Fifth Annual Top Chef of Polk County Event To Benefit Achievement Academy

LAKELAND, FL (February 4, 2019) - Achievement Academy’s fifth annual Top Chef of Polk County event will take place on Monday, February 25, 2019 at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland from 6 – 9 p.m.

Twelve local chefs will create and prepare their signature dish (tapas style) accompanied with a wine or libation that complements the flavors of the dish. All guests will have the opportunity to try each of the chef’s signature dish.

Two hundred and fifty guests will judge each chef on their creation to award the title of “Top Chef of Polk County 2019.” In addition, guests will rate each dining station to award the “Top Table Décor.” The chef who raises the most funds for Achievement Academy through their donated auction item/s and online voting will earn the “Top Philanthropic Chef” award. You can help support your favorite chef and Achievement Academy by voting online for the chef of your choice for a dollar a vote at http://achievementacademy.com/chef-information-2/.

This year there will be a new award category called, “Chefs’ Choice Award”. Each chef will judge one another to determine which dish is the chefs’ favorite.

We are proud to announce our participating chefs for this year’s event: Chef Patrick Schaefer, Patio850, “Top Chef of Polk County 2018”

Chef Chris Worley, Terrie Lobb Catering, “Top Philanthropic Chef 2018”

Chef Wayne Haggard, Spectra/RP Funding Center, “Top Table Decor of 2018”

Chef Abigale Weech-Starkey, The Chop Shop Chef Bobby King, Lakeland BBQ Company Chef James Lazaros, La Imperial Bakery

Chef Anthony Pineda, Cuban B’s Burger Bazaar & Bake Shack

Chef Jose Vicente, Brasa Latina

Chef Steven Rojas, Nutwood

Chef Jeff Conley, Publix Aprons Cooking School

Chef William Ball, Cob & Pen

Chef Brandon Bailey, Hilton Garden Inn Lakeland

Exclusive Presenting Sponsor is Publix Super Markets Charities. Master Chef Sponsors are Artistic General Contracting, Bartow Ford, and Horne Construction. Executive Chef Sponsors are Harper Family Charitable Foundation, Inc., Hillcrest Partners, LLP., and Pallet Recycle. Sous Chef Sponsors are Alternative Gas Construction, Bank of Central Florida, Cannon Automotive Group, Embrace Home Loans, Guynn Family Produce, Interstate Batteries, Janice & Steve Jones, Keller Williams Realty Lakeland, Lanier Upshaw, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union, Senator Kelli Stargel, and Smart Title. Saute Chef sponsors are Alexander & Chandra Frederick, All Pro Used Auto Parts, AT&T Florida, Crowe LLP, Express Employment Professionals, Farm Credit of Central Florida, GEICO, Hughes Supply, John & Deborah Weber, Lakeland Electric, Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center, LLP, Lock Insurance, Luke Markham and the law firm of Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns LLP., Mulling Insurance Agency, Murray Equipment Sales, Inc., Polk State College Foundation, Regal Automotive, Steve and Sandy Earley, Summit, Saddle Creek Logistics Services, and Two Men and a Truck. In-kind sponsors are Central Food Equipment, Emily Plank Photography, Sunshine Growers, and Dixie Signs.


Achievement Academy’s signature event, “Top Chef of Polk County 2019″, is sold out. We would like to thank each of our sponsors, participating chefs, and volunteers for participating in this years’ event.

The Achievement Academy serves children from birth through age five with various developmental delays and disabilities. The Achievement Academy offers two programs, each provided at no cost to the child or family. The first program is a Charter School that offers specialized instruction by certified teachers; small class sizes; individual speech, occupational and physical therapies; and assistive technologies that enable each student to reach his or her full potential at one of the Achievement Academy’s three campus locations (Lakeland, Winter Haven and Bartow). The second is a “Birth to Three Program” that provides early intervention services to infants and toddlers who are “at-risk” for developmental delays and/or have been identified with a specific delay. Professional Early Interventionists serve these children and their families. More than half of the Birth to Three Program’s budget is funded by a generous allocation from the United Way of Central Florida.


