George Wallace awarded highest honor at the Orlando Fringe’s 2018 Fabby Awards

By : Layla Ferris
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Former Orlando Fringe Executive Director George Wallace was awarded the highest honor at the Orlando Fringe’s 2018 Fabby Awards.

Wallace was given the Terry Olson Lifetime Achievement Award during the festival’s closing ceremonies and 2018 Fabby Awards. The ceremonies were held on May 28 at the Outdoor Stage in Orlando’s Loch Haven Park.

Wallace began volunteering for the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival in 2003. He held various staff positions until he was promoted to executive director in 2014. Wallace oversaw the festival as executive director until 2017.

“This one’s really special to me because he was my partner in crime for six straight festivals,” Orlando Fringe Producer Michael Marinaccio said at the ceremony.

Wallace now serves as the executive director of the LGBT+ Center Orlando, Inc., a local resource that provides education, advocacy and support for the LGBTQ community.

The award is named after Terry Olson, who helped create the Orlando Fringe festival in 1991.

Now in its 27th year, the festival has more than doubled in size and became what it is today because of Wallace, Marinaccio said.

“Thank you Orlando Fringe for the Lifetime Achievement Award,” Wallace said in a Facebook post. “I’m without word. Just. Thank You.”

Image from George Wallace’s Facebook

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