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2006 Walt Disney World's Volunteer of the Year Charity Recipient

Linda Watts accepting the award.

2004 Women of Distinction Award

Linda Watts, Director of Florida's Hometown USA Program
was nominated for this award for Community Service.



Central Florida women were honored for excelling in their personal or professional sphere of influence, serving as role models for girls and having a strong background in community service.



Recognized by the Helping Kids Shine Program of Walt Disney World
Received a grant from the Disney VoluntEARS Program for volunteer work


Fundraiser with Miss America

Ericka Dunlap, Miss America 2004, was the guest speaker at our "Crowns for Cancer " fundraiser. We were honored to have her with us for this event.


Spending the day with Miss America was
a very special opportunity!

Inauguration of Governor Jeb Bush

2003 Community Service Award

Linda Watts and Ashley Hux
at the Awards Dinner.
Notes of Recognition

I want to extend my sincere thanks for the good you do in the community, and congratulations for your well-deserved recognition.

Welton G. Cadwell, Chairman
Lake County Commission

Congratulations on receiving the Community Service Award for 2003. I am so proud to have such an outstanding dedicated individual in my district! You are to be commended for your service.

Senator Anna P. Cowin
The Florida Senate


It is apparent from your many years of teaching that you have touched the lives of many. Good luck to you in your future endeavors involving our youth.

Bob Pool
Lake County Commissioner
District Two

I am pleased that you received this well-deserved recognition for your many years of dedication and concern for our youth. We are fortunate for your continued interest in stimulating public awareness of the importance of volunteering.

Catherine Hanson
Lake County Commissioner
District Four


2003 Women Who Make Magic Award for Community Service

Individuals were carefully selected out of a group of their peers because they represent the very best, the best talent, the best leadership and the highest commitment to excellence in their fields.


Women have always been leaders. Our daily lives affirm this, as we perfect the art of balance, consistently rise to the challenge and mysteriously manage to squeeze just a few more moments out of our day. Magic 107.7 and Orlando Sentinel felt is was time to give credit where it�s due for the women pioneers who make a positive impact on the Central Florida community.



Linda Watts, Director and
Wendy Chioji, WESH TV 2,
guest speaker at awards luncheon.


The ten women selected for the 2003
Women Who Make Magic Awards.

We publicly recognize these remarkable individuals. We applaud them for their enthusiastic commitment to professional excellence and leadership. To all, the women making magic, thank you for making Central Florida a great place to live.

Notes of Recognition to our student volunteers

I am pleased to learn of your community service. Your commitment to helping others serves as an example for all Americans. One of our most important responsibilities as citizens is to give something back to our communities and to make them better places for everyone to live. You have answered that call to serve by dedicating your time and talents to helping others. I commend you for working to make a difference in the lives of your neighbors.

George W. Bush
President of the United States
I wish to commend you for your community spirit and dedication to your fellow citizens. Your commitment and compassion stand as an example for others. Keep up the good work.

Dick Cheney
Vice President of the United States

Thank you for the outstanding contribution you make to everyone in your community by donating your time, talents, enthusiasm and energy to so many worthwhile causes. Your example is an inspiration to those around you. Keep up the fine work!

With best wishes,

Laura Bush
First Lady of the United States

You are a fine example of this most American trait, giving as you do of your time and your talent to help make your community a better place to live.

Lynne V. Cheney
Wife of Vice President Dick Cheney

You have demonstrated a remarkable willingness to get involved in the lives of those around you, and your active compassion has set a shining example for others to follow. Your volunteer service speaks highly of your genuine concern, dedication, and resolve to improve the quality of life for people in need. On behalf of the citizens of Florida, thank you for your efforts.

Bob Graham
United States Senator

Students like you are our state's future, and I want you to reach your highest potential. I hope you will set high goals and pursue your dreams. I applaud you for realizing the important role you have in contributing to your community. Thank you for your volunteer and community service work. Best wishes in all of your future endeavors.

Governor of the State of Florida
Learning the value of volunteering is a life long commitment that will always give you great satisfaction while enhancing countless lives in your community. There is no greater calling than to want to help your neighbors near and far.

Tom Gallagher
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida

Your desire to volunteer and perform community service is commendable. I encourage you to continue your involvement in volunteerism and wish you the very best.

Glenda E. Hood
Secretary of State
State of Florida

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