In the world of reality TV, it can be hard to separate fact from scripted sensationalism. But with Ghost Tracker Ghost Tours, visitors can see firsthand how the investigators on Ghost Tracker TV gauge the paranormal activity of reputed hauntings, and will even get to help document the spooky goings-on. Using the tools showcased on the screen—including EMF readers and K2 meters—tour-goers track the level of paranormal activity at 5–7 haunted sites, all while listening to their guide recount stories of the old court house or the hanging tree. During their 90 minutes of ghost hunting, guests maintain a leisurely pace while covering less than a mile of ground, allowing them ample time to peer around with cameras for spectral images that can’t be seen with the human eye. Some tours may be filmed for the show, so guests may be asked to sign a waver in order to enjoy their 15 minutes of fame.
When Amy, a little girl with leukemia, was unable to fulfill her wish to visit Orlando’s theme parks before she passed away, hotelier Henri Landwirth vowed that he’d never let a child in need’s wish go unfilled again. So he enlisted his colleagues in the hospitality and theme-park industries to help him make his vow a reality. His idea, Give Kids The World, expanded to a 70-acre resort village with more than 140 villa accommodations for wish children and their families, plus entertainment attractions and fun activities specially designed for children with special needs. The organization works with wish-granting organizations, such as Make-A-Wish Foundation, to fulfill any wishes to visit Orlando-area theme parks. In 2011, more than 7,000 wish children and their families from all 50 states and 25 countries visited the resort for a cost-free vacation.
The nationally accredited Kissimmee Main Street program hopes to revitalize Kissimmee's downtown and preserve its history for future generations, as well as make it a place where residents want to go for shopping and dining. The nonprofit does this by hosting a farmer's market on Tuesday evenings and by running a welcome station where visitors can grab information on local shops and restaurants and receive several warm hand shakes. Kissimmee Main Street also puts on special events. These include everything from a food- truck bazaar to a sculpture pub crawl, during which participants view works of art on the street and in galleries while stopping at various food and drink spots.
For the last 28 years, Mark Pulliam, artist and framist at The Artist Studio, has enclosed pictures, portraits, and paintings in customizable casings. Transform sitting rooms into Smithsonians by circumscribing canvases with a spectrum of frame and mat styles, ranging from traditional to modern and minimalist to ornate. Pricing for framing starts at $50 and varies depending on the presentation and size of the piece. Mark Pulliam also protects valued artwork with specialty preservation framing services that will defend self-portraits from the damaging effects of air, light, and lipsticky kisses from aggressive aunts and fan-club presidents.
Best Buddies Ambassadors receive training with a mentor buddy in speech writing and public speaking so they can become advocates for those with IDD and the Best Buddies programs. They learn the necessary tools to help spread awareness about IDD, with the goal to eliminate the use of the word "retard" from everyday language and ultimately create opportunities for others with IDD to socialize and become more involved citizens in their communities. After completing training, Ambassadors can speak to local legislators and Best Buddies chapters, train others with IDD, and work at recruitment fairs and other Best Buddies events.
In an effort to equip youths with the basic tools they need to obtain an education and complete school assignments, HBCU Information Network organizes book-bag drives to generate the funds to purchase and distribute essential school supplies. The students who benefit from the program are given a book bag packed with notebooks, pens, pencils, binders, and folders, as well as calculators, protractors, and compasses for older students.