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11th Annual Orlando Home & Garden Show Comes to the Orange County Convention Center Jan. 11-13 Show Features Celebrity Appearance by Jeff Lewis of Bravo's ‘Flipping Out’ ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 20, 2018) – Start the new year off right at the 11th Annual Orlando Home & Garden Show being held Jan. 11-13 at the Orange County Convention Center. The show promises to be better than ever as builders, gardeners and DIY’ers welcome 2019 with the latest and greatest products, exhibits and seminars.  Showattendees will find builders, remodelers, contractors, building materials, decks, pools, spas, entertainment systems, storage solutions, all kinds of plants, landscape displays, kitchenware, home accessories and much more.  SPECIAL GUESTS ·         Celebrity Appearance by Jeff Lewis of Bravo's “Flipping Out” ·         Special Guest, Boyce Thompson, Home Tech Guru SHOW HIGHLIGHTS With Landscape, Home Improvement and Interior Design Experts, plus Pets, Wildlife and Family Fun - the Orlando Home & Garden Show is more than a home show…it is fun! Landscape Experts ·         Landscapes, Gardening, Plant Sales & Soil Testing ·         Local Landscapers – Get your lawn and garden questions answered by visiting with local experts ·         Gardening Seminars – Learn how to get more from your yard and garden by growing your own produce ·         Outdoor Living Solutions – Featuring outdoor kitchens, grills, patio furniture, fountains and yard art ·         On-Site Plant Sale – Plants from Elemental Nursery & Flowers from Farm 9 ·         University of Florida Master Gardeners – Free pH testing for your soil samples Home Improvement The Orlando Home & Garden show also includes a complete selection of home improvement experts and ideas where you can really get a ‘feel’ for your next home improvement project. You’ll find just about everything for your home all under one roof: ·         Kitchen & Bath Experts ·         Contractors & Remodelers ·         Interior design ·         Outdoor Living & Entertaining ·         Cabinets, Countertops & Flooring ·         Closet & Garage Storage & Organization ·         DIY Seminars by The Home Depot ·         Solar Energy Solutions Interior Design & Style This show is packed with design and style. The SODO Home Design Center, a show-goers favorite, features the latest trends in lighting, kitchens, baths, countertops, flooring, cabinetry, appliances and more. Attendees can touch and feel new products from the highest quality brands, and find solutions that inspire and revitalize your home and speak with an interior designer about their own spaces. Florida's Pets & Wildlife Animal & nature lovers, unite! This show has a great variety of Florida’s own pets and wildlife to explore! ·         Gator & Animal Encounters by Gatorland ·         Obedience & Obstacle Demos by Sit Means Sit ·         On-site Pet Adoptions by Polka Dogz Pet Rescue ·         Bird of Prey Shows Family Fun ·         Meet Curious George and have your picture taken with him! He will be excited to meet your kiddos Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ·         Board & Brush Plank Wood Projects ·         Cupcake Decorating by The Naked Cupcake ·         Chocolate Making Seminars ·         Birdfeeder Building with The Home Depot ·         Wine Lounge ·         Central Park with a Farmer’s Market & Yard Games When: Jan. 11-13, 2019 Where: Orange County Convention Center (Hall NB, North B) 9400 Universal Blvd Orlando, FL 32819 Hours: Friday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Adult 17+: $9 65+ & Retired Military: $7 w/valid ID 16 & Under: Free First Responders & Active Military: Free w/ID *No further discounts applied to Senior Admission or Retired Military Admission. Military discount not valid on Dependents; discounts cannot be combined. Accepted Payments: Cash, Check, Credit Card Parking: Parking in the North Lots is $10 per day for standard vehicles and $25 per day for oversized vehicles. Payments accepted: Cash, Traveler’s Checks, AmEx, MasterCard & Visa. 50 words: The 11th Annual Orlando Home & Garden Show is being held Jan. 11-13 at the Orange County Convention Center. The show features builders, gardeners and DIY’ers welcoming 2019 with the latest products, exhibits and seminars.  Enjoy a celebrity appearance by Jeff Lewis of Bravo's “Flipping Out." Media Contact: Kimbra Hennessy kimbra@bitner.com 407-415-6656
