Cinco de Mayo Drive-Thru Donations Drive for One Heart for Women and Children

Cinco de Mayo was an interesting event this year. That didn’t stop our team at Kenney Communications from celebrating – safely – with a drive-through donations drive, collecting monetary, clothing, home goods, hygiene, and food donations for One Heart for Women and Children.

The Cinco de Mayo party was hosted along with E2 Destination & Event Management, GMF Consulting Incorporated, Wildly Different Team Building, Two Left Feet DJ Services, Matt Jylha Photography, and Florida Event Décor.

In the parking lot of The Florida Mall, a DJ from Two Left Feet spun fun, party music, while Cinco de Mayo themed statues and decorations lined a coned drive-through area. As guests drove through the queue, volunteers cheered for the donors with signs saying “UR THE BEST,” “HONK IF YOU ARE HAPPY TO BE OUT OF THE HOUSE,” and “HANDS IN THE AIR IF THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN REAL CLOTHES IN A MONTH.” Volunteers gave out prizes and specialty sunglasses with the logo “SHADES OF HOPE” on them. Once the vehicles arrived at the end of the queue, our Kenney Communications team (wearing masks and gloves and using plenty of hand sanitizer) retrieved the items for donation from the vehicles. From there we sorted and organized the donations and put the items into the truck. Guests circled around to the exit of the queue and received a drive-through ice cream treat from Jerry’s Food Truck.

With the combined efforts of the community, our travel and tourism industry partners, matching donations from generous sponsors, and support from online donors, the event raised over $46,300 and a full box truck of items for our neighbors. Stephanie Bowman, founder of One Heart for Women and Children says, “Thank you for all the support and love! And a huge thank you to the team that came out to make it all happen. We could not do any of this without each and every piece of the puzzle.”

Through it all, the resilience, spirit, and generosity of the tourism industry and the Orlando community continues to thrive and stay strong through these tough times. We continue to spread joy, dance, laugh, and serve our community. We have come together now, more than ever to support each other to make it through until we can welcome our beloved travelers again.

 

More Information about One Heart for Women and Children

One Heart for Women and Children is a non-profit organization founded by Stephanie Bowman out of downtown Orlando to support families as they transition and overcome many hardships of daily living in the Central Florida Area. The organization has established partnerships with many Central Florida resources to educate, empower, and mentor men, women and children.

One Heart for Women and Children provides clothes, food, school supplies, personal hygiene items and household items to families and individuals. They also offer a full spectrum education and prevention services to families including: Life skills and Parenting Classes, Youth Education and Outreach, and Drug and Alcohol Prevention.

Their outreach usually supports over 3,000 people per month, however in the past few months they have seen this number increase dramatically to providing food and resources to over four times that amount – over 12,000 individuals served with the demand rising daily to over 20,000 meals. They are committed to continuing to provide food and resources to ALL in need as Central Florida families continue to be impacted by the current economic situation.

One Heart’s wholistic approach to serving the community declares that every piece of the puzzle is necessary to complete the mission – Faith, Resources, Hope, Support, Community.

If you or anyone you know is in need of assistance, the community food pantry is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 11:00am to 3:00pm at their downtown Orlando location.

The thrift store is open on Saturdays from 8:00am to 2:00pm.

If you would like to get involved, One Heart For Women and Children is still accepting financial, home good, hygiene, clothing, and non-perishable food donations. Physical items can be dropped off to their pantry Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. They have also received a generous offer from one of the local partners – to match dollar for dollar all donations (with an unlimited cap) until Father’s Day. Financial donations can be made online at www.oneheartforwomenandchildren.org, mailed, or hand delivered during donation hours.

One Heart for Women and Children is located at 2040 N Rio Grande Ave, Orlando, FL 32804. www.oneheartforwomenandchildren.org

The Central Florida Tourism Collective is a group of like-minded tourism interests united in wanting to give our followers & visitors a reassuring message of life here in the heart of the Sunshine State’s main industry: https://www.facebook.com/CentralFloridaTourismCollective/

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Central Florida comes together to support One Heart for Women and Children in a fun drive-through donations drive on Cinco De Mayo. #SupportCFLTourism

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Kenney Volunteers Deliver Toys on behalf of One Heart for Women and Children

On December 18, 2018, Kenney volunteered to deliver toys from 3 different toy drives to One Heart for Women and Children.

One Heart for Women and Children’s mission is to provide the necessary resources for families as they transition through and overcome varying hardships of daily living in the Central Florida region and abroad.

Click here to visit their website.

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Kenney Presents Brochure Award to Dry Tortugas National Park Ferry

On October 26, 2018, Dry Tortugas National Park Ferry received recognition as a Visitor International Best Brochure Regional Award Winner for their brochure. Piper Smith, Marketing Manager, accepted the award. The award was presented by Barbara Kenney of Kenney Communications, on behalf of the International Association of Visitor Information Providers.

