050423_Best Mom in Southwest _DIGITAL EDITION

You also want an ePaper? Increase the reach of your titles

YUMPU automatically turns print PDFs into web optimized ePapers that Google loves.


O<br />

The heartbeat of the community<br />


May 4 — 17, 2023 | S<strong>in</strong>ce 1986<br />

©Christian Morales<br />

A Jackie<br />

of All Trades<br />

Jackie Siegel, a W<strong>in</strong>dermere<br />

resident and the “Queen of Versailles,”<br />

<strong>in</strong>spires a Broadway production.


MAY 14 | 11 A.M.–4:30 P.M.<br />

$58.95 *<br />

per adult<br />

(prepaid reservation)<br />

$24.95 *<br />

per child, 4 –12<br />

(3 and under free)<br />

More Than 60 Dishes | Unlimited Champagne & Mimosas | Free Self-Park<strong>in</strong>g<br />

RosenCentre.com/MothersDay | 407.996.3969 | 9840 International Drive<br />

*Not <strong>in</strong>clusive of tax and service charge. Walk-<strong>in</strong>s welcome based on availability and for an additional charge.

www.<strong>Southwest</strong>OrlandoBullet<strong>in</strong>.com x May 4 — 17, 2023 x 3

4 x May 4 — 17, 2023 x www.<strong>Southwest</strong>OrlandoBullet<strong>in</strong>.com<br />


NOTEWORTHY NEWS ....................................................................... 5<br />

I-Drive ESOL Pilot Program Launches<br />

SUMMER KIDS CALENDER .................................................................. 6<br />

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE ................................................................. 11<br />

A Jackie of All Trades<br />

32ND ANNUAL BEST MOM IN SOUTHWEST CONTEST ..................... 12<br />

COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD ........................................................ 20<br />


Rick V. Mart<strong>in</strong><br />


Yvette Mart<strong>in</strong><br />

May 4, 2023<br />

Volume XXXVII, No. 13<br />


Lisa Sagers<br />

lisa@kearneypublish<strong>in</strong>g.com<br />


Lauren Gonsalves<br />

lauren@kearneypublish<strong>in</strong>g.com<br />


Karen Nimetz<br />

Debra Wood<br />

Dr. Emilia<br />

Godoy-Rapport<br />

401 Ma<strong>in</strong> Street, Suite A,<br />

W<strong>in</strong>dermere, FL 34786<br />

407.909.1097<br />


P.O. Box 851<br />

W<strong>in</strong>dermere, FL 34786<br />

407-351-1573<br />

www.southwestorlandobullet<strong>in</strong>.com<br />

The <strong>Southwest</strong> Orlando Bullet<strong>in</strong> is published semimonthly by<br />

Cornerstone Publish<strong>in</strong>g & Multi-Media LLC. No material may be reproduced<br />

without written permission. Subscriptions are available <strong>in</strong> the U.S. and Puerto<br />

Rico for $25.56 per year and <strong>in</strong> Canada for $31.80 per year. For foreign<br />

surface mail<strong>in</strong>g, add $20 per year.<br />

Neither the publishers nor the advertisers are responsible or liable for<br />

typographical errors, mis<strong>in</strong>formation, mispr<strong>in</strong>ts, etc., un<strong>in</strong>tentionally conta<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

here<strong>in</strong>. All letters received become the property of Cornerstone Publish<strong>in</strong>g &<br />

Multi-Media LLC and may be reproduced and edited without consent.<br />

©2023/Cornerstone Publish<strong>in</strong>g & Multi-Media LLC<br />


Robert Barlow<br />


Madel<strong>in</strong>e DeVito<br />

407-351-1573, option 1<br />

mdevito@kearneypublish<strong>in</strong>g.com<br />

Michelle Oakes<br />

321-277-3467<br />

michelle<br />


Throughout the International Drive<br />

hospitality corridor, the sounds of employees<br />

speak<strong>in</strong>g languages other<br />

than English fill the air. But now, they<br />

have an opportunity to learn English<br />

and advance their careers through<br />

the English Program for Workers <strong>in</strong><br />

the International Drive Corridor pilot<br />

program.<br />

“Learn the language, and the<br />

future is unlimited,” said Harris<br />

Rosen, a Cypress Po<strong>in</strong>t resident<br />

and president/chief operat<strong>in</strong>g officer<br />

of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a visit to the classroom at Rosen<br />

Plaza, where students were learn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the English language. “We are<br />

chang<strong>in</strong>g people’s lives. We want to<br />

keep grow<strong>in</strong>g this program.”<br />

County Launches Pilot Program<br />

Nearly 75,000 people work <strong>in</strong><br />

the International Drive Resort Area.<br />

The International Drive Community<br />

Redevelopment Act (CRA) Advisory<br />

Group recommended offer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

English classes to <strong>in</strong>crease retention<br />

and support employees’ personal<br />

growth.<br />

Accord<strong>in</strong>g to the U.S. Census<br />

Bureau, nearly 40% of Orange<br />

County residents speak a language<br />

other than English. Twenty-six percent<br />

of the population speaks<br />

Spanish and nearly 35,000 of those<br />

people report not speak<strong>in</strong>g English<br />

very well. About 2% of the total<br />

Orange County population speaks<br />

Haitian Creole.<br />

In September, Orange County<br />

launched the pilot program. The<br />

county offered the program to several<br />

hotel and resort properties but only<br />

Rosen Hotels & Properties accepted.<br />

Nearly 65 employees signed up.<br />

Rosen expla<strong>in</strong>ed that when he was<br />

<strong>in</strong> the U.S. Army, he learned to speak<br />

Korean and German <strong>in</strong> order to communicate<br />

with the people where he<br />

was based.<br />

“Learn<strong>in</strong>g the language where you<br />

live is critical,” Rosen said.<br />

<strong>Southwest</strong> resident and Orange<br />

County Mayor Jerry Dem<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

described the program as “a perfect<br />

example [of a] public-private<br />

partnership to address workforce<br />


challenges” <strong>in</strong> the county’s<br />

$75 billion tourism <strong>in</strong>dustry.<br />

“Language is key to<br />

open<strong>in</strong>g the door of opportunity,”<br />

Dem<strong>in</strong>gs said. “We<br />

would not be here without<br />

Rosen Hotels.”<br />

Rosen Hotels & Resorts<br />

has offered English as a<br />

Second Language (ESOL)<br />

courses for more than 20<br />

years. The company employs<br />

people from all over<br />

the world. Some of the employees<br />

who took the early course<br />

are now managers and supervisors<br />

at the company.<br />

“It is so important where you live<br />

to learn the language,” Rosen said.<br />

“It helps <strong>in</strong> terms of promotion and<br />

your ego when you can talk to people<br />

and express your feel<strong>in</strong>gs and<br />

understand what they are say<strong>in</strong>g.”<br />

Rosen encouraged the students<br />

<strong>in</strong> attendance to stick with it and<br />

thanked them for tak<strong>in</strong>g the course.<br />

He spoke about the opportunities<br />

available to people who have<br />

the ability to speak more than one<br />

language.<br />

“If you have a native language and<br />

you are liv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> someplace where<br />

they speak a different language, you<br />

will survive, but that is all you will<br />

do,” Rosen said. “Your future won’t<br />

be as bright as it could be.”<br />

About the Pilot Program<br />

UCF Global delivers the courses<br />

geared toward the needs of adults<br />

<strong>in</strong> the hospitality <strong>in</strong>dustry. Orange<br />

County’s government pays for the<br />

<strong>in</strong>structional elements from CRA<br />

fund<strong>in</strong>g. The pilot program costs<br />

$127,510. The <strong>in</strong>structors speak<br />

Spanish, Creole and English.<br />

The pilot offers three eight-weeklong<br />

curriculum levels: English <strong>in</strong><br />

NEWS<br />

I-Drive ESOL Pilot Program Launches<br />

Rosen Hotels Empowers Employees to Learn English<br />

by Debra Wood<br />

Harris Rosen, a Cypress Po<strong>in</strong>t resident and<br />

president/chief operat<strong>in</strong>g officer of Rosen Hotels &<br />

Resorts, speaks to Practical Language Learned students.<br />

www.<strong>Southwest</strong>OrlandoBullet<strong>in</strong>.com x May 4 — 17, 2023 x 5<br />

Action, the fundamentals; Practical<br />

Language Learned, the beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

level; and High Intermediate, a hybrid<br />

program, partially <strong>in</strong> person and<br />

some on a computer with <strong>in</strong>structorled<br />

and self-paced components.<br />

31<br />

Jennifer Haddad, M.Ed., program<br />

director of UCF Global engagement,<br />

<strong>in</strong>dicated <strong>in</strong> an Orange<br />

County released statement that<br />

nearly 64% of the pilot program’s<br />

participants are tak<strong>in</strong>g the courses<br />

to ga<strong>in</strong> better work opportunities as<br />

their ma<strong>in</strong> purpose for participat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> the program.<br />

University of Central Florida educators<br />

are collect<strong>in</strong>g data to measure<br />

the pilot program’s success for<br />

the employees and employers, and<br />

they will evaluate operational challenges.<br />

That <strong>in</strong>formation will help the<br />

county develop a susta<strong>in</strong>able ESOL<br />

program after the pilot is completed<br />

next month.<br />

Rosen Hotels provides the space.<br />

Employees take the courses as part<br />

of their workday, twice weekly for<br />

two hours.<br />

Now, the county and Rosen want<br />

to grow the program to more properties<br />

on I-Drive. Interested bus<strong>in</strong>esses<br />

can contact the Orange County<br />

Office of Economic Development.<br />

“If we can expand this, how beautiful<br />

it will be,” Rosen said. ª<br />

AnnVarkeyRealtor@gmail.com<br />

7232 Sand Lake Rd #103 Orlando Fl 32819

6 x May 4 — 17, 2023 x www.<strong>Southwest</strong>OrlandoBullet<strong>in</strong>.com<br />

Summer Kids<br />

C a lendar<br />

With summer just around the<br />

corner, kids and parents are<br />

look<strong>in</strong>g forward to gett<strong>in</strong>g out<br />

of the house. If you’re seek<strong>in</strong>g<br />

kid-friendly activities to keep<br />

your children enterta<strong>in</strong>ed, active<br />

and out of trouble, then<br />

look no further. <strong>Southwest</strong><br />

Orlando Bullet<strong>in</strong>’s annual<br />

Summer Kids Calendars provide<br />

great ideas to get you<br />

started!<br />

Footworks<br />

Dance Studio<br />

offers summer<br />

programs for all<br />

ages.<br />

DANCE CAMPS at Footworks<br />

Dance Studio, 1201 W<strong>in</strong>ter Garden<br />

V<strong>in</strong>eland Road, W<strong>in</strong>ter Garden; 407-877-<br />

2260; www.footworksdancestudio.com,<br />

offer summer programs for all ages. Camps<br />

beg<strong>in</strong> June 12, and the five-week summer<br />

class program is June 12-July 28. Classes<br />

<strong>in</strong>clude ballet, hip-hop, musical theater/<br />

jazz, acro, aerial silks, Sh<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g Star combo<br />

class, Tw<strong>in</strong>kle Star combo class, stretch<br />

and condition<strong>in</strong>g, rotations and improvisation,<br />

Wee Hop & Tumble, and <strong>Mom</strong>my &<br />

Me.<br />



Weekly camps for middle and high school students<br />

of all fitness levels. No experience required!<br />

OarsRow<strong>in</strong>g.com/Summer<br />



All Together Now<br />

June 3 - July 29<br />

In-person and virtual events for kids of all ages<br />

Fun - Educational - Free

www.<strong>Southwest</strong>OrlandoBullet<strong>in</strong>.com x May 4 — 17, 2023 x 7<br />