Boring Proudly Announces Selection by PROs Elite 100

Lakeland, Fla. (Jan. 21, 2019) – Boring Business Systems, based in Lakeland, FL, has been selected to receive PROs Elite 100 certification. Being selected to the PROs Elite 100 is a national symbol of recognition and distinction in the office imaging industry. Boring is one of only 100 Top Servicing dealers in the United States and the only dealer with this distinction in the Tampa and Lakeland area.
PROs Elite has selected Boring because of their commitment to service excellence. To achieve this certification, Boring successfully completed training in Elite Practices, demonstrating the ability to achieve PROs Elite service benchmarks. The company also received this designation due to the exceptional training provided to their entire organization.
“We’re honored to have been selected as a PROs Elite 100, making us one of the top 100 servicing dealers in the United States,” said Dean Boring, CEO and President of Boring Business Systems. “Only one dealer in our market can achieve this Elite recognition and Boring has done it – thanks to our entire team, from management to sales to service. We are fully committed to our mission and vision, to executing our action plan and to achieving the highest possible level of client satisfaction.”

Boring has agreed to have its level of service continuously monitored and audited by the PROs team to ensure consistency of service delivery to all of their customers. They must earn certification through demonstrated service excellence, year after year, to retain this Elite status. “We’ve made a significant investment in training our team and focusing on customer relationships,” said Boring. “We’re committed to ongoing coaching by PROs Elite and to maximizing their resources to help us develop technologies and solutions that will benefit our customers.” Doing business with an Elite 100 dealer means that Boring customers can rest assured the company they’re working with has been nationally recognized for commitment to fostering a service culture. Boring has been in business for more than 90 years and provides comprehensive resources for printing and copying, managed network systems and IT services for businesses all across Central Florida. This includes copiers and printers, VOIP Phone Systems, network support, document workflow management, and Document Solutions.
Boring is locally owned and operated with their headquarters at 950 E. Main Street,
Lakeland, FL 33801. A Tampa office, specializing in managed print and IT services, as well as network support, is located in the Westshore area at 3614 W. Cypress St., Tampa,
FL 33607.


FSC’s “Festival of Fine Arts” Events For February Range From “Superstar” to Ballet, Chamber Music

LAKELAND (February 5, 2019) – The 59th season of Florida Southern College’s “Festival of Fine Arts” series continues with three special performing arts events in February:


Jesus Christ Superstar

Feb. 14-17 and 21-24, 7:30 p.m. (Sundays at 2:30 p.m.)

This iconic 1971 rock opera, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, follows the final days of Jesus Christ’s life largely through the perspective of Judas Iscariot. Based on accounts from the Gospels, Superstar explores personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, the Roman Empire, and his own disciples. The score includes well-known numbers such as “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Everything’s Alright.” Directed by James Beck, with musical direction by Christianne Roll. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for students. Presented in the Loca Lee Buckner Theatre.


The Russian National Ballet: Leon Minkus’s Don Quixote

Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.

With its glittering costumes, lavish sets, and sweeping musical score, the Russian National Ballet’s production of Don Quixote is Russian ballet at its most powerful and thrilling. Founded in Moscow, this company brings the beauty and timeless tradition of classical ballet to the production, just as Minkus’s score imparts a vibrant, spontaneous sense of joy. This special event will be presented in Branscomb Auditorium. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for students.


FSC Chamber Singers: Ballad to the Moon

Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m.
For centuries, the moon’s inspiring beauty has enthralled poets and composers. Please join conductor Beth Gibbs and her gifted Chamber Singers as they explore a variety of musical styles by composers such as Einojuhani Rautavaara of Finland and Daniel Elder of the U.S., with poems by Federico García Lorca of Spain and American author Emily Dickinson, all paying tribute to our closest celestial neighbor. Tickets for this presentation in FSC’s Branscomb Auditorium are $8 for adults and $4 for students.

For more information or to purchase tickets for Festival of Fine Arts events, please visit www.flsouthern.edu/ffa, phone 863-680-4296, or visit the Branscomb Auditorium Box Office between 2 and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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 70+ 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.