   The Orlando Fringe Winter Mini-Fest was created as a way to open your eyes to the world of Fringe on a small, easy to introduce kind-of-way. Orlando Fringe Winter Mini-Fest runs January 10th through January 13th featuring a creative lineup of 22 shows in 4 days. Plus, many exciting events and workshops. Check out this exciting schedule. The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival has been celebrated as Central Florida's "Best Festival" and "Most Unique Cultural Event" by readers of the Orlando Weekly and Orlando Sentinel for the past 24 years. Winter Mini-Fest was created so fans could enjoy the festival energy during the off-season.  The four days of Winter Mini-Fest present the best of the best productions, some from past Fringe Festivals, and some new-to-Orlando works from Fringe Festival performers from around the globe. See shows, take a chance on something not in your comfort zone, and embrace the chaotic nature of Fringe. Special events during the four-day festival include Extra Fringe Fun Times, which consist of: "Fringe Against Humanity" on Thursday, January 10th "Trivia with George Wallace" on Friday, January 11th "Two Lies and a Truth" Saturday, January 12th All Extra Fringe Fun Times will begin at 9:30 pm in the Courtyard and are great to either participate in or just sit back, watch, and laugh. The Opening Ceremony is Thursday, January 10th at 6:30 pm, and will include a ribbon cutting, officially marking the beginning of the festival.  The Closing Ceremony and wrap party will be Sunday, January 13th at 10:15 pm. Both events take place within the courtyard of The Lowndes Shakespeare Center. Festival organizers have also announced a free workshop "Devising Theatre From the Outside In." Director David R. Gammons and the cast of The Bald Soprano, members of The Boston Conservatory, discuss the process of developing character and relationship through intensive physical training and visual research. The workshop will also cover upending conventional theatre design practices. The ensemble uses accessories such as costumes, wigs, and makeup to inform foundational acting choices. The workshop is scheduled for Sunday, January 13 from 3:30 pm-4:30 pm in the festival's Blue Venue and is free and open to the public. In addition to the free special event activities planned during the festival, there will be beer & booze tents along with rotating daily food vendors including Dixie Dharma, La Femme du Fromage, and SwedeDISH. Many fun and special events are happening during Orlando Fringe Winter Mini-Fest that you don't want to miss. For more information visit: ofwinterminifest.com.
According to Adam H Putnam, Commissioner of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, game promotion is defined as a contest, game of chance, sweepstakes, or gift enterprise, conducted by an operator within or throughout the state and other states in connection with and incidental to the sale of consumer products or services, and in which the elements of chance and prize are present. Game promotions offering prizes totaling more than $5,000 must file with the department seven days prior to commencement. Even game promotions based in other states must be filed if they are conducted in Florida and/or are open to Florida residents and have prizes valued at more than $5,000. If you determine that your "promotion" is required to be registered in the State of Florida, you can now file your Gaming and Promotion Application online with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. It's important to note that a surety bond or statement of trust is required from the operator unless they have conducted game promotions in Florida for at least five consecutive years and they have had no civil, criminal or administrative actions instituted against them for a violation of section 849.049, Florida Statutes, during that five year period. For more information on State of Florida Gaming and Promotion laws visit their website, I find it very easy to navigate and you can download all the necessary forms. For more background on the legality of gaming and promotion laws and for information on how to manage all aspects of your small business I am fond of Legal Zoom.