Lake Cypress Summer Camp attendees have a multitude of activities to keep them<br />

engaged.<br />

LAKE CYPRESS SUMMER CAMP at W<strong>in</strong>dermere Preparatory<br />

School, 6189 W<strong>in</strong>ter Garden V<strong>in</strong>eland Road, W<strong>in</strong>dermere; 407-905-7737;<br />

camp.w<strong>in</strong>dermereprep.com, offers a program where campers choose their<br />

own adventure! Each week boasts a different theme and <strong>in</strong>cludes on-campus<br />

field trips, lots of specialty camp rooms, swimm<strong>in</strong>g, sports, dance, martial arts,<br />

<strong>in</strong>flatables and more. Dates run June 5-July 28. Choose any weeks you want!<br />

Camp days are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for $299, or extended day is 7:45 a.m.-5:45<br />

p.m. for $389.<br />

The<br />

Orange<br />

County<br />

Library<br />

System<br />

hosts<br />

Summer at<br />

Your Library<br />

for all ages.<br />

LIBRARY SUMMER FUN takes place through Orange County Library<br />

System’s Summer at Your Library, 407-835-7323, ocls.<strong>in</strong>fo/summer.<br />


Start early June<br />


Beg<strong>in</strong>ners and High<br />

Performance<br />

Start early June<br />

For all your summer tennis requirements at<br />

For all your summer tennis requirements at<br />

W<strong>in</strong>dermere Prep School and West Orange Country Club.<br />

dermere Prep School and West Orange Country Club.<br />

407 928 6666<br />

(407) 928-6666<br />

OrlandoTennisAcademy.com<br />

<strong>in</strong>fo@orlandotennisacademy.com<br />

6189 W<strong>in</strong>ter Garden-V<strong>in</strong>eland Rd, W<strong>in</strong>dermere<br />

West Orange Country Club<br />

3300 W Orange Country Club Dr, W<strong>in</strong>ter Garden<br />

354455-1<br />


Beg<strong>in</strong>ners For and High all your summer tennis requirements<br />

Performance at W<strong>in</strong>dermere Prep School and<br />

West Orange Country Club.<br />

Top Coaches on the Courts All Summer<br />

#1 Tennis Facility <strong>in</strong> <strong>Southwest</strong> Orlando<br />

Children of All Ages and Abilities<br />

407 928 6666

8 x May 4 — 17, 2023 x www.<strong>Southwest</strong>OrlandoBullet<strong>in</strong>.com<br />


Fun, educational and free programs and activities are available for all ages.<br />

Registration is open for Summer at Your Library, tak<strong>in</strong>g place June 3-July 29.<br />

MUSIC CAMPS at School of Rock, 6700 Conroy-W<strong>in</strong>dermere Road,<br />

Suite 140, Orlando; 407-710-9100; orlando.schoolofrock.com, offer several<br />

weeklong camp sessions for summer 2023. Camps are available for students<br />

ages 7-18, with or without prior experience, <strong>in</strong> several formats. Rock 101<br />

camps are aimed at younger beg<strong>in</strong>ners and <strong>in</strong>troduce campers to a variety<br />

of <strong>in</strong>struments and how to play <strong>in</strong> a band sett<strong>in</strong>g, while Performance camps<br />

require some experience and feature a live rock music show at a local venue<br />

on the last day of camp.<br />

ROWING SUMMER CAMPS with Orlando Area Row<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Society, 2457 Maguire Road, W<strong>in</strong>dermere; oarsrow<strong>in</strong>g.com/summer;<br />

<strong>in</strong>fo@oarsrow<strong>in</strong>g.com. OARS holds an Open Boathouse event this month. Try<br />

School of Rock offers a wide variety of music camps and workshops.<br />

Orlando Area Row<strong>in</strong>g Society camp participants improve their strength and fitness<br />

while hav<strong>in</strong>g fun on the water.<br />


For Children Ages 5-14<br />

9 AM to 3 PM (Extended Day Available)<br />

A Variety of Activities <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g: On-campus Field<br />

Trips, Crafts, Field Games, Swimm<strong>in</strong>g, Sports,<br />

Dance, Cook<strong>in</strong>g, Martial Arts, Specialty Camp<br />

Rooms and more!<br />

Sessions <strong>in</strong> June and July with Weekly Themes<br />

Discounts for Sibl<strong>in</strong>gs and Entire Summer<br />

Enrollment<br />

Kim Schultz, Camp Director<br />

Kim Schultz, 407-905-7737 Camp Director opt. 7<br />

407-905-7737 camp@w<strong>in</strong>dermereprep.com<br />

opt. 8<br />


a new sport and learn to row this summer. Weekly camps are available for<br />

middle and high school students of all fitness levels. No experience required!<br />

www.<strong>Southwest</strong>OrlandoBullet<strong>in</strong>.com x May 4 — 17, 2023 x 9<br />

camps <strong>in</strong>clude four excit<strong>in</strong>g days of youth empowerment through real-world<br />

aviation experiences such as ground school basics, VR <strong>in</strong>teractive flight simulation,<br />

drones, special guest speakers, <strong>in</strong>structional flights and more. Camp<br />

Session Alpha is July 10-13, and Camp Session Bravo is July 24-27. For more<br />

<strong>in</strong>formation, call 407-719-0912 or email <strong>in</strong>fo@visionofflight.org. To register,<br />

visit visionofflight.org/vision-of-flight-youth-aviation-summer-camp.<br />

Young<br />

people are<br />

<strong>in</strong>troduced<br />

to the<br />

world of<br />

aeronautics<br />

through<br />

Vision of<br />

Flight’s<br />

summer<br />

camps.<br />

SUMMER CAMPS at Gan Israel Day Camp, 407-354-3660, www.<br />

ilovegi.com, take place on 27 beautiful acres that are dedicated to enrich<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the lives of children from diverse Jewish backgrounds and affiliations through<br />

stimulat<strong>in</strong>g camp experiences. Activities <strong>in</strong>clude sports, swimm<strong>in</strong>g, archery, a<br />

Nurse Practitioners:<br />

Esther Pelissier, ARPN-BC<br />

Irene Gan, PMHNP<br />

Raykha Crag-Chaderton, PMHNP-BC<br />

Nad<strong>in</strong>e Massillon, ARPN<br />

Therapists:<br />

Michael Kellogg, LMHC, ATR-BC<br />

Randie Morillo, LCSW, ACSW<br />

Amy S<strong>in</strong>gleton, LMHC<br />

Brooke Parker, LMHC<br />

Cristal Daniel, LMHC<br />


Nad<strong>in</strong>e Massillon<br />

Esther Pelissier<br />

STEM AVIATION SUMMER CAMPS at Vision of Flight are unlike<br />

any other summer camps <strong>in</strong> Central Florida. Geared toward ages 10-18, two<br />

SUMMER<br />

CAMP<br />

Ages 10-18<br />


ALPHA Session: July 10th - 13th<br />

Bravo Session: July 24th - 27th<br />

(9 AM - 3 PM Daily)<br />

• Ground School Basics<br />

• VR Interactive Flight Simulation<br />

Camp It<strong>in</strong>erary:<br />

• Drones / UAV Build and Test Fly<br />

• Special Guest Speakers<br />

• Instruction Flight<br />

(Real Flight Time)<br />

For more <strong>in</strong>fo: (407) 719-0912 • <strong>in</strong>fo@visionofflight.org<br />

Register Today! VisionofFlight.org

10 x May 4 — 17, 2023 x www.<strong>Southwest</strong>OrlandoBullet<strong>in</strong>.com<br />


W<strong>in</strong>dermere Preparatory School gives its campers hands-on tennis experience.<br />

Campers enjoy a variety of outdoor activities at Gan Israel Day Camp.<br />

ropes course, watersports, art and specialty fun shops. Camp Gan Israel is<br />

part of the largest, fastest-grow<strong>in</strong>g network of day camps, enjoy<strong>in</strong>g a reputation<br />

as a trendsetter <strong>in</strong> Jewish camp<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>in</strong>novative ideas and creative programs.<br />

CGI is accredited by the American Camp Association. Camp sessions<br />

are June 26-July 21 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Extended care is available.<br />

SUMMER TENNIS AND CAMPS at W<strong>in</strong>dermere Preparatory<br />

School and its tri-sport tennis/golf/swim at West Orange Country Club,<br />

3300 West Orange Country Club Drive, W<strong>in</strong>ter Garden, beg<strong>in</strong> May 29. The<br />

program <strong>in</strong>cludes fun, games and activities while keep<strong>in</strong>g cool, as well as a<br />

lifeguard-supervised swimm<strong>in</strong>g pool cool-off! The cost is $325 per person<br />

for five days from 9 a.m.-noon. Lessons/junior programs cont<strong>in</strong>ue throughout<br />

the summer with top tennis professionals on staff. For more <strong>in</strong>formation<br />

or electronic registration, visit www.orlandotennisacademy.com or email<br />

<strong>in</strong>fo@orlandotennisacademy.com. ª<br />

SUMMER 2023<br />

June 26th – July 21st<br />

Camp Gan Israel is a summer camp dedicated to enrich<strong>in</strong>g the lives of<br />

children from diverse Jewish backgrounds and affiliations, through a<br />

stimulat<strong>in</strong>g camp<strong>in</strong>g experience. Campers are <strong>in</strong>fused with a deep sense<br />

of pride <strong>in</strong> their Jewish heritage, and love for the land of Israel. We put<br />

great focus on child safety and program quality. We offer a variety of<br />

“Funshops” to suit each camper’s <strong>in</strong>terest and talent.

www.<strong>Southwest</strong>OrlandoBullet<strong>in</strong>.com x May 4 — 17, 2023 x 11<br />

A Jackie of All Trades<br />

The Queen of Versailles Sets Her Sights on Broadway<br />

Jackie Siegel can truly do almost<br />

anyth<strong>in</strong>g. The versatile “Queen<br />

of Versailles” is a devoted wife to<br />

Westgate Resorts founder David<br />

Siegel, a proud mother of eight,<br />

philanthropist, socialite, beauty<br />

pageant director, co-founder of the<br />

Victoria’s Voice Foundation, as well<br />

as the star of the hit reality show The<br />

Queen of Versailles Reigns Aga<strong>in</strong><br />

on HBO Max. The W<strong>in</strong>dermere<br />

resident now is also the subject of an<br />

upcom<strong>in</strong>g Broadway show.<br />

“My family and I spent a lot of time<br />

on the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier<br />

and Westgate Cocoa Beach resort<br />

[dur<strong>in</strong>g the pandemic],” Jackie said.<br />

“I was approached by a woman,<br />

L<strong>in</strong>dsey Ferrent<strong>in</strong>o, who recognized<br />

me and mentioned that she<br />

was a playwright.”<br />

The chance meet<strong>in</strong>g led the two<br />

women to beg<strong>in</strong> work<strong>in</strong>g on a script<br />

based on Jackie’s life.<br />

“L<strong>in</strong>dsey put the script together<br />

and presented it to some Broadway<br />

contacts <strong>in</strong> New York. Now, here<br />

we are several years later with<br />

W<strong>in</strong>dermere residents Jackie and David Siegel.<br />

an amaz<strong>in</strong>g team [<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g producer<br />

