FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Marcia Hope Goodwin 407-246-3107
ORANGE TREES TO BE INSTALLED
ON ORANGE AVENUE
Project funded by the Downtown Orlando Foundation
FL (December 10, 2003) -- As part of the beautification and
revitalization of downtown, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer Thursday at
9:30 a.m. will oversee the installation of 16 orange trees on Orange
The first of the trees will be installed on the northwest corner of
Orange Ave. and South St. in front of the Lincoln Plaza Building.
The addition of orange trees to Orange Ave. was funded by a $10,000
gift from the Downtown Orlando Foundation and is a project of the
Downtown Development Board. Funds were raised at O-Ball 2003, the
Downtown Orlando Foundation’s annual gala.
“With Central Florida’s history so closely tied to the citrus
industry, we felt it was only appropriate to actually have orange
trees on Orange Avenue. We hope this will support the City’s efforts
to enhance downtown’s main corridor,” said Jamie Barati, chairman of
Since its inception in 1999, the Downtown Orlando Foundation (DOF)
has donated approximately $60,000 to downtown projects. The DOF
Board of Directors consists of Jamie Barati, Katheryn Bowyer, Angela
Buchanan, Susan Chicone Chapin, Betsy Culpepper, Rebekah Gimenez,
Laura Peed Guitar, Charles Hawkins, Ben Hewitt, Chele Hipp, Matt
Ravenscroft, Jan Tews, Craig Ustler and T. Picton Warlow IV.
The Downtown Orlando Foundation exists to enhance the desirability
of working, living, entertaining and conducting business in Downtown
Orlando by engaging young professionals interested in helping shape
the future of the heart of the City Beautiful. The Downtown Orlando
Foundation, Inc. is a 501-C-3 not-for-profit corporation.