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2022 Demetree Golf Classic Demetree Golf Classic <span class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;">​​​<a href="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/Documents/Holland-Pools-Presents-2022-Demetree-Classic-Benefiting-Boys-Town-CF-Flyer.pdf" target="_blank"> <img src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Demetree-Classic.jpg" alt="2022 Demetree Golf Classic" /> <br>More Information</a></span> <p></p><p>Join us at the 2022 Holland Pools Demetree Golf Classic on September 30! This great event benefits Boys Town Central Florida and honors Mike Holland, former Boys Town Central Florida Board Member and champion.<br></p><p>This scramble style tournament will be played at Twin Rivers Golf Club. Your registration fee includes green and cart fees; breakfast and lunch; (2) drink tickets; and water on the course; 1st through 3<sup>rd</sup> place prizes; longest drive contest, closest to the pin contest; hole-in-one contest.</p><p>Want to sponsor or play in the tournament? <a href="" target="_blank">Register today!</a>​<br></p><h3>When</h3><p>Friday, September 30, 2022<br></p><h3>Where</h3><p>Twin Rivers Golf Club<br>2100 Ekana Drive, Oviedo, FL 32765          </p><h3>Times</h3><p>8:00 am - Registration<br>9:00 am - Shotgun Start<br>1:00 pm – Lunch and awards</p>2022-09-30T05:00:00ZEvent<img alt="Demetree Classic" src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Holland-Pools-Presents-2020-Demetree-Classic-Benefiting-Boys-Town-CF-Flyer-1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Annual Candy Cane 5K December 10th! Candy Cane 5K December 10th!<p></p><p>Get out those reindeer antlers and Santa suits for the sixteenth annual Candy Cane 5K on Saturday, December 10th! <a href="" target="_blank">Register now</a></p><p>The event is being put on by Boys Town Central Florida, and will held at Central Winds Park. All proceeds will benefit Boys Town Central Florida. <strong><a href="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/Documents/1203-6667-Central-Florida-CC5K-Sponsor-Bookf.pdf" target="_blank">Sponsorships</a> are still available!</strong> Email <a href="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/Documents/2022-Candy-Cane-5K-Sponsorship-Agreement-Form.pdf" target="_blank">this completed form</a> or contact Terry Knox for more information at <a href=""></a> or <a href="">visit here</a>.</p><p>The Candy Cane 5K will begin at 8 a.m. and yes, Santa will be there to greet runners as they run, jog or walk across the finish line. Following the 5K will be a free Kids Fun Run. The first 700 finishers will receive a medal and everyone will receive a t-shirt. There will also be awards presented after the race for different categories. Local vendors will be present and food will be available, as well as, of course, hot chocolate.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Registration</a> is $30 through November 30. It is $35 from December 1 to 9. On the day of the race, registration will be $40. For youth ages 14 and younger and those 60 and older who would like to participate, registration is $25 until December 9. On the day of the race, all pricing will be $40.</p><h3>Date</h3><p>December 10, 2022</p><h3>Time</h3><p>8 a.m. – 12 p.m.</p><h3>Location</h3><p>Central Winds Park<br><span style="background-color:transparent;">1000 Central Winds Drive, Winter Springs, FL 32708</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">​</span></p><p>​</p>2022-12-10T06:00:00ZEvent<img alt="" src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/CFLA-2022-Candy-Cane-5K-Logo.gif" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="" src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/CFLA-CC5K-2022-Banner.gif" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Annual Tree Lighting December 18! Tree Lighting December 18!<p>​​<span style="background-color:transparent;">You and your family are invited to join us in person at Boys Town Central Florida's campus for our annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Open House on Sunday, December 18!</span></p><p>Tours of our Family Homes and Intervention and Assessment Center will be available and you will have the opportunity to meet the children and families your <a href="" target="_blank">donations</a> impact every day. Light refreshments will be served following the tree lighting and entertainment.</p><p>This event is free and open to the public, however, <a href="" target="_blank">donations</a> will be gratefully accepted. Monetary donations are always appreciated, but gift cards to Publix, Winn Dixie, Walmart, Target, Ross, TJ Maxx, or gift cards to special outings like the movies are very helpful. School and household supplies are also welcome.</p><p>We hope you can join us this holiday season!</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Click here for directions!</a></p><p>We kindly request your response by November 29 to Melissa Parsons at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.​<br><br></p><p><b>Event Time: </b><br>5:30 p.m.</p><p><b>​Event Location: </b><br>Boys Town Central Florida Demetree Campus<br>Oviedo, Florida<br></p>2022-12-18T06:00:00ZEvent<img alt="tree lighting" src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/2022-Central-Florida-Tree-Lighting-Event/NorthFloridaTreeLight.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="tree lighting" src="/locations/central-florida/PublishingImages/BT-NorthFloridaTreeLight.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent



