Congratulations to Brandon Russ and Alexandra “Alex” Whalen on their recent engagement.
Central Florida Women’s League members (l. to r.) Sandee Smith, Elise Saunders, CFWL President Linda Cardilli, and Kathryn Cook attend the club’s holiday luncheon at Waldorf Astoria Orlando.
Central Florida Women’s League members attended a holiday luncheon at Waldorf Astoria Orlando. The event included a silent auction, and new member Nicole Johnson was welcomed to the group. The women also voted to donate $1,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida Inc. Entertainment for the luncheon was provided by professional singers and CFWL members Renee Bailey and Angela Courte.
Southwest resident and Rosen Shingle Creek employee Precious Ndebele receives an Iris D. Larson Award from Gov. Rick Scott.
(Back, l. to r.) Christ the King Lutheran Preschool Director Angel Alexander and Norman from the Orlando chapter of Disabled American Veterans, as well as several CTK students, take inventory of donated nonperishable food that was given to the school.
G.A. Taylor Fernley (second from left), president and CEO of Fernley & Fernley Inc. and chairman of the 2011 Associated Luxury Hotels International Industry Advisory Council, and David Gabri (far right), president and CEO of ALHI, co-present the 2011 ALHI Hotel of the Year Chairman’s Award to (l. to r.) Sheri Wallen, director of sales for The Peabody Orlando, and Barbara Bowden of Southwest, general manager of The Peabody Orlando.
The Peabody Orlando was honored with the Associated Luxury Hotels International Chairman’s Award for the 2011 ALHI Hotel of the Year. On hand to receive the trophy was Southwest resident and The Peabody Orlando General Manager Barbara Bowden.
Cadette Troop No. 4601 members co-host a Veteran’s Day tribute at Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Family Center.
Members of Dr. Win Service Unit Cadette Troop No. 4601, led by Sand Lake Hills resident Pamela Thompson, co-hosted a Veteran’s Day tribute at Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Family Center. The event included a speech by veteran Omar Burgos, as well as performances by Dr. Phillips High School’s ROTC and drill team, and Southwest Middle School’s chorus. Troop members also collected and shipped more than 180 pounds in care-package donations to troops serving overseas.
Rotary Club of Lake Buena Vista members attended the club’s annual holiday party at the Southwest home of Rick and Donna Helsel. The event included food, drinks and a toy drive that benefited Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.
Roger Soderstrom, founder and owner of Stirling Sotheby’s International Realty, announced the appointment of Southwest resident Benjamin Hillman as an international marketing specialist in the Southwest Orlando area. Benjamin is a former hotelier and restaurateur. He previously owned two restaurants, served as a food and beverages manager for the Peabody Hotel Group, and worked in management at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. He earned a real estate license in 2004 and launched his real estate career.
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