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If you are planning an event of any size for any reason in 2020 - here are some things to keep in mind if you are canceling, postponing or rescheduling your event. 1. Notify Your Event Venue in Writing - As convention centers, hotels and event venues are scrambling to build their own COVID-19 event plan safety protocol, I've been successful with 100% of the Central Florida hotels and venues that I'm currently working with to allow my clients to cancel or postpone without a penalty. You should: prepare a letter notifying them that due to CDC Guidance on large events and mass gatherings, effective as of the date of this letter, your event has been canceled. (Date it -Sign it -PDF it). Email this to everyone you've worked with at the venue and print a copy and place it in certified mail (save proof of all). 2. Notify Your Event Vendors in Writing - Your event vendor list is comprised of anyone providing a product or service for your event such as catering, decor, entertainment, audiovisual, photography, videography, parking and valet, security, etc. You should: prepare a letter notifying them that due to CDC Guidance on large events and mass gatherings, effective as of the date of this letter, your event has been canceled. (Date it -Sign it -PDF it). Email this to everyone you've worked with at the venue and print a copy and place it in certified mail (save proof of all).  3. Communicate With Your Attendees - It's fair to say that it would likely be assumed by the general public that any event set for the Spring of 2020 is canceled. But as we enter Summer, Fall and Winter things become less clear. In any case, you will want to communicate with your attendees.  Your event ticket platform will have a list of registered guests. I use Eventbrite and they offer a wonderful resource page.  Send personal emails or use your email marketing platform to confirm cancellation (and ideally a new date) with all of your invited guests, whether they have confirmed or not.  I use Mail Chimp - they are offering free Standard Mailchimp accounts through at least June 30, 2020, to local governments, schools, healthcare providers, nonprofits, and other organizations that are sending critical public health information about COVID-19 to their communities. 4. Communicate With Your Event Partners - Make a personal phone call as well as send an email to touch base with your sponsors, volunteers, media, in-kind donors, speakers, and local dignitaries who are a part of your event. Let them know, you will circle back when things settle.  5. Pause All Event Marketing - Update your event website page, cancel your Facebook events. Pause any scheduled social media posts. I use Hootsuite for social media - they announced that they will provide free access to their Professional Plan to nonprofit organizations and small businesses most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. 6. Re-Set your Event Plan and Marketing Strategy NOW - Work with your convention center, hotel, event venue, and event vendors to "soft hold" a tentative date in summer, fall, winter - whatever makes the best sense for your organization. Don't publish the date until it's certain. When the world un-freezes there will likely only be a handful of Saturday nights left in 2020 - so be flexible to consider adjusting to a daytime or weekday event. Stay Safe - But Save Your Place at the Table for 2020 events.
You won't find the "events and event marketing" industries on the list of recession-proof businesses. That's for sure! Having worked in events and event marketing for over 15 years - I've seen the impact that a natural disaster or a terrorist attack can have on the industry. While no one can report knowing what will happen with COVID-19 and how it will impact their respective industries - as far as events and event marketing goes - we carry on. We are busy rescheduling events, staying informed about safety mandates, maintaining a positive outlook for clients, staying task-focused and being aware of the legal and contractual obligations of our clients (to convention centers, hotels, event venues, and event vendors). We are silently working on building new event plans and event marketing strategies so that when it's time...we are ready to activate our post-COVID events. As the owner of an event planning company, I have implemented a comprehensive COVID-19 Event Action Plan for all of our clients. I wanted to make this helpful information available to anyone planning an event (of any size for any reason) in 2020. On March 15 the Center for Disease Control recommended that for at least 8 weeks (5/15/20) that event organizers should cancel or postpone any events consisting of groups of 50 more. Shortly after, states and local leadership layered to the mandate (now including groups of 10 or less) and eventually, nearly all events are under mandatory cancellation. It remains unclear the myriad of ways in which COVID-19 will reshape our world, but for the post-COVID events industry, our new world will no doubt include significantly enhanced public safety measures. View CDC Resources for Large Community Events & Mass Gatherings. Without question, it's safety first but then the next question is likely a financial or legal one. In particular, the legalities surrounding the cancellation or reorganization of contracts with convention centers, hotels, event venues, and event vendors. The legal industry has not yet had enough time to respond with best practices and standard COVID-19 language. The closest legal guideline we had in a Pre COVID world, was the "natural disaster clause" contained in most conventions, meetings, and events contracts. Which reads something like: "In the event that any obligation of either party is prevented or delayed by circumstances of natural disaster, such party will be excused from any failure to perform any such obligation under this Agreement to the extent that such failure is caused by any such circumstances."  