Zebra Coalition, Orlando Fringe Festival receive grants from Disney

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Orlando Fringe Executive Director George Wallace and President Joyce Arbucias accept a 2015 grant from Disney.

Orlando Fringe Executive Director George Wallace and President Joyce Arbucias accept a 2015 grant from Disney.

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – The Zebra Coalition and the Orlando International Fringe Festival were both presented with a grant from Walt Disney World Resorts allowing them to continue to positively affect families and children in Orlando.

They gavea total of $4.5 million worth of grants to 102 organizations in Central Florida at a ceremony held at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on March 30.

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Orlando AIDS Walk raises $121,000 for Hope & Help Center

By : Kimberly Slichter
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The Orlando AIDS Walk marched around Lake Eola for its 20th year to raise money for the Hope & Help Center on March 28.

The two mile walk, a fundraiser for HIV treatment and prevention in Central Florida, brought in more than $121,000 and 1,400 walkers according to Kristine Iverson, director of development and marketing for the Hope and Help Center.

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Scooters 4 Hooters 2015

By : Yvette Waters
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Scooters 4 Hooters rolled through Lake Eola Park on March 28, raising funds for Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation. Founded in 2007, it is the signature fundraising event to provide breast healthcare to women in Central Florida through education, mammograms and hope coaches for breast cancer patients battling the disease.

Last year, 300 riders participated and more than 1,500 people attended the event in Downtown Orlando. The event has raised $750,000 since it started in 2007, not including this year’s fundraiser.

Photos by Yvette Waters

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Zebra Coalition receives national awards

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Orlando – The Zebra Coalition received two national recognitions at the American Counseling Association’s 2015 Conference, which was held in Orlando this year at the Hyatt Regency Orlando.

The conference had its National Awards Ceremony on March 14, and Zebra Coalition was awarded $1,500 by the American Counseling Association (ACA) and its Human Rights Committee from the ACA Human Concerns Fund. The Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC), one of the 19 divisions of the ACA, also awarded and recognized Zebra Coalition for its work with LGBT youth, yet the amount of ALGBTIC’s award wasn’t available at press time.

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Rupaul’s Drag Race ‘Battle of the Seasons’ ticket giveaway

By : Jeremy Williams
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Rupaul’s Drag Race is coming to Central Florida and you can win a pair of tickets to see it.

“Battle of the Seasons” is coming to The Ritz Ybor in Tampa on March 31 and to the Plaza LIVE in Orlando on April 1, both shows start at 9 p.m.

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Hope and Help Center to celebrate 20 years of AIDS Walk Orlando

By : Andrew Ramos
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Orlando – The Hope and Help Center of Central Florida is raising funds and awareness for the 20th year in a row via the Orlando AIDS Walk at Lake Eola on March 28.

Kristine Iverson, director of development and marketing for the Hope and Help Center, said the organization has been highlighting why participants will be walking this year.

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Queen of Versailles judges pageant at Parliament House

By : Jeremy Williams
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Parliament House played host to the Mr. and Miss All-star Continental Pageant among cameras following Orlando’s Queen of Versailles, Jackie Siegel, as they filmed for her upcoming reality show.

Darcel Stevens and Sassy Devine emceed as the contestants competed in categories scoring in best talent, swimsuit and evening wear. Siegel was on hand as one of the judges.

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AIDS Walk Orlando needs a boost

By : Andrew Ramos
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A week and a half away from AIDS Walk Orlando and there are just over 600 walkers singed up, down from 1200 walkers in 2014.

That’s according to Kristine Iverson, director of development and marketing for the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, Inc.

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Headdress Ball 2015 has date and theme

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Hope and Help Center announced the date and theme for their 26th annual Headdress Ball.

The annual fundraiser will be at the Hilton Orlando off I-Drive Oct. 17.

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2015 WAVE Award Winners

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For the first time in our history, we asked our readers to vote for their favorites in the Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence (WAVE) in the spring, rather than the fall. And once again, you did not disappoint with your participation.

Votes rolled in from across Central Florida through two rounds of balloting. In January, we asked for nominations. In February, we compiled those nominations, condensed them to a “Top 3” listing and asked you to vote again. We’re pleased to share those results on the following pages.

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Central Florida/Orlando 2015 WAVE Award Winners!

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN/ACTIVIST
1. Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan
2. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
3. Former State Representative Linda Stewart

GREATEST STRAIGHT ALLY TO THE LOCAL LGBT COMMUNITY
1. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
2. Jack and Margo Dixon
3. Former State Representative Linda Stewart

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Out and About at the Central Florida Fair

By : Jake Stevens
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LGBT individuals and families headed to the Central Florida Fairgrounds March 3 for the first-ever Out and About night at the Central Florida Fair!

Many took advantage of a special offer – bring the Fair’s Watermark ad to the door and get in free.

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