Bill Damaschke, director<br />

Michael Arden and composer<br />

Stephen Schwartz]. Krist<strong>in</strong><br />

Chenowith — who is produc<strong>in</strong>g as<br />

well — has signed on to play me.”<br />

Jackie said the show is about<br />

one to two years away from hitt<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Broadway.<br />

In the meantime, Jackie recently<br />

had the opportunity to meet<br />

Chenowith.<br />

“I flew down to Naples at the end<br />

of March to see one of her performances,<br />

and that’s when she had officially<br />

announced to the audience,<br />

from the stage, that she was go<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to be portray<strong>in</strong>g me,” she said. “She<br />

put a spotlight on me <strong>in</strong> the middle<br />

of the audience and had me stand<br />

and wave to everyone, which was<br />

very excit<strong>in</strong>g.”<br />

Later, Chenowith flew with the<br />

Siegels on their private jet to<br />

Orlando to get a glimpse <strong>in</strong>to the life<br />

of Jackie.<br />

“We had a Queen of Versailles<br />

Broadway show celebration<br />

©Christian Morales<br />


party dur<strong>in</strong>g the trip from Naples<br />

to Orlando, which was a lot of fun,”<br />

Jackie said.<br />

While <strong>in</strong> town, Chenowith toured<br />

Versailles, which is still <strong>in</strong> the construction<br />

phase. Jackie said there<br />

was an <strong>in</strong>stant bond between the<br />

two.<br />

“She spent time <strong>in</strong> my closet, and<br />

we bought some match<strong>in</strong>g outfits<br />

together, and I presented her with<br />

match<strong>in</strong>g sashes,” she said. “Krist<strong>in</strong><br />

says she is try<strong>in</strong>g to capture my<br />

Endwell accent. I didn’t even realize<br />

I still had an accent!”<br />

As for the notable height difference,<br />

Jackie said, “Krist<strong>in</strong> is a petite<br />

version of me, but she has such<br />

a magnificent stage presence that<br />

more than makes up for it.”<br />

While fans may have to wait a<br />

while before the Broadway show<br />

comes to fruition, they can tune <strong>in</strong> this<br />

summer for Season 2 of the popular<br />

Queen of Versailles Reigns Aga<strong>in</strong>.<br />

The reality show was even nom<strong>in</strong>ated<br />

for a Realscreen award this past<br />

year. Season 1 chronicled Jackie<br />

and her family <strong>in</strong> an attempt to f<strong>in</strong>ish<br />

construction on their 90,000-squarefoot<br />

palace.<br />

©Christian Morales<br />

Jackie<br />

and David<br />

Siegel (front)<br />

with their<br />

children,<br />

(back, l, to<br />

r.) Daniel,<br />

David,<br />

Drew,<br />

(middle,<br />

l. to r.)<br />

Jacquel<strong>in</strong>e,<br />

Debbie,<br />

Jordan and<br />

Jonquil.<br />

“Versailles had a lot of damage<br />

from Hurricane Ian, and unfortunately,<br />

the rooms that were f<strong>in</strong>ished<br />

are the rooms that got destroyed<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g the hurricane,” Jackie sadly<br />

noted. “We are hop<strong>in</strong>g the home<br />

will be complete <strong>in</strong> a year from now.<br />

“The race is on to see who can<br />

get Versailles completed first — us<br />

or the Broadway stage version,”<br />

Jackie added jok<strong>in</strong>gly.<br />

Jackie enjoys giv<strong>in</strong>g back to<br />

the community any way she can.<br />

In 2010, she opened Thrift Mart,<br />

an upscale thrift store <strong>in</strong> Ocoee,<br />

where the motto is “Locals Help<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Locals.” She is currently work<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with contractors to renovate that location.<br />

Jackie said she is so grateful<br />

for the life she has and values every<br />

opportunity to give back to others.<br />

“I never expected to build<br />

Versailles or to have a Broadway<br />

show,” she said. “I must have an<br />

angel somewhere look<strong>in</strong>g out for<br />

me. I try to always do as much as I<br />

can for people. Even when I didn’t<br />

have money, I would offer to help<br />

clean people’s houses or babysit<br />

for them. I th<strong>in</strong>k it’s all com<strong>in</strong>g back<br />

to me.” ª

12 x May 4 — 17, 2023 x www.<strong>Southwest</strong>OrlandoBullet<strong>in</strong>.com<br />

32nd Annual<br />

<strong>Best</strong><br />

<strong>Mom</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>Southwest</strong><br />

In 1992, the <strong>Southwest</strong> Orlando Bullet<strong>in</strong> —<br />

then just a little more than 6 years old —<br />

<strong>in</strong>troduced what has become a <strong>Southwest</strong><br />

Orlando <strong>in</strong>stitution — the annual <strong>Best</strong> <strong>Mom</strong> <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>Southwest</strong> contest. Now <strong>in</strong> its 32nd year, the<br />

contest is a way for residents to express to<br />

their moms how important they truly are.<br />

It seems that mothers are perpetually<br />

protect<strong>in</strong>g their children from the ills of the<br />

world, tirelessly cook<strong>in</strong>g and clean<strong>in</strong>g, and<br />

prepar<strong>in</strong>g their children for adult life, all<br />

while manag<strong>in</strong>g to somehow be the k<strong>in</strong>dest<br />

and gentlest women, despite occasionally<br />

hav<strong>in</strong>g to dole out discipl<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

Congratulations to this year’s w<strong>in</strong>ners:<br />

Angela Murphy-Osborne overall w<strong>in</strong>ner;<br />

Ava Brack, 12-and-older w<strong>in</strong>ner; Hailey<br />

Aldrich, 10-11 w<strong>in</strong>ner; and Braelyn Tyler,<br />

9-younger w<strong>in</strong>ner; and all of our honorable<br />

mentions. They jo<strong>in</strong> a long list of past<br />

participants who believe that their mothers<br />

are truly the best.<br />

Overall<br />

W<strong>in</strong>ner<br />

Angela Murphy-Osborne of<br />

Courtleigh Park, overall w<strong>in</strong>ner,<br />

is pictured with best mom<br />

Kathy Murphy.


Angela Murphy-Osborne,<br />

adult<br />

Courtleigh Park<br />

<strong>Best</strong> <strong>Mom</strong>: Kathy Murphy<br />

I am one of the most fortunate girls<br />

<strong>in</strong> the world. My mom is 86 years old.<br />

We grew up with limited resources, but<br />

<strong>Mom</strong> always put my brother and me<br />

first. My parents were hardwork<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

blue-collar workers who worked each<br />

day to put food on the table for us.<br />

My mom had a stroke five years<br />

ago, but she has been determ<strong>in</strong>ed to<br />

get better for her kids. Although she<br />

couldn’t hold her head up straight after<br />

the stroke, she has had therapy for<br />

more than five years. She’s had a knee<br />

replacement, car accident and broken<br />

back, and had COVID-19 with<strong>in</strong><br />

the past six months. However, once<br />

aga<strong>in</strong>, she is up and mov<strong>in</strong>g, try<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her best to get well for her children.<br />

My mom worked <strong>in</strong> a hospital/cl<strong>in</strong>ic<br />

while I was grow<strong>in</strong>g up. I saw my mom<br />

as a passionate person who believed<br />

<strong>in</strong> the rights of all people be<strong>in</strong>g treated<br />

equally, as well as a number of firm<br />

beliefs and views across many subjects.<br />

I love my mom, and I am proud<br />

that she sometimes worked two jobs<br />

to help me go to college and become<br />

the resilient, strong woman I am today.<br />

She raised me to be the best person<br />

possible and to never stop mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

good choices and dream<strong>in</strong>g big<br />

dreams. Because of my mother’s encouragement,<br />

I became a school pr<strong>in</strong>cipal<br />

to empower the next generation<br />

to be strong. Thank you, <strong>Mom</strong>, for<br />

stepp<strong>in</strong>g up and illustrat<strong>in</strong>g my whole<br />

life what a strong woman should be.<br />

Happy Mother’s Day!<br />


Ava Brack, 12<br />

W<strong>in</strong>dermere Grande<br />

<strong>Best</strong> <strong>Mom</strong>: Stacey Brack<br />

My mom is the sweetest, most<br />

lov<strong>in</strong>g person I ever met <strong>in</strong> my life.<br />

She is here for me no matter what,<br />

and she makes time for me. In any<br />

circumstance, she puts me first.<br />

Whether that day if she is hold<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

Ava Brack of W<strong>in</strong>dermere Grande,<br />

w<strong>in</strong>ner <strong>in</strong> the 12-and-older age group, is<br />

pictured with best mom Stacey Brack.<br />

tears or pa<strong>in</strong>, she makes sure that I<br />

am happy and that I have a smile on<br />

my face. She makes me laugh each<br />

and every day. My mom is like my<br />

best friend. I am lucky to have her,<br />

and I am so thankful she is <strong>in</strong> my life.<br />

She helps me with any problems<br />

I may have or anyth<strong>in</strong>g I am go<strong>in</strong>g<br />

through. My mom is a hard worker,<br />

and she does everyth<strong>in</strong>g she can for<br />

me. She wants me to do well, and<br />

she does whatever it takes to help<br />

me reach my goals. She always does<br />

her best. She is so pretty and nice,<br />

and I would do anyth<strong>in</strong>g for her.<br />

I love my mom so much, and I am<br />

so grateful she is here for me. She<br />

listens to all my problems, and she<br />

gives the best advice ever. If one day<br />

I am feel<strong>in</strong>g sad, she knows what to<br />

do to make me cheer up. She deserves<br />

the world and so much more.<br />

My mom is the best mother I could<br />

ever ask for, and I love her so much.<br />

10-11 WINNER<br />

Hailey Aldrich, 10<br />

W<strong>in</strong>dermere Chase<br />

<strong>Best</strong> <strong>Mom</strong>: Kelly Aldrich<br />

My mom is there whenever I need<br />

her — for good and bad. She helps<br />

me when I need it most. She’s there<br />

for me through my ups and downs.<br />

She is sweet, k<strong>in</strong>d and around all the<br />

time. We play games just the two of<br />

us. We also joke around here and<br />

there and everywhere, but we have<br />

fun every day.<br />

When I open the door, she welcomes<br />

me with open arms. We<br />

www.<strong>Southwest</strong>OrlandoBullet<strong>in</strong>.com x May 4 — 17, 2023 x 13<br />

