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Khristian Dentley, the baritone<br />

voice of the multi-Grammy Awardwinning<br />

vocal group Take 6, has always<br />

lived his life by the principle of<br />

faith. He said faith helps him not to<br />

worry about what he doesn’t have.<br />

“I just take what I have and put it<br />

to work in the best way I know how,”<br />

he said. “God takes care of the rest.”<br />

Born to pastor parents in Columbia,<br />

South Carolina, Khristian has been<br />

immersed since birth in a musical environment<br />

that not only includes gospel<br />

greats like Commissioned, the<br />

Winans and the Clark Sisters,<br />

but artists from a variety of genres, including<br />

Barbra Streisand; Earth,<br />

Wind & Fire; Barry Manilow<br />

and others.<br />

“I’m grateful my parents exposed<br />

me to many types of music,” Khristian<br />

said. “It gave me many colors to<br />

paint with later in life.”<br />

Khristian was drawn to the stage<br />

at an early age. He graduated from<br />

the Dillard Center for the Performing<br />

Arts in Fort Lauderdale in 2000 and<br />

began to look for opportunities to<br />

find his musical place in life. When<br />

musical heroes Fred Hammond<br />

and Take 6 brought their show to<br />

town, Khristian saw his chance.<br />

Undeterred by not having a ticket,<br />

he simply did what he always does.<br />

He went to work with what he had.<br />

What he had was a Fred Hammond<br />

T-shirt. He put it on, drove to the<br />

venue, and sat in the parking lot<br />

wondering how he might get into<br />

the show. He thought it might take a<br />

miracle, but he had no idea how big<br />

the miracle would be.<br />

When local stage workers began<br />

arriving to set up the sound equipment<br />


Taking the Stage With Take 6<br />

Ocoee Resident Lives With Faith and Humility<br />

Khristian Dentley of Ocoee brings a fresh perspective to<br />

Christian music group Take 6.<br />

and staging for the show, they saw<br />

Khristian’s Fred Hammond T-shirt and<br />

assumed he was the singer’s roadie.<br />

They invited him into the venue for<br />

breakfast and began asking him<br />

how to stage the show. His quick and<br />

clever reply was, “Let’s check the fax<br />

machine.”<br />

Hammond’s tech rider, or set-up<br />

page, was on the fax machine waiting<br />

with all the load-in instructions.<br />

Half-way through the equipment<br />

load-in, Hammond’s band walked in<br />

and saw Khristian wearing his T-shirt,<br />

so they invited him to lunch. Upon<br />

their return to the venue, Take 6 arrived,<br />

and Khristian seized an opportunity<br />

to introduce himself to one of<br />

the group — Mark Kibble. Kibble<br />

Nurse Practitioners:<br />

Esther Pelissier, ARPN-BC<br />

Irene Gan, PMHNP<br />

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

Nadine Massillon, ARPN<br />

Therapists:<br />

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

Randie Morillo, LCSW, ACSW<br />

Amy Singleton, LMHC<br />

Brooke Parker, LMHC<br />

Cristal Daniel, LMHC<br />

Nadine Massillon<br />

Esther Pelissier<br />

by Joel Staley<br />

took an interest in<br />

Khristian, and they<br />

exchanged contact<br />

information.<br />

Khristian said it was<br />

an amazing experience<br />

to meet his heroes;<br />

however, fast-forward<br />

to four years later, and<br />

he hadn’t yet left Fort<br />

Lauderdale. In fact, he<br />

was working at a call<br />

center and not in the<br />

music industry at all.<br />

“I was grateful for<br />

the job, but I didn’t feel<br />

I was fulfilling my purpose<br />

in life,” Khristian said. “I was restlessly<br />

seeking more.”<br />

Khristian didn’t know what “more”<br />

was or how to find it, but he did have<br />

Kibble’s email address. He sent a song<br />

he wrote and recorded and asked if<br />

Kibble would critique it.<br />

Khristian’s timing was perfect. Take<br />

6 member Cedric Dent had just accepted<br />

an offer from Middle Tennessee<br />

State University to join their faculty as<br />

a professor and couldn’t make all the<br />

group’s tour dates.<br />

“Mark called me and asked if I wrote<br />

and performed the song I emailed to<br />

him, and I said yes,” Khristian said.<br />

“He then invited me to work with him<br />

on one of his songs and to fill in for<br />

Cedric on a couple of tour dates.”<br />

It was the moment he had been hoping<br />

for. Khristian impressed Kibble and<br />

the rest of Take 6 with his fill-in performances<br />

and eventually became a fullfledged<br />

member of the group in 2011.<br />

Khristian no longer lives in South<br />

Florida. He’s currently a resident of<br />

Ocoee. Many ask why he doesn’t live<br />

closer to the action like Atlanta or Los<br />

Angeles. Khristian explained that his<br />

family is based in Ocoee, so there’s<br />

no way he would live anywhere else.<br />

“Taking care of my family is always<br />

the priority,” he said. “I pride myself on<br />

being a present father and husband.<br />

I fly a lot and have a busy schedule.<br />

Some entertain tens of thousands and<br />

give everything on stage, but phone<br />

it in with their families. You win the<br />

crowd, but you lose your family. I can<br />

never allow myself to be guilty of that.”<br />

In addition to the silky smooth vocals<br />

he delivers on Take 6 recordings and in<br />

live performances, Khristian also plays<br />

keyboards, drums and bass guitar.<br />

“My father taught my brother and<br />

I to play these instruments,” Khristian<br />

said. “He said you might walk into a<br />

church service one day where they<br />

need an extra hand. He insisted that<br />

we always be available to serve the<br />

Lord with our musical gifts.”<br />

Khristian is about 10 years younger<br />

than the other members of Take 6 and<br />

has had different influences in his life.<br />

He believes this allows him to bring<br />

new ideas to the group that help keep<br />

their collective artistry and performances<br />

fresh. For example, though the<br />

group is best known for its a cappella<br />

delivery, at Khristian’s encouragement,<br />

they are now adding a band behind<br />

them from time to time.<br />

“Once you’ve been blessed with<br />

great success, it’s easy to relax and<br />

become comfortable,” he said. “If our<br />

group is going to progress, we have to<br />

be willing to be uncomfortable.”<br />

The group debuted its new show<br />

format, including the backing band,<br />

in a performance earlier this year<br />

and hope to share it in other venues<br />

soon. They also recently headlined<br />

This Is Jesus at the Dr. Phillips Center<br />

for the Performing Arts. It’s a show<br />

many have called the Christian music<br />

event of the year. They shared the<br />

stage with Jordan Smith, winner<br />

of The Voice Season 9, and Tecla<br />

Award-winner Blanca. Other recent<br />

performances include a Beach<br />

Boys tribute where they sang<br />

Don’t Worry Baby with R&B legend<br />

Michael McDonald at the Dolby<br />

Theater in Los Angeles. It was taped<br />

and aired this past Easter.<br />

Despite all the achievements and<br />

stars he’s performed with, Khristian insists<br />

humility is the key.<br />

“The level of humility we choose is<br />

critical to our success in life,” he said.<br />

“Jesus made himself in the form of a<br />

servant. I don’t mind serving those<br />

around me, either.” ª

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A World-Class Destination<br />

