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Community Bulletin and Business Briefs

First National Bank hosts Haiti supply drive at all six locations; marathon women raise big bucks for children's hospital; Enzian receives generous grant for its film festival

Community Bulletin

Winter Park-based community bank, First National Bank of Central Florida, will host a Haiti Relief supply drive the week of Jan. 25. The bank will be collecting medical, personal-care and food items for shipment to Haiti. Donations can be made at any of their six locations throughout Central Florida. For more information on First National Bank of Central Florida's Haiti relief efforts or to find locations, please visit:

A New Year's Resolution to run Walt Disney World's half marathon turned into a life changing experience for 17 women and a fundraiser for Florida Hospital for Children. The women, recruited by Samantha O'Lenick, Executive Director of Media and Community Relations for Florida Hospital, call themselves F.I.T or Females In Training. The F.I.T group raised more than $20,000 for Florida Hospital for Children. If you want to contribute to their cause, just log to and click on "Training for Kids."

Bright House Networks customers now have even more control of their TV schedules with the introduction of Start Over, an exclusive enhanced TV feature that allows viewers to re-start a live program from the beginning anytime during its scheduled broadcast. In order to use Start Over, customers simply press the select button on their remote control either when the Start Over prompt appears on the screen or at any time during the scheduled broadcast.

The National Endowment for the Arts announced Enzian, celebrating its 25th year, as a recipient of its 2010 Grant Award for Access to Artistic Excellence in the Media Arts Category. As one of only two organizations in Florida to receive this distinction, Enzian was awarded $10,000 for its program, the 19th annual Florida Film Festival.

Barnie's Coffee & Tea Company is donating all proceeds from its Haitian Bleu Coffee to World Vision International to provide assistance during this crisis. The Haitian 2009 crop was severely damaged by hurricanes in 2008. Once the limited supply is gone, Barnie's will not be able to source anymore Haitian Bleu until the coffee plants recuperate from the hurricane damage. Additional contributions can be made directly to

Business Briefs

Lennar's Central Florida Division has appointed Mitch Graham and Tamika Mills as new home consultants in the Orlando region.

Paddleboard Orlando is teaming up with YOLO Board and Buena Vista Watersports to bring the fastest growing watersport of stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) to Central Florida, offering board rentals and sales, lessons and fitness classes. For additional information regarding Paddleboard Orlando, please visit

Tracey Prever Photography just opened a studio in downtown Winter Park at 115 East Morse Blvd. Prever is an award-winning photographer with more than 20 years of experience. She specializes in infant, baby, children, maternity, grads and family portraiture, both in the studio and on location. Her portfolio can be seen at

Family Services of Metro Orlando, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to empowering communities to create possibilities for children and families, announced that it has joined forces with the Community Service Center of Central Florida.

NAI Realvest recently negotiated a new long-term lease agreement for 4,200 square feet of industrial space in the Hanging Moss CommerCenter located at 6100 Hanging Moss Rd.

Central Florida developer and investor Ronald Schwartz has launched Florida REO Managers ( to provide receiver and property management services to lenders nationwide.

Global Headquarters of The Institute of Internal Auditors announces the hiring of Winter Park resident Beryl Davis, CPA, CGFM, as director of standards and guidance.

Palmer Electric Company has secured a $1.6 million contract with general contractor H.J. High Construction Company for the electrical work for the new Vision 360 Bill and Vonette Bright Global Training Center.

Stirling Sotheby's International Realty Commercial Group, recently negotiated a new five-year lease agreement at Lexington Park, the professional office campus located off State Road 46 and Mangoustine Avenue adjacent to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford.

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