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Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | 2019 Demetree Golf Classic Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | 2019 Demetree Golf Classic <p>Join us at the 2019 Holland Pools Demetree Golf Classic on September 13! This great event benefits Boys Town Central Florida and honors Mike Holland, former Boys Town Central Florida Board Member and champion. </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.</p><p>Want to sponsor or play in the tournament? <a href="https://www.hollandpools.com/golf" target="_blank">Register today</a>! </p><h3>When</h3><p>Friday, September 13, 2019</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</p><p>9:00 am - Shotgun Start</p><p>1:00 pm - Lunch and Awards</p><p>​</p>2019-09-13T05:00:00ZEventCentral Florida;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Annual Candy Cane 5K December 14th! Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Annual Candy Cane 5K December 14th! <p>Get out those reindeer antlers and Santa suits for the thirteenth annual Candy Cane 5K on Saturday, December 14th! <a href="https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/WinterSprings/CandyCane5K" target="_blank">Register now</a> to save $5 in July!!</p><p>The event is being put on by Boys Town Central Florida, and will begin at Central Winds Park. All proceeds will benefit Boys Town Central Florida. Sponsorships are still available! Contact Tabitha Talbott for more information at <a href="mailto:tabitha.talbott@boystown.org?subject=Candy%20Cane%205K">tabitha.talbott@boystown.org</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>Registration is only $25 in July, then it increases to $30 from August 1 to December 1. It is $35 from December 2 to 13. 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 13. On the day of the race, all pricing will be $40.</p><h3>Date </h3><p>December 14, 2019</p><h3>Time </h3><p>8 a.m. – 12 p.m.</p><h3>Location</h3><p>Central Winds Park<br>1000 Central Winds Drive<br>Winter Springs, FL 32708</p>2019-12-14T06:00:00ZEvent<img alt="Candy Cane Logo 5K" src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2019CandyCane5kLogo.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Central Florida;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent

 

 

Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Effort to canonize Boys Town founder Edward Flanagan reaches key milestone Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Effort to canonize Boys Town founder Edward Flanagan reaches key milestone <p>​The effort to have Servant of God Father Edward J. Flanagan canonized a saint took a step forward today with the presentation of the Positio to Congregation for the Causes of Saints, along with a letter of support from Archbishop George Lucas.<br><br><a href="https://www.omaha.com/news/metro/effort-to-canonize-boys-town-founder-edward-flanagan-reaches-key/article_abb43a73-7e5c-59aa-a62e-a7b67a0b4af1.html?fbclid=IwAR3a4lPKoGHPBfp9iCfbcb_biLC0dMs6kY0E3ps6Z05RTHb1myqLaIsyB0U" target="_blank">Read more in this article</a> published by the Omaha World-Herald on July 22, 2019. <br></p>2019-07-30T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Father Edward Flanagan" src="/about/PublishingImages/flanagan.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Father Edward Flanagan" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/canonization.jpg" width="300" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />All;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Central Florida’s 12th Annual Candy Cane 5k Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Central Florida’s 12th Annual Candy Cane 5k <p>Boys Town Central Florida had their 12<sup>th</sup> Annual Candy Cane 5k on December 8 at Central Winds Park in Winter Springs.  </p><p>The event allowed for runners of all ages to put on their reindeer antlers, Santa suits and race to raise money for Boys Town Central Florida. </p><p>This year the race had an attendance of 745 and was able to raise over $18,000.  </p><p>All participants received a t-shirt, the first 700 to cross the finish line received a medal. </p><p>This year the top male finished in 17:46 and the top female finished in 19:08. </p><p>Throughout the event, there were numerous activities for the whole family to enjoy. In addition to the 5k, there is also a Kids Fun Run for younger children to participate in. Local vendors provided food and of course, hot chocolate. The event would not be complete without Santa waiting at the end of the finish line. </p><p>"The Boys Town Candy Cane 5K is an awesome event for the whole family. It really brings the community together and shows the youth and families we serve that someone <em>truly</em> has their back," said Tabitha Talbott, Central Florida Donor Relations Specialist. "Plus, free pancakes…need I say more?"</p><p>Thanks to everyone who participated and helped raise money to further the mission of Boys Town Central Florida. </p><p><img src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/race.jpg" alt="Starting Line" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>2018-12-19T06:00:00Z<img alt="Winners!" src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/winners.