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Florida State League’s 56th Annual Game Scheduled for June 17

Lakeland, FL – The Lakeland Flying Tigers have been selected to host the 2017 Florida State League (FSL) All-Star Game on Saturday, June 17 at the newly renovated Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland. Lakeland has previously hosted the game in 1960, 1999 and 2006.

The All-Star Game will feature two teams comprised of some of the best prospects in baseball from the North and South Divisions. The North Division includes the Lakeland Flying Tigers (Tigers), Clearwater Threshers (Phillies), Daytona Tortugas (Reds), Dunedin Blue Jays, Tampa Yankees and the newly relocated team in Osceola County (Braves). The South Division is made up of the Bradenton Marauders (Pirates), Charlotte Stone Crabs (Rays), Fort Myers Miracle (Twins), Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins), Palm Beach Cardinals and St. Lucie Mets.

A Home Run Derby will precede the All-Star Game on Saturday, June 17 and a spectacular fireworks show will follow the game. Special All-Star events will be scheduled throughout the weekend in Lakeland. More details about the All-Star Game and festivities will be released in the coming months.

Recent Major League All-Star players who have played in the FSL All-Star Game include Robinson Cano, Adrian Beltre, David Wright, Noah Syndergaard, Curtis Granderson, Wade

Davis, Ryan Braun, Joe Mauer, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Brett Gardner, Johnny Cueto, Starlin Castro, Jonathan Papelbon, Alex Colome, Russell Martin, Stephen Vogt, Marcel Ozuna and A.J. Ramos.

Recent Detroit Tigers players who were selected to the FSL All-Star Game include Justin Verlander (2005), Cameron Maybin (2007), Bruce Rondon (2012), Shane Greene (2013), Kyle Ryan (2013), Daniel Norris (2014) and Jacoby Jones (2015).

The Flying Tigers are a Class A Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Updates and news on the 2017 FSL All-Star Game can be found periodically by visiting the Flying Tigers online at www.LakelandFlyingTigers.com or call (863) 686-8075 for more information.

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The Lakeland Center to Become the RP Funding Center

Mortgage Lender Signs 5-Year Naming Rights Deal 

Lakeland, FL ? The Lakeland Center; home to the Lakeland Magic (NBA D-League), Florida Tropics (Major Arena Soccer League), the Florida High School Basketball Championships, as well as other entertainment, sporting, meeting, cultural and special events; will become the RP Funding Center. The re-naming announcement came from the City of Lakeland today and reflects a multi-year alliance formed by RP Funding, the City of Lakeland and the Lakeland Magic.

RP Funding, part of the Robert Palmer Companies, is a direct mortgage lender that underwrites, closes and funds its own loans. RP Funding was also recently announced as the Lakeland Magic’s Founding Partner.

“We’re thrilled to forge this partnership with the City of Lakeland and the Lakeland Magic,” said RP Funding President/Owner Robert Palmer. “As a Lakeland native, I’m excited about making an impact in my hometown and the opportunities this partnership provides with the City and the Magic while building and growing RP Funding in Central Florida and beyond.”

RP Funding will receive exterior and interior building signage along with television, radio, print and social media promotion. The 5-year naming rights agreement will generate additional revenue toward the operation and maintenance of the facility.

“We’re pleased to generate additional revenue sources, continuing our goal to operate a self-sustaining venue,” said RP Funding Center Executive Director Tony Camarillo. “With more than 500 events per year, we are confident the RP Funding Center will continue to serve as a key venue for Lakeland’s sporting, meeting, entertainment, cultural and special events.”

“We’re looking forward to many memorable moments ahead in the RP Funding Center,” said Lakeland Magic President Shelly Wilkes. “RP Funding represents the excellence we strive for in bringing our product to our fans and stakeholders. We are excited to bring RP Funding on board. This is a win-win-win situation for the City of Lakeland, RP Funding and the Lakeland Magic.”