It will be interesting and important to follow the legal industry's response to COVID-19 and how it will impact contractual legality and best practices for the events industry - which was valued globally at $1,100 billion in 2018. COVID-19 Event Action Plan 1. Notify Your Event Venue in Writing - As convention centers, hotels and event venues are scrambling to build their own COVID-19 event plan safety protocol, I've been successful with 100% of the Central Florida hotels and venues that I'm currently working with to allow my clients to cancel or postpone without a penalty. You should: prepare a letter notifying them that due to CDC Guidance on large events and mass gatherings, effective as of the date of this letter, your event has been canceled. (Date it -Sign it -PDF it). Email this to everyone you've worked with at the venue and print a copy and place it in certified mail (save proof of all). 2. Notify Your Event Vendors in Writing - Your event vendor list is comprised of anyone providing a product or service for your event such as catering, decor, entertainment, audiovisual, photography, videography, parking and valet, security, etc. You should: prepare a letter notifying them that due to CDC Guidance on large events and mass gatherings, effective as of the date of this letter, your event has been canceled. (Date it -Sign it -PDF it). Email this to everyone you've worked with at the venue and print a copy and place it in certified mail (save proof of all).  3. Communicate With Your Attendees - It's fair to say that it would likely be assumed by the general public that any event set for the Spring of 2020 is canceled. But as we enter Summer, Fall and Winter things become less clear. In any case, you will want to communicate with your attendees.  Your event ticket platform will have a list of registered guests. I use Eventbrite and they offer a wonderful resource page.  Send personal emails or use your email marketing platform to confirm cancellation (and ideally a new date) with all of your invited guests, whether they have confirmed or not.  I use Mail Chimp - they are offering free Standard Mailchimp accounts through at least June 30, 2020, to local governments, schools, healthcare providers, nonprofits, and other organizations that are sending critical public health information about COVID-19 to their communities. 4. Communicate With Your Event Partners - Make a personal phone call as well as send an email to touch base with your sponsors, volunteers, media, in-kind donors, speakers, and local dignitaries who are a part of your event. Let them know, you will circle back when things settle.  5. Pause All Event Marketing - Update your event website page, cancel your Facebook events. Pause any scheduled social media posts. I use Hootsuite for social media - they announced that they will provide free access to their Professional Plan to nonprofit organizations and small businesses most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. 6. Re-Set your Event Plan and Marketing Strategy NOW - Work with your convention center, hotel, event venue, and event vendors to "soft hold" a tentative date in summer, fall, winter - whatever makes the best sense for your organization. Don't publish the date until it's certain. When the world un-freezes there will likely only be a handful of Saturday nights left in 2020 - so be flexible to consider adjusting to a daytime or weekday event. Stay Safe - But Save Your Place at the Table for 2020 events!
07.03.2020
Paula Wyatt
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Since opening, just 11 years ago, Dellagio Town Center has been home to some of restaurant row’s favorite hot spots and award-winning restaurants. In March 2018, the current owner Concorde Group Holdings acquired the 110K square foot Class A+ upscale lifestyle center from institutional owners. As the initial ten-year leases are expiring and in response to community demographics and culinary trends, the owners of Dellagio are taking 2020 as an opportunity to reimagine their foodie footprint.  “In 2020 you’ll notice a unique shift in how Dellagio is responding to community preferences, with the introduction of new brands, blending iconic national brands with locally inspired themes.” says Joe LeBas, President, Managing Director and Founder, Concorde Group Holdings, LLC.  London House at the Dellagio is a unique new concept and set to become the flagship ‘House’ of a new, ultra-exclusive private members club. The space formerly occupied by Urbain40 is being reimagined and is set to open in fall 2020. London House has 3 locations under renovation in Orlando, 2 at the Dellagio estate and 1 at penthouse level of the Chase Plaza on South Orange Avenue, downtown.  The visionary behind the London House concept, Adrian Everett says of his vision, “London House provides our private members with an experience only found at the world’s finest hotels. We provide exquisite European fine dining, entertainment and extravagant parties every Saturday night. Member privacy and confidentiality are our main priority, and as such we cannot release further details about the clubs at this time.”  BIG FIN Seafood Kitchen - New Industry-Leading Ownership Means A Fresh Look at a Restaurant Row Favorite - Big Fin Seafood Kitchen recently celebrated 10 years at Dellagio by renewing for another 10 years. This restaurant-row hot spot was voted Best Seafood In Orlando and Best Happy Hour (Orlando Sentinel’s Best Bets 2019). As of January, BIG FIN has new owners, Philippe Villain and Kevin O’Donnell - who are the energy behind several other Central Florida Hot Spots. Philippe says of the power of their new Sand Lake Road investment, “We always admired BIG FIN, a hot spot for locals and a favorite for special events. And there is no place like restaurant row in all of Central Florida, in terms of capturing the diversity and dynamics of the Orlando culinary scene - its where you want to be – at BIG FIN we are dedicated and immersed in genuine Hospitality” With new ownership will come enhancements to the current menu, the addition of farm to table menu items, interactive cooking classes and an enhanced special events menu.  