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					                                 From The                                                                             The official newsletter of
                                                                                                                        Florida Citrus Sports.



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                                                                                                                   2005-06 • Issue 2 • May 18
                                                                                                                          www.FCSports.com


INSIDE FTLR                                            MEMBER CELEBRATION KICKS OFF 60TH YEAR
                                                       (A photo gallery from the event can be seen on www.FCSports.com)
Upcoming Events ...................... Below                                                          On Wednesday, April 27 Florida Citrus
                                                                                                   Sports (FCSports) kicked off a year-long cel-
Volunteer Opportunities ............. 2-3
                                                                                                   ebration leading up to the 60th playing of
FCSports Camp .................................. 2                                                 the Capital One Bowl on January 2, 2005.
Member-Guest Golf Tournament . 2                                                                   The official start of the new year for the
                                                                                                   organization, the Member Celebration at-
Contest Produces New Members .. 3                                                                  tracted more than 250 FCSports members,
Sip N’ Stroll Update ........................... 3                                                 business leaders and politicians to the Orange
                                                                                                   County Regional History Center for an
In The Red Zone ................................. 3
                                                                                                   evening of food and fun.
Foundation Donation ........................ 4           George Nahas discusses his vision for        Draped in an aura of Florida Citrus Sports’
New Members ...................................... 4      FCSports during the 2005 Member          historical significance, visible throughout the
                                                       Celebration. (Photo by Todd Anderson) History Center in numerous displays of memo-
NFL Draft Recap ................................. 4
                                                                                                   rabilia and artifacts collected from around
FCSports Staff Transactions ........... 4                2005-06 FCSports President George         the community, members of the organiza-
                                                          Nahas. (Photo by Todd Anderson)
                                                                                                   tion reveled in the first 59 years of FCSports.
UPCOMING EVENTS                                                                                    Staying true to the theme of the year-long
Member-Guest Golf Tournament                           celebration, displays were broken into categories of Football, Community and Service.
presented by Carlton Fields, Attor-                       Highlights of the Member Celebration included the introduction of new members to
neys at Law, and Florida Hospital                      the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, recognition of retiring directors and
Orthopaedic Institute                                  the presentation of member service awards for the past year. The evening was capped
Friday, June 10                                        with new FCSports President George Nahas delivering a speech mapping out his goals
Registration - 7:00 a.m.                               and objectives for the organization during 2005-06.
Shotgun start - 8:00 a.m.                                 An army of willing volunteers will be utilized to help carry out the charge laid forth in
Shingle Creek Golf Club                                the proud tradition of the organization’s previous 59 years - was defined once again in
$150.00 per two-some                                   Nahas’ speech Wednesday evening. Many of those eager volunteers were in attendance
Registration form can be found at                      at the Member Celebration and a few were recognized for their countless hours of
www.FCSports.com under Latest News.                    dedication to the mission of Florida Citrus Sports.
                                                          Touted as the FCSports 2004-05 Rookie of the Year was Amy Horning, a promo-
                                                       tional consultant with Image Graphics of Florida. She served on the Feast on the 50,
                                                       Bowl Patch and Member-Guest Golf Committees. Claiming the Chairperson of the Year
       FLORIDA CITRUS SPORTS
                                                       Award was Sun Sports Vice President and General Manager Cathy Weeden, who chaired
          One Citrus Bowl Place
                                                       the OUC Half Marathon and 5K Committee. Volunteer of the Year honors were be-
         Orlando, FL 32805-2451
                                                       stowed upon Alton Scott, a financial education consultant with Financial Fitness Com-
            Tel: 407.423.2476
                                                       pany of America.
           Fax: 407.425.8451
                                                          Earning the largest ovation of the evening was Royce Walden, recipient of the
           www.FCSports.com
                                                       Howard Palmer Award for his sustained service. Walden, president of the consulting firm
                                                       Walden Enterprises, Inc., has actively participated in Florida Citrus Sports for more
  A not-for-profit membership organization
                                                       than a decade. His dedication has been evident on numerous occasions and his support of
     benefiting charities and educational
                                                       the FCSports Foundation has been unwavering.
                 institutions.
VOLUNTEER                                       273 LOCAL CHILDREN RECEIVE FREE PHYSICAL
OPPORTUNITIES                                   EXAMINATIONS
Below are opportunities to become in-              On Saturday, April 23, the Florida Cit-     SPECIAL THANKS TO THE
volved with a Florida Citrus Sports Com-        rus Sports Foundation gave nearly 500          FOLLOWING VOLUNTEERS
mittee or Volunteer Program. For more           applicants for its annual summer camp the           Phil Ciufo         Monica Abare
information call the contacts listed below      opportunity to receive a free physical         Sean Daugherty        Jeremy Heinerich
at 407.423.2476.                                exam. A total of 273 local children took       Dawn Goodpaster      Samantha Greene
                                                the not-for-profit organization up on its        Wayne Mutch           Corina Mattix
Seeking Camp Enrichment Speakers                                                                Stacey Sarnechi        Chris Kondor
                                                offer.