The RP Funding Center (formerly The Lakeland Center) is a multi-purpose entertainment complex featuring the 8,000 seat Jenkins Arena, 2,200 seat Youkey Theatre and 100,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space. The facility hosts a wide variety of events ranging from nationally renowned artists, family shows,
athletic events, trade shows, conventions, weddings and ride-and-drive showcases.

Owned and operated by the City of Lakeland, the facility opened as The Lakeland Civic Center 1974 and was re-named The Lakeland Center in June of 1996 after adding more exhibition, conference and meeting space.

Based in Central Florida, Robert Palmer Companies is involved in the financing, marketing and escrow of more than $5 billion in residential real estate. The company has a combined staff of nearly 400 and revenues of $100 million annually. In addition to RP Funding, one of the leading direct mortgage lenders in Central Florida, the Robert Palmer Companies also features RP Title and Escrow providing residential and commercial real estate closing services; ‘Saving Thousands’ radio program and ARMR Appraisal Management, a full-service residential real estate appraisal management company. Most recently, Robert Palmer Companies launched two marketing-tech companies: Homevalue.com, which provides personalized reports on homeowners’ property values from a local real estate agent and Listing Power Tools, a company that helps real estate agents craft the perfect listing presentation. For more information visit www.robertpalmercompanies.com.

The RP Funding Center is Central Florida’s convention, sports, lifestyle and entertainment destination. The facility is conveniently located minutes between Orlando and Tampa in Lakeland, Florida off I-4 on Lime Street; the RP Funding Center is a short drive from anywhere in Central Florida. Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. For ticket information, call the Box Office at 863.834.8111, our toll-free line at 888.397.0100 or visit www.rpfundingcenter.com.

On December 14, 2016 the Orlando Magic and the NBA Development League (D-League) announced that the Magic purchased the Erie BayHawks with plans to relocate the team to Lakeland, Florida and begin play during the 2017-18 season. With the purchase, the Magic became the 17th NBA team to own and operate their NBA G-League affiliate, the Lakeland Magic. The franchise will play its 24 home games at the RP Funding Center. The Lakeland Magic season is made up of 50 regular-season games plus a postseason and runs from November to April. Season ticket deposits for the 2017-18 season are now being accepted by calling 863-325-3258 or logging on to www.lakelandmagic.com.


Downtown Lakeland Partnership Seeks Executive Director Applicants

Friday, May 19, 2017 (LAKELAND, FL) – The Downtown Lakeland Partnership is soliciting applications for the executive director position being vacated by Ellen Simms, whose retirement is effective May 31.

Interested applicants are asked to email a resume to the organization by June 2 at 5 p.m.

The DLP’s mission is to advocate for and promote Downtown Lakeland as an ideal location to shop, dine, work and play. It hosts monthly First Friday events, as well as Thursday Squared food truck rallies on the second Thursday of each month. The DLP is a membership-based organization that draws its strength from a diverse group of businesses and individuals. 

A high school diploma or equivalent is required for the executive director position, and a college degree – particularly a master’s degree in business administration is desired. The DLP’s Board of Directors also desires candidates with at least 10 years of senior management experience and a track record of effectively leading an organization.

The job description can be viewed in its entirety by visiting http://downtownlakelandfl.com and clicking on the “News” section.

Send resumes to info@downtownlakelandfl.com.

Lorrie Delk Walker
Lorrie Walker Public Relations
Office: 863.614.0555 (preferred)
Mobile: 863.409.3034
Twitter: @PRLorrie



In July, a nominating committee headed by Chair-elect Weymon Snuggs (Citizens Bank and Trust) will begin work to nominate 12 new directors to serve a 3-year term on the Chamber’s Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2018.

Chamber members are asked to submit their name or names of active members in good-standing who possess outstanding leadership qualities and who demographically represent the membership of the organization.

Names of individuals will be submitted to the Nominating Committee, which is charged with selecting a representative slate of 12 directors to be presented to the membership for approval by September 1, 2017.

