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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 11, 2011 PAGE 9P. By Gloria Yousha -- Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 The "hottest" show in tow.°°° Last night (Tuesday, Nov. 1) my spouse and I attended the opening night of"The Addams Family,"amusical comedy, part ofthe Orlando Broadway Series, at the Bob Carr PerformingArts Centre, Orlando. Just as the show was to begin, beeps with blinking lights and avoice came over the loud speaker. "There is a fire in the building• Everyone exit." Nobody moved from their seats because it seemed that the warningwent off accidentally... . but when it repeated minutes later, the audience (and, of course, "Yours Truly" with Cliff Pine as Inspector Clouseau spouse) quickly filed out the exits and milled around outside the auditorium. We heard fire engine sirens and watched as the exit doors were slammed shut. We waited and waited and waited outside on the street, not knowing for sure what was happening. (As a former employee of WFTV Channel Nine many years ago, I phoned their newsmom to give them the scoop). It turned out to be a false alarm and the audience returned to our seats, but the show, originally scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., got under way after 9 p.m. (Such excitement!) The show was worth the wait! Spealdng of Channel Nine... More than 40 years ago, when I worked at WFTV Channel Nine (as I mentioned above) I met a very talented young man named CLIFF PINE. Cliff worked there in television production and op- erations for 23 years. He was quite proficient and highly respected at the station so I always thought of him in a very serious way. As a member of Outdoors & Active, Inc. (O&A), a nonprofit group of Orlando area singles who enjoy sporting and outdoor activities, Cliff decided to attend their annual Halloween dinner/ dance last Saturday evening [Oct. 29] at the American Legion on Lee Road in Orlando. He said he always wanted to dress as the Peter Sellers character, Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau, in front of a large group. Cliff has the character.• •accent, mannerisms, humor, etc., down pat and stayed in "character" for most of the evening at the party. He was a hit, winning Best Male Costume. Cliff said he played Clouseau "for all I could, accent and all. It worked!" (People suggested he try comedy as his next profession.) Cliff is the son of RITA PINE and the late Howard Pine, who was one of the original founding members of Temple Israel in 1953. He is divorced and the father of two lovely daughters, JESSICA and MARA, and grandfather of five. After Channel Nine, Cliff began a sales career from which he retired in January of this year. He is in town, and will either work or do some volunteering. Think of Halloween... think of candy... ANDREW WEINSTOCK is 15 years old and is trying to make a difference. He is a sophomore at Trinity Preparatory School, Winter Park. He has been involved for the past two years with a nonprofit organization called Operation Gratitude. This organization sends individualized care packages to soldiers deployed in various combat zones around the world. The care packages include hygiene products, magazines, hand-written let- ters of appreciation from U.S. school children, often accompanied by a picture, along with candy collected during Halloween. The Halloween candy is sometimes a sweet treat from home, but is also used as "currency" to obtain information from local children that frequently saves the lives of U.S. soldiers. For example, in- formation about enemy troop positions or the location of IED's (improvised explosive devices) is often obtained in return for a chocolate bar or some other candy. In 2009, Andrew was able to collect 911 pounds of donated candy and in 2010, he was able to increase that amount to over 4,300 pounds--more than two tons! All of that candy was shipped to Operation Gratitude headquarters in Californiaand incorporated into care packages for troops primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan. Andrew was able to accomplish this massive collection through donations in support of our troops from charitable individuals in schools, local stores, bowling alleys and dentist offices. The City of Winter Park allowed him to use fire stations as drop-off collection points and the media, including the Orlando Sentinel and local television stations, helped spread the word about these efforts. The shipping boxes and packing tape have been donated by U-Haul in Maitland and shrink-wrap and other packing materi- als have been donated by The Home Depot in Orlando. Generous individuals have also donated other needed items such as shipping pallets and paper for flyers• This program occurs each year nationally only from October through mid-November. On Nov. 19, all of the donated candy, letters and pictures collected in the Orlando community, will be boxed, weighed and palletized by a crew of volunteers including school children, local officials and army reservists at Andrew's home in Winter Park and then will be shipped to Van Nuys, Calif., to be made into care packages. The candy collection for Operation Gratitude Orlando is well under way. Andrew has several local schools