Celebrating the International Drive Resort Area<br />

Maria Triscari,<br />

president and CEO<br />

of the International<br />

Drive Resort<br />

Area Chamber of<br />

Commerce.<br />

The tourism industry and convention<br />

markets are back in full swing,<br />

and, for more than 35 years, the<br />

International Drive Resort<br />

Area Chamber of Commerce<br />

has led the way with game-changing<br />

initiatives to ensure the success<br />

of the I-Drive Resort Area as<br />

a world-class resort destination.<br />

Maria Triscari, president and CEO<br />

of the International Drive Resort Area<br />

Chamber of Commerce, discussed<br />

I-Drive’s initiatives in transportation<br />

and development that will ensure<br />

I-Drive’s future success as a worldclass<br />

resort destination.<br />

What transformations have occurred<br />

in the I-Drive Resort Area?<br />

The International Drive corridor<br />

has experienced incredible growth.<br />

We now have more than 130 hotels,<br />

which equates to 45,000 hotel rooms.<br />

We are now home to 40% of all the<br />

hotel rooms in Orange, Osceola and<br />

Seminole counties. I-Drive also has<br />

hundreds of restaurants of every cuisine;<br />

900 retail outlets; six major theme<br />

parks; 45 family-friendly attractions;<br />

and the Orange County Convention<br />

Center, which is world-renowned and<br />

provides a $3 billion economic impact.<br />

We are a major economic engine<br />

for the Southwest region, and we<br />

are essential to the tourism market.<br />

Why is completing the master<br />

plan at the Orange County<br />

Convention Center crucial for<br />

future success?<br />

Conventions have come back strong<br />

to prepandemic levels. Meetings and<br />

conventions are back, and they are here<br />

to stay and will continue to grow. The<br />

comeback has been even greater than<br />

we anticipated. We are very confident<br />

on the future success of the convention<br />

market. That is why we are excited to<br />

revisit the Orange County Convention<br />

Center master plan that was put on hold<br />

due to the pandemic. The enhancements<br />

at the convention center are essential to<br />

stay competitive in a very competitive<br />

market. The Orange County Convention<br />

Center creates a $3 billion annual economic<br />

impact to the region. We are the<br />

premiere convention center in the nation<br />

and must stay on the forefront to ensure<br />

future success.<br />

The International Drive<br />

Resort Area currently employs<br />

more than 75,000 employees.<br />

What type of opportunities<br />

are available in the hospitality<br />

industry?<br />

The wonderful thing about the tourism<br />

industry is that there are opportunities<br />

for everyone regardless of age,<br />

education, language or prior work<br />

experience. You can start at an entry<br />

level position and become management<br />

level and beyond. Many<br />

executives started at entry level and<br />

excelled. It’s a great time to become<br />

a part of this exciting industry that<br />

provides good pay and great benefits.<br />

In addition, many of our companies<br />

provide scholarships to colleges<br />

to help enhance their employees’ life<br />

skills and educational levels.<br />

The I-Drive Corridor has a<br />

very strong economic outlook,<br />

and it’s a very exciting<br />

time for the resort destination.<br />

What types of initiatives have<br />

been implemented?<br />

New attractions like Epic Universe<br />

will open in 2025, and, because of<br />

the chamber’s Right Rail initiative, mass<br />

transit from Orlando International<br />

Airport to an International Drive station<br />

will become a reality. The Sunshine<br />

Corridor will include a mass transit station<br />

at I-Drive to service both Sunrail<br />

and Brightline. This new rail line is<br />

great news for residents, employees<br />

and visitors alike. It will be a mass transit<br />

system that will service everyone.<br />

What transformations has<br />

the International Drive Resort<br />

Area undergone?<br />

I-Drive is such a success because it<br />

continues to transform. The 1980’s attraction<br />

Mercado is now ICON Park,<br />

a $300 million investment; Friday’s<br />

Front Row is now Mango’s and<br />

Hollywood Plaza; and the Orange<br />

County Civic Center is now the<br />

Orange County Convention Center,<br />

