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SPCA Florida Partners with Maine Shelters to Save Lives

SPCA Florida volunteers will depart Sunday, January 19th, to drive 40+ homeless cats and kittens to their new home in Maine. In partnership with Maine no-kill shelters, staff and volunteers will welcome the cats and kittens on Monday, January 20th. The felines will be fully vetted and spayed or neutered according to an agreement between the no-kill organizations.

“We are very pleased with this partnership. Here in Maine, many people have pets and the culture of pet adoption is very strong. Cats, – especially kittens – are adopted very quickly. In fact, there is often a line outside our Adoption Center doors the morning kittens become available. Together with SPCA Florida, we’re able to save even more lives and help more Mainers find their new feline family member,” said Jen Adkins, Animal Welfare Society Transport Program Manager.  Transports to approved shelters in northern states who need kittens is one-way SPCA Florida is saving lives.

Kristen Mitchell, Transport Coordinator for Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland said, “We know that collaboration is the key to advancing animal welfare across the country and we are so proud to work with SPCA Florida to help pets in need. This live-saving journey will end with pets in loving homes here in Maine.” Additional collaborative efforts are underway that include partnerships in Maine, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Virginia, Ohio, and Illinois.

Brittni Flemming, SPCA Florida Operations Manager, stated, “The fact that everyone can work together for the good of the animals shows how far we have come and how much farther together we can go.”

SPCA Florida is asking for financial, foster, and adoption support. To help, go online at and donate, foster or check out our available dogs and cats.

About SPCA Florida

Founded in 1979, SPCA Florida is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Lakeland. Dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people in the community, SPCA Florida provides caring, compassion and hope to more than 6,000 homeless animals entering our doors each year. Open to the public, our McClurg Animal Medical Center is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that heals and helps 50,000 patients annually. Thousands more pets and people are served through our community outreach and education programs.


Hill Ward Henderson Elects Two New Shareholders

TAMPA – Hill Ward Henderson is pleased to announce the election of two new shareholders: Matthew F. Hall and Zachary W. Watt. This election now brings the firm’s number of shareholders to 66, of 100 attorneys.

Hall is a member of the firm’s Litigation group. His practice primarily focuses on complex commercial litigation, insurance coverage disputes, management-side employment matters and federal court practice. The diversity of Hall’s practice is reflected in the diversity of the clients he represents: from Fortune 100 companies to large insurance companies to small and up-and-coming businesses to individuals. Hall has worked to obtain six-figure recoveries on behalf of his clients in breach of contract actions and successfully defended other clients from multi-million dollar claims of negligence. With his prior experience as a law clerk with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Hall also assists the firm’s appellate practice group with high-profile federal court appeals. He received his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and his B.A. cum laude from University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Matthew is also a veteran of the U.S. Army and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Watt is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Tax group. He advises clients on a variety of corporate and transactional matters, including commercial lending, securities, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Watt has represented financial institutions and borrowers in numerous commercial lending transactions, including secured and unsecured revolving credit and term loan facilities, syndicated facilities, asset-based financings, acquisition financings, tax-exempt bond financings, and letter of credit issuances. He also represents companies in public offerings and private placements, preparation and review of SEC filings, other securities law compliance, and general governance matters. Watt received his J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and B.A. from West Virginia University.

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


Best-Selling Author Jeff Goins to Speak at SEU Hosted Business Breakfast

LAKELAND, FLA. – The College of Arts & Media at Southeastern University will hold a business breakfast with best-selling author Jeff Goins on Friday, January 31. Goins will speak on introducing the principles of artistry into the workplace. The breakfast will take place at 7:30 a.m at First Presbyterian Church (175 Hollingsworth Drive) in Lakeland.

Goins is a noted author, speaker and writing coach. He has been featured in the Washington Post, USA Today, Entrepreneur, Forbes and Psychology Today. He is best known for his best-selling books, “The Art of Work” and “Real Artists Don’t Starve.” Goins also publishes an award-winning blog,

Additionally, Goins will be the keynote speaker for the Expressions Storytelling Institute and Writers’ Conference on January 31, held on the campus of Southeastern. 

This breakfast event is provided in partnership with the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce. The event is open to the public and the cost is $10. To purchase tickets, visit

For more information, contact the College of Arts & Media at


SEU Holds Seminar for Leaders in Ministry Featuring Carey Nieuwhof

LAKELAND, Fla. – Southeastern University will hold a seminar for leaders in ministry featuring leadership expert Carey Nieuwhof on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the university’s campus. The cost to attend the seminar is $30.

Nieuwhof is a former lawyer and founding pastor of Connexus Church. He’s the author of several best-selling books, including his latest, “Didn’t See it Coming.” Nieuwhof speaks to leaders around the world about leadership, change and personal growth.

Every attendee will receive a Lakeland Magic game ticket to Faith and Family Night on February 7, 2020, plus entry to win a Lakeland Magic jersey.

Registration for the seminar and lunch is available at For more information, contact Cheryl Roth at or call 863.667.5088.


Polk County Visitor Center to Host Free Health & Wellness Fair Saturday, Jan. 18

Davenport, FL (Jan. 7, 2020) – Central Florida’s Visitor Information Center (CFVIC) will host a Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.  This free event will provide an opportunity for visitors and locals to meet representatives from multiple Polk County businesses, covering topics such health and wellness, insurance needs and more. Additional vendors will offer craft items, food and beverages for purchase. Attendees will be eligible for door prizes, to be awarded during the event, including tickets for Central Florida attractions and activities such as Bok Tower Gardens, LEGOLAND Florida Resort and Lakeland Magic games. For more information, or if you would like to become a vendor, contact Dennis Budde at 863-420-2586 or

The CFVIC is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week and is located at 101 Adventure Court in Davenport (along U.S. Highway 27), a half-mile south of I-4 at Exit 55. In addition to assisting visitors, and residents, by providing tourism information about Polk County, the center also sells discounted attraction tickets for many Central Florida attractions including LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Bok Tower Gardens, the Disney parks, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens and more.