   Have an itch to talk about a positive                                                          Ivan Repass          Scott Kondor
life-changing experience? The Florida              The exams - valued at $120 to $150
                                                                                                Lindsey Doyle           David Lorn
Citrus Sports Camp is seeking individuals       apiece - were conducted by physician’s as-       Regan White          Debra Ashcraft
or groups to address camp participants          sistants. The staff of volunteers also in-        Jared Reiss         Kent Chapman
during afternoon enrichment sessions.           cluded various health care experts from         Steve Anderson         Rayarra Kopit
Speakers are asked to spend an hour at          Florida Hospital, Southeastern Clinical           Bennett Feld         Bobbie Kopit
the camp presenting a positive message          Services, P.A., and several private practi-      Joseph Foran           Kelly Kopit
to the campers.                                 tioners. The physical checkup included             Jeff Fichera        John Byrnes
Contact: Joey Walters - ext. 150                blood pressure screening, eye tests, and ear,
Email: jwalters@fcsports.com                    nose and throat exams. Participating campers will receive a dental cleaning during each
                                                session.
Feast on the “60” Committee
                                                   In its 11th year, the FCSports Summer Camp consists of two four-week sessions in
   Planning for the 13th Annual Feast on
                                                Orange County, with one four-week session in Seminole County, and is free to all of its
the “60” will begin soon and committee
                                                participants. The camp, which will begin on June 6 in Orange County and on June 27 in
members are needed to assist in the plan-
ning and promotion of the event.                Seminole County, focuses on academics, athletics, attitude and achievement - and is the
Contact: Jason Cover - ext. 116                 flagship program of the Florida Citrus Sports Foundation.
Email: jcover@fcsports.com
                                                MEMBER-GUEST GOLF TOURNAMENT SET FOR
Silent Auction Committee                        JUNE 10 AT SHINGLE CREEK
    December will be here before we know                                                                        MEMBER-GUEST
                                                   Introduce a friend to Florida Citrus Sports at the 8th
it and Florida Citrus Sports is in the begin-                                                                      COMMITTEE
                                                Annual FCSports Member-Guest Golf Tournament pre-
ning stages of planning the Cingular ABC                                                                            Pat Bishop, Chair
                                                sented by Carlton Fields, Attorneys at Law, and Florida
Sports All-America Team Celebration                                                                                   John Atwood
                                                Hospital Orthopaedic Institute. The tournament will take
event, which raises money for the Florida                                                                               Tom Wert
Citrus Sports Foundation. In its fourth         place at Shingle Creek Golf Club on Friday, June 10,
                                                                                                                      Diana Goetz
year, the spectacular evening will again        2005. This David Harman designed, par 72 (7,228 yard),
                                                                                                                      Amy Horning
feature a silent auction. FCSports is look-     championship Orlando golf course features undulating                 Emerson King
ing for members to join this committee          fairways and interconnected waterways. Bordered by a                  Tom Gregory
and to assist in the collection of silent       natural backdrop of dense oaks and pines, Shingle Creek              Ashlee Poole
auction items.                                  Golf Club lies along historic Shingle Creek - headwaters              Dana Brown
Contact: Betsy Fields - ext. 106                to the Florida Everglades - providing an ideal and unfor-              Will Gates
Email: bfields@fcsports.com                                                                gettable golf            Michael Cantrell
                                                                                           experience.                Laura Myers
Ladies & Children’s Breakfast                                                                  The regis-            Kevin Barden
   Florida Citrus Sports is in search of                                                   tration deadline for the 2005 Member-Guest
volunteers to assist with the Champs                                                       Golf Tournament is Wednesday, June 1. The
Sports Bowl and Capital One Bowl Ladies                                                    price per twosome is $150 and includes break-
& Children’s Breakfasts. Help the fami-                                                    fast, range balls, on-course beverages, lunch
lies of the teams get in the holiday spirit.                                               and a Greg Norman golf shirt. Please fill out
Contact: Carol Monroe - ext. 125                                                           the Registration Form on www.FCSports.com
Email: cmonroe@fcsports.com                                                                and fax it to Florida Citrus Sports at
                                                   No. 17 at Shingle Creek Golf Club       407.425.8451.
