My mom wanted me to try something different, and we worked together to pick 15 of my friends [who] we thought were leaderlike people in their schools,” she said. “We got kids from seven different schools to come together and raise money for St. Jude.” An initial meeting with a St. Jude representative guided the teenagers in what to do for fundraising and putting by Blair Parke together a gala, with the agreed-upon idea of a “homecoming/prom” theme that would appeal to teenagers. Committee members soon hit the ground running, with Zayna and her a Winter Garden resident and sophomore at Foundation Academy. Scheduling conflicts first set the number attending at 50, but the gala ended up totaling 80 people in attendance. The First Academy junior and committee member Caleb Gordon of Windermere brought more than 12 friends and raised $900 through a candy-gram drive and encouraging fellow students and parents to donate. “I learned it is a lot harder to [raise funds] than expected, but I would Teens from seven different schools organize a gala to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Live Well at Home with Home Care Assistance • Contract-free in-home care services ranging from short-term to 24/7 care. • Experienced with advanced care needs, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. • Compassionate, reliable support for meals, transportation, personal care, and more. • The only home care agency with Cognitive Therapeutics, an activities-based program to promote brain health. Call us today. 407-232-7155 5178 Dr. Phillips Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819 HomeCareAssistanceOrlando.com I AHCA # 299994419 vice chair, Anna Binkley, using spreadsheets to divide up tasks for everyone in the committee. The tasks ranged from reaching out to committee member contacts for donation collections to calling venues and businesses to secure a location, food, a disc jockey and even a photo booth. “We wanted to spend as little money as possible so that we could make more money for St. Jude,” Zayna said. The initial goal was set for $10,000, with the minimum to raise for the event per person at $100; the more raised above that amount, the participant could bring one or more friends to the event. Some committee members even got teachers involved to encourage students to donate. However, the teenagers learned quickly about the trials of fundraising, even for a great cause like St. Jude. “We got a lot of noes, which is something we learned, in terms of still trying and keep asking, because eventually, you will get yeses,” said Anna, absolutely do this event again,” he said. “It was a great experience. It felt good to raise that money and go $10,000 over our original goal, while also learning what works and what doesn’t, [and] how to plan something like this.” Plans are already in the works for next year’s gala, with Anna as the chair and Zayna stepping down to participate more in the event’s fundraising. What will be the same is the mission for St. Jude, conveyed in its name from a quote by St. Jude founder Danny Thomas: “I’d rather have a million people give me a dollar than one give me a million; that way you’ve got a million people involved.” Anna concurred on the sentiment, “This [gala] helped encourage other teens to get involved in knowing they are helping teens who probably didn’t think they would be experiencing cancer or these diseases. We are spreading awareness and getting people excited about helping treat cancer.” ª

www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com x May 3 — 16, 2018 x 5 TABLE OF CONTENTS SOUTHWEST SPOTLIGHT ................................................................... 4 A Night of Magic & Hope 29 SUMMER KIDS CALENDAR 2018 ........................................................ 6 27TH ANNUAL BEST MOM IN SOUTHWEST CONTEST ...................... 17 SOUTHWEST SPORTS ...................................................................... 38 NOTEWORTHY NEWS .................................................................... 41 A Dream That Became Reality TV COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD ....................................................... 43 , 2016 SOUTHWEST SERVICE DIRECTORY ................................................... 49 May 3, 2018 Vol. XXXII, No. 13 PRESIDENT & PUBLISHER Rick V. Martin VICE PRESIDENT Yvette Martin MANAGING EDITOR Lisa Sagers AnnVarkeyRealtor@gmail.com 2018 EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Lauren Salinero CIRCULATION Robert Barlow CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Karen Nimetz, Blair Parke P.O. Box 851 Windermere, FL 34786 407-351-1573 www.southwestorlandobulletin.com The Southwest Orlando Bulletin is published semimonthly by Cornerstone Publishing & Multi-Media LLC. No material may be reproduced without written permission. Subscriptions are available in the U.S. and Puerto Rico for $25.56 per year and in Canada for $31.80 per year. For foreign surface mailing, add $20 per year. Neither the publishers nor the advertisers are responsible or liable for typographical errors, misinformation, misprints, etc., unintentionally contained herein. All letters received become the property of Cornerstone Publishing & Multi-Media LLC and may be reproduced and edited without consent. ©2018/Cornerstone Publishing & Multi-Media LLC MARKETING CONSULTANTS Madeline DeVito (407) 351-1573, option 1 mdevito@kearneypublishing.com Michelle Oakes 321-277-3467 michelle@cornerstonepublishinggroup.com