The space formerly occupied by Millers Field House will be taking on an entirely new character. “We are talking with several national and local culinary brands - we are looking for the perfect complement to the existing restaurants at Dellagio - we want to partner with a dynamic restaurant and entertainment brand to bring a favorite new spot to Sand Lake.” Joe LeBas, President, Managing Director and Founder, Concorde Group Holdings, LLC Norman’s Coming This Summer - Unique Renovation Under way - Chef Norman Van Aken and partners Tom and Kim Wood announce that they are re-opening their flagship restaurant on Sand Lake’s famed Restaurant Row in the iconic Dellagio Town Center. Plans for a unique renovation of the 7,500 square foot space, revealed in early 2020, will show a complete reimagining of the anchor space at the corner of Sand Lake Road and Della. Contact: Paula@DellagioOrlando.com 
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) leads the national conversation on sustainability in building practices through LEED. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. USGBC Central Florida hosts its annual awards event on March 6, 2020 (11am to 2pm) at Embassy Suites Downtown Orlando - honoring the best projects and community champions in Central Florida and showcasing exceptional examples of green building projects and the change agents leading the way. The ticketed event attracts municipality leaders, developers, architects, builders, designers, and industry professionals from around the six-county USGBC Central Florida region. During the event the project team responsible for the Seacoast Bank Building, located at 250 North Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando, (formerly First Green Bank) will be awarded the USGBC’s Innovative Project Award for Central Florida. The award recognizes all members of the project team including: The Collage Companies, FCM Engineering, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting and TLC Engineering Solutions. When the 250 North Orange Avenue project was completed in 2018 it was celebrated as the first LEED v4 ID&C Retail Platinum project certification in the world. Rob Maphis, Vice President and COO of The Collage Companies says of the significance of LEED in the construction industry today, “LEED v4 is designed to up the ante with a more flexible, performance-based approach that calls for measurable results throughout a building’s life cycle. It also allows for a more streamlined user experience and more goal-oriented credits.” The project implemented practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in the areas of water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The team also focused on innovation in design and, the new component for LEEDv4, location and transportation. “While many businesses are able to provide sustainability solutions by designing a prototype building and reproducing the same building, this project chose the more challenging route of designing to the needs of an existing building,” said Fred Muscatello, President of FCM Engineering, who served as the LEED Administrator for the project and has worked on other LEED certified projects with The Collage Companies. “By striving for the highest level of certification, the project does more for sustainability than required. Then, you combine that with strict budget oversight and return on investment goals. It’s exciting to work on this kind of challenge. It tests your creativity and real-world experience.” 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.
JA Hospitality LLC, (JAH) the developer of a new boutique hotel in downtown Winter Garden has selected The Collage Companies as Construction Manager for the new 3-story, 45,000 sq. ft. boutique hotel located in historic downtown Winter Garden, at 8 North Highland. The parcel is located directly across from Winter Garden City Hall on Plant Street. Collage has started pre-construction services and construction will begin by mid-2020.  The first floor of the new 60-room hotel will feature an as-yet unnamed culinary partner for the 5,000 sq. ft full-service restaurant, 1,000 sq. ft. of retail space and 3,000 sq. ft of meeting and event space. The second floor will contain guest rooms, common spaces and an open pool and pool deck. The third floor will contain additional guest rooms. JAH expects to reveal plans for use of the rooftop in early spring. The City of Winter Garden is working on revitalization of parking in the downtown area, to keep pace with the area’s growing popularity and population. The hotel will offer valet parking and utilize reserved spots in a city-owned garage. Rob Maphis is Vice President of Operations and COO at The Collage Companies, and says of the significance of the project, “Collage is thrilled to be part of the team for this hotel, one that will complement all of the exciting developments in Winter Garden’s historic district.” JAH’s Peter Watzka, a former Marriott executive, said of the project, “We want to create a unique hotel that offers visitors a taste of old-Florida and gives locals a new hot spot to gather at. The hotel is designed in historic alignment with the character of the area - but with all the modern benefits.” About Collage The Collage Companies is an established integrated services firm with 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 - and has over $100M worth of construction projects planned for completion by 3Q 2020. Collage pursues community–centric projects with an emphasis on green building in the hospitality, religious, transportation, education, government and parks and sports sectors. The Collage Companies was honored as one of the 2018 Florida Companies to Watch as announced by GrowFL.