CONTEST PRODUCES NEW MEMBERS, WINNERS
   Members of the FCSports Board of Directors and Membership Committee participated
in a recent 60 Members in 60 Days recruiting contest during March and April. The goal
of 60 new members was smashed as the contest produced a whopping 72 new members.
   Special thanks to the members who participated in the contest. President George
Nahas claimed the contest’s first prize. Below are the prize winners from the contest.

First Prize: George Nahas, Weekend at the Vinoy w/ Free Dollar Rental Car
Second Prize: (Tie) Tony Martin, 4 Day passes Walt Disney World & Brunch for 2 at
Peabody Orlando; Wally Collins, 4 Day passes Universal Orlando & Brunch for 2 at
Renaissance Resort
Most New Members: Scott Robertson, Free FCSports Tailgate Tour Trip
Random Prize Winners:
Tom Wert, First Scouting Pick       Eric Marshall, FCSports Shirt
after Executive Committee           Russ Ziegler, FCSports Shirt
Michael Cantrell, FCSports Chair Jim Ruddy, Autographed football
Ginger Lacey-Kane, FCSports Shirt
                                                                                              2005-06 Chairman Dick Rivera (left)
                                                                                                with Royce Walden, the Howard
WINE TASTING BECOMES SIP ‘N’ STROLL                                                            Palmer award winner, at the 2005
   The annual Florida Citrus Sports Wine Tasting has a            SIP N’ STROLL               FCSports Member Celebration. More
new moniker thanks to a suggestion by member Leah                  COMMITTEE                  photos from the event can be seen at
Shepherd during a recent committee meeting. This year’s           Reena Bhardwaj, Chair               www.FCSports.com.
event will be held in October and will be known as Sip ‘N’             Todd Lewis
Stroll Around The Bowl. The past three years guests have              Lori Newcomb
selected the wines and champagnes to be served at hospi-              Darcy Nichols
tality events during bowl season.                                      Paul Seago
                                                                     Leah Shepherd
                                                                                              OFFICIAL PARTNERS
   Look for more Sip ‘N’ Stroll information in upcoming
                                                                       Steve Smith
issues of From The Locker Room.

IN THE RED ZONE (Member News)
                       Cathy Weeden, currently the Vice President & General Manager
                  of Sun Sports and member of the FCSports Executive Committee, is
                  adding FSN Florida to her responsibilities. Weeden takes on the role of
                  managing both networks following the recent acquisition of FSN Florida
                  by News Corporation. She will oversee all aspects of both Sun Sports’ and
                  FSN Florida’s businesses. Weeden will continue to split her time between
Cathy Weeden the networks’ offices in Orlando and South Florida … Harris Rosen will
                  be among five honorees recognized on May 24 by the U.S. Dream Acad-
emy Inc., at a gala in Washington, D.C. The organization supports academic and mentoring
programs for at-risk youth … Drew Madsen, an FCSports Executive
Committee member and President/Chief Operating Officer at Darden
Restaurants, was recognized in Orlando Magazine as a member of the
2005 Orlando Dining Hall of Fame … Basil Townbridge has been
promoted by Alliance Hospitality from General Manager of the Comfort                          MEDIA PARTNERS
Suites Orlando to Regional Director of Operations for the Florida-Geor-
gia region. He will now oversee five hotels in the Alliance Management Drew Madsen
System for Winston Hotels … John Caparella, the Senior Vice Presi-
dent and General Manager of the Gaylord Palms, was named Outstanding General Man-
ager of the Year by the American Hotel & Lodging Association.
FOUNDATION                                                                                 WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
DONATION                                                                           (New members who joined between April 5 and May 9)
   FCSports member Woody Rodriguez              Anne Bedinger .......................... Raymond James                Angela Leiby ......................... Friday’s Front Row
recently sent this letter to Shannon Clark,     Reena Bhardwaj ..................... WFTV Channel 9                   Steve McLaren ....................................................
                                                Marc C. Bryant ............................................. DNP      Craig S. Miller ............. Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Executive Director of the Florida Citrus
                                                Ronald A. Conrad ....... Cherry, Beckert & Holland                    Jeff Nash ............................................. CH2M Hill
Sports Foundation.
                                                Vanessa J. DiSimone .............. Dellecker, Wilson,                 Ken Oehlers ............... Hawk’s Landing Golf Club
                                                                                                     King, et al      Matt Olsen ............... Barker Specialties of Florida
Shannon,                                        Michael Dolle ...................... Wachovia Securities              Susan Ortega ..................... Travelhost Magazine
   It is my pleasure, on behalf of the          Steve Drakesmith ..................... Heintzelman Ford               Randy Pickering ..... Executive Restroom Trailers
Florida Bar, to notify you that the Florida     Claire Fournier ........... Morgan Printing Company                   Ashlee Poole ...................................... Fossil, Inc.