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Central Florida;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Kindness Is a Winning Message for Boys Town Central Florida Teen Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Kindness Is a Winning Message for Boys Town Central Florida Teen <p>What is one thing you can do right now to make your corner of the world a little better, a little brighter and a little kinder? That question was asked and answered in an inspiring (and winning!) speech by Edward Grillo, a resident of Boys Town Central Florida's Family Home Program<sup>SM</sup>. <br></p><p>Edward won first place in the Florida High School High Tech Speech and Research Contest sponsored by The Able Trust, an organization that promotes tech-related careers for high school students. <br></p><p>For eight minutes, Edward spoke from the heart and personal experience about the transformational power of kindness. With references to Mahatma Gandhi, Saint Teresa of Calcutta and his own life story, Edward advocated for more compassion and understanding in a world too often consumed by cynicism and callousness. <br></p><p> <em class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0">"The world is often a very scary place. One of cruelty, sadness and pain. Yet, in this world, there are people who are beacons of hope and show love to others in spite of those facts. You probably call them regular people, but I call them the heroes of tomorrow."</em></p><p>Edward challenged his audience to be the change they want to see in their families, neighborhoods and communities. It was a persuasive, inspiring call to action. <br></p><p>"People came up to me and said they were extremely touched by the speech," Edward said. "They felt moved and inspired to go out and do acts of kindness, which was humbling to hear."   <br></p><p>Edward advanced to the state contest in Tallahassee after winning local and regional competitions. He described the whole experience, which included tours of the state capitol building and governor's office, as "amazing." In addition to claiming first place, Edward earned a trophy and a $400 cash prize. <br></p><p>Edward credited his Boys Town Central Florida family for helping him learn how to "read the room" and use the audience's reactions to improve his tone and delivery.<br></p><p>"At the local contest, some people actually stopped paying attention to me and got on their phones. My Family-Teachers<sup>®</sup> helped me come up with ideas to keep people really engaged in the speech," Edward said.  <br></p><p> <em class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0">"I am a living example of what can happen when we decide to stay positive and not give in to our negative thoughts and emotions."</em></p><p>Boys Town staff also provided much-needed emotional support to Edward after his father's untimely death.   <br></p><p>"My Family-Teachers did a great job of keeping me comforted and looking forward to the competition so I didn't fixate on grief," explained Edward.<br></p><p>While Edward is grateful for the awards and accolades, he said having a platform to promote more kindness in the world is what proved to be most satisfying. His victory coincided with the Boys Town Alumni Association's mini-reunion, held in Orlando, and he was honored to share his message with visiting alumni.  <br></p><p>According to John Mollison, Senior Advisor for Alumni Matters, Edward's speech drew an enthusiastic standing ovation and was one of the most memorable reunion moments. <br></p><p>"Edward held the audience spellbound with his delivery and, more so, because of the message of people caring for each other. It was certainly inspiring," John said. <br></p><p> <em class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0">"Do you want to be a world-changer, or an idle bystander?"</em></p><p>The 17-year-old hopes to one day turn his passion for technology into a career. But he also wants to be an advocate for foster children and others who are in difficult circumstances.    </p><p>"A lot of the situations kids like me come from can be very negative," Edward explained. "It's not all sunshine and rainbows. It can leave you with a lot of anger. A lot of sadness. I say if you feel angry, write your feelings. If you're sad, use that to your advantage. If you use your emotions to your advantage, you're going to go a long way."<br></p><p> <em><strong>*This story features excerpts from Edward's winning speech. You can read the complete transcript </strong><a href="/locations/central-florida/Documents/edward-grillo-SPEECH.pdf?Web=1" target="_blank"><strong>HERE</strong></a><strong>.</strong></em></p><br>2018-09-19T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Edward Grillo" src="/locations/central-florida/PublishingImages/Edward-Grillo-Picture.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Central Florida;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | A Gift in Memory of Christopher Willis Smith Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | A Gift in Memory of Christopher Willis Smith <p>​​A special waiting area outside the Tallahassee office of Boys Town North Florida, dedicated to the memory of Christopher Willis Smith, recently received a facelift thanks to the efforts of two local groups.