a world-premiere convention center.<br />

What has been the impact<br />

of I-Drive Chamber initiatives<br />

like the Tourism Orlando<br />

Leadership Program?<br />

One of the most successful programs<br />

that the chamber has created is<br />

the highly acclaimed Tourism Orlando<br />

Leadership Program that is now celebrating<br />

its 23rd anniversary. This<br />

incredible 11-month program enables<br />

participants to learn about the vast<br />

components and aspects of the tourism<br />

industry, from marketing to operations<br />

to behind-the-scenes tours and special<br />

presentations at our major<br />

theme parks and facilities<br />

like the Orlando International<br />

Airport, the Orange County<br />

Sheriff’s Office, and the<br />

Orange County Convention<br />

Center. We are delighted with<br />

the tremendous success of this<br />

program that is now a staple in<br />

our tourism industry, with more<br />

than 1,000 people graduating<br />

to date, earning their “Ph.T.” in<br />

tourism.<br />

How does the I-Drive<br />

Resort Area give back<br />

to the community?<br />


I-Drive is a community of generosity.<br />

The International Drive<br />

Resort Area leaders believe in giving<br />

back. Major stakeholders like<br />

Harris Rosen have donated millions<br />

of dollars through their philanthropic<br />

work. I-Drive representatives<br />

care about their community and<br />

proudly support many charitable<br />

organizations through philanthropic<br />

programs, events and monetary donations<br />

as well as through donating<br />

goods and services to those in need.<br />

What does the future hold<br />

for I-Drive Resort Area?<br />

The I-Drive Chamber is a very<br />

strong and active chamber with a<br />

tremendous vision for the future and<br />

great political leaders to lead the<br />

way. All those things combined make<br />

our future very bright. As Abraham<br />

Lincoln once said, “The best way to<br />

predict the future is to create it.” And<br />

that is what the International Drive<br />

Resort Area has done for more than<br />

50 years. We just can’t wait to see<br />

what the next 50 years will bring.<br />

For more information or to join the International<br />

Drive Resort Area Chamber of Commerce, visit<br />

www.internationaldrivechamber.com.<br />

<br />

Members of the International Drive Resort<br />

Area Chamber of Commerce Tourism Orlando<br />

Leadership Program.

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Q Dr. Phillips Elementary<br />

Orange County Public Schools<br />

celebrated its ADDitions school volunteers<br />

and Partners in Education<br />

during the Crystal Awards, its annual<br />

community outreach recognition<br />

program. The event honored<br />

people and organizations that are<br />

highly valued for their lasting impact,<br />

which helps ensure every child<br />

has a promising and successful future.<br />

During the 2022-23 school<br />

year, more than 52,000 ADDitions<br />

school volunteers contributed nearly<br />

4.3 million hours of their time.<br />

That’s the equivalent of nearly<br />

180,000 days of help for students.<br />

In addition, nearly 2,700 Partners<br />

in Education gave their support to<br />

schools, which is equivalent to $5<br />

million. Among the awards given<br />

out, Denise Hartman of Dr.<br />

Phillips Elementary was awarded<br />

Diamond Coordinator of the Year.<br />

Q Panther Lake<br />

Elementary<br />

Panther Lake Elementary students<br />

participated in the Battle of the<br />

Books. Team members answered<br />

three rounds of questions about<br />

this year’s Sunshine State Books,<br />

competing against 17 teams in the<br />

Southwest area. The young scholars<br />

showcased their hard work and<br />

dedication.<br />

The Panther Lake Elementary<br />

Chess Club competed at the<br />

Orange County Public Schools<br />

West & Southwest Learning<br />

Community Chess Tournament.<br />

Kindergartner Madeline Artis<br />

placed third and second grader<br />

Ethan Artis placed fifth for the<br />

West Learning Community K-2<br />

group.<br />


Panther<br />

Lake<br />

Elementary’s<br />

Battle of the<br />

Books team<br />

competes<br />

against 17<br />

other teams<br />

in Southwest<br />

Orlando.<br />

compiled by Lauren Gonsalves<br />

The Chess Club at Panther Lake Elementary competes in the Orange County Public Schools<br />