From the theatrically manicured hospitality side of town to the organically crafted local arts and entertainment scene. Central Florida is a creative city alive with a seemingly endless array of interesting people to know and exciting places to explore.  Practically everyone knows that Central Florida is home to the world's greatest theme parks. This comes with billions of dollars in infrastructure that set the stage for travelers to experience Central Florida. As many beaming-with-pride native Floridians will do, I tend to reserve my consumption of theme park awesomeness to seasonally inspired events such as: Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights or Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts - a celebration of food, art and entertainment. I get to spend a joyfully increasing amount of my time on the organic side of the city, embedded in the locally-energized arts and cultural scene. As part of my career/passion (as Chief Excitement Officer at Anything is Posh Able) I build art events, fashion shows and organize fundraising events to support arts and cultural organizations in Central Florida. So, I can forget that not everyone is aware of the budding counter culture of creativity that is: Orlando. If you are new to Orlando or a long-time resident who is looking to connect with your artful side, here are some people, places and things that I believe make Orlando an imaginatively artful place to experience life.  Snap Orlando! is boldly increasing the visibility and appreciation of the photographic medium as a significant cultural art form in the City Beautiful. Founder Patrick Kahn has been described as a cultural risk-taker fostering an emerging awareness of Orlando as Culture. Patrick is a favorite friend who serves as part of my company's  Advisory Panel. Downtown Orlando Arts District - Nestled in the City of Orlando, the Downtown Arts District is a hip, active, and vibrant artistic community offering something for everyone. Whether it’s museums in the morning, painting by day, or movies and martinis at midnight, the Arts District’s friendly and energetic vibe is up early and stays out late. United Arts of Central Florida - Now in their 28th year of service to our community, United Arts has invested more than $141 million in local arts and culture organizations and education. They believe that art, music, science, dance, history and theater matter… for our children, for our economy and for our community! The Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs Office works with its Advisory Council to recommend how Orange County’s funds should be invested to elevate the status of arts and culture in Central Florida. Find more information on the Advisory Council page. Led by Orange County's “Chief Arts Instigator” Terry Olson since the creation of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs in 2001. Culture Builds Florida The Florida Division of Cultural Affairs is Florida's state arts agency. They believe arts and culture support jobs, tourism and education while contributing to a vibrant and creative Florida.
23.12.2018
Paula Wyatt
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"Follow your passion. Stay true to yourself. Never follow someone else's path unless you're in the woods and you're lost, and you see a path. You should follow that.” - Ellen DeGeneres  These Fearlessly Funny women are stepping outside of their comfort zones, for some real next-level empowerment on January 24th at The Abbey for AN EMPOWERING NIGHT OF LAUGHTER.  During the 90 days leading up to an Empowering Night of Laughter (on January 24th at the Abbey) - our comedians are developing their comedy routine and participating in writing and stage coaching workshops. During the show you'll meet our three Empresses of Empowerment (Kay Rawlins, Heather Wilkie, Moira) who will answer the question, "How Has Having a Sense of Humor Empowered me to be Successful in Life."  Our pre-event Empowerment Mixer (6pm) features your chance to mingle with our three charity partners (Orlando City Soccer Foundation, Zebra Coalition, A Gift for Teaching) who are on the front lines empowering women in the Central Florida community. This hilariously empowering evening is hosted by News13 Anchor, Ybeth Bruzual.  