including Brookshire Elementary School, Parke House Academy, Trinity Prep and Annunciation Academy involved in this program. The kids have already started collecting candy as well as writing letters of appreciation and making pictures for soldiers to hang in their barracks. For some soldiers these are the only gifts they receive from "home." There is still some time to donate candy, etc. Please contact Andrew at Operation Gratitude Orlando, 407- 454-0878 or onliae at OpGrati- tudeOrlando@gmail•com. An important reminder... On Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 6-9 p.m., a very special event is in store for you and for a great cause. The location is White Wall Gallery at Scan Design, 999 Douglas Ave., Suite 1123, AltamonteSprings. Finewines. hors d'oeuvres and live enter- tainment will be in store... and most of all, the wonderful artistry of our own STEPHEN GAMSON. The cause to ben- efit is The Community Food Outreach Center of Central Florida. Admission is only $10 at the door• \\; Celebrity artist Stephen Gamson introduces his work to the community from which he grew up. Stephen, who grew up in Maitland, remembers the days where he took art classes from Roz Brown of Palomar beginning at the age of 5. He is the eldest son of BOB and ELAINE GAMSON, who have been pillars in the Jewish community and members of Congregation Ohev Shalom for over 40 years. Stephen is personally proud to be the artist selected for this solo show. He has a long standing relationship with the art world, first as an art collector/dealer and then as an artist. His unique work, based on a vocabulary of symbols, and bold colors has universal appeal that exudes a positive and optimistic outlook. Stephen's style is so well received that in 2010 and 2011 he was presented with the Artist of the Year Award for the City of Miami. His art was also selected to represent the city's 114th and 115th birthday celebrations. Furthermore, he was commissioned by Prince Albert of Monaco to create the official artwork commemorating the 67th Monaco Grand Prix in an effort to raise money for the Princess Grace Foundation. In addition, Orlando's very own Brite Girl Magazine selected Stephen for their cover artist a couple of years ago and besides Prince Albert, he has worked with many other famous celeb- rities such as Olivia Newton John and Russell Simmons, to name a few. Stephen is also an official artist for brands such as Lamborghini, Caf Bustelo, the ING Miami Marathon and the Sony Ericson Open. Last year he was commissioned as the artist to represent the 87th Annual Bacardi Cup, and his art was featured on the red carpet at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. His work is collected internationally by A-List celebrities, and corporations. Stephen is also affiliated with many charities such as Project Sunshine, Down Syndrome Association, Pink and Blue for Two, Step by Step Foundation, Kristi House, American Cancer Society and The Special Olympics• Also, earlier this year, he created a special tzedakah can for the Congregation Ohev Shalom annual Dance with the Stars gala. He also volunteers his time and donates countless pieces in the name of philanthropy. "It brings me so much pleasure to share my artwork with friends and family in the Orlando Jewish community where I grew up and experienced childhood events that influence who I am as an artist. I hope to see all of you at my show as we have so much catching up to do," says Stephen. For more information please visit: Facebook.com/Gamson or TheWhiteWall.com Another reminder... The inaugural Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and one Mile Walk, will be held at Moss Park, Orlando, on Saturday, Nov. 19 starting at 7 a.m. Sponsored by the National Lung Cancer Partnership, the Free to Breathe event raises funds to support the Partner- ship's research, education and awareness programs. Moss Park is at 12901 Moss Park Road, Orlando. If you register online (by Nov. 14) it is $20. If you mail it in it is $23 and must be received by Nov. 11. On event day, the cost is $25. The registration fee includes full day access to Moss Park and its amenities. For more information or to register, donate, sponsor or volun- teer, please visit www.FreeToBreathe.org. Flying high... Fantasy of Flight's 5th Annual Roar 'n' Soar takes place on Nov.12-13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1400 Broadway Blvd., S.E., Polk City. Thrills from land, sea and air combine with awesome food, entertainment and the world's greatest aviation attraction for an outing that every member of the family will enjoy. One day tickets are $23, adult; $12, child 6-12. Two-day tickets are $38 and $19. Children 5 and under are free. Also, one child 6-12 is admitted free with each paid adult ticket. For details, 407-332-5212. One for the road... TWo beggars are sitting on the pavement in Ireland. One is holding a large cross and the other a large star of David. Both are holding hats to collect contributions. As people walk by, they lift their noses at the guy holding the star of David, but drop money in the other guy's hat. Soon one hat is nearly full while the other hat is empty. A priest watches and then approaches the men. 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