How many people volunteer to help out with the event?
For The 18th Annual Family Café, 352 individuals volunteered their services at no cost. These individuals played essential roles as room monitors, registration desk staff, and volunteers to fill the 8,000 bags to be handed out to attendees at registration.
Volunteers at The 18th Annual Family Café
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The Family Café also provided an 8 hours of Leadership training called Road to Sustaining Your Organization to individuals. This leadership training helps to gain tools and resources to assist in understanding, responding, and offering support in the mental health arena. The relationship between accomplishment and knowledge stands the test of time. One is dependent on the other for success.
Why is The Annual Family Cafe held in Orlando?
There are two compelling reasons to hold The Annual Family Cafe in Orlando: geography and capacity.
Florida is a large state, with a Panhandle on one end and a chain of Keys on the other, some 15 hours apart by car. The Annual Family Cafe attracts families from every county in the state. To give everyone a reasonable opportunity to attend, The Family Café has decided to place its event in Orlando, the most geographically central city in Florida.
Fortunately, Orlando also offers a unique level of capacity. Despite the event's remarkable growth over the years, it has yet to outgrow the hospitality resources in the Orlando area. No other city in Florida can offer a similar degree of large hotel and conference centers at competitive rates.
The 19th Annual Family Café was held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. This wonderful location was able to house the event, while offering a rate of $119 per night, approximately two-thirds of the regular rate for an equivalent room.
The Family Café is proud of its ability to host its event in such an excellent location, as such a reasonable cost to the State of Florida. The organization looks forward to extracting similar value by again being at the Hyatt Regency Orlando for the 20th Anniversary Family Café .
Does State funding pay for entertainment and food at The Annual Family Cafe?
No. All money from the State goes directly to appropriate costs, including financial support, audio visual support for presenters and keynote speakers, printing and conference materials. Entertainment is provided in-kind by corporate partners like WellCare as well as partner non-profits such as Pyramid, VSA Arts, FRIENDS Chorus and Special Kids Dance Academy.
In all areas, The Family Café stringently adheres to State procurement rules, and follows the appropriate fiscal procedures set forth by participating State Agencies. Our organization is deeply committed to extracting the greatest possible value from every dollar in its budget, both public and private, for the sake of the families we serve.
Does The Family Café have corporate support?
Yes. The Family Café has made a concerted effort over the course of its existence to locate sources of financial support in the business community. Corporate partners have included Amerigroup, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Delmarva Foundation, the Florida Association of Broadcasters, Florida KidCare, Independence Technology, a Johnson & Johnson Company, McDonald Training Center, Inc., The Mentor Network, Miami Children's Hospital, Publix Super Markets Charities, SeaWorld, the Wachovia Foundation, Walt Disney World Resorts, United Health Care, Enterprize Holding Foundation, AT&T and WellCare.
Our small staff is working every day to increase that number for next year’s event. The Family Café will continue to cultivate relationships with corporate partners in an effort to increase the proportion of private support, as well as the level of awareness in regards to the needs of persons with disabilities in the corporate world.