Meet Nine Fearlessly Funny Women I grew up with a professional comedian as a father. So I learned early on that there was a special magic in the ability to make someone laugh - laughter is powerful and comedy is connection. Having done stand-up comedy myself, I can report that it's the most terrifyingly awesome thing that anyone can do in terms of taking life to the next level and getting out of your comfort zone. Because comedy has empowered me in my life and because I think getting out of your comfort zone should be mandatory - I wanted to offer other women a platform to feel the peak level of aliveness that only comes from stand-up comedy. So, I created An Empowering Night of Laughter - bringing together an energetic room full of empowered and philanthropic women for a hilarious night of laughter. Join some of Orlando's most empowering and hilarious women at The Abbey in downtown Orlando on Thursday, January 24th (6pm) for an Empowering Night of Laughter - an "unprofessional" stand-up comedy experience. Be Witness to empowerment in action as nine Fearlessly Funny Women "get out of their comfort zones" and take center stage to perform a five-minute comedic routine - which they have written themselves. Tickets are $30 each and include reserved seating for the show, valet parking and an all-access pass to the pre-event empowerment mixer and post-event cast party. 6:00pm - Empowerment Mixer - Mingle with our lineup of empowering and hilarious women. Stop by our Charity Partner's engagement stations to see how they are on the front lines empowering women in the Central Florida community.  7:00pm - 8:30pm - Nine Fearlessly Funny women will take center stage, led by our three Empresses of Empowerment.  8:30pm - 10:00pm - Cast Party - more hilarious fun and pink drink specials. A very special thank you to our empowerment partner: Bay Hill Jewelers - Did you know that 56% of women buy their own jewelry? Empowered women these days just aren't waiting for someone else to reward them. Reward Yourself.  Join Bay Hill Jewelers at an Empowering Night of Laughter for an opportunity to see some of the most exciting trends in jewelry being worn by some of Orlando's most empowering women. Get your tickets today for this hilariously empowering event - arrive at 6pm and stop by the Bay Hill Jewelers Styling Station for free face touch ups and your chance to try on the latest in jewelry fashion. 
ORLANDO – The Orlando Gay Chorus (OGC) is proud to announce that it will perform its Winter Concert, “Tinsel in Technicolor,” on Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 4:30 p.m. at The Plaza LIVE, 425 North Bumby Ave., Orlando. Under the direction of Artistic Director James A. Rode, the performance will take people on a tour through classic holiday movies and TV specials that are held near and dear during the holiday season. Featuring popular hits ranging from Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” to National Lampoon’s “Holiday Road”, this show is sure to have something for everyone to enjoy. Some songs include: “What’s This?” from “The Nightmare Before Christmas;” “Sparklejollytwinklejingley” from “Elf: The Musical,” based on the Will Ferrell hit movie; Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas;” Eartha Kitt’s iconic Santa Baby”; songs from the Rankin/Bass animated classics “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”… and many more! Sue Glerum will be the principal accompanist. ASL interpretation will be presented by Valencia College Professor of Sign Language Debbie Drobney and her students. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” campaign. The chorus also will be sponsoring a Silent Auction and Raffle during both performances to raise funds to support OGC. Tickets are $25 for adults, $30 for early seating, and $10 for students and children. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to orlandogaychorus.org. The Orlando Gay Chorus (OGC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts and humanitarian organization and one of the largest mixed-gender LGBTQ choirs in the country. The members of the chorus, now 150+ strong and comprised of gay, straight, bisexual, and transgender individuals, feel thankful to be able to carry on our mission and vision. Our musical artistry speaks directly to our pride in ourselves and offers the world a chance to see beyond headlines and contentious social issues to build bridges of understanding and love. Founded on Valentine’s Day in 1990, OGC has been a fixture in the Central Florida area for over 28 years. In addition to the full chorus, OGC has four ensembles that perform at the annual concerts and cabarets, as well as outreach events: OUTLOUD!, the oldest running ensemble; Nothin’ But Treble, the all-female ensemble; Menage, the jazz ensemble; and Spectrum, the mixed ensemble. Contact Brandon Martin, Board Chair  Telephone 407.377.6638 Cell: 813.956.7849  Email Board@orlandogaychorus.org Website www.orlandogaychorus.org 