Citrus Sports Foundation will soon be the       Peter Francis ............................ The Ritz-Carlton,          Allison Pope ....................... Omni Orlando Resort
recipient of a check in the amount of                                              Orlando Grande Lakes                                                          at Championsgate
$2,500. As the recipient of the Florida         Kelly A. Galea ............................. JLJ Design, Inc.         Don Replogle .................... EIKI International, Inc.
Bar Young Lawyers Division Diversity            Theresa Gallion ......................... Fisher & Phillips           Neal W. Rodrigue ............. Choice Envrionmental
                                                Joseph L. Garrett ....................................... ADVO                                                           Services, Inc.
Award, the YLD makes a monetary dona-
                                                Louise Given ... Dan Marino’s Fine Food & Spirits                     Tim Ross .............................................................
tion to the recipient’s charity of choice.
                                                Barry Greer .................... America’s Best Value Inn             James Ruddy .................................... Workstream
   In this case the choice was simple. Over     Douglass Harrill ..................................................   Christopher M. Sadlo ........................ Partsmaster
the years, I have watched your program          Penney F. Hopkins .... Fox Interactive Consultants                    Colleen Salvage .... AD Design of Central Florida
grow and I have marveled at how you have        Terry L. Irwin .................... Terry L. Irwin Architects         G. K. Samuels ........... Unison Insurance Company
managed to continue to provide four great       Lee Isbell ................. Orange County Corrections                Steven San .........................................................
weeks of summer camp to kids that oth-          Michael Ison ............................... Fifth Third Bank         Peter Schaeffer ........................ Hannover Life RE
erwise would not have such a wonderful          John Jaime ......................... Watson Realty Corp.              Ron Smith ................................................ FISERV
opportunity. In addition to the camp, your      Dan Johnson .............................. Hard Rock Tool             Nicholas Trimarche .................... Renderings.com
ability to get free medical screenings, a       Scott Larsen ..................... Time Warner Telecom                Monique Yeager .............. Sonny’s Franchise Co.
computer lab and speakers that address         63 NFL DRAFT PICKS HAVE ORLANDO EXPERIENCE
the kids about real-life concerns make this
a true life-changing experience. Much like
                                               THANKS TO FCSPORTS
                                                  Football fans in Central Florida had a chance to meet 63 players selected in the
the growth of Florida Citrus Sports, this
                                               National Football League Draft through Florida Citrus Sports events. Drafted players
summer you tested your staff by expand-
                                               gained experience in the Central Florida area through events such as the Cingular ABC
ing your program to Seminole County.
                                               Sports All-America Team Celebration, Capital One Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl, The
This has, by all accounts, become a huge
                                               Villages Gridiron Classic and the Walt Disney World Florida Classic.
success due to the devoted work that you
and Joey Walters have undertaken.
   The Diversity Award recognizes a per-       FCSPORTS STAFF TRANSACTIONS
son or entity that demonstrates the high-         Steve Hogan has been elevated to Assistant Executive Director and will take on
est morality and respect for all persons       additional duties relating to strategic planning, negotiation and day-to-day management
and diversity, for efforts and allegiance to   of the association. Carol Monroe, Betsy Fields, Shannon Clark and Brett Sowell
creating diversity, and promoting a more       all have been named senior directors. Monroe will move into the position of Senior
diverse workplace. However, more impor-        Director of Hospitality and Conference Relations. In this role, she will be working
tantly, this award has allowed me a unique     exclusively to build better relationships with our bowl partner conferences, their athlet-
opportunity to give back to your organi-       ics directors and coaches while continuing to do the same with Capital One. Clark, in
zation which has made such a difference        addition to her work as Director of Ticketing and the Foundation, as of June 1, will now
in Central Florida.                            take on the duties of Senior Director of Membership. Gary Fischer will be vacating the
   With great pride I thank you for tak-       Director of Finance position to pursue other opportunities. Fischer, who began his
ing part in this award with me.                career with FCSports in 1999, has been credited with taking the accounting department
                                               to a higher level. Joe Galbraith will be leaving his role as Communications Assistant
Sincerely,                                     Director at FCSports to become the Assistant Director of Media Relations at Mississppi
Woody Rodriguez                                State. Galbraith joined FCSports in 2002 and after serving 10 months as an intern was
                                               promoted into a full-time position with the organization.

				
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