</p><p>Southern Medical Group provided the funding in memory of Christopher and students from Community Christian School supplied the manpower for the improvements, which included new benches, mulch and plants around a flagpole flying a new American flag blessed by Father Steven Boes, Boys Town's National Executive Director.</p><p>Community Christian School students chose the Boys Town site as their service day project. A memorial gift from Southern Medical Group helped purchase the necessary materials. </p><p>The waiting area has been a place of many treasured moments for children and families served by Boys Town North Florida since it was first developed by Christopher's brother, Michael, in 2009. </p><p>Michael, now 24, was a tenth-grader and a member of Boy Scout Troop 109 when he chose to develop the Boys Town area for his Eagle Scout Project. Michael wanted to create a peaceful place for children and families to enjoy and a patriotic place that honored those who have served our country.</p> <p>"Boys Town could not think of a more beautiful way to honor Christopher's memory than to revitalize an outdoor sanctuary that his brother Michael developed. This area has and will continue to perpetuate big smiles and big hugs in memory of a very caring heart," said Dena Strickland, Boys Town North Florida's Development Director.​</p>2018-01-18T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Memory of Christopher Willis Smith" height="269" src="/blog/PublishingImages/CSS-img.jpg" width="280" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />All;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Central Florida Honors One of Boys Town’s Biggest Fans at Golf Classic Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Central Florida Honors One of Boys Town’s Biggest Fans at Golf Classic <p>​For the past 12 years, Boys Town Central Florida and Holland Pools & Spas have joined together to put on the Demetree Golf Classic, to raise money and bring awareness to a terrific cause. This year however, the event hit even closer to home for both Boys Town and Holland Pools. "This year we honored Mike Holland, former owner and Board Member who passed in May of this year," said Tabitha Talbott, Donor Relations Specialist.</p><p>Mike Holland served as a member of the Boys Town Central Florida board for six years and was lending a helping hand since 2004. He and his wife's company, Holland Pools & Spas, first started getting involved with Boys Town through sponsoring local events, such as golf tournaments and the Christmas Candy Cane 5K. Mike loved helping out in the community, especially Boys Town, and would do anything he could to help make sure children were given the opportunity to have a happy life. "Mike was never a person to say no. He was always willing to help in any way, even during those times when he was battling his health, he was there," said Greg Zyblut, Boys Town Central Florida Executive Director. </p><p>Friends of Holland Pools and community businesses in the Central Florida area came out to the Demetree Golf Classic on October 6, 2017, to celebrate Mike Holland and an organization he was so passionate about.  </p><p>The event had 97 registered golfers who could participate in several competitions such as a hole-in-one tournament, putting contest, and the longest drive. There was also a chance for golfers to put their name in a raffle for small items or bid on a $3,500 diamond pendant, where the winners were then called out by special guest MC and local news anchor, Greg Warmouth. </p><p>Toward the end of the event, a memorable moment took place for those who were close to Mike Holland, as Greg Zbylut presented Gloria Holland, Mike's wife, with a memorial canvas honoring her husband. "We will miss him and never forget him for his generosity. We look forward to working with the Holland family to keep Mike's work moving forward," said Zyblut.</p><p>Through the Demetree Golf Classic, Boys Town Central Florida not only raised $26,000 for children and families, but showed Mike's family how thankful they were of his caring gestures and kind heart.</p>2017-11-01T05:00:00Z<img alt="Boys Town Central Florida Honors One of Boys Town’s Biggest Fans at Golf Classic" src="/news/PublishingImages/102517_HollandOpen.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Central Florida;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Employee Graduates from Nonprofits First Rising Leader Program Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Employee Graduates from Nonprofits First Rising Leader Program <p>​Pam Heck, Boys Town South Florida In-Home Family Services (IHFS) and Common Sense Parenting Director, recently graduated from the <a href="http://www.nonprofitsfirst.org/">Nonprofits First</a> Rising Leader program. The Nonprofits First Rising Leader program is a 6 month long course for leaders in the nonprofit sector looking to improve on a variety of different skills.