College Park Community Newspaper : CPCN 042817
News The latest on apartment developments in our area: The Princeton, The Yard and Lake House Page 5 MAY 2017 | VOLUME 28 | EDITION 9 Community Spotlight Morning Star School goes the extra mile in educating special needs students Page 17 CP Interview Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles shares some of his most memorable moments Page 14 Blair Elizabeth Chapin’s well-fought ‘mission to inspire’ Cannonball Kids’ cancer Foundation to fund three new clinical trials� Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden celebrates grand opening Cannonball Kids’ cancer Foundation (CKc) held its second annual Gold Gala in April to raise money to fund pediatric cancer trials. The sold-out event with 300 guests brought in $300,000, doubling the amount raised at last year’s inaugural event. After their son’s 2012 diagnosis of stage IV high risk neuroblastoma, Melissa and Michael Wiggins founded CKc upon realizing how little was spent on researching treatments for children fighting for their lives against pediatric cancer. “I am blown away by the support our foundation has received. To raise $300,000 from only our second gala is a huge accomplishment. However, I am even more proud knowing the money is not sitting in our bank account and that, within the next few weeks, it is going directly to fund potentially life-saving research for children’s cancer,” said Melissa Wiggins, co- founder and executive director of Cannonball Kids’ cancer. “As our motto states, Research Is the Key!” Three innovative trials will each be awarded $100,000 to be used toward their research. Within two weeks of the gala, two of the three trials received their first installments. CKc is currently helping to fund six additional pediatric cancer trials, which are directly impacting the lives of almost 40 children who are currently fighting cancer in 12 states. Without these trials, these children would have few options left for survival. For more information on CKc or to donate, visit cannonballkidscancer.org. By Debbie Goetz By Sarah Wilson By Holly Hatcher “Blair was a force. Her unbounded personality was her super power. Her voice could melt hearts. Her brown eyes were limitless.” Roger Chapin spoke those beautiful words describing his daughter, one of College Park’s most well-known and well- loved children, at the recent memorial service celebrating her life. In a sanctuary where more than 750 solemn people sat shoulder to shoulder and an overflow crowd stood in the back, a heartsick community bid farewell to Blair Elizabeth Chapin, who died April 4. In the pews were family members, friends, dignitaries, elderly people and many children. Clad in a monogrammed chef ’s coat and armed with an oversized pair of red scissors, celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse joined a group of Orlando Junior Academy eighth-graders to cut the ribbon marking the grand opening of the long-awaited Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden in College Park on Wednesday, April 12. The ribbon cutting marked the completion of a project nearly a decade in the making that Continued on Page 7 Continued on Page 10 PRSRTSTDESRWSSUSPOSTAGEPAIDPERMIT#1556ORLANDO,FL 04 Business News 12 Opinion 14 Features 20 Schools 26 Events Inside THIS ISSUE Community events, local opinions, school news and other special features CollegeParkPaper,LLCP.O.Box547263Orlando,FL32854******ECRWSSEDDM******LOCALPOSTALCUSTOMER Courtesy photo Melissa Wiggins has been fighting for pediatric cancer research since her son, Cannon, was diagnosed in 2012. Photos provided by Chapin family The impact of Blair Chapin’s short life will be forever felt on her family, the community and those fighting for a cure for Sanfalippo Syndrome. Photo by Sarah Wilson Emeril Lagasse, center, cuts the ribbon to open the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden with the help of Orlando Junior Academy eighth-graders and chef Kevin Fonzo.