Hailey Aldrich of W<strong>in</strong>dermere<br />

Chase, w<strong>in</strong>ner <strong>in</strong> the 10-11 age group, is<br />

pictured with best mom Kelly Aldrich.<br />

snuggle, cuddle and relax together.<br />

She cheers me on when I dance and<br />

play soccer. No matter what, if I<br />

make a mistake or not, she is proud<br />

of me. My mom is impressed with<br />

my skills, which makes me proud<br />

that she is my mom. She fixes my<br />

mistakes and makes them better than<br />

they were.<br />

I love her so much that I never want<br />

to leave. She is the most awesome<br />

mother you will ever see. Everyth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

she does for me is <strong>in</strong>credible, so I<br />

help her out. I wouldn’t want any<br />

other mother except her.<br />


Braelyn Tyler, 9<br />

Wesmere<br />

<strong>Best</strong> <strong>Mom</strong>: Robyn Tyler<br />

I have a great family, and I know<br />

I am blessed. My mom is the best<br />

because she is k<strong>in</strong>d, smart and lov<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

My mom is the k<strong>in</strong>dest person<br />

I know. When I am scared to do<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g, my mom says, “You’ve<br />

got this,” and it makes me feel ready<br />

to try someth<strong>in</strong>g new. My mom is a<br />

teacher, and I see her help people.<br />

One day, she took students where<br />

they needed to go so they would be<br />

safe. I also see her help her teammates,<br />

and she is always work<strong>in</strong>g<br />

at home on school th<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

My mom is smart because she<br />

helps me with my homework,<br />

and she knows how to do math.<br />

Sometimes I need help, and she<br />

helps me study so I can do better.<br />

She teaches second grade and<br />


Spr<strong>in</strong>g Festival. Plant Sale & Art Stroll<br />

Saturday, May 13th 9 am 1 pm 2267 Hempel Ave., Gotha, FL<br />

(near Dr. Phillips, W<strong>in</strong>dermere, W<strong>in</strong>ter Garden & Ocoee)<br />

Free Admission & Park<strong>in</strong>g Ple<strong>in</strong> air pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

onsite Florida friendly plant sale Nature themed<br />

vendor market Artist decorated water<strong>in</strong>g cans<br />

Raffles Food Truck Live enterta<strong>in</strong>ment VIP<br />

Priority Packages available<br />

Details at: Nehrl<strong>in</strong>gGardens.org<br />

Thank you to our Present<strong>in</strong>g Sponsors:<br />

Foundation for a Healthier West Orange and<br />

Dusty’s A/C<br />

And Activity Sponsors:<br />

Harb<strong>in</strong>ger Capital, Orlando Health, Seaside Bank and<br />

Fishback Dom<strong>in</strong>ick Law

14 x May 4 — 17, 2023 x www.<strong>Southwest</strong>OrlandoBullet<strong>in</strong>.com<br />


Braelyn Tyler of Wesmere, w<strong>in</strong>ner<br />

<strong>in</strong> the 9-and-younger age group, is pictured<br />

with best mom Robyn Tyler.<br />

knows the best ways to help her<br />

students.<br />

Another th<strong>in</strong>g is she is lov<strong>in</strong>g, because<br />

when I am sad, she gives me<br />

my favorite food and plays with me.<br />

My mom doesn’t care about herself.<br />

She cares about me, my brother and<br />

my dad. My mom takes me to fun<br />

places like trampol<strong>in</strong>e places and<br />

museums. She sometimes gives me<br />

money but not a lot. One day, I was<br />

so nervous about a math test, my<br />

mom helped me practice and get<br />

better.<br />


You probably have a mom, and<br />

you probably th<strong>in</strong>k she is pretty cool,<br />

but I can assure you my mom is the<br />

best. My mom is the best because<br />

she is k<strong>in</strong>d and understand<strong>in</strong>g. If you<br />

ever need a hype man to cheer for<br />

you no matter what, she is the one to<br />

call. I always feel happy and loved<br />

because my mom is there to rem<strong>in</strong>d<br />

me that I am.<br />

When my friends are over, she is<br />

awesome, and she knows how to<br />

start a conversation. She encourages<br />

me to try my best <strong>in</strong> everyth<strong>in</strong>g and to<br />

try to outdo myself every day. I know<br />

that I would not be where I am today<br />

if it wasn’t for her.<br />

My mom is also the best because<br />

she is smart and creative. I’m sure that<br />

your mom can draw someth<strong>in</strong>g pretty<br />

for you, but has your mom ever made<br />

you a Taylor Swift cake for your birthday?<br />

Although my mom has a hard<br />

time help<strong>in</strong>g me with my homework<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce it’s not <strong>in</strong> Spanish, she still tries.<br />

She changed her whole world so<br />

I could live <strong>in</strong> the best environment<br />

possible, and, <strong>in</strong> my op<strong>in</strong>ion, that’s<br />

amaz<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Rebecca Musso, 12<br />

Westbrook<br />

A mother, wife, cancer warrior,<br />

sister, friend and bus<strong>in</strong>ess owner are<br />

just a few of the hats our mom wears<br />

on the daily — k<strong>in</strong>d of like the lipstick<br />

she makes sure she has on every day<br />

(even on days she is go<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to surgery).<br />

Despite her countless doctor appo<strong>in</strong>tments<br />

and treatments each week,<br />

she makes sure her family is taken care<br />

of first. She is the def<strong>in</strong>ition of selfless!<br />

She has shown us what never giv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

up looks like and good cook<strong>in</strong>g<br />

tastes like, and for that we are forever<br />

grateful. She is our superhero!<br />

Mia and Sophie Emmerson,<br />

adults<br />

W<strong>in</strong>dermere<br />

A mother’s sacrifices for her children<br />

are too great to count. As a<br />

teenager, I cannot even beg<strong>in</strong> to<br />

comprehend all that my mother has<br />

done for me, but I want to thank her<br />

for a few th<strong>in</strong>gs that deepen my appreciation<br />

of her. Thank you, <strong>Mom</strong>,<br />

for push<strong>in</strong>g me to achieve my highest<br />

potential. Thank you for help<strong>in</strong>g me<br />

get <strong>in</strong>to my dream school and encourag<strong>in</strong>g<br />

me through my dual-enrollment<br />

journey. Thank you for sacrific<strong>in</strong>g<br />

your time, sleep and resources for<br />

me. Thank you for all the care and<br />

love you give. Thank you for be<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

role model for my sister and me. And<br />

last but not least, thank you for always<br />

lett<strong>in</strong>g me have the last cookie.<br />

While these examples are only what<br />

I have seen from my mother, I want to<br />

thank all mothers (especially m<strong>in</strong>e) for<br />

their sacrifices for their children, because<br />

even though we may not always<br />

show it, we appreciate everyth<strong>in</strong>g you<br />

do for us. Happy Mother’s Day!<br />

Allison Belemjian, 15<br />

Wesmere<br />

When it comes to moms, I believe<br />

my mom is the best. She tells me she<br />

loves me every day, and she shows<br />

Amaz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Gifts<br />

FOR YOUR<br />


Stop <strong>in</strong> and Shop with <strong>Mom</strong><br />

this Mother’s Day!<br />

Kissimmee • The Promenade at Sunset Walk • 3251 Margaritaville Blvd Unit J180<br />

Mount Dora • 429 North Donnelly Street • FREE Shipp<strong>in</strong>g on orders $50+ at NAPLESSOAP.COM

me she loves me <strong>in</strong> many ways. We<br />

play sports together, and she’s pretty<br />

fast. I sometimes let her w<strong>in</strong>, so she<br />

always wants to play. We talk about<br />

my day and all the fun th<strong>in</strong>gs I’ve<br />

done. I can share anyth<strong>in</strong>g with her.<br />

She helps me with my homework and<br />

teaches me new th<strong>in</strong>gs. She’s pretty<br />

smart. She is there to cheer me on<br />

and there when I need her. We study<br />

together, and we read together, too.<br />

If I’m sad, we hug together. It always<br />

puts a smile on her face. She makes<br />

the best mac ‘n’ cheese, and we sit<br />

and talk dur<strong>in</strong>g d<strong>in</strong>ner.<br />

She learned how to play my video<br />

game, so she can jo<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>. She’s gett<strong>in</strong>g<br />

better every day. She’s pretty<br />

good at it for an adult. It’s fun teach<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her all the tricks I know, but I’m<br />

much better at it. She needs to practice<br />

more, but it’s fun to watch her<br />

play. She walks our dog and lets us<br />

swim, and we tell jokes together. She<br />

makes vacations fun, and we enjoy<br />

go<strong>in</strong>g to the park together.<br />

I love her so much, and I’m glad<br />

she’s my mom.<br />

Michael Sachs, 10<br />

Westover Club<br />

<strong>Mom</strong>, you are red like a card<strong>in</strong>al,<br />

represent<strong>in</strong>g devotion and love. It is<br />

said that a card<strong>in</strong>al appears when<br />

angels are near. You are my guardian<br />

angel on Earth.<br />

<strong>Mom</strong>, you are orange like a sunstone.<br />

This magical stone represents<br />

joy, happ<strong>in</strong>ess, luck and fortune. You<br />

are my lucky charm.<br />

<strong>Mom</strong>, you are yellow like a bright<br />

morn<strong>in</strong>g star, br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g hope to a<br />

new day, help<strong>in</strong>g me grow and giv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

me life.<br />

<strong>Mom</strong>, you are green like a fourleaf<br />

clover. Accord<strong>in</strong>g to Irish tradition,<br />

those who f<strong>in</strong>d a four-leaf clover<br />

are dest<strong>in</strong>ed for good luck. And, I’m<br />

lucky to have you.<br />

<strong>Mom</strong>, you are blue like a moissanite<br />

gem. This rare gem represents the<br />

solid, unbreakable love between you<br />

and me.<br />

<strong>Mom</strong>, you are <strong>in</strong>digo like a beautiful<br />

amethyst. This popular gemstone<br />

is a symbol of peace and unity.<br />

Thank you for be<strong>in</strong>g so calm and<br />

wise throughout my storms.<br />

<strong>Mom</strong>, you are violet like a violet<br />

sapphire gem, which is the most precious<br />

and valuable th<strong>in</strong>g to me.<br />

Ethan Alakan, 10<br />

Willowwood<br />

To beg<strong>in</strong> with, my mother is very<br />

helpful. Sometimes, when there is a<br />

tryout for a school play, my mother<br />

helps me with it because she was the<br />

theater girl <strong>in</strong> her school. She always<br />

tells me that I can get any character I<br />

want. The second I hear her encouragement,<br />

I am motivated. She also<br />

says, “Believe <strong>in</strong> yourself, and you<br />

can do anyth<strong>in</strong>g!”<br />

Someth<strong>in</strong>g else my mother does that<br />

makes me proud is that she is responsible.<br />

I have a 12-year-old brother<br />

named William, and my mother can<br />

take care of both of us at the same<br />

time, and we can even go to different<br />

schools. Crazy, right!<br />

She calls me “ma’am” when I get<br />

sassy. I say, “My name is Olivia, thank<br />

you very much.”<br />

Another funny th<strong>in</strong>g about my mother<br />

is she helps out at my school. For the<br />

Fun Run, she dresses as a character<br />

from the theme, and when she does,<br />

she says my name on the school news.<br />

This year, she was Ranger Whitt<strong>in</strong>gton.<br />

On the news, she said, “I’m def<strong>in</strong>itely<br />

not the mother of a beautiful and wonderful<br />

girl named Olivia.”<br />

I love my mother so much, and she<br />

does so much for me. We have a special<br />

bond together. Yes, she is sour,<br />

and she is sweet, but my mother is<br />

perfect.<br />

Olivia Gray Whitt<strong>in</strong>gton, 9<br />

Lake Down Cove<br />

My mom cares about me and<br />

gives me a hug when she sees me.<br />

This makes me so happy because<br />

her hugs are warm and feel like soft<br />

marshmallows. Even when I am at<br />

my dad’s house, I FaceTime with my<br />

mom to see how her day was.<br />

One day, I thought I was go<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

fail a test because I did not th<strong>in</strong>k I<br />

was go<strong>in</strong>g to remember what I studied.<br />

My mom said she believed <strong>in</strong><br />

me, and that made me believe <strong>in</strong><br />


www.<strong>Southwest</strong>OrlandoBullet<strong>in</strong>.com x May 4 — 17, 2023 x 15

