2019 PARTY WITH A PURPOSE Delivers $50,000 to Central Florida Nonprofit - IDignity and Honors 2019 BRING CHANGE Award Winners
The third annual Party with a Purpose was held on December 5th at Second Harvest Food Bank in Orlando, Florida. Each year The Collage Companies’ annual event benefits a Central Florida nonprofit organization who is making a difference in the community, the event also recognizes three Central Florida individuals who have shown a desire to change the world around them.
The 2019 Party with a Purpose recognized IDignity, a Central Florida nonprofit organization whose mission is to restore dignity and hope by assisting U.S. citizens and legal residents in regaining proof of their identity. It is estimated that more than 25 million adult U.S. citizens do not possess valid government-issued photo identification. At the event, Collage presented IDignity with a check for $25,000 and through a “matching funds” campaign contributed in total $50,000 to IDignity.
Shown Here: Brian Walsh (The Collage Companies) Anne Taylor (IDignity), Phillip Henry (IDignity), Michael Dippy (IDignity), Rob Maphis (The Collage Companies)
Past Check Recipients: At the 2018 Party with a Purpose event, Collage presented a check for $50,000 to LIFT Orlando and in 2017 a check for $35,000 was presented to Shepherd’s Hope during Collage’s 35th Anniversary Celebration.
Each year Party with a Purpose honors three individuals who express an endless desire to change the world around them. The 2019 BRING CHANGE Award Winners were: Terry Prather, Dr. Joel Hunter and Michael Dippy (shown here).
· Terry Prather began his career with Sea World in 1988 and retired from Sea World Orlando in 2015 as President of Sea World Orlando. He currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of LIFT Orlando, business leaders partnering with residents to break the cycle of concentrated through neighborhood revitalization in the neighborhood surrounding Camping World Stadium.
· Dr. Joel Hunter served as senior pastor of Northland Church for 32 years. Now, Dr. Hunter, a full-time volunteer, serves as the Chairman of the Community Resource Network a non-profit organization he founded, that focuses on helping the marginalized; specifically families who are at risk of experiencing homelessness.
· Michael Dippy was born in Orlando and graduated from the University of Florida College of Architecture in 1994. He is co-founder of IDignity, a unique nonprofit organization that assists people in obtaining proof of their identity. Since 2008, IDignity has served over 13,000 individuals in Orlando and has replicated the model in other communities around the state and nation as well.
“What is unique about the 2019 Bring Change winners is that each of these individuals are having an impact in their “second” careers. One was the Senior Pastor of one of central Florida’s largest churches, one was the former president of a local theme park and one was an aspiring young architect. They were successful—at the top of game so to speak before-- and now in a new season each are still giving back and changing lives.” says Brian Walsh - President and CEO of The Collage Companies.
The Collage Companies is an established integrated services firm with capabilities and expertise in Design Build, Construction Management, and General Contracting. Collage pursues community–centric projects with an emphasis in the hospitality, religious, transportation, education, government and parks and sports sectors. Collage has served Florida and the southeast since 1982 from their headquarters in Lake Mary, Florida and has a high percentage of repeat clients and multiple award-winning projects in both the public and private sectors. The Collage Companies was honored as one of GrowFL’s 2018 Florida Companies to Watch.