At Osceola Woman Magazine, the only thing we love more than putting out a quality publication bimonthly is gathering many of the fine women of Osceola County together at one of our luncheons.
In 2017 alone, more than 400 women who live and/or work in Osceola County attended one (or more) of our three luncheon events!
On March 23, we celebrated Women’s History Month by honoring three Women of Influence Award winners who are each working to make a difference in our community – Beverly Hougland of the Osceola Council on Aging, Jamie Paul from City of Kissimmee, and Kelly Trace, founder of Reach.
We had two encouraging speakers at this event. Kari Ewalt, professor at Valencia College, spoke about historical Osceola County women who paved the way for the rest of us,
and encouraged us to be history makers in our own unique ways. Osceola Regional Medical Center taught us five things we can do to relieve stress and
and success in our lives. ( They engaged us by making us turn to the person next to us to practice politely saying no. Who couldn’t use a little help with that every now and then?)
All in all, our March luncheon, Staying the Corset, was a hit and we’re looking forward to continuing the tradition of honoring Women of Influence in our community during the month of March each year. Shout out to Florida Hospital for sponsoring this event in 2017!
In June, we hosted our First Annual Fashion Show luncheon, featuring local boutiques and models who are also our coworkers and friends. We were so excited to highlight fashion that can be purchased right here in Osceola County! (For a quick refresher just in time for holiday shopping, our favorites are Branded B Boutique, Shore’s on Broadway, Sincerely Yours, Q Bella’s, Serendipity Boutique, Pretty Rebellious, Dream Gypsies, and LuLaRoe by Jessica Disbro – check ‘em out!)
At this event, we had a ton of quality raffle items which were hand-delivered to the winners’ seats by a few lookers from Rock Hard Revue. The food was great, the fashion was fabulous, and the crowd was just rowdy enough to make for a memorable lunch break. It was another smash-hit event sponsored by our friends at Florida Hospital. We can’t wait to do it again!
The purpose of our October luncheon was to increase awareness about breast health during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Thanks to our presenting sponsor, Osceola Regional Medical Center, for making this possible! Our corporate-sponsored tables participated in a pumpkin decorating contest and we were quite impressed by their efforts! The winning pumpkin was designed by our friends at Osceola Air.
Dr. Tejal Patel from Osceola Regional Medical Center spoke about breast health and the importance of self-exams. She answered questions from the attendees and was very informative in her responses. To follow up Dr. Patel’s remarks, we asked Chief Deputy Martha Gens, second-in-command at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, to share her story. Chief Deputy Gens is a breast cancer survivor; her story is personal and empowering, and we are grateful for her willingness to share.
We can’t forget to thank all of the sponsors and vendors who continuously support our events so that we can keep the cost as low as possible for our attendees.
At OWM, we’re proud of the events we host and we hope you’ll consider joining us for food, education, and networking in 2018!