West & Southwest Learning Community Chess Tournament.<br />

Q Dr. Phillips High<br />

Angelo<br />

Zizza is<br />

one of four<br />

Dr. Phillips<br />

High students<br />

awarded<br />

scholarships<br />

from the<br />

Rotary<br />

Club of Dr.<br />

Phillips.<br />

Q West Orange High<br />

West Orange High 2022-23<br />

freshman Madison McFarland<br />

competed in the Windermere Art<br />

Festival. She placed second for her<br />

chalk drawing in the 18-younger age<br />

group. Congratulations to Madison<br />

on her creative piece of art.<br />

Noah Anderson Hall-King,<br />

a 2022-23 ninth grader at West<br />

Orange High, won first place in<br />

the senior division of the mathematics<br />

and computational science category<br />

and analysis research area<br />

at the Orange County Science<br />

Exposition. His “Novel Model for<br />

Reactor-Grade Crystalline Nuclear<br />

Fuel” STEM project focused on developing<br />

an efficient process, so a<br />

nuclear reactor would produce less<br />

waste.<br />

Q Windermere High<br />

The High School High Tech program<br />

at Windermere High won first<br />

place during The Able Trust’s 2023<br />

Project Venture entrepreneurial<br />

competition. The two-time, winningstudent<br />

team competed against two<br />

other school districts with its Baby<br />

Buddy product, which is a safety<br />

bracelet worn by parents as a reminder<br />

to not leave their children in<br />

a hot vehicle.<br />

Q Et Al<br />

Orange County Public Schools<br />

was honored with the Best<br />

Communities for Music Education<br />

designation from The NAMM<br />

Foundation for its outstanding<br />

commitment to music education.<br />

Madison<br />

McFarland, a<br />

Windermere resident<br />

and West Orange High<br />

2022-23 student, places<br />

second in the 18-younger<br />

age group of the<br />

Windermere Art Festival.

Now in its 24th year, the designation<br />

is awarded to districts that<br />

demonstrate outstanding achievement<br />

in efforts to provide music<br />

access and education to all students.<br />

To qualify, OCPS officials<br />

answered detailed questions<br />

about funding, graduation requirements,<br />

music class participation,<br />

instruction time, facilities, support<br />

for the music program, and community<br />

music-making programs.<br />

Responses were verified by school<br />

officials and reviewed by The<br />

Music Research Institute at the<br />

University of Kansas.<br />

Officials of the National Merit<br />

Scholarship Corp. announced<br />

this year’s National Merit $2,500<br />

Scholarship winners. They were chosen<br />

from a talent pool of more than<br />

15,000 finalists in the 2023 National<br />

Merit Scholarship Program. The winners<br />

are the finalists in each state<br />

judged to have the strongest combination<br />

of accomplishments, skills<br />

and potential for success in rigorous<br />

college studies. These scholars were<br />

selected by a committee of college<br />

admissions officers and high school<br />

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counselors, who appraised a substantial<br />

amount of information submitted<br />

by both the finalists and their high<br />

schools: the academic record, including<br />

difficulty level of subjects studied<br />

and grades earned; scores from<br />

the Preliminary SAT/National Merit<br />

Scholarship Qualifying Test; contributions<br />

and leadership in school<br />

and community activities; an essay<br />

written by the finalist; and a recommendation<br />

written by a high school<br />

official. Southwest-area students who<br />

received a scholarship include Yash<br />

Agrawal and Daniel Liu of Lake<br />

Highland Preparatory School;<br />

Madison Modlin of Olympia<br />

High; and Jay Khemchandani,<br />

Fanghai Yu and Fangwen Yu<br />

of Windermere Preparatory<br />

School.<br />

Steve Whitaker recently celebrated<br />

20 years as the head of<br />

school at The First Academy. The<br />

TFA family surprised Mr. Whitaker<br />

with a schoolwide day of celebration.<br />

Every student across each division of<br />

The First Academy (lower, middle,<br />

upper, The Classical School and The<br />

First Hope) wrote a personalized note<br />

of congratulations. Mr. Whitaker<br />

walked into a fully decorated office<br />

with all the notes proudly displayed.<br />

Each student also took home a delicious,<br />

celebratory treat. Mr. Whitaker<br />

was surprised with a luncheon with<br />

past school board members, TFA<br />

alumni, the Rev. Jim Henry, the Rev.<br />

David Uth, special friends and the<br />

Whitaker family. For more details of<br />

his accomplishments during the past<br />

two decades, visit thefirstacademy.<br />

org/blog/dr-steve-d-whitaker-celebrating-20-years-of-excellence-at-thefirst-academy.<br />

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the source of our news. Therefore, the Southwest<br />

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The Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips, represented by (l. to r.) Terry Taggart, Dave<br />

Lehman, Jj Lullen and David Holmes, donates toys to Orange County schools,<br />

represented by (l. to r.) Pam Gould, Kristi Weiss and Alba Lorenzo.