Party with a Purpose Event Featuring Check Presentation and Bring Change Awards As part of the City of Orlando’s new plans for Lake Lorna Doone Park, scheduled to break ground in early 2019, the reinvigorated space (adjacent to Camping World Stadium) will include the installation of a focal-point fountain in the center of Lake Lorna Doone.  The fountain will “forever be a symbol of the vibrant spirit of the people living in the Communities of West Lakes,” says Brian A. Walsh, Founder, President, CEO of The Collage Companies – who has committed to funding the estimated $50,000 needed to design, build and install the fountain. Collage has been a longtime construction partner of Camping World Stadium, having recently completed a refurbishment of The Varsity Club at Camping World Stadium. The plans for the fountain will be revealed in early 2019 and will be installed in conjunction with the Lorna Doone Park construction time line. The Collage Companies will present a check to Florida Citrus Sports Association, the developer of the project, and to LIFT Orlando, a nonprofit founded in 2012 by local business leaders to revitalize the West Lakes community – during The Collage Companies’ annual: Party with a Purpose fundraising event to be held on December 13, 2018 at the East CenterState Club at Camping World Stadium. “This year we joyously get to give back to the West Lakes neighborhoods surrounding Lorna Doone Park by raising money for a fountain of moving and living water that will forever be a symbol of the vibrant spirit of the people living in the Communities of West Lakes.” Brian A. Walsh, Founder, President, CEO of the Collage Companies Another anticipated element of the annual Party with a Purpose is the presentation of the Bring Change Award – recognizing community leaders for their desire and fortitude to “bring change” to the Central Florida community. This year the event will honor: · Steve Hogan, CEO of Florida Citrus Sports, for expanding his role as a leader in the sports industry in central Florida to become an active contributor to the community in which sporting events occur and into the lives of those who live in our community. · Eddie Moratin, Executive Director of LIFT Orlando, has lived his life making a difference and through Lift Orlando has teamed with other central Florida leaders to bring generational change to the West Lakes neighborhood as well as lifelong change to the people who live in the West Lakes community. · Tangia Smikle, a second-generation resident of West Lakes who has become the voice around which others would rally - to see Lake Lorna Doone become a greater asset for neighborhood families. The Collage Companies is an established integrated services firm with capabilities and expertise in Design Build, Construction Management, and General Contracting. Collage has served Florida and the southeast since 1982 from their headquarters in Lake Mary, Florida. Collage pursues community–centric projects with an emphasis on green buildings in the religious, transportation, hospitality, education, government and in the parks and recreation sectors. Collage was honored as a 2018 “Florida Company to Watch” finalist among a short-list of second-stage businesses by GrowFL. And in November of 2018, Collage Companies’ Founder, Brian A. Walsh received the design-build industry’s highest distinction as part of the inaugural class of Design Build Institute of America Fellows. For more information visit www.collage-usa.com.
The 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will return to Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Sunday, January 27, 2019. The game will be televised on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC.  NEW this year, not only will your ticket get you into the game that culminates an amazing Pro Bowl Week, it will also give you access to Player Red Carpet Viewing, Special Kid Zone Activities, and Postgame Fireworks. ALL ACCESS. ALL IN. The NFL will host Pro Bowl Week festivities across the Orlando area, including free experiences, activities and commemorative events for all levels of the game. Some of the Pro Bowl Week events include: Pro Bowl Experience: A free football festival located at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, where fans can participate in immersive exhibits, take photos with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, and more. Pro Bowl Practices: AFC and NFC team practices – which are free and open to the public – will be held at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Pro Bowl Skills Showdown: A unique competition pitting AFC and NFC All-Stars, will test the athletic prowess of the NFL’s best players in unique competitions. Play Football Opening Night: Over 600 NFL FLAG and High School football student-athletes will experience what it feels like to be in the spotlight as an NFL player. Play Football Skills Showdown: High school football players will participate in their own Skills Showdown at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Pep Rally at Disney Springs: Disney Springs will