Dear Sponsors, Board of Directors, Friends and Supporters:
Happy Friday!! After Saturday's Fundraising Event, I took a few days to relax and reflect, but wouldn't let today pass without reaching out to the entire community. On behalf of the United Foundation of Central Florida, Inc. I would like to personally extend a warm thank you to the following: Our Sponsors - Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill, Soiree Event and Conference Center, Caribbean American Passport News Magazine, VITAS, Golding Law Group, PLC, Caribbean Sunshine Bakery and Restaurant, DJ Phayz of Vibrant Soundz and Rosen Plaza Hotel. Our Board of Directors (thanks for your hard work, financial support and belief in me), Our Silent Auction Donors (Your contribution will help to raise funds for the foundation - please visit our site for items still available). Our Table hosts - Trinidad Association, Caribbean Supercenter, Tim Haberkamp from Hardees Restaurant and the Pine Hills Community Council. Our Officials running for District 2 and 6, namely Virginia Whittington, Roberta Walton and Alvin Moore. Our Media Sponsors - WOKB - 1680 AM Tropical Experience Radio Show, Jammins Radio Show and Caribbean Vibes (Thanks for keeping our community informed, educated and entertained). Our Volunteers (a mixture of young people and adults, your time spent with us was priceless). Our Supporters who purchased tickets for the event. Thank you for taking the time to support this initiative to help make an awareness of United Foundation's intension to focus on early childhood education leading to prevention. Thanks for believing in us and being supportive of our first event.
When the Board and myself put this event together, one of the main focus was to help bring about hands on solutions that addressed the needs of a selected area in the Pine Hills community. The community however, had questions about how the Tangelo Park Program worked. Thanks to Harris Rosen, the leaders in attendance involved with the Program, and the graduates from the program for clarifying lots of misconceptions. One of the most important question being, the helped received in Tangelo Park was a handout, Mr. Rosen made it very clear that it was the complete opposite, and instead it was an investment in the future of our children.
This was just the beginning of making an awareness of the Foundation's intentions, as we ask the Pine Hills community to come together. The evening was informative, and everything we promised it would be. We could not end this Thank You acknowledgement without thanking our Gracious MC for the evening the one and only Vanessa Echols, The sultry voice of Sisuandra Lewis (In our opinion Orlando's winner of the voice , Our newly adopted artist and singer Lee C. Lizandro, (who came all the way from Puerto Rico), The Fearing family from Tampa, who started the night off with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. Tony Blair and the 506 Crew, DJ Phayz of Vibrant Soundz (once again outdoing themselves as usual). Kathryn Mullings you are a class act all the way. Since the event I've received phone calls from community leaders looking forward to the next step. I am tremendously excited about what the future holds, but more importantly happy that most in attendance left with hope and inspiration.
In closing I ask everyone reading this Community Thank you Message to continue supporting our Sponsors listed above as well as Silent Auction donors who went above and beyond to support this first event, they believed in our cause, and didn't hesitate to do their part. You supporting their business means continued Unity and community growth!
Facebook family and friends we have started the plans for next years Fundraising Gala and we will keep you posted as we move forward with our Pine Hills Program. In the months to come, please follow us on our website www.unitedfoundationcf.org for more updates. Always remember that it's better to give than receive.
Continued Blessing always!
Sandra Fatmi - President, United Foundation of Central Florida, Inc.
Thanks for your support at our Red Carpet Fundraising GALA on July 26th 2014