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Relay for Life is coming to Lakeland - March 22, 2010

The Relay for Life is coming to Lakeland very soon! This event will take place on April 9th and 10th at the Lakeland High School. Currently there are over 61 teams (at least 4 are Leadership Lakeland Class Teams), over 300 participants, and they're adding more every day! This will be their best year ever!

They are always looking for volunteers to help. A few activities that have been suggested to us are to purchase or help sell luminary bags for $10, sign up survivors to attend the event, help spread the word, whether through posters, brochures, etc., and they are really going to need some manpower for the event.

So come on all you passionate EMERGE members! Get out there and help make this event even more incredible! If you'd like more information, check out the event website at or, if you'd like to help, please contact Dave Molnar at

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EMERGE Member Spotlight- Crystal Lester - March 12, 2010

Crystal Lester, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Architect, Furr & Wegman Architects, PA

Q: How did you come to live/work in Lakeland?

A: I came to live here because my husband took a job here with Lockheed Martin just after we both graduated from the University of Florida. My husband’s family is here as well. I work here because Furr & Wegman Architects, PA has been essential to my growth in my career aspirations.

Q: If you could have any talent in the world, what would it be and why?

A: Writing. I have never been very good at articulating my thoughts on paper in a professional manner. Basically, I write like I speak and that is not always appropriate.

Q: What would you change/add regarding EMERGE to enhance your experience?

A: I would like to make a difference. I think that EMERGE has begun to reach out, but I would like to think bigger. I think we can learn from some of the events that Kiwanis and Rotary do for the community. United Way is a great avenue as a starting place. What can EMERGE do as a group event or fundraiser to help United Way (for example)? It can be fun and exciting but at the same time we, as a group, can make an impact.

Q: Name one pet peeve.

A: Delays. I am a “get it done” kind of person. I don’t like to wait around and I hate feeling like I am not making progress.

Q: How has your EMERGE Lakeland membership been beneficial to you?

A: I am not originally from here and it has been nice to meet other young professionals in the area.

Q: If you could serve on any organization's board in Lakeland, which would it be and why?

A: Hmmm… this is a tough one. My interests and passions relate back to the future of Lakeland’s development as a green environment. I have been a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional) since mid 2006 and I have watched awareness grow in Lakeland over the past few years, but it is a long road and I am interested in being a part of Lakeland development into a “greener, more environmentally conscious” city. If there is an organization in Lakeland that is looking for board participation related to these goals, I would be very interested in offering my services, expertise and time.

Q: If you could ask one question of an EMERGE Spotlight member, what would it be?

A: What achievement have you accomplished that you are most proud of? For me, it would be achieving my life-long dream; getting my professional license as an architect.

Q: What is the worst job you've ever had?

A: Baby-sitting.

Q: What upcoming Lakeland event are you looking forward to attending?

A: “Turn Up the Volume” on April 16th! I am excited about inspiring awareness regarding the various green opportunities and services that are out there while having a great time at a free concert on Lake Mirror!


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EMERGE Lakeland Volunteers Needed- Green Celebration Concert & Showcase - March 11, 2010

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EMERGE Lakeland
Volunteers Needed

HELP!!!! Volunteers are needed to participate in the Green Celebration Concert and Showcase. This eco-friendly event will take place on April 16th at Lakeland’s Lake Mirror Promenade to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
All EMERGE volunteers will receive a FREE event t-shirt! We’re proud to announce that the EMERGE logo will appear on all marketing materials and we will be recognized during the event in exchange for our volunteer efforts, so your participation is crucial. Various volunteer duties and shifts

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