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Kenney Participates in 16th Annual Thanksgiving Basket Brigade

On Friday, November 21, 2014, Kenney employees gathered up donations into several baskets for needy Central Florida families. Brenda Norris, Gyann Miranda, Holly McBryde, Jill Calise and Barbara all pitched in, assembling and delivering the baskets.

The Basket Brigade donates and delivers tailor-made gift baskets of food and essentials that help transform the lives of the less fortunate in Central Florida. For more info, visit basketbrigadeflorida.com.

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Kenney Attends FAA Board Meeting

Ruth Ann Kenney attending the first Florida Attractions Associations board meeting with our new Chair, Kurt Allen. Meeting was held on June 24, 2014 at Marineland Dolphin Adventure.

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Kenney Exhibits at first FADMO Summit

Barbara and Ruth Ann represented Kenney at the very first FADMO Summit in Daytona Beach on June 16-18. Kenney Communications Inc recently joined FADMO – the Florida Association of Destination Marketing Organization – to support and promote Florida tourism.

From the FADMO website: “FADMO serves as the single unifying voice for all of Florida’s destination marketing organizations, providing insight and direction as we enter a new millennium marked by an increasing competitive tourism marketplace. Organized in 1996, FADMO strives to increase the overall effectiveness of Florida destination marketing organization efforts. It’s stated mission is to provide cooperative action to enhance and encourage the growth of Florida’s convention and visitors industry through promoting tourism industry education, enhancing professionalism, facilitating the cooperative exchange of information between Florida DMOs, developing an awareness of legislative issues and unifying the state’s DMO industry through public relations.”

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Barbara Makes Financial Gift to the Florida Attractions Foundation, Begins Match Challenge

The success of the Florida Attractions Foundation depends on the generosity of its members. At the 2014 Annual Conference in St. Augustine, Barbara Kenney of Kenney Communications displayed that generosity with a major financial gift. Barbara is a recipient of the Outstanding Associate Member Award, and has served the FAA for many years, including her time as the Associate Member Chair. She and Kenney Communications continue to be actively involved in FAA events, organizing the Annual Golf Tournament since 2007, supporting the FAA as a Strategic Partner, and donating distribution services for the Official Guide Map to Florida Attractions.

Now, Barbara is also investing in the Florida Attractions Foundation. At the Conference Launch, she announced that she would be making a $15,000 donation to the Foundation to support its mission of growing the tourism leaders of tomorrow.

Several members were moved by Barbara’s example, and Matt Johnson, 2014 Chairman of the Board, challenged attendees to make a similar pledge to match Barbara’s gift. In the days following the Conference, eight members made contributions to the Foundation:

  • Donna Ross, FAA President Emeritus ($1000)
  • Sal Dickinson, Florida Vacation Auction ($1000)
  • Linda Higgins, FPIS Inc. Brochure Distribution & Travel Marketing ($1000)
  • Ryan Guerra, Island Queen Cruises ($1000)
  • Andrew Hertz, Miami Seaquarium ($1000)
  • Keith Charlton, Florida HIA ($500)
  • Nick Romeo, iFLY Orlando ($500)
  • Mickey Carlson, OmniTicket Network ($500)

The Florida Attractions Foundation is incredibly grateful to Barbara and our donors for their very generous gifts, and we are honored by their commitment to the Foundation.

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Kenney Volunteers with CFCA at Second Harvest Food Bank

On May 7, 2014, Ruth Ann Kenney and Jill Calise joined other CFCA members to volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, on Mercy Drive in Orlando. The Central Florida Concierge Association (CFCA) is a non-profit organization that includes over two hundred concierges and professional affiliates from major Orlando area hotels and businesses. A total of eleven volunteers represented CFCA at the event, to help the food bank package and distribute donations to where they’re needed.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is a private, nonprofit organization that collects and distributes donated food to more than 500 nonprofit partner agencies in six Central Florida counties: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia. Learn about how you can donate.

Kenney “Walks-A-Mile” to Promote Awareness of Domestic Abuse

On March 13, 2014, the Kenney staff were part of the 328 people who walked through the streets of Downtown Orlando to take a stand against domestic abuse, and raised more than $24,000 dollars. That’s the equivalent of 889 safety plans or 192 nights of safety.

Participating team members: Jill Calise, Lisiana Dutka, Barbara Kenney, Ruth Ann Kenney, Monika Kenney, Holly McBryde, Brenda Spencer.

For more info on Harbor House and the Walk-A-Mile program, visit www.harborhousefl.com.

Barbara & Ruth Ann meet Governor Scott during Florida Tourism Day

On March 12-13, 2014, Barbara and Ruth Ann attended the industry’s annual Florida Tourism Day in Tallahassee, Florida, where Governor Rick Scott gave a speech. Among other things, Scott’s focus was on state government and the part it plays in Florida’s most profitable industry.

Industry representatives from around the state where present for the event, including Tallahassee legislators and government leaders. The 2014 Florida Tourism Day hosts included the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, the Florida Attractions Association, the Florida Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, the Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, the Florida Association of Museums, Film Florida, Florida Sports Foundation and VISIT FLORIDA, to name a few.

To learn more, visit FloridasTourismCounts.org.

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Barbara Awarded CFHLA’s Allied Member of the Month

On April 25, 2013, Barbara Kenney was presented with Allied of the Month for May, for her service on CFHLA’s 2013 Bacchus Bash. She has served on the board of the CFHLA and devoted time to the Bacchus Bash for many years. Barbara also had the pleasure of presenting hospitality student Jacquelyn Lopez with a $1,000 scholarship on behalf of the CFHLA.

Barbara has been active within the hospitality industry since Kenney Communications began over 30 years ago.