PhysioFix Opens at Dellagio Town CenterOpen House with Free Demos February 14th - 10am to 5pmOrlando’s first PhysioFix opens on February 14th at Dellagio Town Center. PhysioFix offers EMS training which stands for “electric muscle stimulation.” EMS is a high intense full body work out that uses low frequency electric impulses to stimulate muscles. PhysioFix invites the public to check out the new exercise technology at an open house on February 14th from 10am to 5pm at the new EMS studio located at Dellagio Town Center - 8014 Via Dellagio Way, Suite 230 - Orlando FL 32819 (located above J. Christine Salon and IV Lounge - near Flemings Prime Steakhouse).EMS has been widely used in physiotherapy for decades. Its rapidly expanding use as a whole-body training method provides a combination of a highly effective strength and cardio training. PhysioFix uses the most advanced EMS devices in the fitness industry. Approved by the FDA in 2019, EMS training has been popular across the globe in sixty countries among professional soccer players and tennis players who are averse to work out injuries. Owner, EMS certified personal trainer, and former ski instructor, Melinda McCann, says of her decision to open PhysioFix at Dellagio Town Center:“Today, people are looking for total health - not just being fit. They are looking for longevity, cellular health and quality of life. EMS provides a highly efficient way to maintain total health, and with reduced risk of injury.”PhysioFix is a registered trademark of Melinda McCann. PhysioFix offers private EMS training and is located at 8014 Via Dellagio Way, Suite 230 - Orlando FL 32819. To schedule a tour or to book an appointment, call 407-701-6145. 
PhysioFix and CYCLEBAR add to the Wellness and Beauty Lineup at Dellagio Residents of Dr. Phillips, Bay Hill and Windermere will soon have access to two new High Intensity Interval Training (HITT) exercise experiences. Health and Fitness experts report that in 2020 HITT will become more dominant in the marketplace as the public looks for exercise options that provide maximum efficiency with time and energy. From their anchoring position on restaurant row, Dellagio Town Center is home to a rapidly growing lineup of wellness and beauty brands, answering the local demand for unique-boutique exercise experiences.Orlando’s first PhysioFix opens in February at Dellagio, just above the IV LOUNGE. PhysioFix offers EMS training which stands for “electric muscle stimulation.” EMS is a high intense full body work out that uses low frequency electric impulses to stimulate muscles (including the ones hard to reach using conventional training) with zero impact on the joints. Approved by the FDA in 2019, PhysioFix has been popular in Europe among professional soccer players and tennis players who are averse to work out injuries. PhysioFix owner and operator Melinda McCann will host local health and wellness influencers in early February for a soft opening and will open to the public on Valentine’s Day. Melinda says this of her decision to call Dellagio home: “The program is designed for busy people who want maximum results in minimal time with low risk of injury. We love that Dellagio is wellness friendly, we enjoy being part of the growing number of wellness and beauty brands that call Dellagio home.”Orlando’s next CYCLEBAR is set to open in late Spring at Dellagio Town Center near the new Norman’s, which is set to open late summer. The CYCLEBAR franchise has gained a following for their low impact and high intensity premium indoor cycling programs, for all ages and fitness levels. CYCLEBAR offers seven different types of rides including themed rides, charity rides and corporate team-building rides.CYCLEBAR franchise owner, Brent Zartler, who also owns and operates a CYCLEBAR location in Heathrow (and coming soon to Lake Nona and Waterford Lakes), says of his decision to plant roots at Dellagio: “We saw a gap in the market space for our target client – individuals looking for a unique and fun exercise experience. And with our proximity to the Orange County Convention Center, we can support convention-goers with a healthy team building experience.” Other Dellagio Wellness and Beauty News AdventHealth, Florida’s largest healthcare system, opened an office for primary care physician Dr. Lauren Conroy last October. Woodhouse Day Spa - one of Dellagio’ s original tenants J. Christine Salon, Blow Dry Bar and Barber Shop IV Lounge hosted the silent auction suite for the 13th Annual Taste of Dr. Phillips Event Dellagio - The Heart of Sand Lake - is located in the Dr. Phillips area of Orlando just minutes from Central Florida’s world-class theme parks and the Orange County Convention Center. Dellagio is home to some of Orlando’s favorite award-winning restaurants, a full line up of wellness and beauty destinations and a host of professional service companies. Over 30 brands make up the Dellagio family. www.dellagioorlando.com