Names of proposed Board candidates should be submitted no later than Friday, July 7, 2017 to: Cory Skeates, President, Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 3607, Lakeland, FL 33802-3607, by FAX: 683-7454, or by email: cskeates@lakelandchamber.com. Questions regarding the nominations process may be directed to Cory at 688-8551, ext. 234 or at the above email address.

The membership of the Chamber is served by an elected 39-member Board of Directors and five ex officio members.

These dedicated volunteer leaders direct the governance of the Chamber and represent the interests of the membership.


Grasslands Campus Awarded Prestigious LEED Gold® Certification

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health is pleased to announce its Grasslands Campus has earned LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
“We are so proud that our team’s hard work on the new Grasslands Campus has earned LEED Gold certification,” said Elaine C. Thompson, PhD, FACHE, Lakeland Regional Health President and CEO. “We look forward to providing the safest and highest quality care and experiences for the patients and families we serve in this beautiful and efficient venue for many years to come.”The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system is a nationally recognized program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

The newly expanded Grassland Campus, 3030 Harden Blvd., is a medical home for patients seeking primary and specialty care. More than 30 physicians and their compassionate care teams provide expertise in such specialties as Primary Care; Ear, Nose & Throat; Obstetrics & Gynecology; Orthopedics; Pediatrics and Pulmonology. Grasslands also houses our physical rehabilitation program, with an expansive gym offering leading-edge therapy equipment and a 100-foot gait & safety system, dedicated pediatric gym, outdoor rehabilitation garden and state-of-the-art therapy pool. The design of the building was created with the concepts of “body, mind and soul” as part of the patient healing experience. Construction on the Grasslands Campus began in early 2015 and was completed in June 2016.

“We are grateful to our valuable design team partners and are proud to contribute to our local economy, investing in job creation as well as purchasing services and supplies from local vendors,” Dr. Thompson said.

“Demonstrating good stewardship of the resources entrusted to us by our community was an important part of our plans for the Grasslands Campus,” said Danielle Drummond, MS, FACHE, Lakeland Regional Health Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Being responsible with our water, energy and building materials is just one way we commit ourselves to strengthening the health of our community.”

“Lakeland Regional Health Grasslands Campus LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, U.S. Green Building Council President and CEO. “LEED was created to make the world a better place and revolutionize the built environment by providing everyone with healthy, green and high-performing buildings. The Grasslands Campus serves as a prime example of how the work of innovative building projects can use local solutions to make a global impact on the environment.”

In addition, the architecture and design firm for two Lakeland Regional Health projects recently earned design awards from The American Institute of Architects Orlando at its annual Awards for Design Banquet. HuntonBrady Architects of Orlando received the Built Award of Excellence for its work on the expansion and renovation of the Hollis Cancer Center and the Built Award of Honor for its work on the expanded Grasslands Campus.

Enhancements at the Hollis Cancer Center, 3525 Lakeland Hills Blvd, include 40 new chemotherapy stations with lake views, pharmacy expansion, 250-seat teaching auditorium, additional parking, facility entry for stretchers and an intimate chapel area. Furr & Wegman Architects designed the state-of-the-art Campisi Family Auditorium.

“We are so proud our team members are being honored by the AIA Orlando for their outstanding designs,” said Steve Belflower, AIA, LEED AP, President of HuntonBrady Architects. “The Lakeland Regional Health Hollis Cancer Center expansion was a gratifying project for our team, and the Grasslands Campus inspired us to find innovative ways to best facilitate patients going through the physical rehabilitation process.”

About Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group
Lakeland Regional Health is a not-for-profit healthcare system that constantly seeks to care for its patients in new places and new ways. It employs more than 120 physicians and a robust team of clinical leaders who provide primary and walk-in care, and practice in over 25 specialties at its Hollis Cancer Center, Family Health Center and convenient care locations throughout Polk County and surrounding areas. For more information about Lakeland Regional Health, visit http://myLRH.org.