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30 x May 17 – June 6,

30 x May 17 – June 6, 2018 x www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com

n Bay Hill While some mothers and daughters bond over shopping and brunch, others find common ground a world away. Bay Hill resident Silvia Vega and her daughter, Andrea Zavaleta-Vega, fall into Andrea Zavaleta-Vega, a Bay Hill resident and Holy Family Catholic School student, helps villagers of La Romana in the Dominican Republic. the second category. The duo traveled to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip called Mission of Mercy. Silvia and Andrea, an eighth-grader at Holy Family Catholic School, served people of the “bateys,” or communities of very low income, who live and work in the sugar cane fields. While in the villages of La Romana, the pair assembled water filters and evangelized door to door. Andrea credits her school and home life with providing her a foundation of faith and a desire to help others. Henri Landwirth, a former Bay Hill resident and Central Florida hotelier who survived a harrowing youth in the Nazi death camps during the Holocaust and later devoted his life to making wishes come true for critically ill children as the founder of www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com x May 17 – June 6, 2018 x 31 IN YOURNEIGHBORHOOD compiled by Lauren Salinero Give Kids The World Village, died at the age of 91. After several decades as a successful hotel owner in Florida, Henri’s mission to brighten the lives of critically ill children and their families was born in 1986, after hearing of the death of a girl named Amy. Suffering from terminal leukemia, the 6-year-old’s wish to meet Mickey Mouse went unfulfilled when she died while arrangements were still being made to bring her family to Central Florida. “Though I never knew her, Amy’s death became the catalyst for building Give Kids The World and has affected everything in my life since,” Henri recalled in his 1996 autobiography, Gift of Life. Henri rallied area hospitality leaders, including fellow hoteliers, transportation officials and theme park executives to ensure that no child’s wish would ever go unfulfilled again. n Sandpointe Clark Toole (left), president of Coldwell Banker of Florida, and Rich Fleischer (right) Coldwell Banker regional vice president of east Central Florida, congratulate Sandpointe resident George Rahi on earning the 2017 International Diamond Society Award. George Rahi of Sandpointe received the Coldwell Banker 2017 CONTINUED ON PAGE 32 Discover why over 17 million homeowners trust State Farm ® . With your new home comes new responsibilities – like protecting your new investment with the right amount of homeowners insurance. That’s where we can help. CONTACT AN AGENT TODAY. This brand new Mediterranean home is a single story with 2,281 sq. ft. open-concept. It has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and 3 car garage. Features white cabinets, Quartz countertops in the kitchen and master, farmhouse sink in the kitchen island, all GE slate appliances and plank style tile throughout all the living areas. Gated community in prime location; located close to Dr. Phillips and Lake Buena Vista. For more information, please Call Valentina at 407-342-2288 to schedule a private showing. Shane Swan Insurance Agcy Inc Shane Swan, Agent Bus: 407-846-9333 C Martin Ins and Fin Svcs Inc Craig A Martin, Agent ChFC, CLU, CLF Bus: 407-656-1040 Valentina Ogden Realtor®, GRI, GKC Cell 407-342-2288 Email: Valentina.realty@gmail.com Web: www.ValentinaRealEstate.com También hablo Español "Valentina is the REALTOR you can trust and depend on!" statefarm.com ® State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, State Farm General Insurance Company, Bloomington, IL 0907508FL State Farm Florida Insurance Company, Winter Haven, FL Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate 7626 W. Sand Lake Rd. Orlando, FL 32819