16 x May 4 — 17, 2023 x www.<strong>Southwest</strong>OrlandoBullet<strong>in</strong>.com<br />


myself. So, I studied harder, and I<br />

passed my test.<br />

My mom also shows k<strong>in</strong>dness by<br />

volunteer<strong>in</strong>g at my school and help<strong>in</strong>g<br />

our neighbors. My mom is smart.<br />

She helps me with my homework,<br />

and she worked hard to earn a college<br />

degree at Bethune-Cookman<br />

University. My mom is very special<br />

to me because she buys my favorite<br />

snacks and cooks my favorite meals.<br />

She even helps clean my room.<br />

I want to be just like my amaz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

mom. She cares about me, believes<br />

<strong>in</strong> me and is very smart. I am blessed<br />

to have a mom like her.<br />

Tr<strong>in</strong>ity Moss, 8<br />

Lake Fischer Estates<br />

My mom is like a red poppy, humble<br />

and gives me hope. She’s like a<br />

beautiful orange sunset that br<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

me joy. She’s like the yellow dahlia<br />

that br<strong>in</strong>gs me light. Her love is like<br />

a grow<strong>in</strong>g tree, br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g me oxygen<br />

and keep<strong>in</strong>g me alive. Her love is<br />

like the never-end<strong>in</strong>g blue sky. She is<br />

like the beautiful night sky. She is like<br />

a beautiful crystal.<br />

Laila Donlow, 10<br />

MetroWest<br />

I am very blessed to have a special<br />

person <strong>in</strong> my life. My mom is<br />

the best because she is sweet, k<strong>in</strong>d<br />

and takes care of four kids on her<br />

own. She has to work nights so she<br />

can provide for our family, so I don’t<br />

get to spend a lot of time with her.<br />

My grandma is with me when <strong>Mom</strong><br />

is at work. When she gets home,<br />

she helps me with my homework if<br />

Grandma doesn’t understand it. My<br />

favorite th<strong>in</strong>g is when she is home<br />

early, and I can spend time with her.<br />

She is a lovely mom. When I am<br />

feel<strong>in</strong>g blue, she helps me become<br />

a superhero. One day, I was sick,<br />

and she took me to the hospital. She<br />

keeps me calm. My favorite th<strong>in</strong>g is<br />

when we go to the pool, and we go<br />

on vacations.<br />

My mom gives me the best hugs<br />

and makes me feel comfortable and<br />

happy. One time, I failed a test, and<br />

she told me that it was an “A” to her<br />

because I tried my best. She buys<br />

me new clothes so I don’t have holes<br />

<strong>in</strong> my clothes when I go to school.<br />

She helps me with math and read<strong>in</strong>g<br />

homework. When I was beh<strong>in</strong>d, she<br />

pushed me, and I caught up.<br />

I feel my mom is the best because<br />

she is amaz<strong>in</strong>g, and I want to be just<br />

like her when I grow up. I love her,<br />

and she is a lot of help.<br />

Londyn Quarterman, 9<br />

Advenir at the Oaks<br />

My mom is the best because she<br />

loves me, and we all know she cooks<br />

and cleans. My mom cares about me<br />

because I’m so k<strong>in</strong>d and lov<strong>in</strong>g. I will<br />

always be there for her, and she will<br />

always be there for me. If I come home<br />

and feel sad, my mom cheers me up. If<br />

I fail a test, my mom helps me correct<br />

the test because she loves me.<br />

My mom and I saw a cat outside<br />

our house. We decided to keep the<br />

cat. Then, more cats showed up. In<br />

the end, we had five cats. My mom<br />

and I saved all the cats that didn’t<br />

have owners.<br />

She is the best, k<strong>in</strong>d and lov<strong>in</strong>g<br />

mom. She also takes care of five<br />

cats. She gives a lot of love.<br />

Landon Warfel, 9<br />

W<strong>in</strong>dermere Downs<br />

I have the best mom, oh yes, <strong>in</strong>deed.<br />

She helps me out with whatever<br />

I need. Through the good and<br />

the bad, when I’m sad and when I’m<br />

mad. She fills my glass, <strong>in</strong>deed, and<br />

helps me succeed. I would not thrive<br />

without her by my side.<br />

I have the best mom. She stays<br />

calm, even when I can be a bomb.<br />

<strong>Mom</strong>, your love never falls short. I<br />

love your support. I always know everyth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

is go<strong>in</strong>g to be alright when<br />

you hold me tight.<br />

I have the best mom. I love her so<br />

much. We’ll always be best friends<br />

through and through. Tough or easy,<br />

I can always come to you. I can hear<br />

you when I’m swimm<strong>in</strong>g, cheer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

me on. I get out and feel proud because<br />

you are my mom.

I have the best mom. We can share<br />

our secrets and laugh all night. Not<br />

even know the time, it just passes by.<br />

And, she gives me her hand to hold<br />

when I might be scared of those latenight<br />

thunderstorms.<br />

I have the best mom, and that’s<br />

a statement. I mean, you can’t compete.<br />

I never want anyone but her<br />

because she is my mom, my everyth<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

my mom.<br />

Harper Kathleen Mart<strong>in</strong>, 11<br />

W<strong>in</strong>dsor Land<strong>in</strong>g<br />

I want to talk about my stepmother,<br />

Kimberly Gates. In my op<strong>in</strong>ion,<br />

Mrs. Kim is the best mother <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>Southwest</strong>. She has been there for me<br />

ever s<strong>in</strong>ce I was 5. I know we both experience<br />

different th<strong>in</strong>gs, but we both<br />

try to help each other out. Mrs. Kim<br />

has to work for a while, but she just<br />

wants to make sure my dad and I are<br />

taken care of. She makes sure that my<br />

stepbrothers and I are OK.<br />

She knows when someth<strong>in</strong>g is go<strong>in</strong>g<br />

on because her children used<br />

to go to Thornebrooke Elementary<br />

School when they were my age. Mrs.<br />

Kim is nice, but she is that good k<strong>in</strong>d<br />

of strict. What I mean is, she makes<br />

sure that I don’t watch too much TV,<br />

do my work on time, and she doesn’t<br />

let me use the laptop for play<strong>in</strong>g on<br />

weekdays. She makes sure that everyth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

is OK, too.<br />

When she stepped <strong>in</strong>to my life,<br />

it went way better than I expected.<br />

She cares for me like I’m her own<br />

child, and she taught me life skills<br />

such as clean<strong>in</strong>g the dishes correctly,<br />

do<strong>in</strong>g my own laundry, and be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>dependent,<br />

which is important when<br />

I become an adult.<br />

Angelyssa Jeffcoat, 11<br />

Saddlebrook<br />

My mom is an amaz<strong>in</strong>g cook. She<br />

makes my favorite pasta with Alfredo<br />

sauce, and she makes it with spicy<br />

sausage, too. She lets us bake cookies,<br />

cakes and other pastries. I love<br />

my mom’s cook<strong>in</strong>g, and it contributes<br />

to one of the reasons I th<strong>in</strong>k my mom<br />

is the best <strong>in</strong> <strong>Southwest</strong>.<br />

My mom has a sweet, heartwarm<strong>in</strong>g<br />

personality. She cares for and<br />

loves my sister and me and treats<br />

us with k<strong>in</strong>dness. She takes us to the<br />

hospital to make sure we are OK.<br />

She lets us choose what we want<br />

and how we want it and is overall<br />

one of the nicest people on Earth.<br />

F<strong>in</strong>ally, I believe my mom is the<br />

best for her fun, k<strong>in</strong>d personality and<br />

her amaz<strong>in</strong>g Alfredo pasta. I am<br />

lucky to have an amaz<strong>in</strong>g mom like<br />

her and for her to still be with me<br />

today. She has always cared for my<br />

sister and me, and I th<strong>in</strong>k that she<br />

could even be the best mom <strong>in</strong> the<br />

whole world.<br />

Johan Milien, 11<br />

W<strong>in</strong>dsor Land<strong>in</strong>g<br />

I th<strong>in</strong>k my mom is the best mom <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>Southwest</strong> because she cares for me,<br />

even when she is busy or sick. She<br />

makes sure that I’m <strong>in</strong> good health.<br />

And, if not, straight to the doctor’s<br />

we go! As the older sibl<strong>in</strong>g, I happen<br />

to have more responsibilities than my<br />

little sister, but my mom does her best<br />

to make th<strong>in</strong>gs as fair as possible.<br />

My mom is always car<strong>in</strong>g for me no<br />

matter what. One time, when I was<br />

hav<strong>in</strong>g a digestive issue, she rushed me<br />

to the doctor and even got bloodwork<br />

and an X-ray scheduled and completed<br />

for my sake. The po<strong>in</strong>t is, she cares<br />

for me and will do whatever it takes to<br />

heal me or make me feel better.<br />

She also helps with my schoolwork<br />

and homework. She makes sure we<br />

are up to date on all our vacc<strong>in</strong>es<br />

and gets up to make us breakfast<br />

and our other meals even when she<br />

doesn’t have to because she loves us.<br />

On top of all that, she ensures we’re<br />

clean and have good hygiene. She<br />

cleans the house all the time, does<br />

laundry and keeps the house function<strong>in</strong>g<br />

on a daily basis. Our house<br />

would probably fall apart if she left<br />

us. Without her, I probably wouldn’t<br />

be writ<strong>in</strong>g this essay at all.<br />

My mom is the family cook, cleaner,<br />

doctor and hairdresser. She is<br />

irreplaceable and important to my<br />

family. If she and my dad had never<br />

met, I wouldn’t even exist.<br />

Kathryn Sharrer, 10<br />

W<strong>in</strong>dermere Chase<br />


www.<strong>Southwest</strong>OrlandoBullet<strong>in</strong>.com x May 4 — 17, 2023 x 17

