Social Scene | December 2023

Maxima Avila, Alondra Gonzalez and Gloria Lopez enjoyed the Hispanic Heritage Festival held October 14th at Citizens’ Circle in downtown Ocala. The event was hosted by the College of Central Florida, in partnership with the Hispanic Business Council and the support of the city of Ocala.

Photo by Bruce Ackerman

Hispanic Heritage Festival
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

The College of Central Florida, in partnership with the Hispanic Business Council and the support of the city of Ocala, celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a free festival on October 14th. Food trucks, kid-friendly activities, music, artists and vendors were part of the fun.

Applaud the Arts
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

Things were all ooo la la and très chic during the Marion Cultural Alliance’s Soiree de Lumiere on October 14th, which included interactive experiences, music and cultural grant awards and arts awards, the latter going to Leslie Hammond, Tyrus Clutter and Margaret “Peggy” Watts.

Bark in the Park
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

A doggone good time was had by all on October 15th for the Senior Resource Foundation of Ocala’s third annual doggy expo fundraiser, which resulted in donations of $3,000 each to the Marion County Animal Services Shelter and the Marion Senior Services Meals on Wheels program.

Cops & Cars
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

The October 21st fundraiser featured all kinds of classic, muscle and modern cars and trucks, along with tasty goodies from food trucks, live music, vendors and prizes for the fanciest rides. Proceeds went to benefit the Chief Greg Graham Legacy Foundation.

Champagne Dreams
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

The Transitions Life Center hosted its 11th annual fundraiser gala on October 21st with a red-carpet entrance and entertainment by Styles Haury. TLC co-founders Linda and Mike A. Paglia, with many other Paglia family members, welcomed guests to the elegant event.

Hospice 40th Anniversary Gala
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

Hospice of Marion County has been providing a caring touch in the community for four decades, which was celebrated in style on November 4th, with an event that included dining, entertainment and acknowledgement of those who help make a difference.

Giddy Up Gala
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

The Horse Protection Association of Florida’s biggest fundraiser of the year sold out well before the November 11th event. Attendees enjoyed food, fun and a kissing booth with stars of the organization’s Miracle Miniature Horses.

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