Category Archives: Community Info & Events


Cornerstone Hospice Invites the Public to “Evening Beneath the Tuscan Stars Fundraiser”


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Lakeland, Fla. – Gregory Fancelli and Cornerstone Hospice invite the public to the Evening Beneath the Tuscan Stars Fundraiser. Polk County resident Bill Tinsley will be honored for his years of community service.





WHEN:                        Thursday, November 8, 2018  6 – 9 pm

WHERE:           The Lake Hollingsworth home of Gregory Fancelli in Lakeland

WHAT:            The Evening Beneath the Tuscan Stars, honoring Bill Tinsley, will benefit programs and services for Cornerstone Hospice patients in Polk County. Tickets are $100 per person and includes heavy hors d’ouevres, open bar and a silent auction. Suggested attire for the event is business casual.

HOW:              For information and to purchase tickets, please contact Susan Sartain at 863-291-5562 or email

About Cornerstone Hospice

Cornerstone Hospice is a leading community-owned provider of end-of-life care in Central Florida. For 34 years Cornerstone has set the standard for hospice care as we serve more than 7,000 people in Lake, Sumter, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties each year. For more information, to donate, or to volunteer, call 866-742-6655 or visit


Dalton R. Allen & Travis J. Foels Join Hill Ward Henderson

TAMPA – Hill Ward Henderson is pleased to announce the addition of two associates to the firm’s Litigation Group, Dalton R. Allen and Travis J. Foels.

Mr. Allen’s practice involves the defense of product liability and mass tort claims. He primarily represents a major tobacco company in individual smoking and health litigation. Mr. Allen graduated magna cum laude from Stetson University College and upon graduation received the Suzanne Armstrong Memorial Award and the National Order of Scribes Award in the area of legal writing, and the Victor O. Wehle Award for excellence in trial advocacy.  During law school, Mr. Allen served as Assistant Research Editor of the Stetson Law Review where he was awarded Stetson Law Review’s Leadership Award, competed as an advocate on Stetson’s #1 nationally ranked Trial Team, and earned Highest Grade Designations in many courses, including Contracts, Civil Procedure, Research & Writing, and Trial Advocacy.

Mr. Foels’ practice focuses on medical malpractice, hospital liability, products liability, and premises liability, along with a diverse array of personal injury claims. Mr. Foels graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. While in law school, Mr. Foels served as an Articles Editor for the Florida Law Review. His Note was selected for publication by the Florida Law Review, and won the Gertrude Brick Award for Best Note of 2017. He earned book awards in Appellate Advocacy, Legal Research, Electronic Discovery, Land Use Planning and Control, and Medical Malpractice.

Hill Ward Henderson is a full-service law firm with multi-disciplinary practices. Headquartered in downtown Tampa, with over 100 attorneys, the firm has a wide range of local, regional and national clients. For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at

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Florida Gators vs. USF Bulls Coming to Tiger Town October 28th




What a treat to have a college baseball game in October.


Alumni, this is a great opportunity to show your school spirit by coming down to Tiger Town and supporting your alma mater.

October 28th @ 2:00 PM

Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium

2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd

Lakeland, FL 33805

Luxury Seating will be available in the ’34 Club for only $35.00

Ticket prices ranging from $5.00 – $35.00

Call: 863.413.4173 to purchase tickets.

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Impact of Tariffs in the Global Trade Economy

LAKELAND, FL (October 15, 2018) – Former Caterpillar executive and current Executive Director at Trade for America, Bill Lane, and Alice Ancona, Director – Global Outreach at the Florida Chamber of Commerce, will be featured keynote speakers at the fourth annual Central Florida international trade event.  In collaboration with the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, the Central Florida Development Council presents a half-day symposium to discuss tariffs and their impact on global trade and local businesses at Polk Goes Global IV:  International Trade Symposium.  The event will take place on Friday, November 9, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Lakeland Linder International Airport.

Bill Lane, Executive Director, Trade For America; Board Member, Global Communities; President Emeritus, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; Board Member, Washington International Trade Association.

Bill Lane, Executive Director, Trade For America; Board Member, Global Communities; President Emeritus, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; Board Member, Washington International Trade Association.