Each year, Visitor International has a contest to recognize exceptionally designed brochures. With a possible field of 19,000 brochures internationally, representing the collective client base of the Visitor International membership, nominees are narrowed down to a list of less than 100. Nominated brochures are then evaluated by industry professionals based on specific criteria and winners are determined.

Be sure to visit Dry Tortugas National Park Ferry! Click here to visit their website.

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Barbara Receives FAA 2018 Chairman’s Award

On June 12, 2018, Barbara Kenney was honored to receive The Florida Attractions Association 2018 Chairman’s Award. Nick Romeo presented the award to Barbara at the Annual FAA Conference in Naples, Florida. Barbara has been an active member of the organization for 30 years.

Be sure to visit Florida Attractions Association online to see the great work they’re doing for Florida’s tourism industry! Click here to visit their website.

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Kenney Presents Brochure Award to Madame Tussauds Orlando

On March 3, 2018, Madame Tussauds Orlando received recognition as a Best Brochure Regional Nominee for their brochure. Todd Andrus, Regional Head of Marketing at Merlin Entertainments, accepted the award. The award was presented by Barbara Kenney of Kenney Communications, on behalf of the International Association of Visitor Information Providers.

Each year, Visitor International has a contest to recognize exceptionally designed brochures. With a possible field of 19,000 brochures internationally, representing the collective client base of the Visitor International membership, nominees are narrowed down to a list of less than 100. Nominated brochures are then evaluated by industry professionals based on specific criteria and winners are determined.

Be sure to visit Madame Tussauds Orlando! Click here to visit their website.

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Kenney Presents Brochure Award to Fury Key West Watersports

On February 3, 2018, Fury Key West Watersports received recognition as a Best Brochure Regional Nominee for their brochure. Alyssa Averette Berger, Director of Sales and Marketing at Fury Management Group, accepted the award. The award was presented by Barbara Kenney of Kenney Communications, on behalf of the International Association of Visitor Information Providers.

Each year, Visitor International has a contest to recognize exceptionally designed brochures. With a possible field of 19,000 brochures internationally, representing the collective client base of the Visitor International membership, nominees are narrowed down to a list of less than 100. Nominated brochures are then evaluated by industry professionals based on specific criteria and winners are determined.

Be sure to visit Fury Key West Watersports! Click here to visit their website.

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Kenney Supports One Heart for Women and Children

On December 18, 2017, Kenney Communications and GMF Consulting were proud to support One Heart for Women and Children. Over the holidays, the staff at Kenney and GMF donated $3,000 in toys, blankets and coats.

One Heart for Women and Children’s mission is to provide the necessary resources for families as they transition through and overcome varying hardships of daily living in the Central Florida region and abroad. Visit their website for more and please donate to this great cause!

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Kenney Presents Brochure Award to Mango’s Tropical Cafe Orlando

Mango’s Tropical Cafe Orlando received recognition as a Best Brochure Regional Nominee for their brochure. Joshua Wallack, COO of Mango’s Tropical Cafe, Inc, accepted the award. The award was presented by Barbara Kenney of Kenney Communications, on behalf of the International Association of Visitor Information Providers.

Each year, Visitor International has a contest to recognize exceptionally designed brochures. With a possible field of 19,000 brochures internationally, representing the collective client base of the Visitor International membership, nominees are narrowed down to a list of less than 100. Nominated brochures are then evaluated by industry professionals based on specific criteria and winners are determined.

Be sure to visit Mango’s Tropical Cafe Orlando! Click here to visit their website.

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Kenney Presents Brochure Award to Crayola Experience

On February 7, 2017, Crayola Experience Orlando received recognition as a Best Brochure Regional Nominee for their brochure. Jackie Vasquez, Marketing & Sales Manager for Crayola Experience Orlando accepted the award. This award was presented to by Barbara Kenney from Kenney Communications, on behalf of the International Association of Visitor Information Providers.

Each year, Visitor International has a contest to recognize exceptionally designed brochures. With a possible field of 19,000 brochures internationally, representing the collective client base of the Visitor International membership, nominees are narrowed down to a list of less than 100. Nominated brochures are then evaluated by industry professionals based on specific criteria and winners are determined.

Be sure to visit Crayola Experience Orlando! Click here to visit their website.

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Kenney Presents Brochure Award to Rapids Water Park

On February 3, 2017, Rapids Water Park received recognition as a Best Brochure Regional Award Winner for their brochure. Bob Morgan, Director of Sales & Marketing for Rapids Water Park, accepted the award. This award was presented by Barbara Kenney from Kenney Communications, on behalf of the International Association of Visitor Information Providers.

Each year, Visitor International has a contest to recognize exceptionally designed brochures. With a possible field of 19,000 brochures Internationally, representing the collective client base of the Visitor International membership, nominees are narrowed down to a list of less than 100. Nominated brochures are then evaluated by industry professionals based on specific criteria and winners are determined.

Be sure to visit Rapids Water Park! Click here to visit their website.

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