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August 17th Declared Day to Honor and Celebrate Thomas C. Chatmon Jr.
This morning, City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer declared August 17, 2023 as a citywide day to honor and celebrate the impact of Thomas C. Chatmon Jr. at his memorial at the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. "Thomas played a critical role in downtown Orlando's growth over the last decade and a half, including doubling the amount of residents living in the urban core, the addition of world-class community venues, and the development of an education hub at Creative Village," said Mayor Dyer. "We present this resolution to his family as a testimonial of the respect and appreciation that our community will always have for Thomas C. Chatmon Jr." View the livestream from the memorial here.

The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Set to Distribute $1 Million
As part of the Orlando Magic's continuing commitment to the Central Florida community, the team has announced $1,000,000 in grants to be distributed through the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF) in three ways – a summer grant cycle, a winter grant cycle and microgrants. The first set of grants (summer grant cycle) totaling $370,000 will be distributed in surprise visits in August to 10 nonprofit organizations in Orange and Seminole counties assisting at-risk youth in Central Florida. Each year, the Magic gives more than $2 million to Central Florida by way of sponsorships of events, donated tickets, autographed merchandise and grants. At the heart of the Magic’s charitable efforts is the work done by the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation. Learn more about the OMYF and these upcoming grants here.

Future Holocaust Museum in the Works for DTO
The City of Orlando is partnering with the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center to build a Holocause Museum in downtown Orlando that will offer immersive exhibits allowing visitors to witness the strength of human spirit and the importance of embracing our differences. With plans to break ground in 2024 at 75 S. Ivanhoe Blvd. and have a grand opening in 2026, the Holocaust Museum for Hope and Humanity will be another great cultural amenity that makes downtown Orlando a place for everyone. Read more here.

Military Appreciation Night
Orlando City SC is ecxited to announce that Military Appreciation Night will officially be on August 26th as they take on St. Louis Sity SC for the first time at Exploria Stadium. As part of this special night, you can get involved and donate tickets to local active and retired military and their families while also attending the match and earning other great benefits! Packages start at only $50 for this season. Learn more and purchase packages here!

Aquatic Pictures Opening Reception
Join Jim Hobart and Flynn Dobbs for the opening receptopn of Aquatic Pictures, a showcase of Jim Hobart's underwater photography and video, on September 9th from 7-10pm at College Park Gallery. Whether you are interested in purchasing a piece of art for the walls of your vacation home, or are curious about underwater photography, this opening reception is the perfect place to dive in! Complimentary beer and wine will be provided, and there is no fee to attend. Click here to RSVP today!

Hilton Garden Inn-Home 2 Suites Fundraiser
The Hilton Garden Inn-Home 2 Suites is holding a Team Member Assistance Fundraiser this week with the purchase of a box lunch with 2 beef empanadas, rice, and garden salad for $12. For every lunch purchased, $5 will go towards the assistance fund, which provides grants to employees who face hardships. Orders must be made by Friday at 3pm and pick up will be on August 23rd at the hotel. Click here to order today!

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