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Q Celebration<br />

More than 500 people attended<br />

Central College’s 23rd annual<br />

Scholarship Dinner, during which<br />

donors, students and families were<br />

honored. Tyler Wildermuth of<br />

Celebration received the Orville<br />

& Ermina Dykstra Scholarship and<br />

Wilbur T. Washington Diversity<br />

Scholarship for the 2022-23 academic<br />

year for a high commitment<br />

to academic achievement. Tyler is a<br />

member of Central College’s Class<br />

of 2025.<br />

Q MetroWest<br />

Mariam Saied, a MetroWest<br />

resident and graduate of<br />

Windermere High School, was<br />

awarded a grant from The Steven<br />

Daniel Smallen Memorial Fund at<br />

Hamilton College for the 2022-23<br />

academic year. The fund is designed<br />

to encourage creativity among<br />

Hamilton students by providing grants<br />

for projects displaying originality, expressiveness<br />

and imagination. Final<br />

projects must lead to something that<br />

can be displayed and enjoyed by the<br />

Hamilton community. Mariam, a senior<br />

majoring in art, used the award<br />

for “Yaadein,” an art thesis project<br />

in which color is used to explore<br />

the culture of silence in South Asian<br />

households and the introspection that<br />

occurs when that silence is broken.<br />

Q Windermere<br />


Molly McLaughlin of<br />

Windermere was inducted into The<br />

University of Alabama’s Blue Key<br />

Honor Society during the Tapping on<br />

the Mound ceremony during Honors<br />

Week. The society is a premier honor<br />

society that recognizes college<br />

students for balanced and all-around<br />

excellence in scholarship, leadership<br />

and service. At that time, she was<br />

also inducted into the Mortar Board<br />

National Honor Society. Mortar<br />

compiled by Lauren Gonsalves<br />

Board, a national honor society for<br />

men and women, is based on leadership,<br />

scholarship and service. It is<br />

one of the highest honors that can<br />

be granted to seniors. Members must<br />

display outstanding dedication to<br />

service and leadership.<br />

Q Winter Garden<br />

Winter<br />

Garden<br />

resident Travis<br />

Brown joins<br />

ShuffieldLowman<br />

as a senior<br />

associate.<br />

ShuffieldLowman officials announced<br />

that attorney Travis<br />

Brown of Winter Garden joined<br />

the firm’s Orlando office as a senior<br />

associate, practicing in the<br />

areas of commercial and civil litigation;<br />

guardianship, probate and<br />

trust litigation; intellectual property;<br />

marketing and media; data<br />

privacy and cybersecurity. Travis’<br />

prior experience includes work as<br />

an assistant attorney general in the<br />

Consumer Protection Division of<br />

the Tennessee Attorney General’s<br />

Office, prosecuting consumer protection<br />

matters with a focus on<br />

financial services fraud. His law<br />

firm experience includes handling<br />

federal and state commercial<br />

litigation matters and counseling<br />

corporate clients about emerging<br />

technology, consumer financial<br />

services, internet and social media<br />

matters, data privacy laws and<br />

regulatory disputes.<br />

Winter Garden resident<br />

Abby-Carlyle Ross was initiated<br />

into the Florida Gulf Coast<br />

University Circle of Omicron Delta<br />

We<br />

deliver<br />

Nominate us as the “Best Garden Store” in Orlando<br />

Website: https://vote.orlandoweekly.com<br />

If we win we will have a big “Sale-a-bration”<br />

Dr. Emilia<br />

Godoy-Rapport<br />

401 Main Street, Suite A,<br />

Windermere, FL 34786<br />

407.909.1097<br />


Kappa, the National<br />

Leadership Honor Society.<br />

The society welcomed 787<br />

new initiates from 32 universities<br />

this past March.<br />

Students initiated into the<br />

society must be sophomores,<br />

juniors, seniors<br />

or graduate/professional<br />

students in the top 35% of<br />

their class; demonstrate<br />

leadership experience in<br />

at least one of the five<br />

pillars; and embrace the<br />

ODK ideals. Fewer than<br />

5% of students on a campus<br />

are invited to join<br />

each year.<br />

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Winter Garden resident<br />

Samuel Tyrrell was<br />

hired as an audit associate<br />

at KPMG LLP in Greenville,<br />

South Carolina, before graduation.<br />

He is a senior at Bob Jones<br />

University pursuing a bachelor's<br />

degree in accounting.<br />

Q Et Al<br />

West Orange Chamber of<br />

Commerce ambassadors held<br />

45-year anniversary celebration<br />

for Suzi Karr Realty. WOCC builds<br />

partnerships, strong businesses<br />

and commitment to the community<br />

by serving as the leading business<br />

advocate in Central Florida, facilitating<br />

opportunity to nearly 1,000<br />

member businesses. For more information<br />

about WOCC, call 407-<br />

656-1304 or visit wochamber.com.<br />

West Orange Chamber of Commerce ambassadors celebrate the 45-year anniversary of Suzi Karr Realty.<br />

Kudos to the following Southwestarea<br />

residents on their recent<br />

graduations:<br />

• Flagler College graduates included<br />

Winter Garden residents<br />

Sarah Alexander, Bachelor<br />

of Arts in history; Christian<br />

Galloway, Bachelor of Arts<br />

in graphic design; and Hunter<br />

Makin, Bachelor of Arts in history;<br />

Ocoee resident Halle<br />

Brasse, Bachelor of Arts in psychology;<br />

and Windermere residents<br />

Caroline Carr, Bachelor of<br />

Arts in sociology and criminology,<br />

and Cassidy Steiner, Bachelor<br />

of Science in coastal environmental<br />

science.<br />

• Madison Cooper of<br />

Winter Garden graduated from<br />

East Stroudsburg University with<br />

a Bachelor of Science in social<br />

work.<br />

photo courtesy of WOCC<br />

• Aria Solano of Winter<br />

Garden graduated from Piedmont<br />

University.<br />


Guillermo J. Nazario, D.C.

