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Arts and Culture Sponsorship Applications Now Available

Two Workshops Being Held in Auburndale to Assist in Sponsorship Application Process for Arts, Culture and Heritage Funding

Auburndale, FL (Feb. 7, 2020) – Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing (PCTSM) has announced that sponsorship applications for fiscal year 2020-2021 arts, cultural and heritage event sponsorship (covering events taking place October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021) are now being accepted and the final submission deadline is Friday, April 17, 2020. All completed applications must be received at the PCTSM office by noon that day – (applications must be in hand and not just postmarked by that date). Any applications received after that deadline will be ineligible for consideration. The application, plus overview and guidelines, can be downloaded at


PCTSM and Polk Arts Alliance will partner to host two workshops to assist organizations that wish to apply for sponsorship funding from the Tourist Development Council (TDC) Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee. Attendance at one of these two-hour workshops is mandatory for organizations that plan to apply. The first workshop takes place from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13 and the second takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Both workshops will be held at PCTSM’s office at Lake Myrtle in Auburndale and will cover the guidelines and process for completing a sponsorship application packet, as well as the timeline for the fiscal year 2020-2021 application process.


The workshops will be held in the conference room located at Lake Myrtle Sports Park, 2701 Lake Myrtle Park Road, Auburndale.  For more information, contact Kris Keprios at (863) 551-4750 or


Learning Resource Center of Polk County to Raise Funds for Students and Honor Joyce Barclay at Annual Benefit

Learning Resource Center of Polk County to Raise Funds for Students and Honor Joyce Barclay at Annual Benefit

The Learning Resource Center (LRC) will host its annual For the Love…of Learning benefit to aid Polk County students on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 7-10 p.m. at the Lakeland home of Kurt and Kimberly Elmhorst.

This evening, presented by Publix Super Markets Charities, is aimed at raising program aid and LRC scholarship funds for deserving students and will feature hors d’oeuvres by Terrie Lobb Catering, entertainment, libations, and a world-class silent auction.

Attendees will find an eclectic mix of auction items available for bids as well as activities that include dining and drinking experiences, entertainment options, sport outings, shopping sprees, and more.

The 45-year academic nonprofit will recognize Joyce Barclay as the 2020 Honoree. Honorees are supporters who have assisted in expanding and extending the LRC mission of helping students maximize their learning potential.

In addition to leading sponsor Publix Super Markets Charities, CenterState Bank, Bank of Central Florida, GrayRobinson, Payne Air Conditioning & Heating, Drs. Dorsey and Sandy Hightower, Dr. Eileen Wills, Hunt and Mary Berryman, Mark Thompson, The Dean Family Foundation, Prime Meridian Bank, and Todd and Suzette Jones are event sponsors.

Those interested in attending may purchase admission at for $80 each or $150 for two. LRC tutors will receive discounted pricing of $50. Other ways to support this cause for education include becoming a sponsor, donating silent auction items, bestowing a scholarship or contributing to the LRC Endowment Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation.


Polk County Visitor Center Celebrates Spring Training With Event on Saturday, Feb. 15

Davenport, FL (Feb. 6, 2020) – Central Florida’s Visitor Information Center (CFVIC) will celebrate the national pastime by hosting its annual Spring Training Celebration Saturday, Feb. 15.  This free, family-friendly event takes place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., featuring prize giveaways, inflatable baseball games and free popcorn. Vendors will be on hand, selling food and craft items. CFVIC will be giving away commemorative T-shirts to the first 300 visitors (starting at 10 a.m., one per person, while supplies last). Attendees may enter a random drawing (one entry per person, no purchase necessary) for sets (two available) of four tickets to see the Tigers play a Spring Training game at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Attendees have the opportunity to take advantage of two attraction tickets offers during the event:

  1. BOGO: Buy one Bok Tower Gardens & Pinewood Estate Tour combo ticket and get one free
  2. Buy a discounted one day LEGOLAND® Florida Resort ticket and get a second day free (second visit must be used within 14 days of first visit).

CFVIC attraction ticket prices are already discounted, making these offers especially attractive.

Fans can pick up the latest 2020 Spring Training season information such as schedules and Spring Training guides. The Detroit Tigers are celebrating their 84th Spring Training season at TigerTown in Lakeland, extending the longest-standing relationship between a major league team and a current Spring Training host city. The 2020 spring season marks the club’s 55th consecutive season of exhibition play at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Baseball fans looking for additional action will be pleased to know that Polk County will also host the RussMatt Collegiate Baseball Invitational from mid-February through late March. For more information on the invitational, please visit For more information on the Spring Training Celebration day, call 863-420-2586.

Something else for CFVIC visitors to enjoy is the Florida Sports Hall of Fame (FSHOF) Preview Center, which showcases many notable sports figures including athletes, coaches, broadcasters and sports executives. The FSHOF has inducted 271 Hall of Fame members since its founding in 1961. Such sports legends as George Steinbrenner, Fred McGriff, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Chris Evert, Rowdy Gaines, Curt Gowdy, Otis Birdsong, Michael Irvin and Tim Tebow are among those enshrined. For more information on the FSHOF please visit:

In addition to assisting visitors, and residents (by providing tourism information about Polk County), CFVIC also sells discounted attraction tickets for many Central Florida attractions (including LEGOLAND Florida Resort) and hosts a seasonal Farmers Market on Thursdays, through the end of April. The information center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week (excluding major holidays), and is located at 101 Adventure Court, Davenport, FL 33837 (along U.S. Highway 27), a half-mile south of I-4 at Exit 55.