18 x May 4 — 17, 2023 x www.<strong>Southwest</strong>OrlandoBullet<strong>in</strong>.com<br />


My mom is super amaz<strong>in</strong>g! She’s<br />

an <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g and amaz<strong>in</strong>g person<br />

to look up to. Everyth<strong>in</strong>g I am is because<br />

of my mom’s love and <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g<br />

personality. She has cared for<br />

and loved me for the 11 years of my<br />

existence. I have three other sibl<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

that she has to take care of and love<br />

along with me and herself.<br />

My mom is there for me because,<br />

when I need help on homework, she<br />

helps me. When I am not feel<strong>in</strong>g well,<br />

she takes care of me. When I am<br />

mad, sad or happy about someth<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

she f<strong>in</strong>ds a way to cheer me up and<br />

always be by my side. Her strength<br />

and love has guided me through<br />

good and hard times. I just love to see<br />

her joy and k<strong>in</strong>dness every s<strong>in</strong>gle day.<br />

Her personality is car<strong>in</strong>g, helpful<br />

and lov<strong>in</strong>g. She makes sure there is<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g for us to eat every s<strong>in</strong>gle<br />

day. When we go on the boat, she<br />

makes sure everyone is happy before<br />

she makes sure she is happy and<br />

hav<strong>in</strong>g fun. She makes sure everyone<br />

is hav<strong>in</strong>g fun and not scared to do<br />

anyth<strong>in</strong>g. For example, when we go<br />

tub<strong>in</strong>g, sometimes she goes on the<br />

tube with me so that I am not scared.<br />

Mia Masry, 11<br />

Balmoral<br />

My mom’s the best and better<br />

than the rest. To start off, my mom<br />

is a teacher, so she’s obviously<br />

great at that. She’s like a mach<strong>in</strong>e<br />

because she can take care of more<br />

than 80 kids, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g me and my<br />

family, and def<strong>in</strong>itely <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g my<br />

dog, Lola. My mom is the one who<br />

wakes me up <strong>in</strong> the morn<strong>in</strong>g, and<br />

she tries to s<strong>in</strong>g that song that she<br />

th<strong>in</strong>ks motivates me — even though<br />

it really doesn’t — but it doesn’t<br />

make me love her any less. She’s<br />

an amaz<strong>in</strong>g person, and I would<br />

never doubt it.<br />

One of the th<strong>in</strong>gs I love about my<br />

mom is that she supports me <strong>in</strong> swimm<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

I am a swimmer that has to practice<br />

six days a week from 5:15-7:15,<br />

and I only get two skips a month. That<br />

shows a lot of commitment, I would<br />

say. She gives me so much support,<br />

and I love her to the moon and back<br />

for that. My mom is the best mom,<br />

and I th<strong>in</strong>k I just proved that. Sorry to<br />

say, but I guess Dad is just go<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

have to roll with be<strong>in</strong>g second.<br />

Luisa Soares, 11<br />

W<strong>in</strong>dermere Downs<br />

My mother has been my source of<br />

happ<strong>in</strong>ess from a very young age.<br />

When I was little and could not speak,<br />

she understood what I meant, even<br />

when I was just mouth<strong>in</strong>g what I wanted<br />

to say or react<strong>in</strong>g to someth<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

My mom is there when I’m sad about<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g. When I want someth<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

most of the time I get it, but that is not<br />

all the time. When I don’t get what I<br />

want, she will make sure I’m still happy.<br />

The amount of dedication my mom<br />

puts toward my education is very<br />

large. She asks me every day, “How<br />

was your day at school, Roma?”<br />

or “What did you learn today?”<br />

Whenever she gets the chance, she<br />

helps me with my homework or helps<br />

me study for a test I have com<strong>in</strong>g up.<br />

My mom is very busy most of the<br />

time because of work. She gets limited<br />

time with my sister and me. But,<br />

she makes sure we are happy. My<br />

mom makes sure we have eaten<br />

and that we feel like we have spent<br />

enough time with her. I love my mom<br />

for many reasons, and I cannot list<br />

all of them. I do not know what I<br />

would do without my mom.<br />

Roma Raval, 11<br />

Lake Down Crest<br />

Our mothers do everyth<strong>in</strong>g for us.<br />

They go to work to put food on the<br />

table. They make us laugh. They do<br />

housework, and they worry and care<br />

about us. Above all, I th<strong>in</strong>k my mother<br />

is the best mom <strong>in</strong> the world because<br />

she works very hard every day and<br />

cares for us whenever she is with us.<br />

My mom is the best <strong>in</strong> the world<br />

because she is a very hard worker.<br />

Every day, she gets up around 5:30<br />

a.m. just so she can make my sibl<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

and me breakfast and make sure my<br />

family and I are set for the day. Then,<br />

she goes to work for about 10 hours.<br />

I don’t know how she can do all this<br />

without gett<strong>in</strong>g tired, but I know she<br />

does it so we can have a good childhood.<br />

Most of the time, she ends up<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g the last one at work. She also<br />

does a lot of housework. At least<br />

twice per week, she cleans the whole<br />

house. No matter where she goes, she<br />

works very hard to reach her goals.<br />

She is a car<strong>in</strong>g person. When I<br />

fractured my arm, she made us go to<br />

the hospital at 2 a.m. She takes action<br />

when someth<strong>in</strong>g is wrong. Also,<br />

when a picture frame fell and gave<br />

my brother a deep cut on his head,<br />

she ran <strong>in</strong>to action. My parents and<br />

brother went to the hospital while she<br />

held a towel to my brother’s head.<br />

She puts everyone else before her.<br />

Karishma Ramjas, 10<br />

W<strong>in</strong>dermere<br />

In my op<strong>in</strong>ion, my mom is the best.<br />

When I’m sick, she takes good care<br />

of me. She gives me a lot of medic<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

She gives me a juicy bowl of<br />

Ramen noodles. She makes it so<br />

good. She makes me happy when<br />

I’m sad. When I was sad, I skipped<br />

school because I was sick.<br />

Nathaniel Salmeron Lira, 8<br />

Falcon Po<strong>in</strong>t<br />

I know my mom cooks, cleans and<br />

does the laundry, but she does so<br />

much more. She helps with my homework,<br />

makes me feel better, and she<br />

makes the whole family feel spoiled.<br />

When I go home with a read<strong>in</strong>g test<br />

with a bad grade, my mom helps<br />

me with corrections. When we redo<br />

the read<strong>in</strong>g test, I always get a better<br />

grade. She makes me feel better<br />

when I am sad. She makes my favorite<br />

— secret mac ‘n’ cheese — and<br />

encourages me to do my best.<br />

Before I was born, when my<br />

mom was 9 years old, she broke<br />

the African record <strong>in</strong> backstroke <strong>in</strong><br />

South Africa. I th<strong>in</strong>k she is the best<br />

swimmer <strong>in</strong> the galaxy.<br />

She spoils our family a lot. She<br />

buys the most beautiful clothes.<br />

When we go to church, she dresses<br />

us like we are famous. She puts on<br />

makeup, but she doesn’t need it. She<br />

is pretty just the way she is. She is<br />

not sour like a lemon, she is sweet<br />

like candy apples.

My mom is the best <strong>in</strong> history. I<br />

th<strong>in</strong>k she is one of a k<strong>in</strong>d. I love her,<br />

and she loves me. I am so lucky that I<br />

have her. My mom is awesome!<br />

Charlotte Pederson, 9<br />

Cross Creek<br />

Who do you th<strong>in</strong>k loves you the<br />

most? Well, your mom does, of course!<br />

Your mom loves you way more<br />

than anyone else ever will. <strong>Mom</strong>s can<br />

help you and be k<strong>in</strong>d to you <strong>in</strong> many<br />

different ways. My mom is the best<br />

mom <strong>in</strong> the world because she is super<br />

k<strong>in</strong>d, lov<strong>in</strong>g, smart and more.<br />

When I have a school play, after<br />

a long day of work and tak<strong>in</strong>g care<br />

of my brother and me, she helps<br />

me practice my l<strong>in</strong>es and motivates<br />

me to be amaz<strong>in</strong>g. When I get<br />

home and I’m hav<strong>in</strong>g a rough day,<br />

she helps to cheer me up and motivates<br />

me to f<strong>in</strong>ish the day. She plays<br />

games with me whenever I’m bored<br />

and enterta<strong>in</strong>s me. She helps me<br />

with my homework whenever I don’t<br />

know the answer and checks it. She<br />

takes my brother and me to different<br />

places to enterta<strong>in</strong> us.<br />

My mom takes care of me when<br />

I don’t feel well. Once, I was sick,<br />

and she gave me big hugs to make<br />

me feel better. After school, my mom<br />

helps me with spell<strong>in</strong>g practice so<br />

that I do well on the test. She also<br />

helps me with vocabulary so that<br />

my m<strong>in</strong>d is sharp. She is there for<br />

me whenever I have a problem or<br />

whenever I’m feel<strong>in</strong>g down. My mom<br />

would jump through fire to get to<br />

me. She makes me feel special and<br />

knows when to give gigantic hugs.<br />

There is no one <strong>in</strong> the world that I’d<br />

rather have as a mom.<br />

Shane Friedman, 9<br />

Balmoral<br />

Wonderful, k<strong>in</strong>d, car<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

brave. Do these characteristics describe<br />

your mother? Because that<br />

describes my mother perfectly. My<br />

mother is smart. When I was a child,<br />

she worked her way to the top of the<br />

hotel system and was an <strong>in</strong>credible<br />

boss who was k<strong>in</strong>d to her workers.<br />

She left home early and came back<br />

late.<br />

After I grew up a bit, my mother<br />

quit her job to be with me more but<br />

hated not be<strong>in</strong>g able to provide profit<br />

for the family, so she decided to go to<br />

law school. When my mother jo<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

law school, I was about 9 or 10. After<br />

a year or so, she discovered that my<br />

uncle, her brother, had a heart attack,<br />

so she asked for our permission<br />

to leave for a bit to take care of him.<br />

Why was my mother brave, you<br />

ask? She left home for a month or<br />

two so she could take care of her sick<br />

brother. She was busy and scared<br />

for her brother, but she managed to<br />

call us every night to check on us.<br />

My mother is now a lawyer who<br />

is work<strong>in</strong>g hard to make her mark <strong>in</strong><br />

the law <strong>in</strong>dustry by gett<strong>in</strong>g lots of experience.<br />