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Lori McCord (left), membership chair of the Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips,<br />

congratulates newest member, Pam Gould (second from left). They are joined by (l. to r.)<br />

Michael Hanley, sponsor, and Marc Ramey, club president.<br />

Faculty members and students<br />

from Trine University’s Doctor of<br />

Physical Therapy program presented<br />

research at the American<br />

Physical Therapy Association<br />

(APTA) Combined Sections<br />

Meeting, held in San Diego. The<br />

Trine group presented or co-presented<br />

two educational sessions<br />

lasting two hours each, one platform<br />

presentation and six research<br />

posters at the nation’s largest physical<br />

therapy conference. One of<br />

the research posters was Southwest<br />

resident Joseph Bodovetz,<br />

along with faculty Jenna Encheff<br />

and Nicole Walter and fellow<br />

students Brendan Werstine, Kyle<br />

Foerg, Joseph Bodovetz and<br />

Nicole Chatterson, presenting<br />

“Blood Flow Restriction Effects on<br />

Muscle Activation During Robotic<br />

Ambulation in Patients with SCI.”<br />

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa<br />

Phi, the nation’s oldest, most selective<br />

collegiate honor society<br />

for all academic disciplines, inducted<br />

new members. They are<br />

among approximately 25,000 students,<br />

faculty, professional staff<br />

and alumni to be initiated into Phi<br />

Kappa Phi each year. Membership<br />

is by invitation only and requires<br />

nomination and approval by a<br />

chapter. Only the top 10% of seniors<br />

and 7.5% of juniors are eligible<br />

for membership. Graduate<br />

students in the top 10% of the<br />

number of candidates for graduate<br />

degrees may also qualify,<br />

as do faculty members, professional<br />

staff and alumni who have<br />

achieved scholarly distinction.<br />

• Macy Allen of Windermere<br />

at the University of North Florida.<br />

• Charles Campbell of<br />

Winter Garden at Florida State<br />

University.<br />

• Arielle Hanley of Windermere<br />

at the University of Florida.<br />

• Iris Pearson of Windermere<br />

at the University of Alabama at<br />

Birmingham.<br />

• Lindsay Sernka of Winter<br />

Garden at the University of Florida.<br />

• Raymond Singh of Winter<br />

Garden at the University of<br />

Florida.<br />

• Linda Stewart of Windermere<br />

at Northern Illinois University.

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Lori McCord (left), membership chair of the Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips, presents<br />

Carolyn McAfee (center), treasurer, as Rotarian of the Month for March. She is<br />

congratulated by Marc Ramey, president.<br />

Although we try to ensure that all information presented<br />

above is the most current, correct and dependable<br />

available, we do rely on others for the source of our<br />

news. Therefore, the Southwest Orlando Bulletin and<br />

Cornerstone Publishing & Multi-Media LLC cannot be held<br />

responsible for the validity of the information presented<br />

here, nor does mentioning it constitute an endorsement.<br />

In Your Neighborhood news is welcome and may be<br />

mailed to P.O. Box 851, Windermere, FL 34786; or<br />

emailed to Lauren@kearneypublishing.com. ª<br />

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Dentistry would<br />

like to congratulate all<br />

of the 2023 graduates!<br />

We are so proud<br />

of you!<br />

Please call or visit our website for more info!<br />

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4759 The Grove Dr., Suite 100<br />

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Orlando, FL 32819<br />

321-204-8237<br />

www.flwellnessmd.com<br />

• Mayo Clinic trained and double board-certified M.D. in Interventional<br />

Pain Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation<br />

• Voted and featured in Best Doctors in Orlando Magazine<br />

• Fluent in Spanish<br />

Services offered:<br />

• High-quality Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and image-guided<br />

injections for chronic injuries and arthritis<br />

• PRP for male and female hair restoration<br />

• Worker’s compensation, auto accidents and Slip and falls<br />

• Botox® injections for Migraines and aesthetics<br />

• Joint and spinal injections under X-ray and ultrasound guidance<br />

• Evaluation and non-opioid treatment of pain disorders<br />

• Specialized tests for muscle and nerve problems (EMG/NCS)

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n Charity/Fundraiser<br />

June 21 — 4.01K Race For Financial<br />

Fitness<br />

Harbor Park, 4990 New Broad St., Orlando, hosts Junior<br />

Achievement of Central Florida’s eighth annual 4.01K Race for<br />

Financial Fitness, including financial literacy-themed activities<br />

along the route. Time: 6 p.m. Sponsorships are available. For<br />

more information, email kbrown@jacentralfl.org. To register for<br />

the race, visit secure.qgiv.com/event/40ra2023.<br />

n Children’s Program<br />

June 3-July 29 — Summer At Your Library<br />

The Orange County Library System hosts its annual summer<br />

program — All Together Now: Kindness, Friendship and Unity.<br />

Programs, classes and events continue to be offered both in<br />

person and online. For more information or to register, call<br />

407-835-7323 or visit ocls.info/summer.<br />

n Class/Program<br />

June 10 — Family & Friends CPR Course<br />

Celebration Town Hall, 851 Celebration Ave., Celebration,<br />

hosts the Family & Friends CPR Course, which teaches lifesaving<br />

skills of adult hands-only CPR; adult CPR with breaths;<br />

child CPR with breaths; infant CPR; adult and child AED use;<br />

and mild and severe airway block for adults, children and<br />

infants. Time: 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $30. For more information<br />

