Orlando’s Overheard: Artistic Expression

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Send me an Angel

Orlando Pulse survivor Angel Colon was honored by La Clé through the 2017 Unlock Project, where Angel designed a limited edition multi-colored key necklace and custom refocus wrist band with the message “Keep Smiling.”

Angel, who was actively involved in the community prior to the events at Pulse has chosen that 50 percent of the proceeds will go to the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, a cause dedicated to inspiring, equipping and mobilizing people to take action against HIV/AIDS.

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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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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 raises more than $500,000 dollars for AIDS charity

By : Susan Clary
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Orlando – Glitzy costumes, circus acts, colorful lasers and nonstop entertainment were the highlights of the 2013 Headdress Ball, which drew 1,000 people to the Hilton Orlando to raise money for the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, Inc.

And raise money they did – more than $500,000 this year, which set a new record. In black ties and gowns, some donning masks for the masquerade theme, attendees on Oct. 26 opened their wallets and gave money for tickets at $300 a pop, live and silent auctions and dancers who accepted $5, $10 and $20 bills in their g-strings.

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Tennis legend Billie Jean King talks about psyching up, coming out and her upcoming Orlando event with Elton John

By : Tom Dyer
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On Sunday, Nov. 17, two bona fide legends will converge on Orlando for the first time since 1997. Billie Jean King and Sir Elton John are co-hosts of Mylan World Team Tennis Smash Hits, an all-star charity featuring tennis stars Venus Williams, Andy Roddick, Marion Bartoli, John Isner and more. The event, at beautiful HP Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World, benefits the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida. Smash Hits fundraisers have raised more than $11.5 million for HIV/AIDS charities around the nation.

I spoke with King prior to the 1997 Smash Hits event and found her warm, witty and accessible. We spoke again by telephone earlier this month and picked up right where we left off 16 years ago. As you’ll see below, it was much more a conversation than an interview; I left out all the parts where she asked about my family, the newspaper, my life. It was easy to forget that she is an icon, named one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century by Life Magazine.

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