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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer - August 26, 2005

EMERGE Lakeland member Eunice Hutto would like to invite other members to join her on October 22nd, 2005 at Polk County's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. This walk will begin at the First Presbyterian Church on Lake Hollingsworth at 8:30am, and will take place around Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland.

Anyone interested in forming a team can contact her office at 688-2326. All funds raised through the Making Strides walk benefit breast cancer programs, research, and local breast cancer programs and initiatives in Polk County.

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Posted by Josh Hallett

Interesting Article on Similar Young Professionals Group - August 24, 2005

The following article was passed along to us by one of our Emerge Members. It discusses a similar young professionals organization in Manatee County and the impact it is having on their community.

Click here to review the article.

Any thoughts or reactions on how the ambassador program discussed in the article might work for Emerge Lakeland?

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Posted by Michael Wiener

EMERGE Tampa Event: Social Security for the Next Generation - August 21, 2005

On Tuesday, August 23rd, Emerge Tampa will host an event to discuss the future of Social Security. Starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Ybor Room at Hillsborough Community College's Ybor Campus, U.S. Reps. Jim Davis (D) and Adam Putnam (R) will explain their views on Social Security and what they believe can be done to protect it for our generation. Dr. Susan MacManus, an expert political commentator and distinguished professor at the University of South Florida, will be the moderator for the evening and will make sure our most important questions are answered. This event will be an excellent opportunity to interact with some of the key players in the Social Security debate and beyond.

Visit the Emerge Tampa site for more details and to register online.

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Posted by Josh Hallett

Music & Martinis Presented by The Lakeland Center and Imperial Symphony Orchestra - August 17, 2005

The Lakeland Center and Imperial Symphony Orchestra celebrate the Imperial Symphony Orchestra's 40th Anniversary and join forces for Music & Martinis, a special presale season kick-off event from 6:30-9:00pm on August 30th in the Youkey Theatre.

From 6:30-8:00pm, taste test and vote on the best signature martini in Polk County, while listening to live jazz in the lobby and savoring selections from Aramark's all new Center Stage Cafe.

The Imperial Symphony Orchestra presents an on-stage "pops" performance from 8:00-9:00pm that allows guests to "test drive" and select the best available season tickets for the Orchestra's Masterworks Series, and The Lakeland Center's Entertainment and Broadway Series. The winning martini and door prizes will be awarded during the Orchestra's performance.

Tickets for two special engagement performances, both accompanied by the ISO, An Evening with Roberta Flack on November 11 and Dennis DeYoung:The Music of Styx on March 11, are on sale during this one-night-only special event. Tickets go on sale to the general public on September 16.

Tickets for Music & Martinis are $15 per person in advance, $20 on the day of event. Music & Martinis tickets go on sale at The Lakeland Center Box Office and Imperial Symphony Orchestra Office on August 10.

Ticket holders must be age 21 or above for admission. Identification will be checked at the door. Entry includes two drink coupons, a ballot for the best martini in Polk County and a $5 donation coupon to support the charities selected by our guest bars. Guest bars and the charities they are supporting during this event are:

Aramark - Imperial Symphony Orchestra
Bonefish Grill - Polk Museum of Art
Cafe Panino - SPCA of Polk County
Carrabba's Italian Grill - Compassion Fund Tanner's Pub - Citrus Center Boys & Girls Club

Join the Imperial Symphony Orchestra and The Lakeland Center on August 30 for a relaxing evening of fun, great company and an enriching symphony experience.

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Posted by Michael Wiener

Join EMERGE for Light the Night Walk - August 16, 2005

A message from Jenn Lyons of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society:

Light The Night Walk is a beautiful community event The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society holds each year during Leukemia, Lymphoma & Myeloma Awareness Month. Light the Night Walk will be held Tuesday, September 27th at Munn Park in downtown Lakeland.

This event combines the fun of an outdoor festival in the park with food, live bands, a rock climbing wall and much more, and an opportunity to honor those in Central Florida that have been touched by blood cancer. It also is an opportunity for us to raise much needed funding for research and patient service programs.

Did you know that leukemia is still the leading cause of disease related death in children under the age of 20? And every 5 minutes another person is diagnosed with leukemia, Hodgkin or non-Hodgkin lymphoma or myeloma. In this day and age, even with all the advances we have made in the last 20 years, those numbers are simply unacceptable!

The evening ends with a walk (less than 2 miles) in which everyone carries an illuminated balloon. Participants carry red balloons while patients carry a white balloon. It is truly a moving event that brings awareness to the community and makes a difference in the lives of our patients and their families.

We are looking for local organizations, business' and people who live in the community to come together and form teams that will commit to supporting our mission. We already have commitment from business' like Center for Cancer Care and Research, Webster University, YMCA of West Central Florida, and Geico to help us raise funds for a cure. Persons interested in more information or wanting to register for the Walk can contact Jenn Lyons at our office at 407-898-0733/1-800-785-0733 or by email at Or visit our website at With your help, for one night, hope won't just flicker, it will float!

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Posted by Josh Hallett

Victory Church's 2005 Community Festival and Auction - August 15, 2005

EMERGE Member Morgan Dobbs wanted to pass along some information about the upcoming Victory Church's 2005 Community Festival and Auction on Saturday, October 1, 2005. The event starts at 7 a.m. with the yard sale, the auction starts at 9 a.m.

In the last 2 festivals Victory Church has raised over $500,000, with ALL net proceeds going back into community charity organizations. The organizations benefiting this year are:

A.L.S. Association of Florida
American Red Cross of Polk County
Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Lakeland
First Tee
Florida Baptist Children's Home
Freedom Center of Lakeland
Lighthouse Ministries
Outreach Center of Polk County
Parker Street Ministries
Salvation Army
Talbot House Ministries
Teen Challenge of Lakeland
VISTE (Volunteers in Service to the Elderly)
Watson Clinic Cancer Center

Members of Emerge can help out in several ways:

1. Give money towards the event as an individual or through their place of employment.
2. Donate items of a $200 value for the auction and silent auction
3. Simply come to the festival on October 1st from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Checks can be made payable to "Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland" or "Victory Church." Designate: Judy Dobbs Community Festival & Auction

For more information, please call Emerge member, Morgan Dobbs, at 838-8478 or 802-1222.

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Posted by Josh Hallett

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