or to register, visit omi.enrollware.com/enroll?id=8031268.<br />


n Events/Performances<br />

Through Aug. 26 — An Elegy To<br />

Rosewood Art Exhibition<br />

The Visiting Exhibition Gallery at Hannibal Square<br />

Heritage Center, 642 W. New England Ave., Winter<br />

Park, hosts Crealdé School of Art’s visiting exhibition,<br />

An Elegy to Rosewood, in commemoration of<br />

the 100-year anniversary of the Rosewood Massacre.<br />

For more information, call 407-539-2680 or visit<br />

hannibalsquareheritagecenter.org.<br />

June 18 — A Juneteenth Experience For Kids<br />

Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E. Princeton St.,<br />

Orlando, hosts the third annual Lunch and Learn: A<br />

Juneteenth Experience for Kids, a free event (co-sponsored<br />

by Black Theatre Girl Magic and the Florida Theatre<br />

Association) that includes a range of interactive and<br />

educational activities, performances, crafts, a barbecue<br />

lunch and other food vendors, and more. Time: 11 a.m.-3<br />

p.m. For more information or to register for the event, visit<br />

www.juneteenthorlando.org.<br />

July 2 — MusicWorks Independence Day<br />

Celebration<br />

MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando,<br />

hosts the third annual MusicWorks Independence Day<br />

event, including a professional skydiving team, live music,<br />

fireworks, food trucks, rides, vendors and adult beverages<br />

for sale. Offsite parking only is available off Metrocenter<br />

Boulevard, where a shuttle service is provided. Attendees<br />

should bring chairs or blankets. Personal fireworks, coolers<br />

and pets are prohibited. Time: 4-10 p.m. Admission<br />

is free. For more information, call 407-601-5995 or visit<br />

www.metrowestcommunity.com.<br />

n Miscellaneous<br />

compiled by Lisa Sagers<br />

June 22 — Food Truck Connection<br />

MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando,<br />

hosts the MetroWest Food Truck Connection, including<br />

food, fun and music. Time: fourth Thursday of every<br />

month from 5:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, visit<br />

www.metrowestcommunity.com.<br />

July 10, 2023 — Contest Submission<br />

Deadline<br />

Photographers are invited to participate in the 2024<br />

Historic Preservation Board Calendar and competition.<br />

This year, the board is seeking photos that capture<br />

Orlando’s Lake Lawsona Historic District. Subject matter<br />

should be from structures that are at least 50 years old.<br />

A $100 honorarium is awarded to each photographer<br />

whose picture is selected. The deadline for entries is 5 p.m.<br />

on July 10, 2023. For more information about submission<br />

guidelines, visit orlando.gov/calendarcontest.<br />

n Networking/Clubs<br />

Ongoing — Fun, Friendship &<br />

Philanthropy<br />

The West Orange Women seeks females of all ages to join its<br />

group for fun, making friends and helping those in need. Annual<br />

dues are $25. For more information, email Alice Bergeson,<br />

aliceberg@gmail.com; or visit www.westorangewomen.com.<br />

Ongoing — 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 meeting/luncheon of the West<br />

Orange Republican Women, Federated, including stimulating speakers.<br />

For more information, email info@worwf.org or visit worwf.org.<br />

June 6, 13, 20 & 27 — Virtual<br />

Toastmasters Meetings<br />

Windermere Toastmasters Club No. 4662754 holds Zoom<br />

meetings. Attendees learn to develop their oral communication<br />

and leadership skills in a supportive and positive learning<br />

environment. Time: Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. For more<br />

information or to request online Zoom meeting details, visit<br />

www.4662754.toastmastersclubs.org and click “Contact Us.”<br />

June 7, 14, 21 & 28 — Virtual<br />

Toastmasters Meetings<br />

The Turnpike Toastmasters Club holds Zoom meetings. Time:<br />

Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m. For more information or to register<br />

for a virtual meeting, visit 2362.toastmastersclubs.org and<br />

click “Contact Us” at least one day before the event.<br />






321-947-2541<br />

Imperial Outdoor Living, LLC

June 8, 15, 22 & 29 — Virtual Thursday<br />

Morning Men’s Group<br />

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church hosts a men’s online<br />