She is so hardwork<strong>in</strong>g, but<br />

not many people see how <strong>in</strong>credible<br />

she is and how hard she works to<br />

make me, my sisters, my father and<br />

my pets happy. My mother is <strong>in</strong>credible.<br />

She is the best <strong>in</strong> <strong>Southwest</strong>!<br />

Emma Lumsden, 12<br />

Cross Creek<br />

My mom is so k<strong>in</strong>d and compassionate.<br />

She’s selfless and puts her<br />

family first. She’s fun to be around<br />

and such a happy, bubbly person.<br />

There are many other reasons why<br />

my mom is the best.<br />

My mom helps me with my schoolwork.<br />

She makes sure I have no<br />

miss<strong>in</strong>g work, and I stay on top of<br />

my studies. She asks me if I need<br />

help with any of my homework or<br />

class work. Then, she gives me a list<br />

of th<strong>in</strong>gs that I need to do to get<br />

ahead. At the time, I’m annoyed<br />

that she is bugg<strong>in</strong>g me about it, but,<br />

<strong>in</strong> the end, I know she is try<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

help me.<br />

Another reason my mom is the<br />

best is because she is so k<strong>in</strong>d. She<br />

texts me and makes sure I have<br />

everyth<strong>in</strong>g I need when I go somewhere.<br />

She also buys me presents<br />

for every holiday no matter how<br />

small it is. She is a teacher, so she<br />

always plans someth<strong>in</strong>g fun and<br />

creative for her students to do.<br />

All <strong>in</strong> all, I love my mom with all<br />

my heart. She is my favorite person<br />

on Earth. She takes so much time<br />

out of her day to do nice th<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

www.<strong>Southwest</strong>OrlandoBullet<strong>in</strong>.com x May 4 — 17, 2023 x 19<br />

for other people that she barely<br />

gets time for herself. Hopefully she<br />

knows how much I appreciate her.<br />

Lacey Stroup, 11<br />

Stone Creek<br />

My mom is one of the most selfless<br />

people I have ever known. It does<br />

not matter the circumstance, she<br />

will f<strong>in</strong>d a way to put other people’s<br />

needs before hers. She is not only<br />

a generous and car<strong>in</strong>g mother but a<br />

strong and capable leader and survivor.<br />

She has had cancer five times<br />

and was recently diagnosed a sixth<br />

time. She is <strong>in</strong>credibly brave and a<br />

huge <strong>in</strong>spiration to my sister and me.<br />

Even though she is busy tak<strong>in</strong>g care<br />

of the house, cook<strong>in</strong>g, clean<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

go<strong>in</strong>g to frequent doctor visits, she<br />

has time to take care of and help<br />

me with school and sports-related<br />

activities and issues. For example, I<br />

have done water polo for the past<br />

four years, and I don’t th<strong>in</strong>k she has<br />

missed a game. She is just a very<br />

genu<strong>in</strong>e, car<strong>in</strong>g person who wants<br />

the best for people.<br />

Even though her medical journey<br />

has been a tough one, she has stayed<br />

strong and dependable through everyth<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Her bravery, car<strong>in</strong>g nature, reliability<br />

and generosity have been such<br />

great motivations for me. Her positive<br />

energy and faith spreads to those<br />

around her, and she tries her best to<br />

spread love. I couldn’t have asked<br />

for a more attentive and understand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

mom, someone who I can always<br />

count on, and I know will always be<br />

there for me. When I have been sick,<br />

healthy, stressed or confused, she has<br />

stayed by my side my entire life, and I<br />

couldn’t ask for a better mom.<br />

Mya Salvador, 18<br />

W<strong>in</strong>ter Garden<br />

The staff of the <strong>Southwest</strong> Orlando<br />

Bullet<strong>in</strong> extends special<br />

thanks to everyone who participated<br />

<strong>in</strong> the 32nd annual<br />

<strong>Best</strong> <strong>Mom</strong> <strong>in</strong> <strong>Southwest</strong> Contest.<br />

Editor’s note: Entries may have been edited for<br />

grammar, punctuation, length and content. To pay<br />

tribute to as many “<strong>Best</strong> <strong>Mom</strong>s” as possible, In<br />

Your Neighborhood, School News and <strong>Southwest</strong><br />

Sports do not appear <strong>in</strong> this issue. ª<br />


7345 W. Sand Lake Rd. Ste 301<br />

Orlando, FL 32819<br />

321-204-8237<br />

www.flwellnessmd.com<br />

• Mayo Cl<strong>in</strong>ic tra<strong>in</strong>ed and double board-certified M.D. <strong>in</strong> Interventional<br />

Pa<strong>in</strong> Medic<strong>in</strong>e and Physical Medic<strong>in</strong>e and Rehabilitation<br />

• Voted and featured <strong>in</strong> <strong>Best</strong> Doctors <strong>in</strong> Orlando Magaz<strong>in</strong>e<br />

• Fluent <strong>in</strong> Spanish<br />

Services offered:<br />

• High-quality Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and image-guided<br />

<strong>in</strong>jections for chronic <strong>in</strong>juries and arthritis<br />

• PRP for male and female hair restoration<br />

• Worker’s compensation, auto accidents and Slip and falls<br />

• Botox® <strong>in</strong>jections for Migra<strong>in</strong>es and aesthetics<br />

• Jo<strong>in</strong>t and sp<strong>in</strong>al <strong>in</strong>jections under X-ray and ultrasound guidance<br />

• Evaluation and non-opioid treatment of pa<strong>in</strong> disorders<br />

• Specialized tests for muscle and nerve problems (EMG/NCS)

20 x May 4 — 17, 2023 x www.<strong>Southwest</strong>OrlandoBullet<strong>in</strong>.com<br />

n Charities/Fundraisers<br />

May 13 — Spr<strong>in</strong>g Festival, Plant Sale &<br />

Art Stroll<br />

Historic Nehrl<strong>in</strong>g Gardens, 2267 Hempel Ave., Gotha, hosts<br />

its Spr<strong>in</strong>g Festival, Plant Sale & Art Stroll, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Floridafriendly<br />

plants for sale, educational talks, children’s activities,<br />

garden vendors, raffles, local artists pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g on-site, a food<br />

truck and live enterta<strong>in</strong>ment. Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission<br />

and park<strong>in</strong>g are free. Proceeds benefit Nehrl<strong>in</strong>g Gardens,<br />

which relies entirely on fundrais<strong>in</strong>g to susta<strong>in</strong> operations. For<br />

more <strong>in</strong>formation, visit nehrl<strong>in</strong>ggardens.org.<br />

May 20 — Give Kids The World Gala<br />

Mardi Gras World <strong>in</strong> New Orleans hosts the Give Kids<br />

The World Gala, an elegant even<strong>in</strong>g celebrat<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

magic and mystique of one of America’s most vibrant cities,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Cajun, Creole and Southern delicacies <strong>in</strong><br />

a grand Southern mansion; soulful jazz; larger-than-life<br />

props and Mardi Gras floats; an auction; danc<strong>in</strong>g and<br />


more. Reservation names are needed by May 6. Cost:<br />

$300. For more <strong>in</strong>formation or to purchase tickets, visit<br />

give.gktw.org/event/gala-2023/e462318.<br />

May 20 — Duck Race 2023<br />

Island H2O Waterpark, 3230 Inspiration Drive, Kissimmee,<br />

hosts Pathway Homes of Florida’s Duck Race 2023, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

up to 6,000 rubber ducks of various sizes rac<strong>in</strong>g around<br />

the park’s lazy river. Time: 9 a.m. Cost: Ducks range from<br />

$5-$100. Anyone who sponsors $30 worth of ducks receives<br />

two free admissions to the water park that day. Proceeds benefit<br />

Pathway Homes of Florida, a nonprofit work<strong>in</strong>g to prevent<br />

and end homelessness. For more <strong>in</strong>formation or to sponsor a<br />

duck, visit www.pathwayhomesflorida.org.<br />

June 21 — 4.01K Race For F<strong>in</strong>ancial<br />

Fitness<br />

Harbor Park, 4990 New Broad<br />

St., Orlando, hosts Junior<br />

Achievement of Central Florida’s<br />

eighth annual 4.01K Race for<br />

F<strong>in</strong>ancial Fitness, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g f<strong>in</strong>ancial<br />

literacy-themed activities<br />

along the route. Time: 6 p.m.<br />

Sponsorships are available. For<br />

more <strong>in</strong>formation, email kbrown@<br />

jacentralfl.org. To register for the<br />

race, visit secure.qgiv.com/<br />

event/40ra2023.<br />

compiled by Lisa Sagers<br />

n Children’s/Teen<br />

Programs<br />

May 16 — Grow<strong>in</strong>g Up Wild: Spider<br />

Web Wonders<br />

Presented as part of the Association of Fish & Wildlife<br />

Agencies’ Project Wild, the <strong>Southwest</strong> Library at Dr. Phillips,<br />

7255 Della Drive, Orlando, hosts Grow<strong>in</strong>g Up Wild: Spider<br />

Web Wonders, dur<strong>in</strong>g which attendees learn about spiders,<br />

their webs and how to be safe around spiders. Recommended<br />

for ages 3-5, and registration is encouraged. Time: 10:30 a.m.<br />

For more <strong>in</strong>formation, call 407-835-7323 or visit ocls.<strong>in</strong>fo.<br />

n Events/Performances<br />

Through May 31 — World War II And<br />

West Orange County Exhibit<br />

The W<strong>in</strong>ter Garden Heritage Museum, 1 N. Ma<strong>in</strong> St., W<strong>in</strong>ter<br />

Garden, hosts World War II and West Orange County, an<br />

exhibit that depicts how W<strong>in</strong>ter Garden and west Orange<br />

County contributed to the war effort by supply<strong>in</strong>g military<br />

personnel and healthful citrus products. The exhibit features<br />

objects, archived letters and photographs. Time: Tuesdays-<br />

Saturdays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For more <strong>in</strong>formation, visit<br />

wghf.org.<br />

May 12 — Handel’s Messiah<br />

Performance<br />

The Basilica of the National Shr<strong>in</strong>e of Mary, Queen of the<br />

Universe, 8300 V<strong>in</strong>eland Ave., Orlando, hosts a performance<br />

of George Frederic Handel’s Messiah, featur<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

Basilica Choir and Orchestra under the direction of William<br />

Picher. Time: 7:30 p.m. Admission and park<strong>in</strong>g are free.<br />

For more <strong>in</strong>formation, call 407-239-6600, ext. 317; or visit<br />

maryqueenoftheuniverse.org/concerts.<br />

May 12, 13 & 14 — When I Grow Up<br />

Concerts<br />

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 W. Apopka-<br />

V<strong>in</strong>eland Road, Orlando, hosts St. Luke’s Music and<br />

Theatre M<strong>in</strong>istries’ When I Grow Up concerts. Time: Friday<br />

and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Cost: $12-<br />

$15. For more <strong>in</strong>formation or to purchase tickets, visit<br />

www.st.lukes.org/whenigrowup.<br />

May 12-Aug. 26 — An Elegy To<br />

Rosewood Art Exhibition<br />

The Visit<strong>in</strong>g Exhibition Gallery at Hannibal Square Heritage<br />

Center, 642 W. New England Ave., W<strong>in</strong>ter Park, hosts<br />

Crealdé School of Art’s visit<strong>in</strong>g exhibition, An Elegy to<br />

Rosewood, <strong>in</strong> commemoration of the 100-year anniversary<br />

of the Rosewood Massacre. The open<strong>in</strong>g reception<br />

is May 12 from 7--9 p.m. For more <strong>in</strong>formation, visit call<br />

407-539-2680 or visit hannibalsquareheritagecenter.org.<br />

May 19 — Mario Kart Night For Adults<br />

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church’s Nerd Church M<strong>in</strong>istry<br />

