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Kenney’s New Turnpike Vehicle

In May of 2015, Kenney got their first new Transit Van, ready for service on the Florida Turnpike. The previous vehicle used on the Turnpike was a Spartan truck which was donated to charity last year. This new vehicle will get better mileage than previous vehicles, and transport more brochures and magazines to the Turnpike Service Plazas than ever before. It’s also easier to load and unload for the drivers than past trucks. If you see it on the road, be sure to say hello!

Thanks to Jimmy at Shadow Graphics for such a terrific job on the graphics! Click here to visit their website.

Kenney Presents Brochure Award

KWVbrocOn March 12, 2015, Ocean Vue Adventures received recognition as Best Regional Brochure for their brochure Key West Vacation. This award was presented by Barbara Kenney from Kenney Communications, on behalf of the International Association of Professional Brochure Distributors. Each year the Association has a contest to recognize exceptionally designed brochures. With a possible field of 19,000 brochures Internationally, representing the collective client base of the Association 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.

Congratulations to Ocean Vue Adventures! Click here to visit their website.

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Kenney Team Wins Award at Walk-A-Mile Charity Event

On March 12, 2015 – Kenney’s Team participated in the Walk-A-Mile-in-Her-Shoes Event at Downtown Orlando for the second year in a row. The Kenney Team won an award for “Best Team Spirit” and raised $1,900 for the charity.

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Kenney Donates Truck to Local Shelter

In November, Barbara retired one of Kenney’s vehicles and donated it to the Central Florida Community Breadbasket of Osceola County. The 2007 Ford E-350 Cutaway Van gave Kenney many miles, carrying brochures and magazines to the Turnpike plazas 6 days a week for 7 years.

Rev. H. James Kreider, President of Central Florida Community Breadbasket Inc, was happy to receive the donated vehicle. Their current truck was in need of repairs, so the donated truck was used immediately to deliver food to shelters in Osceola County.

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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

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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