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Canadian Couple Purchase Parliament House

From Canada to the Parliament House

by Debbie Simmons

 Parliament House owners Don Granatstein and Susan Unger hosted the Metropolitan Business Association meeting on May 1st. Don Williams, MBA Programs Director gave a well deserved introduction, citing that in 2005 Don & Susan sponsored the first Come Out With Pride.  It was at the organizational meeting in the Footlight Theater, after watching John Bearse's very powerful short documentary on the progress of our community locally/nationally that Susan came to her feet and exclaimed, “We’ll sponsor $10,000”. Don & Susan have been very accommodating for any kind of meeting the MBA wanted to have at the Parliament, including general/social meetings, Come Out With Pride volunteer drives & organizational meetings for the committee.




Miss OBTA 2006 Raises $13,600.00 For St. Francis House

This was one of the most successful in the 9 year history of the Miss OBTA Pageant.  Hosted by Michael Wanzie and headlined by a cast of celebrity judges Daisy Lynum, Joseph Martens, Jim & Cathreine Philips, and Sexy Savannah the fundraiser played to a packed house at the Parliament House's Footlight Theater.

The event is a mock beauty pageant with female impersonators from within the Orange Blossom Tennis Association.  The Miss OBTA Pageant is the largest annual fundraiser for St. Francis House Homeless Shelter.
The night saw the crowning of the new Miss OBTA - MeMe Morgan.  This is MeMe's second time earning the crown and last night's win was especially meaningful as her alter ego, Tom Murray, was celebrating his birthday at the same time.
Within two weeks there will be a limited number of DVDs of the 9th Annual Miss OBTA Pageant on sale for a donation of $15.00 to St. Francis House.  Reserve your copy now.

Support for this event included:
Director Jeff Horn, Associate Director Rai Liauw, Contestants Keith Baber, Michael Pecko, Jimmy Lee, Tom Murray, Phillip Ramsey, & Jeff Horn; Reigning Queen Ophelia Wacker, Opening Number Choreographer Ric Salinas, Guest appearance by C.C. & Tara, Raffle ticket sales: Doug Bowser, C.C. & Tara, Sal Capozzi, Tom Murray, Bill Woods, and Mark Holdiman; Back-stage manager Paul Pecko, Raffle prize donors recruited by Jeff Horn, Runner Frank Mottolo, Flowers compliments of Jonathan's Flowers, Graphics compliments of JamBoy Graphics, Theater and support staff compliments of The Parliament House, Filming, editing, and packaging compliments of Charlie Burket, Color printing compliments of Michael Pecko & Kristi Edwards, Front door Tom & Frank Mottolo, Hair & make-up compliments of Robert Showalter, Wanzie gift bottle compliments of Phillip Ramsey & Ric Salinas, Song clearing agent Lisa Curtis

Raffle Winners:
Phillip Ramsey & Ric Salinas  2 Round-Trip Tickets on AirTran Airways
Mike Burnett  Men's Fragrance Gift Basket from Dillards - FL Mall
Ric Salinas & Phillip Ramsey  Men's Fragrance Gift Basket from Dillards - FL Mall
Marianne Metz  Women's Fragrance Gift Basket from Dillards - FL Mall
Bobby Martin  Women's Fragrance Gift Basket from Dillards - FL Mall
Dooie Kwong  2 Nights Lodging & Dinner for 2 from The Parliament House
Kenny King  2 Nights Cabin Lodging from Sawmill Campground
Steve LaPha  Orange Blossom Tennis Championships Entry from the OBTA
Wes Hoaglund  Ladies Gruen Watch from Jewelry Etc.
Tom Murray  Sunday Brunch for 2 at Friends Restaurant
Phillip Ramsey & Ric Salinas  Sunday Brunch for 2 at Friends Restaurant
Lizette  $25.00 bar tab at Savoy Orlando
Darcy  $25.00 bar tab at Savoy Orlando
Doug Rutledge  $25.00 bar tab at Savoy Orlando
Ric Salinas & Phillip Ramsey  $50.00 gift certificate to E-Tennis
Tom Murray  Wilson Tennis Bag from E-Tennis
Clint Lyons  $50.00 bar tab at College Connections
Doug Rutledge  $00.00 gift certificate for Thai Cuisine Restaurant    
Tom Murray  $50.00 hair services with Jimmy Lee at Blades Salon from Jimmy Lee   
Fred Berliner  2 tickets to Universal Theme Parks from Robert Pepper
Liz  2 tickets to Universal Theme Parks from Robert Pepper    
Phillip Ramsey & Ric Salinas  hanging basket from Apenberry's Nursery
Val Lucerna  2 hours professional computer services from Sal Capozzi
Val Lucerna  2 hours professional computer services from Sal Capozzi
Val Lucerna  2 hours professional computer services from Sal Capozzi
Michael Slaymaker  Miss OBTA '05 commemorative DVD from Charlie Burket
Ben McGeoch  tennis stringing w/ Babolat Attraction 16 from Horn-Liauw Stringing

Rainbow Flag Controversy

The Rainbow Flag project in downtown Orlando was the vision of Keith Peterson (editor, Watermark) .  In cooperation with Russ Crumley's Heart of Florida Foundation provided the means by which the flags were purchased and made. They designed the layout and Keith found a vendor in New York to construct the flags,  A local vendor imprinted the flags and produced boxes and boxes(!) of flags for the project. 

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