Meet Our New Development Director: Melissa Parsons Our New Development Director: Melissa Parsons<p><span style="background-color:transparent;">​M</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">elissa</span><span style="background-color:transparent;"> comes to Boys Town Central Florida with over 15 years of non-profit experience working with the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and, most recently, Campus Crusade for Christ. Her experience has been heavily focused on peer-to-peer fundraising through events, building strong committees and leveraging local relationships to drive revenue and deeply engage corporations to support organizations that matter to them. </span><br></p><p>Melissa lives in Lake Nona with her husband and two children, where they are very involved in their church. She loves to run, be outdoors and likes to think she has a bit of a green thumb. Melissa is most passionate about youth, volunteering to further impact her community, connecting people and inspiring change.<br></p>2022-09-02T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Melissa Parsons" src="/locations/louisiana/PublishingImages/Melissa-Parsons.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Leaders from Boys Town Florida Sites Visit State Capitol from Boys Town Florida Sites Visit State Capitol<p>​All three Boys Town Florida sites recently gathered at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee to celebrate and participate in Children's Week Florida.</p><p>Children's Week is the only annual event held in the state that celebrates and honors its commitment to children, youth, and advocates. During the week-long celebration, Boys Town had a booth set up at the Capitol building representing all three sites and staff and children were able to participate in events.</p><p>Executive Directors from the three Florida sites were able to meet with legislatures to discuss Boys Town services and the importance of high-quality residential care. Legislatures and their delegates were also educated on the LIFT Together initiative and the opportunities Florida has with all three sites working together to bring the program to the state. It would bring together educators, students, families, and Boys Town experts to address every student's social-emotional needs.<br></p><p><img src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Leaders-from-Boys-Town-Florida-Sites-Visit-State-Capitol/statecapital-2.jpg" alt="statecapital-2.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px 10px;" />"It is important to leverage the strength of all three Florida sites to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children and families and we're grateful to be able to come together to do just that," said Bethany Lacey, Executive Director for Boys Town South Florida.</p><p>While in Tallahassee, Boys Town Central Florida's Executive Director Laurie Stern was able to tour the North Florida site and meet the staff who works there. "I was excited to be able to come to Tallahassee and participate in Children's Week to represent Boys Town Florida and the life-saving work we are doing across the state," said Laurie.</p><p>"We were excited to host the other two Florida sites here and have representation from the whole state as we met with our legislative delegates to advocate for the children and families we serve," said Boys Town North Florida Executive Director Marcus Lampkin.</p> ​<br>2022-02-14T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="State Capitol" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/statecapitol.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
A letter from our new Executive Director letter from our new Executive Director<p>​​Dear friends of Boys Town, <br></p><p>I am so excited to be a part of the Boys Town family! I have been working within child welfare in Central Florida for the past 18 years, and the Boys Town reputation of results driven focus and attention to children and families speaks for itself. I would love to share a little bit about myself.</p><p>I am originally from Pennsylvania and moved to Florida with my husband 20 years ago. I entered the social services arena while still pursuing an undergrad in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and recognized quickly that serving children and families would be a collision of passion and career for my future. Upon moving to Florida, within a year I reentered the social service arena again, right after privatization and started working within a local Case Management Organization. I was within this arena for nine years working within in-home services, out of home, foster care, licensing and adoption.  My next role was working within Juvenile Justice reform and re-entry to prevent recidivism for six years and then returned to the adoption world working as an Executive Director focusing on adoption, preventative services, unaccompanied minors, and refugee resettlement for three years. </p><p>Throughout my career, there has been one constant, and that has been my passion for helping at risk families.</p><p>I am eager to bring this passion and experience to Boys Town Central Florida. Though I am new to Boys Town, I am not new to the community, the work of serving the vulnerable, nor results driven leadership. </p><p>I can say with certainty that I am where I am meant to be. Within my first week at Boys Town I have met many staff that share this passion of helping and serving others. I am looking forward to the future of Boys Town Central Florida and am grateful for the amazing roots that are planted at our campus. </p><p>I'm excited to meet each of you and have an opportunity to listen to your Boys Town stories as well. </p><p>Cheerfully,<br></p><p> <img src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/A-letter-from-our-new-Executive-Director/Laurie-Stern-signature.jpg" alt="Laurie-Stern-signature.jpg" style="margin:0px;width:160px;height:114px;" /> <br> ​Laurie Stern, MPA<br><span style="background-color:transparent;">Boys Town Central Florida Executive Director​</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">​</span></p>2021-11-18T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Laurie Stern" src="/locations/north-florida/PublishingImages/Laurie-Stern.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Central Florida Celebrates Recent Graduates Town Central Florida Celebrates Recent Graduates<p>Boys Town Central Florida is celebrating the recent high school graduation of three youth – Isaac, Christopher, and Alijah. </p><p>Christopher graduated on May 19 from Oviedo High School with plans to become either a cosmetologist or phlebotomist. Angela Turner, Christopher's Family-Teacher said, "My favorite memory with us was when Christopher was able to bring his grades up from all F's to all A's. We kept him motivated and determined to graduate in 2021 instead of 2022."