</p><p>Potential candidates go through an application process, interview and must be recommended by their supervisors in order to participate in the program. </p><p>"I decided to participate in the program because I'm always eager and willing to learn more," Pam said. "I also saw this as an opportunity to develop a network of peers within Palm Beach County." </p><p>Through classroom work, a weekend retreat, ropes course, experiential work and a service project, those in the program focus on public speaking, strategic planning and project management and many other important skills. The ropes course is designed to promote team building and help individuals learn to communicate as a team. The weekend retreat is centered on improving public speaking skills and helping leaders become more comfortable talking in front of others. The course also includes an assessment and additional instruction to help leaders implement what they learned during the course into the workplace.</p><p>"I learned the importance of networking and having key relationships within the community as a part of helping the strategic plan of building programs," Heck said. </p><p>As a result of the valuable information taught during the Nonprofits First Rising Leader program and the relationships Pam developed within the community, she was able to apply what she learned and partner with Lord's Place, a local transitional housing for families. This organization integrated Common Sense Parenting<sup>® </sup>classes into their program for residents due to the benefits of the classes. </p><p>"This has been instrumental in developing our program and has also helped to build the program at the Lord's Place," Pam said. </p><p>Participants dedicate a majority of their time throughout the course to a group service learning project. Pam's team worked for Ike Powell, the head of My Brother's Keeper, to create a new video. This organization is a coalition of public and private entities that work together to improve the life outcome for boys and young men of color through education, employment opportunities and many other initiatives. </p><p>Despite having no prior experience with video production, Pam's group utilized connections within the community to develop a new video at no cost to the organization. </p><p>"PBCTV Channel 20 was able to do the video shoot and editing for My Brother's Keeper," Pam said. "This was a great way to utilize thinking outside of the box and to know who to ask when you need help."</p><p>Heck feels the program has helped her immensely with her current role. "Completing the program is a huge accomplishment," Pam said. "The network of colleagues that I developed in the class will be a great resource in the future as I grow and develop the programs."​</p>2017-08-04T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Rising Leaders" height="200" src="/parenting/article/PublishingImages/RisingLeaders-Thumb.jpg" width="300" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />All;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Central Florida Receives Grant from Orlando Sentinel Family Fund Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Central Florida Receives Grant from Orlando Sentinel Family Fund <p>​Boys Town Central Florida recently received a $60,000 grant through the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund, a McCormick Foundation fund. This grant will support Boys Town Central Florida's mission by providing scholarships for low-income families in their Common Sense Parenting® classes and by supporting programs for the at-risk homes in the In-Home Family Program. </p><p>The Orlando Sentinel Family Fund is committed to improving the communities of Central Florida by funding qualified nonprofit organizations that aid disadvantaged children and families. Helping these communities become successful and achieve self-sufficiency is their major goal, which is why they are long-time supporters of Boys Town Central Florida. </p><p>"We have a long-standing relationship with the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund and Lisa Jacobsen, Orlando Sentinel Media Group's Charitable Giving and Communications Manager," said Tabitha Talbott, Donor Relations Specialist for Boys Town Central Florida. "The Orlando Sentinel Family Fund funds many nonprofit organizations every year, with Boys Town Central Florida being a prominent recipient for the last several years. They believe in Boys Town's mission and vision."</p><p>Since 2007, Boys Town Central Florida has received nine separate grants from the foundation, totaling at $335,000. "Boys Town Central Florida is very pleased and proud to be a partner with the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund and are grateful for their continued support," said Terry Knox, Boys Town Central Florida Development Director. </p><p>Local grant opportunities like the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund are crucial for supporting Boys Town's mission and vision for America's families. Congratulations to Boys Town Central Florida on receiving this grant so they can continue to save children and heal families in Central Florida!</p>2017-06-20T05:00:00Z<img alt="Boys Town Central Florida Receives Grant from Orlando Sentinel Family Fund" src="/news/PublishingImages/062017_SentinelFund.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Central Florida;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent