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SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In subject of documentary, “Flying for Education”

Lakeland, Florida: The SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo is proud to announce that it is the subject of a documentary, “Flying for Education” which takes an innovative look at its mission as the primary fundraising event for the Aerospace Center for Excellence’s STEM-related youth programs and scholarships as well as its resulting economic impact locally and to the state. The documentary is produced by Florida Crossroads, an award-winning, half-hour documentary series that looks at the people, places, and events shaping Florida. Broadcast on The FLORIDA Channel, the documentary includes many interviews with event attendees, volunteers, and aviation industry leaders.

Check your local listings for the Florida Crossroads schedule OR view the documentary  on the Florida Channel website at 

About SUN ‘n Fun Fly-In, Inc.:
SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to preserve and enhance the future of flight through world-class events, inspiring and educating people of all ages. Year round events, including the SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo which is one of the world’s largest of its kind, raise funds for the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE). SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In annually raises over $2M for ACE enabling the delivery of STEM-related and aerospace education programs engaging over 30,000 youth each year. Additionally, ACE manages and allocates up to $430K/year in aerospace scholarships.  For more information,

About Aerospace Center for Excellence, Inc.:
The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has emerged as a nationally recognized leader in STEM-related and aerospace education through its various learning centers, outreach programs, summer camps and scholarships aimed at preparing students for tomorrow’s aerospace challenges. Located on the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus in Lakeland, Florida, the organization is known for its annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo fundraising event as well as the Aerospace Discovery Museum which is Florida’s Official Aviation Museum and Education Center. ACE is the world’s leader in producing licensed teenage private pilots and delivers youth programs that engage over 30,000 students a year.  For more information,

About The FLORIDA Channel:
Located in the state Capitol building, The FLORIDA Channel is a public affairs programming service funded by The Florida Legislature and produced and operated by WFSU-TV. It features programming covering all three branches of state government, and is Florida’s primary source for live, unedited coverage of the Governor and Cabinet, the Legislature and the Supreme Court. The FLORIDA Channel produces more than 2,500 hours of original programming annually that can be seen on PBS multicast channels, cable systems, and public, education and government access channels across the state. Florida Crossroads its one of the series it produces and broadcasts. For more information,


Lakeland Regional Health Named Best Large Hospital Workplace in Florida




Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health is pleased to share it was named Best Hospital Workplace with 150-plus beds by the Florida Hospital Association. The award was announced Thursday night at FHA’s annual meeting and awards presentation.

Each year, the Florida Hospital Association recognizes leaders and teams in healthcare who contribute to the mission of providing quality care for the people of Florida.

“We work diligently to make sure we are providing our team members with meaningful careers, not just jobs,” said Scott Dimmick, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Lakeland Regional Health Senior Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer. “We are so proud to be honored for the enterprise and intention we put into revitalizing our initiatives to ensure that team members feel they are rewarded and treasured.”

Among the initiatives earning Lakeland Regional Health the award are a competitive benefits package, robust compensation and rewards program, and highly sought-after career development programs.

FHA presented awards to 10 individuals and teams that achieved notable success this year in improving patient care and contributing to their communities.

“We are delighted to recognize hospital leaders, volunteers and teams who deliver exceptional care to our patients and communities,” said Bruce Rueben, Florida Hospital Association President. “Their effort demonstrates Florida hospitals’ commitment to better care and better health for all Floridians.”

With an estimated workforce of 5,400 team members, Lakeland Regional Health is the second largest private employer in Polk County.

Lakeland Regional Health is nationally recognized for its workplace engagement, earning workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review.

About Lakeland Regional Health

Not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health reaches beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. Lakeland Regional Health earned Most Wired Advanced and Most Wired status four times since 2013 from the American Hospital Association and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its 864-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates a Level II Trauma Center; the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, which includes a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine; and the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine.

About the Florida Hospital Association

The Florida Hospital Association comprises over 200 hospitals and health systems from across the state. Through representation and advocacy, education, and informational services, it supports the mission of its members to provide the highest quality of care to patients. For more information, visit


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

Lakeland, FL

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


SEU to Host Spano and Carlson

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LAKELAND, FL: Southeastern University will be holding several town halls leading up to the elections in November.

Ross Spano will be speaking on Thursday, October 11, at 1:25 p.m. and Kristen Carlson will be speaking on Monday, October 22, at 10 a.m. Both events will be held in the Buena Vida Auditorium.

Republican state representative Spano and Democratic attorney Carlson are in a tight race for Florida’s 15th Congressional district, which covers parts of Hillsborough, Lake and Polk counties. The seat is open this year due to Congressman Dennis Ross’ decision to not seek re-election. 

The events will provide the opportunity for students to hear from each of the candidates and also ask questions.

“Events like these help to engage students in the civic conversation and raise their awareness and confidence in these discussions. They also help to instill in our students the importance of active participation in our political process and issues that affect our world and lives every day,” said university president Kent Ingle. 

Members of the media are invited to attend; however, the events are closed to the public. 

For details on parking and accessing the event venue, please contact Dana Davis at or 863.667.5020.


Registered Florida Voters Reflect Partisan Split, FSC Center for Polling and Policy Research Finds


LAKELAND (October 8, 2018) – A new poll just released by the Florida Southern College Center for Polling and Policy Research finds that races for Florida’s highest offices continue to be close.

The “2018 Florida General Election Poll” is a telephone-based survey administered by live callers to a randomly selected group of registered voters in Florida. The poll asks these likely voters who they will be supporting in the upcoming governor’s race and congressional elections, as well as their evaluation of President Trump’s performance in office.

Dr. Zachary Baumann, director of the Florida Southern College Center for Polling and Policy Research, says “the survey shows a narrow lead for Democrat Andrew Gillum (47.13 percent) over Republican Ron DeSantis (43.18 percent); however, this is not outside the poll’s margin of error. While our results show a small amount of separation between the candidates, this race is still up for grabs.”

Poll results further show incumbent Bill Nelson is locked in a tie with Governor Rick Scott for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat, signaling that the race continues to be tight. Additionally, when asked which party respondents wish to see controlling the U.S. House of Representatives after November’s elections, there is an effective tie between those who would like to see Republicans maintain control and those who would like Democrats to reclaim the majority.

Finally, President Trump continues to be influential in how voters evaluate candidates, with 54 percent indicating he will be extremely or very important in their decision making this election season.

The Center’s two-minute poll was conducted between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. over the course of five evenings, Oct. 1-5. Responses to the academic survey were collected by a group of 14 dedicated students from FSC’s Department of History and Political Science. The students received 476 responses.

“This survey would not have been possible without the dedication and support of FSC students, faculty and administration,” Dr. Baumann said. “The Florida Southern College Center for Polling and Policy Research is here to further the College’s mission of preparing students through the use of dynamic and engaged learning opportunities.

For more information about the “2018 Florida General Election Poll” and its findings, contact Dr. Zachary Baumann at 863-680-4962 or Survey results, charts, poll questions and methodology are available at the Center’s official website,


About Florida Southern College

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private comprehensive college in Florida. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 71 undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 30 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the Top 20 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report; named a Top Baccalaureate College by Washington Monthly; and included in The Princeton Review’s 384 Best Colleges, The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018, and Forbes magazine’s America’s Top Colleges Guide. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make a positive, consequential impact on society.  FSC is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of both Orlando and Tampa. FSC is home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Named the “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” for two consecutive years by The Princeton Review and one of the nation’s “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest, Florida Southern is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and academic excellence.