be hosting a Pep Rally to celebrate the 2019 Pro Bowl on Saturday night. The Pep Rally at Disney Springs will include dancing, NFL cheerleaders, team mascots, and more. NFL Shop will be on site to offer exclusive Pro Bowl merchandise. NFL FLAG Championships Powered by USA Football: The NFL FLAG Championships are returning to the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive year. Play Football Celebrity Flag Game: During the 2019 Pro Bowl, NFL Legends, celebrities, influencers, and the youth football community will participate in a friendly but competitive flag football game. Youth Football & Community Day at Pro Bowl: NFL Pro Bowl players will give back to the local Orlando community by participating in the 2019 Youth Football & Community Day. Don Shula High School Coach of The Year Award: The Don Shula High School Coach of the Year award honors an exemplary football coach at the high school level who displays the integrity, achievement, and leadership demonstrated by Coach Shula. ​ "We're thrilled to welcome the NFL Pro Bowl back to our city and Camping World Stadium," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. "The NFL returning one of its marquee events to our community for the third time solidifies our reputation as one of the premier sports destinations in the nation. Our city has embraced hosting the Pro Bowl and we look forward to welcoming the NFL's best back to Orlando in January." “We’re excited to return to Orlando for the Pro Bowl and to provide the ultimate football and family experience to our fans, players and partners,” said NFL Senior Vice President of Events Peter O’Reilly. “Hosting the event in Orlando has allowed us to expand the Pro Bowl into a week-long festival that celebrates the entire football community. We are thrilled to deepen our partnership with Verizon as the presenting sponsor and look forward to showcasing the NFL’s best alongside the next generation of stars on the Pro Bowl stage.” Get your tickets today. "I am excited to be part of the Pro Bowl 2019 Local Organizing Committee and would be happy to give you the scoop on corporate business packages and group sales." Paula Wyatt - paula@anythingisposhable.com - 321-946-6565
2018 AutoNation Cure Bowl Features a Bayou Battle Between Louisiana and Tulane - Kickoff for the fourth-annual AutoNation Cure Bowl is set for 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Camping World Stadium. ORLANDO, Fla. (CureBowl.com) – The Orlando Sports Foundation (OSF) announced on Sunday that the fourth-annual AutoNation Cure Bowl benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) will be between the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns and Tulane Green Wave. Kickoff for the Bayou Battle for a Cure is set for 1:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network on Dec. 15 at Camping World Stadium. “We are excited to welcome the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns and the Tulane Green Wave to the 2018 AutoNation Cure Bowl,” AutoNation Cure Bowl Executive Director Alan Gooch said. “We are looking forward to this Bayou Battle coming to Orlando. The last time these two in-state rivals played was an epic four overtime clash. We are excited that our Bowl Week will have a Louisiana flare." Louisiana (7-6, 5-3 Sun Belt Conference) and Tulane (6-6, 4-2 American Athletic Conference) played a grueling four overtime game in 2016, where the Green Wave earned a 44-39 victory on Sept. 24. Tulane holds a 22-4 all-time mark with the series going back to 1911. “The Cure Bowl is about bringing teams together to find a cure for cancer,” President of the Orlando Sports Foundation Kay Stanney said. “The AutoNation Cure Bowl is more than a game. It is a platform to raise awareness for cancer research and recognize those that have thrived in the fight against cancer.” The AutoNation Cure Bowl directly supports BCRF, who has received a total of $3.55 million donation from the first three games put on by the OSF. Local researcher Dr. Annette Khaled at the UCF College of Medicine has been vetted by BCRF and received $1.1 million from the funds donated. Tickets start at $25 and are currently on sale at CureBowl.com. Ticket holders will also have access to the AutoNation Pregame Tailgate and Concert, featuring the platinum recording artist Andy Grammer. The gates open for the pregame tailgate at 10:30 a.m. with Andy Grammer taking the stage at 11:30 a.m. for a 75-minute set. Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (7-6, 4-2 Sun Belt Conference) The Ragin’ Cajuns captured the west division of the Sun Belt with a 31-28 road victory against ULM on Nov. 24. Louisiana played in the inaugural Sun Belt Championship Game, but dropped a tough 30-19 decision at Appalachian State on Dec. 1. Louisiana is making its eighth bowl appearance and the first outside the Pelican State since the 1944 Oil Boil in Houston, Texas. The Ragin’ Cajuns registered non-conference victories against Grambling and New Mexico State before topping Texas State, Arkansas State, Georgia State, South Alabama and ULM. Sophomore Running Back Trey Ragas has eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark and has tallied 1,167 yards. He is the fifth running back in program history to accomplish the feat. Quarterback Andre Nunez is 174-for-270 for 2,136 yards with 19 touchdowns. A team high 10 touchdowns have been caught by junior wide receiver Ja’Marcus Bradley, who has totaled 557 yards on 38 receptions. “We are extremely excited to participate in the AutoNation Cure Bowl against a quality opponent in Tulane University. To be associated with a prestigious bowl that also serves an important cause in the fight against cancer is a true honor. We’re thrilled for Coach Napier, his staff and our student-athletes, winning the Sun Belt Conference West Division and making a bowl game in his first season leading the Ragin’ Cajuns. An exciting week in Orlando is ahead for our team, alumni and fan base.” -Director of Athletics Bryan Maggard “Our Louisiana Football program could not be more excited for this opportunity to play in the AutoNation Cure Bowl. We look forward to the challenge Tulane presents. We’re not finished playing football, and we’re not finished being represented by this outstanding class of seniors. Most importantly, the Cure Bowl stands for more than just football. This is an opportunity for the Ragin’ Cajuns to stand up in the fight against cancer. It’s an honor for our program to be involved in this initiative, and we look forward to doing all we can during our time at the Cure Bowl.” -Head Coach Billy Napier Tulane Green Wave (6-6, 4-2 American Athletic Conference) Tulane finished with a 5-3 record in the American Athletic Conference and earned a share of the West Division championship. The Green Wave won four of its final five games of the season to earn its bowl eligibility, defeating Tulsa, USF, East Carolina and Navy to finish the regular season at 6-6. Tulane enters the Cure Bowl playing in its first bowl game since the 2013 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, where coincidently it played the Ragin’ Cajuns. This will be Tulane’s 12th all-time bowl game, and the team holds a 4-7 record in bowl games lifetime. It is the first time Tulane has played in a bowl game outside the state of Louisiana since 2002, when it took part in the Hawaii Bowl. Junior running back Darius Bradwell has amassed 1,000 yards on 166 carries, while scoring a team-high nine touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Darnell Mooney has made 47 receptions for 987 yards and eight touchdowns. Senior quarterback Justin McMillan went 18-for-29 for 291 yards and three touchdowns in the bowl-clinching victory against Navy. He has totaled 1,159 yards and nine touchdowns in eight games played. Tulane’s 2018 regular-season slate was the 29th-toughest schedule at the FBS level based on FBS opponent winning percentage. Tulane’s 2018 opponents had a combined winning percentage of .580 and won 76 combined games.   “We are excited to accept an invitation to participate in the 2018 Auto Nation Cure Bowl in Orlando. The Cure Bowl is recognized for the outstanding experience it offers the participating teams, and its location is convenient for our significant fan and alumni bases along the Gold Coast and the Sun Coast. Advancing to the 12th bowl game in our 125 years of football history, and just the fourth in the last three decades is validation of the progress coach Willie Fritz has made in building a competitive foundation for Tulane football.  We look forward to continuing to building upon this progress, and setting a standard of bowl eligibility on a consistent basis.” -Ben Weiner Director of Athletics Troy Dannen “This will truly be an outstanding opportunity for our young men to compete in a first-class bowl game,” head coach Willie Fritz said.  "Orlando is a fantastic city, has a wonderful stadium and our opponent will provide a tremendous challenge. We look forward to our week in Orlando." -Head Coach Willie Fritz About The Orlando Sports Foundation The Orlando Sports Foundation (OSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising funding and awareness for cancer research. The mission of OSF is to bring teams together to find a cure for cancer. The OSF hosts several events throughout the year including their signature event, the AutoNation Cure Bowl. Funds raised from their events directly benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). About the Breast Cancer Research Foundation The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) is dedicated to being the end of breast cancer by advancing the world's most promising research. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF-funded investigators have been deeply involved in every major breakthrough in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. This year, BCRF has awarded $63 million in grants to support the work of nearly 300 scientists at leading medical and academic institutions across 14 countries, making BCRF the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide. BCRF is also the highest rated breast cancer organization in the U.S. Visit www.bcrf.org to learn About CBS Sports Network CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, is widely available through all major cable, satellite and telco distributors as well as via OTT streaming service providers YouTube TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV and Hulu. Additionally, a live CBS Sports Network stream is available through CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports App by authenticating with select providers. For more information, including a full programming schedule, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
02.12.2018
Paula Wyatt
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Have you heard the one about the giraffe, the fashion model and the chocolate cupcake? Insert a punch line here and you would have a joke. A joke is on one end of the humor spectrum and stand-up comedy is on the other. Jokes are fun and free - take one and pass it along.  Performing stand-up comedy, on the other hand, is about telling a story, it's about painting a satirical picture of the world as you see it - then desperately hoping that you can convey it in a humorous enough way that someone (anyone) will emit laughter (or at least not throw things at you while you are on the stage).   What makes something funny?  A thing is funny because either it is true (and we see ourselves in it), because it could never be true (it's too outrageous) or because we may be under the influence (hence the two-drink minimum at most comedy clubs).  I grew up with a professional comedian as a father. So I learned early on that there was a special magic in the ability to make someone laugh - laughter is powerful and comedy is connection. Having done stand-up comedy myself, I can report that it's the most terrifyingly awesome thing that anyone can do in terms of taking life to the next level and getting out of your comfort zone.  Because comedy has empowered me in my life and because I think getting out of your comfort zone is mandatory - I wanted to offer other women a platform to feel the peak level of aliveness that only comes from stand-up comedy. So, I created An Empowering Night of Laughter bringing together an energetic room full of empowered and philanthropic women for a hilarious night of laughter.  Join some of Orlando's most empowering and hilarious women at The Abbey in downtown Orlando on Thursday, January 24th (6pm) for an Empowering Night of Laughter - an "unprofessional" stand-up comedy experience. Be Witness to empowerment in action as nine Fearlessly Funny Women "get out of your comfort zones" and take center stage to perform a five-minute comedic routine - which they have written themselves.   Our Fearlessly Funny women are stepping outside of their comfort zones, for some real next-level empowerment. During the 90 days leading up to an Empowering Night of Laughter (on January 24th at the Abbey) - our comedians will be developing their comedy routine and participating in writing and stage coaching workshops. Here is the lineup: Patty Sheehan Tisse Mallon Paula Wyatt Amy Selikoff Christina Rordam Kristy Alonso Joyce Mallon Aimee LeCours Johanna Clark This hilariously empowering evening is hosted by News13 Anchor, Ybeth Bruzual. During the show you'll meet our three Empresses of Empowerment-  who will answer the question, "How Has Having a Sense of Humor Empowered me to be Successful in Life."  Meet our Empresses:  Kay Rawlins - Vice President of Community Relations Orlando City Soccer Club and Foundation President Moira - Orlando's Favorite Jewish Mother and the voice we all love from Real Radio Heather Wilkie Executive Director - Zebra Coalition - Supporting and Inspiring LGBTQ+ Youth Our pre-event Empowerment Mixer (6pm) features your chance to mingle with our three charity partners (Orlando City Soccer Foundation, Zebra Coalition, A Gift for Teaching) who are on the front lines empowering women in the Central Florida community.  Tickets are $30 each and include reserved seating for the show, valet parking and an all-access pass to the pre-event empowerment mixer and post-event cast party.
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