Friday, November 4th, 2016, Orlando Live Events got the privilege to attend The Dick Pope Legacy Luncheon hosted by The Grand Tour Foundation at The Wyndham Resort on International Drive.

We were honored to be a part of such an important day.  This event gave awards to active members of the hospitality and tourism industries here in the Orlando area. 

In light of the recent death of Arnold Palmer, one of the winners of this year’s award ceremony, this event also held as a remembrance to him and all of the achievements he brought to not only the Orlando area, but to Golf and the world. 

A Lunch for Legends

             Our media partner, Cox Media, extended the invite for us to have a table and attend the ceremony.  It was a great day for OLE, and we met some amazing people and organizations that have helped build the city to where it is today.

The press release for the event earlier this year gave an excellent explanation of the day: “The Dick Pope Awards luncheon not only recognizes the leadership and strength in sustaining Florida’s tourism,” said Dr. Mary Jo Ross, CSEP, CPEC, executive producer of the event, “but this year the stage is set to increase the awareness of hospitality education in Florida by launching Foodstock Orlando and creating a larger platform of appreciation for these honorees.”

Those that were honored at the event also included Steve Jayson, an executive chef with Universal Orlando, John Hitt, president of University of Central Florida, and Gary Sain, formerly the president of Visit Orlando, who also passed away a few years back.

These men that were give awards at the lunch each had a pivotal part in forming the hospitality growth in Orlando.  Steve Jayson, spoke of how he started when he was a teenager in New York, and that moving here, Universal gave him the opportunity to build a career doing what he loved.  Each speech or video presentation was very inspiring, really focusing on how doing what you loved could help everyone around you, as much as a city full! For myself and our intern, we left that day feeling motivated to really make Orlando Live Events a success.

OLE and the Future

                During the event, we met several companies, such as Chic Event Furniture and McNeilly Communications, that we plan to see much more of in the future we are building here at OLE. 

Orlando Live Events hopes to be a part of more events with Foodstock Orlando and The Grand Tour Foundation.  We feel whether it is the people who reside in Orlando already or the millions of tourists who visit this city each year, we all have something to bring to the table.


Adrian Jones, Divisional Director of LEGOLAND, speaks as a Dick Pope Legend.


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