Orlando Hope and Help of Central Florida’s signature fundraising events, such as the AIDS Walk and Headdress Ball, raise more than a half a million dollars for the HIV/AIDS services organization each year. Now, there’s a new man in charge.
Michael Morman, Hope and Help’s new community events manager, steps into the role Nov. 23.
He has an extensive events background, with 20 years at Universal where he was Senior Director of Entertainment, plus he’s worked in the HIV field for the past six years at The GLBT Center and the Florida Department of Health.
“I was an HIV coordinator, so I’d work with the agencies in coordinating events, provide education to community groups and schools, churches, outreach activities, plus train people on how to be HIV testers and counselors,” Morman says.
“I’m excited to join the team,” he says, adding that he’s donated to the organization over the years.
“Michael’s knowledge and experience not only in the HIV field but his entertainment and event background is a huge addition to our new Community Development Department and the agency,” says Lisa Barr, Hope and Help’s executive director.
Fundraising events make up about 20 percent of Hope and Help’s total budget, according to Russell Walker, the agency’s community development director.