group with the Rev. Jad. Time: Thursdays at 7:45 a.m.<br />

via Zoom. For more information or to register, call<br />

407-876-4991 or visit st.lukes.org/adults.<br />

June 8, 15, 22 & 29 — Virtual<br />

Toastmasters Meetings<br />

The Vista Toastmasters Club holds Zoom meetings.<br />

Time: Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information,<br />

email vistatoastmasters.zoom@gmail.com or<br />

visit www.vistatoastmasters.org.<br />

n Support Groups<br />

Ongoing — Hope For Hurting Parents<br />

Support Group Meetings<br />

The Parish Life Center at Holy Family Catholic Church,<br />

5125 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts<br />

Hope for Hurting Parents support group meetings<br />

for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc., who<br />

have children of any age who struggle with mental<br />

health issues, self-harm, eating disorders, substance<br />

abuse, gender confusion, suicidal thoughts and more.<br />

Time: first and third Monday of each month from<br />

6-8 p.m. For more information, email Beth Denhof,<br />

bethdenhof@msn.com, or call her at 407-399-5872;<br />

or email Kelly Muscaro, kkmuscaro@aol.com, or call<br />

her at 407-963-5277. For more information, including<br />

resources and book recommendations, visit<br />

www.hopeforhurtingparents.com.<br />

Ongoing — Virtual GriefShare Support<br />

Group Meetings<br />

Healing Waters Faith Ministries hosts virtual grief support<br />

group meetings for anyone hurting after the death of a<br />

spouse, child, family member, friend or pet. Time: Mondays<br />

from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: Meetings are free; workbook is<br />

$20 plus shipping. For more information, call 407-704-7011.<br />

To register, email healingwatersfaithministries@gmail.com.<br />

June 6 & 20 — Virtual Teen Grief<br />

Support Group Meetings<br />

The Cornerstone Hospice Bereavement Team holds virtual teen<br />

grief support group meetings for teens 12-17 struggling with<br />

the loss of a loved one or feeling anxious, upset or confused<br />

because of the pandemic. Groups are free and open to the<br />

public. Registration is required. Time: first and third Tuesday of<br />

each month from 5-6 p.m. For more information or to register,<br />

call 866-742-6655 or visit www.cornerstonehospice.org.<br />

June 7 & 21 — Virtual Teen Talks<br />

Support Group Meetings<br />

The Cornerstone Hospice Bereavement Team holds virtual teen<br />

talks support group meetings for youth 12-17. Groups are<br />

free and open to the public. Registration is required. Time:<br />

first and third Wednesday of each month from 3:30-4:30<br />

p.m. For more information or to register, call 866-742-6655<br />

or visit www.cornerstonehospice.org.<br />

June 13 & 27 — Mental Health Support<br />

Group Meetings<br />

The second floor of Building B at St. Luke’s United Methodist<br />

Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts<br />

free connection and family support group meetings for<br />

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individuals affected by mental illness. The connection<br />

support group meets in Room B-204, and families<br />

meet in Room B-206. The 90-minute meeting is peerled<br />

and helps participants connect with each other,<br />

learn from each other’s experiences, share coping<br />

strategies and offer each other encouragement and<br />

understanding. Time: the second and fourth Tuesday<br />

of each month at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call<br />

407-253-1900, email information@namigo.org or visit<br />

www.namigo.org.<br />

June 13 & July 11— Virtual Support<br />

Group Meetings For Caregivers<br />

The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center sponsors a<br />

free support group meeting for caregivers in the Suite 281<br />

Conference Room (next to the south elevators on the second<br />

floor) at Health Central Hospital, 10000 W. Colonial Drive,<br />

Ocoee. Time: second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. For more<br />

information, call 407-843-1910 or visit www.adrccares.org.<br />

n Volunteers Needed<br />

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed<br />

My Brother’s Keeper seeks volunteers — especially adult men<br />

(18-older) of color — who can serve as positive role models<br />

and mentor boys and young men of color. For more information,<br />

email Grace, gdearden@vcifl.org, at Volunteers for<br />

Community Impact.<br />

Contributions to Community Bulletin Board are welcome.<br />

Please send information six weeks before the event to P.O.<br />

Box 851, Windermere, FL 34787; call 407-351-1573,<br />

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Southwest Social<br />

SEEN<br />

West Orange Chamber of Commerce Best Fest made its comeback after the Best Fest in 2020 was<br />

canceled due to the pandemic. This year’s event had a new layout, music by saxophonist Tamara Danielsson<br />

provided by Pilars Martini and Loft, DJ Bubbles from Florida Foam Factory, interactive entertainment, outdoor<br />

games by Giant Yard Games, giveaways and more. It was a true representation of west Orange County with<br />

more than 1,200 local attendees and more than 65 restaurants, bars, caterers, breweries and businesses<br />

participating in the event. Voted best business in each category were the following:<br />

• Best food: Westgate Lakes Resorts & Spa.<br />

• Best beverage: Pilars Martini.<br />

• Best dessert: Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream.<br />

• Best healthy option: Table Top Catering.<br />

• Best business booth: Love Motorsports of Ocoee.<br />

<br />

▲ Table Top Catering wins best healthy option at the<br />

West Orange Chamber of Commerce Best Fest.<br />

▲ Pilars Martini wins best beverage at the West<br />

Orange Chamber of Commerce Best Fest.<br />

▲ Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream wins best dessert at<br />

the West Orange Chamber of Commerce Best Fest.<br />

▲ Westgate Lakes Resorts & Spa wins best food at the<br />

West Orange Chamber of Commerce Best Fest.<br />

▲ Love Motorsports of Ocoee wins best business booth<br />

at the West Orange Chamber of Commerce Best Fest.

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