<strong>in</strong>vites adults 18-older to Mario Kart Night, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g games,<br />

snacks and fellowship, <strong>in</strong> Build<strong>in</strong>g B, Room 202 at 4851

S. Apopka-V<strong>in</strong>eland Road, Orlando. Child care is provided.<br />

Registration is requested. Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more<br />

<strong>in</strong>formation or to RSVP, visit st.lukes.org/mario.<br />

May 24 — State Of The City Address<br />

The public is <strong>in</strong>vited to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s 2023<br />

State of the City Address at Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Centre,<br />

600 N. Lake Formosa Drive, Orlando. Time: 10:30 a.m. For<br />

those unable to attend, a live and encore presentation is available<br />

at orlando.gov/soc.<br />

n Miscellaneous<br />

May 14 — Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet<br />

Rosen Centre Orlando, 9840 International Drive, Orlando,<br />

offers a Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g more than 60<br />

dishes, unlimited champagne and mimosas, and free selfpark<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Time: 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: Prepaid reservations<br />

are $58.95, adults; $24.95, children 4-12; free for children<br />

3-younger. Prices do not <strong>in</strong>clude tax and service charge. Walk<strong>in</strong>s<br />

are based on availability and for an additional charge.<br />

For more <strong>in</strong>formation or to RSVP, call 407-996-3969 or visit<br />

rosencentre.com/mothersday.<br />

May 25 — Food Truck Connection<br />

MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando,<br />

hosts the MetroWest Food Truck Connection, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

food, fun and music. Time: fourth Thursday of every<br />

month from 5:30-8:30 p.m. For more <strong>in</strong>formation, visit<br />

www.metrowestcommunity.com.<br />

n Network<strong>in</strong>g/Clubs<br />

Ongo<strong>in</strong>g — Members Wanted<br />

The West Orange Women seeks females of all ages to jo<strong>in</strong> its<br />

group for fun, friendship and philanthropy. Annual dues are<br />

$25. For more <strong>in</strong>formation, email Alice Bergeson, westorange<br />

women@gmail.com; or visit www.westorangewomen.com.<br />

Ongo<strong>in</strong>g — West Orange Republican<br />

Women, Federated Luncheon<br />

Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge, 9000 Bay Hill Blvd.,<br />

Orlando, hosts a monthly general meet<strong>in</strong>g/luncheon of the<br />

West Orange Republican Women, Federated, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g stimulat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

speakers. For more <strong>in</strong>formation, email <strong>in</strong>fo@worwf.org<br />

or visit worwf.org.<br />

May 9, 16, 23 & 30 — Virtual<br />

Toastmasters Meet<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

W<strong>in</strong>dermere Toastmasters Club No. 4662754 holds Zoom<br />

meet<strong>in</strong>gs. Attendees learn to develop their oral communication<br />

and leadership skills <strong>in</strong> a supportive and positive learn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

environment. Time: Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. For more<br />

<strong>in</strong>formation or to request onl<strong>in</strong>e Zoom meet<strong>in</strong>g details, visit<br />

www.4662754.toastmastersclubs.org and click “Contact Us.”<br />

May 10, 17, 24 & 31 — Virtual<br />

Toastmasters Meet<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

The Turnpike Toastmasters Club holds Zoom meet<strong>in</strong>gs. Time:<br />

Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m. For more <strong>in</strong>formation or to<br />


We<br />

deliver<br />

www.<strong>Southwest</strong>OrlandoBullet<strong>in</strong>.com x May 4 — 17, 2023 x 21<br />

Nom<strong>in</strong>ate us as the “<strong>Best</strong> Garden Store” <strong>in</strong> Orlando<br />

Website: https://vote.orlandoweekly.com<br />

If we w<strong>in</strong> we will have a big “Sale-a-bration”<br />

To submit photos, email lauren@kearneypublish<strong>in</strong>g.com<br />

Guillermo J. Nazario, D.C.<br />

Send us your favorite photo — old or new — of you and your dad. The best<br />

ones, as judged by our editorial staff, will w<strong>in</strong> your dad the coveted title of<br />

That's My Dad W<strong>in</strong>ner! Even if you don't w<strong>in</strong>, your picture could appear as an<br />

honorable mention <strong>in</strong> the <strong>Southwest</strong> Orlando Bullet<strong>in</strong>. Don't delay! All photos<br />

must be received by May 24 for a chance to appear <strong>in</strong> our June 15 issue.<br />

Be sure to <strong>in</strong>clude your name, address, phone<br />

number, email address, your dad's name and<br />

your dad's neighborhood. Feel free to <strong>in</strong>clude<br />

any additional <strong>in</strong>formation about the photo. You<br />

and your dad must reside <strong>in</strong> <strong>Southwest</strong> Orlando.<br />

Professional photos will not be considered.<br />

2022 W<strong>in</strong>ner

22 x May 4 — 17, 2023 x www.<strong>Southwest</strong>OrlandoBullet<strong>in</strong>.com<br />

www.facebook.com/<br />

southwestorlandobullet<strong>in</strong><br />


register for a virtual meet<strong>in</strong>g, visit 2362.toastmastersclubs.<br />

org and click “Contact Us” at least one day before the event.<br />

May 11, 18 & 25 — Virtual Thursday<br />

Morn<strong>in</strong>g Men’s Group<br />

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church hosts a men’s onl<strong>in</strong>e<br />

group with the Rev. Jad. Time: Thursdays at 7:45 a.m. via<br />

Zoom. For more <strong>in</strong>formation or to register, call 407-876-4991<br />

or visit st.lukes.org/adults.<br />

May 11, 18 & 25 — Virtual<br />

Toastmasters Meet<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

The Vista Toastmasters Club holds Zoom meet<strong>in</strong>gs. Time:<br />

Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. For more <strong>in</strong>formation, email<br />

vistatoastmasters.zoom@gmail.com or visit www.vistatoast<br />

masters.org.<br />

n Support Groups<br />

Ongo<strong>in</strong>g — Hope For Hurt<strong>in</strong>g Parents<br />

Support Group Meet<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

The Parish Life Center at Holy Family Catholic Church,<br />

5125 S. Apopka-V<strong>in</strong>eland Road, Orlando, hosts Hope<br />

for Hurt<strong>in</strong>g Parents support group meet<strong>in</strong>gs for parents,<br />

grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc., who have children of<br />

any age who struggle with mental health issues, self-harm,<br />

eat<strong>in</strong>g disorders, substance abuse, gender confusion, suicidal<br />

thoughts and more. Time: first and third Monday of<br />

each month from 6-8 p.m. For more <strong>in</strong>formation, email<br />

Beth Denhof, bethdenhof@msn.com, or call her at 407-<br />

399-5872; or email Kelly Muscaro, kkmuscaro@aol.com,<br />

or call her at 407-963-5277. For more <strong>in</strong>formation,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g resources and book recommendations, visit<br />

www.hopeforhurt<strong>in</strong>gparents.com.<br />

Ongo<strong>in</strong>g — Virtual GriefShare Support<br />

Group Meet<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

Heal<strong>in</strong>g Waters Faith M<strong>in</strong>istries hosts virtual grief<br />

support group meet<strong>in</strong>gs for anyone hurt<strong>in</strong>g after the<br />

death of a spouse, child, family member, friend or pet.<br />

Time: Mondays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: Meet<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

are free; workbook is $20 plus shipp<strong>in</strong>g. For more<br />

<strong>in</strong>formation, call 407-704-7011. To register, email<br />

heal<strong>in</strong>gwatersfaithm<strong>in</strong>istries@gmail.com.<br />

May 9 & 23 — Mental Health Support<br />

Group Meet<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

The second floor of Build<strong>in</strong>g B at St. Luke’s United Methodist<br />

Church, 4851 S. Apopka-V<strong>in</strong>eland Road, Orlando, hosts<br />

free connection and family support group meet<strong>in</strong>gs for<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals affected by mental illness. The connection support<br />

group meets <strong>in</strong> Room B-204, and families meet <strong>in</strong><br />

Room B-206. The 90-m<strong>in</strong>ute meet<strong>in</strong>g is peer-led and helps<br />

participants connect with each other, learn from each other’s<br />

experiences, share cop<strong>in</strong>g strategies and offer each other<br />

encouragement and understand<strong>in</strong>g. Time: the second and<br />

fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. For more <strong>in</strong>formation,<br />

call 407-253-1900, email <strong>in</strong>formation@namigo.org or<br />

visit www.namigo.org.<br />

May 9 & June 13 — Virtual Support<br />

Group Meet<strong>in</strong>gs For Caregivers<br />

The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center sponsors a<br />

free support group meet<strong>in</strong>g for caregivers <strong>in</strong> the Suite 281<br />

Conference Room (next to the south elevators on the second<br />

floor) at Health Central Hospital, 10000 W. Colonial<br />

Drive, Ocoee. Time: second Tuesday of each month at 6<br />

p.m. For more <strong>in</strong>formation, call 407-843-1910 or visit<br />

www.adrccares.org.<br />

May 16 & June 6 — Virtual Teen Grief<br />

Support Group Meet<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

The Cornerstone Hospice Bereavement Team holds virtual<br />

teen grief support group meet<strong>in</strong>gs for teens 12-17 struggl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with the loss of a loved one or feel<strong>in</strong>g anxious, upset or confused<br />

because of the pandemic. Groups are free and open to<br />

the public. Registration is required. Time: first and third Tuesday<br />

of each month from 5-6 p.m. For more <strong>in</strong>formation or to register,<br />

call 866-742-6655 or visit www.cornerstonehospice.org.<br />

May 17 & June 7 — Virtual Teen Talks<br />

Support Group Meet<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

The Cornerstone Hospice Bereavement Team holds virtual<br />

teen talks support group meet<strong>in</strong>gs for youth 12-17. Groups<br />

are free and open to the public. Registration is required. Time:<br />

first and third Wednesday of each month from 3:30-4:30 p.m.<br />

For more <strong>in</strong>formation or to register, call 866-742-6655 or visit<br />

www.cornerstonehospice.org.<br />

n Volunteers Needed<br />

Ongo<strong>in</strong>g — Volunteers Needed<br />

My Brother’s Keeper seeks volunteers — especially adult men (18-<br />

older) of color — who can serve as positive role models and mentor<br />

boys and young men of color. For more <strong>in</strong>formation, email<br />

Grace, gdearden@vcifl.org, at Volunteers for Community Impact.<br />

Contributions to Community Bullet<strong>in</strong> Board are welcome. Please<br />

send <strong>in</strong>formation six weeks before the event to P.O. Box 851,<br />

W<strong>in</strong>dermere, FL 34787; call 407-351-1573, option 5; or email<br />

Lisa@kearneypublish<strong>in</strong>g.com. ª<br />






321-947-2541<br />

Imperial Outdoor Liv<strong>in</strong>g, LLC

CoCo Key<br />

Water<br />

Resort<br />

ICON Park<br />

Andretti Indoor Kart<strong>in</strong>g & Games<br />


Orlando Aquarium

P.O. Box 851<br />

W<strong>in</strong>dermere, FL 34786

Hooray! Your file is uploaded and ready to be published.

Saved successfully!

Ooh no, something went wrong!