Don Campbell loved to cook from an early age. When he was 10 years old, he fed his family and developed his culinary skills. As an adult, Don kept an open table and would feed up to 40 children from the neighborhood at a time. After an earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, he and his wife, Kristen, were inspired to help people recuperate and sustain their lives. Gathering all $9,000 from their life-savings account, the couple partnered with a food-aid organization and founded Feeding Children Everywhere. Just 90 days later, they shipped the first 250,000 meals into Haiti.
Today, Feeding Children Everywhere mobilizes volunteers—from small groups to groups of thousands—who assemble nutritious meals for undernourished children. Since its inception, the organization has delivered more than five million meals around the world and filled the pantries of US public schools through its Love Local program.
Dedicated to healthcare since 1995, Christine has filled her knowledge coffers with two degrees in the healing arts and extensive experience in acute critical cardiac care. Today, she spreads her skills through CPR, AED, and first-aid classes. For healthcare professionals, bankers, cooks, coaches, and pragmatic superheroes, she supplements her certification courses with on-site sessions specifically designed for the workplace. Other, more specialized classes, include a first-aid course for new parents and a babysitter boot camp designed to help children 11 years or older prevent and react to emergencies with their wards.
The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre's Educational Shakespeariences project aims to give students access to professional theater by performing 91 student-matinee productions of main-stage plays during the 2011–12 school year, with complimentary tickets for students from underserved schools. During the show, students can experience professional sets, costumes, and musical arrangements, bringing their school literature curriculum to life on stage. Student matinees introduce youth to the language and eternal themes of Shakespeare and the arts in general, which can help improve performance in social and academic endeavors.
Originally set afloat as the Florida Athletic Club in 1968, the Orlando Rowing Club promotes paddle sports through a variety of competitive and recreational offerings. Introductory rowing courses establish a buoyant foundation for more advanced levels of the sport, familiarizing students with fundamental equipment, techniques, and safety basics, such as the proper handling of boats saddled with a crippling fear of water. Serving as a testament to the club's dedicated instructors, previous members have splashed their way to the rowing world's apex by winning national championships and regional races. The club also offers classes in sculling and dragon boating as well as team-building services, which provide a bruise-free alternative to building inverted human pyramids to enhance office unity.
Stand-up jokester Michael Blackson channels his West African roots to bust guts during an evening of nonstop snickers and guest cameos. Inspired by giggle guru Eddie Murphy, Blackson's exotic style received national exposure during his appearance in the film Next Friday, as well as HBO's Def Comedy Jam and P. Diddy Presents: The Bad Boys of Comedy. While guests sip drinks and sop up spilled laughs with a napkin, the dashiki-sheathed Blackson will dispense a steady stream of jocular jabs, covering such subjects as his adolescence and time spent adjusting to American culture. Special guest comedian Tony Black warms up audience chuckle engines alongside jester Rion Evans, who has appeared on the Monique Show. Also on the bill, musical act Atiba sends toes a-tappin' with energized jams and rhythmic readings of several shampoo bottles.