DAYTONA BEACH – The 7th annual Halifax Urban Ministries Blue Diamond Fundraising Gala and Dinner is Saturday, April 30, at The Club at Pelican Bay. The HUM Blue Diamond is one of the area's top fundraising galas. It is known for great speakers and a fast-paced evening. This year's theme is a "Celebration of Hope" and highlights the accomplishments in homeless prevention and intervention with a look toward the future of Hope Place.
Two Volusia-Flagler area businesses, Daytona Beach-based Synergy Billing and Flagler Beach-based Golden Lion Cafe, were named winners of Bright House Networks' regional business awards for the Orlando area. Synergy Billing won first place in the medium-sized business category (companies with 26 to 100 employees) while Golden Lion Cafe took third place in the same category.
HOLLY HILL — A new business has launched that puts on private dinner parties with local entrepreneurs as a way to exchange ideas and build professional and personal relationships. The next such event by Idea Dinners will be on April 11 at the Market at Holly Hill, featuring tapas-style dishes and craft cocktails by Mayra Rodriguez, head chef of Chucherias Hondurenas restaurant.
One more vote from the County Council is the last piece needed to turn an old elementary school into a homeless shelter for kids and their parents. By Eileen Zaffiro-Keaneileen.firstname.lastname@example.org DELAND — A year from now, hundreds of homeless Volusia County kids who would otherwise be destined to sleep in musty motel rooms, abandoned buildings with no power or the woods will have a bed waiting for them in a newly remodeled complex of buildings.
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES — The Daytona Beach News-Journal held an awards luncheon Wednesday at The Shores Resort & Spa to honor several area young business leaders. The "40 Under 40" awards luncheon, which recognized 49 young professionals in the Volusia/Flagler area for their accomplishments both professionally as well as in the community, drew 200 people. The number of honorees wound up being higher than originally planned because of the overwhelming volume of nominations received from readers and staff and the number of outstanding candidates.
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES — An estimated 200 people turned out to recognize local young professionals for making a difference both professionally and in the community. "You are the future of our community," News-Journal Publisher Bill Offill told the packed ballroom at The Shores Resort & Spa on Wednesday at the inaugural Daytona Beach News-Journal/Business Report 40 Under 40 awards luncheon.