01.02.2020
Paula Wyatt
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For nearly two decades Dancing for Diabetes has been spreading awareness about Type 1 diabetes, raising funds to find a cure and inspiring those with Type 1 diabetes to thrive. A message from President and Founder of Touched by Type 1, Elizabeth Forrest: It really is incredible for me to take a step back and see how this organization started on my parents' driveway and has grown to what it is today all these years later - serving so many kids and adults with Type 1 diabetes. Our organization’s incredible growth over the last ten years, in particular, has pushed us to challenge ourselves and reflect on how we can impact more people. To better identify with our community, to properly explain who we are and increase our reach - we are rebranding and becoming Touched By Type 1. Rebranding will allow us to continue all of our current programs as well as expand and grow so that we may reach more people and change more lives. Under Touched by Type 1, all of our existing programs and initiatives will continue to grow: Bowl for a Cause, Annual Conference, Type 1 @ School, D-Box, Kids & Teens with Diabetes Dance Program, Dancing for Diabetes, along with all the monthly outreach events and much more we have yet to create. We are ecstatic for this new journey - for rediscovering who we are and what we can accomplish for our global community.  Check out our new website. Together, we enter our 20th year as who we’ve always been and who we’ll continue to be - Touched by Type 1!
Fans of Orlando International Airport made their voices known as they secured Central Florida’s premier airport the No. 1 spot as the “Best Large Airport” in the 2020 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards. A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.Orlando International nabbed the top rank by getting more votes than airports like Tampa International, Dallas/Fort Worth International and Minneapolis-St. Paul International.“Employees at Orlando International Airport always strive to deliver the best customer service possible, creating a dynamic and exceptional experience for everyone who travels through our facility,” said Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “Being named the ‘Best Large Airport’ in a contest entirely determined by a popular vote is rewarding because it confirms that we’ve made fans of not only our local community but by those who choose to travel here.”The voting process, which took place over four weeks in December and January, drew together Orlando International’s fan base for an opportunity to support Florida’s busiest airport.“Our supporters are always engaging with us across our social media platforms, telling us we’re their favorite airport,” said Brian Engle, the airport’s Director of Customer Experience. “Our social media team really harvested that positivity and encouraged our nearly 350,000 followers to vote daily.”Basic MCO Information: With more than 50 million annual passengers, Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the busiest airport in Florida and 10th busiest in the U.S. MCO is currently engaged in a $4.2 billion Capital Improvement Program to increase capacity and enhance customer convenience. For more information please contact Carolyn Fennell or Rod Johnson in the Office of Public Affairs at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at 407-825-2055.  Credit: Orlando Aviation Authority Website MCO
Orlando City Soccer Foundation Orlando City Soccer Foundation has as its mission to bring soccer to underserved communities with a holistic approach to health and wellness. They accomplish this by providing free soccer programming, investing in safe places to play, and focusing on urban gardens and access to healthy food choices. SoccerBall 2020: Pride In Our City Presented by Orlando Health  Join Orlando City to celebrate the Pride we all have in our City Beautiful! Stroll along the MANE STREETS of the Orlando community including our pride-filled stadium, mini pitches and gardens! Other highlights include: Meet the 2020 Orlando City and Orlando Pride Players Enjoy outstanding entertainment and performances Bid on silent auction items and donate to a great cause Dance the night away! Cocktail Attire / *This event is for ages 21+ Become an Event Sponsor  Click HERE for more info on how YOU can help make a difference!) Elliot Evangelista - Program Coordinator| 407-868-8368 | eevangelista@orlandocitysc.com | www.orlandocityfoundation.org
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