2019-2020 Awards Ceremony
CELEBRATING PAST AND PRESENT HONOREES AND UNVEILING THE 2019 CENTRAL FLORIDIAN OF THE YEAR
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Sheraton Orlando North
600 N Lake Destiny Drive
Maitland, FL 32751
6 PM NETWORKING RECEPTION
7 PM DINNER AND AWARD CEREMONY
Complimentary Self Parking
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Alex Morgan, Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger -
These Orlando Pride soccer players were also members of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, which won the World Cup last summer. Central Floridians could take pride in their win but also that team used its high-profile platform to demand pay equality with the men's team.
Ron and Lin Wilensky -
Lin’s brother, Dave, battled mental illness much of his life. After he died, the couple decided to honor him by providing shelter to mentally ill people. They now operate nine group homes in Florida and Virginia, where some 100 people find refuge.
Mary Lee Downey -
Downey founded the Community Hope Center in Kissimmee in 2013, and ever since has been helping low-income families get by and find the assistance they need, with a focus on the area’s homeless and hotel populations.
Donna Hedrick -
Raped by a teacher when she was a teenager, Hedrick decided to come forward in 2017 and tell her story, but police said the statute of limitations for prosecuting her attacker had expired. Now Hedrick’s name is on a bill — Donna’s Law — that would do away with all such limits for kids who are sexually assaulted.
Revel Lubin -
Lubin was a three-sport Oak Ridge High athlete but after his mother died he quit football, basketball and tennis to help support the family. Then he started a holiday food drive here. Then, at the University of Florida, he came up with a grant program to help kids get their laundry done. Now he’s at Yale’s divinity school. All of this at 24 years old..
Ortega came to the United States from Cuba in 1923 and was part of the invading force during D-Day. But long after retirement Ortega has been a tireless volunteer for the Civil Air Patrol, Meals on Wheels and the city of Orlando. He’s still doing it, at 96 years old.