Alice Ancona, Global Outreach, Florida Chamber of Commerce; Lead Advocate, Florida Trade & Logistics Study 2.0 (TL2) through the newly created Florida Trade and Logistics Institute

Alice Ancona, Global Outreach, Florida Chamber of Commerce; Lead Advocate, Florida Trade & Logistics Study 2.0 (TL2) through the newly created Florida Trade and Logistics Institute

In addition to Mr. Lane and Ms. Ancona, several other speakers will participate in discussions on tariffs and their impact, including two different panels – one panel will offer a close-up look at the local trade atmosphere featuring Central Florida business owners.  Consular representatives comprise the second panel for a broader view of the international marketplace.  Speakers will be posted on the event website as they are confirmed – or at

Event Sponsors:

Global Leadership Sponsor:  Trade For America

International Sponsor:  Saddle Creek Logistics Services

Location:  Lakeland Linder International Airport, 3900 Don Emerson Drive, Lakeland, FL 33811

Date/Time Information:  Friday, November 9, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Contact Information:  Rebecca Fortier (863) 688-8551, Ext. 229,


Admission includes breakfast
$25 each for members of Central Florida Development Council (CFDC), Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce
$15 each for students (required to show student ID at door)
$35 each for non-members

Sponsorships available


The Central Florida Development Council is Polk County’s economic development partnership responsible for recruiting new businesses to Polk County and helping existing businesses expand.

The Polk Global Trade Alliance (PGTA) aspires to be the prime catalyst for the growth of international trade in Central Florida and to make global initiatives an intrinsic part of Polk County’s broader regional economic development strategy.


The Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic organization focused on improving and preserving Winter Haven’s business climate and quality of life.  Our Vision is advance commerce and community.  Our mission is serving, representing and enhancing business growth.  We have a long history of doing this in Winter Haven, from our founding in 1910 as a Board of Trade and then later our incorporation as a Chamber of Commerce in 1923.  The Chamber of Commerce serves as the hub for all information relating to Winter Haven – both for business and community. If we don’t have the answer, we will strive to connect you with the right people to help you grow your business or expand your network. We have more than 750 businesses with nearly 2,000 designated representatives that represent our member investors. The Chamber is administered by a Board of Directors who set policy and strategic goals.


The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400-member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-star accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice. Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.

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Senior Helpers® in Lakeland, FL to Host Caregiver Recruitment Day, October 23

Leading In-Home Senior Care Provider Aims to Hire 15 High-Quality Caregivers to Increase Resources for its Aging Clients

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Senior Helpers®, the nation’s premier provider of in-home senior care services, today announced it will host a company-wide National Recruitment Day event on Tuesday, October 23. In an effort to encourage passionate, friendly CNA’s and HHA’s to consider a rewarding caregiving career, Senior Helpers of Lakeland, FL joins Senior Helpers locations around the U.S. with the goal of adding 15 new caregivers to their team in the Polk County area. The Caregiver Recruitment Day is designed to find individuals to fit the role through interviews and several other organized community outreach activities.  There are currently 50 million seniors in the United States—the largest aging population this country has ever seen, and this event underscores the company’s commitment to building a strong infrastructure and nationwide network of trusted, loyal caregivers to care for them.

“The demand for senior care has never been greater and we need to hire more caregivers to continue to provide the kind of quality care our elderly population needs,” said Jorge Giraldo, MBA, CEO/Owner of Senior Helpers of Lakeland, FL “At Senior Helpers, we want to inspire people to join a rapidly growing industry that’s also very personally rewarding. Participating in our National Caregiver Recruitment Day will allow us to add to our growing team of caring, compassionate professionals who help our clients and their families improve their quality of life during the aging process, maintain peace of mind and enjoy independence in their own homes.”

For many Americans, the availability of well-trained, reliable and safe caregivers represents the elderly’s best, and perhaps only, option to achieve the goal of aging with dignity at home.  According to AARP, aging at home, and not in an institution, is the goal of approximately 90 percent of elderly Americans. Senior Helpers helps to deliver this level of personalized care to seniors throughout Lakeland, by continually fortifying its network with highly trained caregivers who have passed rigorous background checks.

“Our mission is to improve quality of life through dedicated care,” said Giraldo. “We provide comprehensive training and certification opportunities for all of our caregivers, including our Senior Gems® Alzheimer’s and Dementia care program.” As the gold standard for excellence in personalized in-home senior care, the program was developed in conjunction with nationally recognized dementia care expert Teepa Snow, Positive Approach, LLC. The company also offers a Parkinson’s Care Program, a specialized training program for their caregivers created in conjunction with leading experts from the Parkinson’s Foundation’s Centers of Excellence network.


To request an interview, get more information on available caregiver jobs, or to  learn more about Senior Helpers National Caregiver Recruitment Day activities in Lakeland, FL please contact Holly Shepard at, 863-686-7335 or visit

About Senior Helpers® 

Senior Helpers® is a premier provider of in-home senior services ranging from specialized care for those with diseases, such as dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, to personal and companion care to help individuals looking for a little assistance with daily activities. Founded in 2001 with a vision to help seniors who wish to remain in their homes despite age-related illnesses and mobility challenges, Senior Helpers has 311 franchised businesses that have cared for tens of thousands of seniors with a pledge to “provide care and comfort at a moment’s notice.”

Senior Helpers® was recently ranked in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 Ranking, and appointed to the Healthcare Leadership Council—an exclusive alliance of leading healthcare companies from all health sectors committed to advancing the American healthcare system. Learn more by visiting