College Park Community Newspaper : CPCN 020118
8 News FEBRUARY 2018 COLLEGEPARKPAPER.COM Support youth mission trip while enjoying barbecue By Debbie Goetz Rotary bring shoes to impoverished in Peru By Natalie Monzon By Jeffrey Kurtz Group aims to bridge racial gap By Natalie Monzon Starting Febrary 22, Orlando Together, a nonprofit organization founded by Downtown CREDO’s Ben Hoyer and Nicole Huggins, will begin the first of four cohorts to explore racial divisions in the civic sector. Orlando Together was established in 2017. Their mission is to strengthen cities by demolishing “racial divisions as they manifest in religious, education, business, and civic life,” according to orlandotogether. org/about-us. The Civics Cohort will explore neighborhoods, prisons, and civic engagement. Each cohort will also include three Orlando Together Salons. The purpose of the salons is for participants to explore the racial division weakening the city by speaking to people in the community who are experiencing it. February’s cohort will welcome ten applicants as well as Fr. Jabriel Ballentine, a personal pastor and public theologian, and Lisa Early, director of the City of Orlando Family, Parks and Recreation. Cindy Schmidt, director of the Center for Law and Policy at UCF, will facilitate the Civics Cohort. The goal is to start discussion about racial division in the community and get closer to the solution. The cost of a cohort is $1,000 and includes reading material, meals during each salon, and a seat at the 2019 Orlando Together Dinner on Division. The Rotary Club of College Park donated 100 pairs of shoes to families in Peru waiting to be evaluated for surgery by Sharing Smiles. Each family received two pairs of adjustable shoes from The Shoe That Grows. Many of these families live in places that require a lot of walking through muddy and rugged terrain their shoes aren’t suited for. One of the families traveled three days on foot, boat, and bus to get their baby to Tarapoto, Peru, for surgery. Sharing Smiles’ cleft lip and palate program provides free corrective surgeries and medical care year-round to help children in developing countries get their smiles back. Parents and children were thrilled about the donations. One little boy even wore his as he was heading into surgery. Church on the Drive is taking pre-orders for mouthwatering, melt-in-your-mouth, barbecue ribs and pork butts slow-roasted overnight by College Park’s own Gary Moore (and friends). The annual barbecue sale, held February 10, is a fundraiser to offset transportation costs for middle and high school students as they travel to South Carolina for their annual mission trip. Call the church office today to place your order (supplies are limited): 407-843-0140. Rack of ribs (Feeds 4) — $25 Pork butts (Feeds 12) — $30 Pickup will be in the Church on the Drive gym parking lot February 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. NEWS A new year full of endless possibilities Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? If not, you might consider VOLUNTEERING as a great possibility. Numerous studies have suggested that volunteerism is a key element in leading a happier, more fulfilling life. This should not come as a big surprise to anyone who has served in a volunteer capacity, since volunteering helps build social relationships, nurture friendships, and establish a sense of community. With four active committees helping College Park Main Street fulfill its mission, there are many ways to jump in and get involved: Design Committee recently completed the Nip & Tuck cleanup at beautiful Albert Park. Down came the lights and decorations placed there earlier in the season to get ready for the holidays! Additionally, raking and trash cleanup ensured that the park looks tip-top. This is just one of the many ways College Park Main Street helps improve the community through acts of service. Economic Vitality hosted a wonderful business networking/social event Thursday, January 11. Sponsored by St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School, with support by host Jade New Asian, the event drew over 60 attendees to enjoy great food, drink, and fellowship. This is just one of the many ways College Park Main Street helps connect our community. Promotions Committee is taking a breather after an incredibly successful season. Most notably, Holiday on the Drive and Letters to Santa in December brought thousands of people to our district to enjoy the magic of the season. Looking ahead, Dancing on the Drive appears on the horizon with an April 28 arrival. This is just one of the many ways College Park Main Street helps promote our community. Organization Committee is gearing up for the annual Silent Auction and Awards Social Wednesday, February 28. We are actively seeking donations for this event, with proceeds benefiting College Park Main Street. Anything with a value of at least $50 can be included as an addition to the mix! This is just one of the many ways we seek needed resources to serve our community. College Park Main Street as a whole is encouraging greater awareness of our Facade Improvement Program. Members of College Park Main Street can qualify for up to $5,000 in assistance to improve the exterior of their building. Shakers American Cafe and T-Secret have both benefited from this program, and we hope to keep the progress rolling. This is just one of the many ways we seek to beautify and support our community. By connecting, promoting, advocating, and serving, we hope YOU will support College Park Main Street in 2018 through a membership, sponsorship, or volunteer effort. To learn more about any of these items, drop me a line at jeff@collegeparkmainstreet. com. Meet Lynn Shrago Lynn moved here from Alabama in 1993 after visiting for a fundraiser walk along Lake Ivanhoe. She distinctly remembers breathing in the fresh air, looking at the beautiful oak trees, and walking along the lake thinking “this feels like home.” Soon after her visit, she purchased a cute College Park original home and began a family. After raising two kids here, she is just as in love with College Park as she was during her visit in 1993. Lynn loves the walkability and outdoor lifestyle in our neighborhood. PEOPLE OF COLLEGE PARK College Par k’s Award Winning Boarding, Grooming & Daycare Facility COURTESY OF MICHELLE GROSS A young boy receives his new shoes before heading into sur- gery for his cleft lip.