Updated Communication from Kathleen Sipio, Executive Director of the Celebration Foundation

The Celebration Foundation has been monitoring the global outbreak of COVID-19, the coronavirus through announcements and updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization and the Florida Department of Health since our communication on March 12th, 2020.  Effective on Sunday, March 15th the CDC recommended that no gatherings with 50 people or more take place for the next eight weeks to slow the coronavirus.  In addition, CROA has announced that all indoor and outdoor facility usage has been closed until April 30th.

As a result of the above directives, the Celebration Foundation’s programs and events are modified as follows:

  • Thriving In Place – All events in March & April will be cancelled.  Our transportation service line will continue to be available to schedule appointments.
  • Celebration Lifelong – Session #3 is postponed and will be rescheduled for a later time.
  • Concert Series – Balsam Range concert scheduled for March 28th will be postponed and if possible, rescheduled. OPO Duke Ellington concert scheduled for April 17th will also be postponed and rescheduled if possible.
  • Signature Event –  “Boots, Bowties & Bling” will also be postponed and rescheduled if possible.

We will continue to communicate periodically with updates on rescheduled events.  As a result of further CDC guidelines, the Celebration Foundation staff will be working remotely with limited in-office access at this time.  We will be available by phone Monday thru Friday from 9am to 5pm. We encourage you to call or email us, stay connected and ask questions.

As we continue to make decisions with the overall concern for the health and safety of our members, staff, instructors and volunteers, know that we are working together to keep our community connected with the Foundation during this time.  Our sincere gratitude for your patience, understanding and continued support.

Warm regards,

Kathleen Sipio

Executive Director

Celebration Foundation

Kathleen.Sipio@celebrationfoundation.org

610 Sycamore Street, Suite 110

Celebration, FL 34747

O:  407-566-1234

M: 407-569-7291

F:  407-566-1264

www.celebrationfoundation.org

Overview

In 2012, Celebration Foundation became the lead agency for Osceola Connected, a grass-roots group of local non-profits, businesses, and faith-based organizations that rallied around Osceola County public school children with hunger issues. Through the collaborative efforts of Osceola Connected, we launched the Learning without Hunger initiative to create county-wide awareness of the local needs of our elementary children. Over 840,000 healthy meals of rice, lentils, and dried vegetables have been packed and distributed to elementary schools in the county. The group also sponsored “Snacks for September” for Osceola County children.

Today, Osceola Connected provides over 1,200 elementary children with weekend food bags during the school year.

Our Mission

We seek to eliminate childhood hunger in Osceola County by partnering with schools, agencies, and other organizations to donate nutritious meals and snacks to children with food insecurity.

Our Work in Action

Please take a couple of minutes and listen to Connor’s story. Food is not a luxury. It is a basic necessity. Connor and his family, like many Osceola County children and their families, struggle daily due to many reasons. They are grateful for the comfort a bag of food can help provide.