</p><p>Isaac, who was also supposed to graduate on May 19, completed his coursework and assignments early to graduate at the end of April. Isaac's plans after graduation are to move back home and live with his sister while he attends school to become a welder. "My favorite memories with Isaac were always making sure he worked on his anger control and when he got hired at McDonald's for his first job," said Angela, who was also Isaac's Family Teacher. </p><p>Alijah recently received his GED and is looking to attend classes at Seminole State College in Florida. He is also continuing his job at Wendy's where he is training for a shift manager position. "My favorite thing about Alijah that we love is his personality, humor, and generosity that he brings to our home," said Brooke Williams, Alijah's Family Teacher. "He is always looking out for others and seeking opportunities to better himself."</p><p>Boys Town is very proud of these three graduates and the hard work they put in daily. We can't wait to see what the future has in store for these Christopher, Isaac and Alijah! </p>2021-06-11T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town Central Florida" src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/bt-logo-cefla-page2.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Because of you, Boys Town Central Florida saw a lot of GOOD in 2020 of you, Boys Town Central Florida saw a lot of GOOD in 2020<p>In these times of crisis, we stand together to serve. Despite a trying year…Because of you, we still saw a lot of GOOD in 2020. We are so grateful for our community partners, friends and supporters in Central Florida. We wouldn't have these incredible success stories to share if it wasn't for you. Thank you!</p><div class="columns article-grid"><div class="column"> <a class="article" href="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/Pages/Following-Her-Dream.aspx"> <img src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/white-coat-2a.jpg" alt="Boys Town" /><span class="article-title">Following Her Dream <span> </span></span></a></div><div class="column"> <a class="article" href="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/Pages/Boys-Town-Stands-for-Racial-Equality.aspx"> <img src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Flanagan_with_Boys_1942_682-rollup.jpg" alt="Boys Town" /><span class="article-title">Boys Town Stands for Racial Equality <span> </span></span></a></div><div class="column"> <a class="article" href="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/Pages/Boys-Town-Youth-Receive-New-Beds-from-TempurSealy.aspx"> <img src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/youth-received-mattress-donation.jpg" alt="Boys Town" /><span class="article-title">Boys Town Youth Receive New Beds from TempurSealy<span> </span></span></a></div></div>2020-11-13T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Youth Receive New Beds from TempurSealy Town Youth Receive New Beds from TempurSealy<p>Boys Town North Florida recently received a delivery of 31 twin mattresses, 7 queen mattresses and 1 king foundation thanks to a generous donation from TempurSealy.</p><p>TempurSealy has partnered with Boys Town since 2012 and has provided hundreds of beds to multiple Boys Town sites, including the Boys Town summer vacation camp at Lake Okoboji.</p><p>Nebraska, Washington D.C., and Central Florida also received mattress deliveries this year, with Louisiana and Rhode Island scheduled to receive beds in the Fall.</p><p>Boys Town is very appreciative for this continuous partnership! Our youth are so grateful to have new mattresses and Boys Town appreciates the care and support TempurSealy has provided our boys and girls through the years. </p>2020-08-04T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town Youth recieved Mattress donation" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/youth-received-mattress-donation.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Stands for Racial Equality Town Stands for Racial Equality<p>Nearly a century ago, Boys Town founder Father Edward Flanagan spoke these profound words: </p><p>" I … see danger for all in an ideology which discriminates against anyone politically or economically because he or she was born into the 'wrong' race, has skin of the 'wrong' color, or worships at the 'wrong' altar."</p><p>Today, America is at a crossroads. The dangerous ideology of racism Father Flanagan described then continues to exist today. </p><p>At Boys Town, we share the sadness of so many mourning the senseless killings due to violence and racism. We also share the anger that is sweeping our nation as we unequivocally condemn all forms of racism, hatred, and injustice that tear at the seams of our society.</p><p>When Father Flanagan opened his first Home for Boys in 1917, he welcomed kids of every race, color, and creed. But his efforts to be inclusive and compassionate in his care of children went far beyond creating a place where they could grow and thrive. Father Flanagan also recognized and rejected the laws and customs that enshrined and reinforced institutional racism. He passionately attacked those unfair laws and practices, shining a spotlight on prejudice and injustice, and using Boys Town as a model for the incredible possibilities that existed when people of all colors lived, worked, and played side by side in mutual respect and equality.</p><p><strong>Boys Town has never wavered from the principles on which it was founded. As a passionate advocate of positive social change, we firmly stand with those individuals and groups who have dedicated themselves to the cause of racial equality and justice, and strongly support their efforts to bring about lasting, significant change. </strong><strong> </strong></p><p>We have recognized since our formation that it is not enough to simply avoid racist behavior as individuals. We all must work together proactively to create a more just, a more peaceful, and a more equitable society. We all must live by the values of diversity and inclusion more deeply in the days, months, and years to come. We all must strive to re-create a society in which everyone feels that they belong, that they matter, and that they are respected for who they are.     </p><p>People have rediscovered their voice, and their pain and anger are being felt and heard. Boys Town adds its voice to this rising chorus with the fervent hope that racism, injustice, and prejudice can finally be vanquished.     </p><p>God's Blessings,</p><p>Father Steven E. Boes<br>President and National Executive Director, Boys Town</p>2020-06-17T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Father Flanagan" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Flanagan_with_Boys_1942_682-rollup.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent