For the 3rd year in a row, TLCers put on their sneakers, loaded up the dog(s) and participated in the Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon in Baldwin Park (Orlando). The walk raised $78,000 locally and contributed to the over $1 million raised across Florida at 8 other walkathon locations! Southeastern Guide Dogs transforms lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people and dogs. Employing the latest in canine development and behavior research, the national organization trains dogs of the highest pedigree for people who are blind and for veterans. TLC is proud to support this organization.
After a busy holiday season, Central Florida's Second Harvest Food Bank is in need of helping hands! Local SMPS members (including a few TLCers) were happy to help give back to the community and help those still in need. The group spent the day sorting through the donations and enjoyed alittle networking prior to getting to work. The Second Harvest Food Bank is a TLC project, completed in 2013.
TXO Dallas TLCers attended the Kick Off party for the AIA Dallas Bark & Build Doghouse Design-Build Competition. This event raises awareness and support for the SPCA of Texas and fosters relationships between Architect and Contractor firms. Last year, Bark & Build raised $125,000 for the SPCA!
With spring all around us, we're excited about the imminent completion of the Emeril Lagasse Kitchen House & Garden. Located on the grounds of the Orlando Junior Academy, this 3,000 square foot kitchen house provides an experiential site for students to get hands-on food growing education, as well as learn to prepare healthy food. Students from 5th through 8th grades manage the extensive garden that provides produce for the kitchen and the school. Nearby K Restaurant owner and Chef Kevin Fonzo introduced Emeril Lagasse to the Edible Education project, who donated to both kitchen construction and Florida Hospital.
Designed by HuntonBrady and Midtown Architecture Studio, TLC was honored to engineer the facility on a pro bono basis. The new building, nearing completion, will be LEED certified and features water catchments, energy-efficient appliances, solar panels and more. The facility provides students and instructors with a lecture-style classroom kitchen, event space and office space.
Earlier this year Orlando's third Ronald McDonald House opened adjacent to Nemours Children's Hospital in Lake Nona. The 15-room home away from home for families with ill children was designed to accommodate potential future expansion to 40 rooms and provides a LEGO-themed indoor play area and more to help families be more comfortable. Through a unique program, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida partnered with local artists to create artwork throughout the house. TLC partnered with SchenkelShultz Architecture and DPR Construction to provide pro bono engineering services. This is TLC's sixth Ronald McDonald House project in our 61-year history.
Many TLCers engage in their communities, building on their special interests outside of work. For the past year, Bill Moorefield, an electrical tech in Orlando and former professional jockey, invests weekends with Freedom Ride, a non-profit program that provides therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities.