The hardest people to surprise are the most deserving. Congratulations to Thomas Chatmon Jr., Executive Director of the Downtown Orlando Development Board and Orlando Icon. It is an honor to present Thomas with the 2021 Downtowner of the Year Award. On behalf of the Downtown Orlando Partnership, we thank you for your commitment to enriching our community. We can’t wait to celebrate you at The Golden Brick Awards on May 3!  DOP EVENTS the Date!

DOWNTOWN BUZZMexican National Team vs. GuatemalaThe 2022 #MexTour will kick off on Wednesday, April 27, when the Mexican National Team battles Guatemala at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. Get your tickets now by clicking here.

Help Orange County Create Age-Friendly Livable CommunitiesWith a growing population among residents ages 60 and older, Orange County has the needs of elders in several masterplans slated for updating in the near future. The goal is to expand support for older residents by weaving older adult programming into core services in order to help better serve a diverse community that works for everyone. To provide these exciting new communities, a response from the public is needed. The county encourages all Orange County adults to complete a 15-minute survey providing the information needed to understand what the community wants and needs. Access the survey here.Exclusive Presale Offer: 2022 Special Olympics USA Games Opening CeremonyDon’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to join the Greater Orlando Sports Commission on June 5 for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games Opening Ceremony. This event will be produced by Disney Live Entertainment and will feature appearances from Celebrity Games Ambassadors, superstar performers, the Parade of Athletes, and the lighting of the Flame of Hope officially kicking off the games. To access this exclusive presale opportunity, click here

Valencia, Early Learning Coalition to Host Conference on Creating a Better CommunityOn April 21-22, the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County and the Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia College will host a two-day virtual conference on community resilience and overcoming societal challenges, including adverse childhood experiences. This year’s guest speaker is Dr. Asim Jani, an epidemiologist and expert on community health. Trained at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Jani holds multiple specialties, including internal medicine, family medicine, infectious disease and global health. Registration is open until April 20. Tickets are $100. Students and those with limited financial ability can apply for scholarships. CEUs, Professional Development Points for Teachers (Orange County only) and Certificates of Attendance are available. To register click here.

Mayor Dyer’s Annual Volunteer & Service Appreciation ReceptionOn Thursday, April 21, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Orlando City Hall, join Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Orlando City Council to recognize and thank volunteers and national service members who lend their time, talent, voice, and support to causes they care about in our city government and community. Due to spacing and safety, all attendees must complete their registration in order to attend this free event. Register here.

DID YOU KNOW?Pitbull to Take Over North America with ‘Can’t Stop Us Now’ Tour Featuring Iggy AzaleaAfter selling out over 40 shows and performing to over 450,000 fans last year, Grammy-Award-winning superstar Pitbull, also known as Mr. Worldwide, has announced his North American Can’t Stop Us Now Tour featuring Iggy Azalea and openers SiriusXM Globalization DJ’S. The extensive 50+ date run, produced by Live Nation, kicks off Thursday, July 28 in Raleigh, NC and includes a stop at Orlando’s Amway Center on Sunday, October 16. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 15 at 10:00 AM. For more information, click here.Women in Wealth: Attracting and Reetaining TalentTake your business from relationship value to enterprise value with this live workshop focusing on Attracting and Retaining TALENT. Re-Think what you know about traditional recruiting efforts and benefits packages. This panel will star Bernadette Girvin, CEO of GFG Consulting, and Tina Craft, Vice President of Fringe Benefits. Attend this event on April 21st, 2022 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM at eSpaces. If you are a Business Owner, Managing People, Recruiter or even in the ideation phase of building out your Attraction & Selection process, this workshop is for you! Get your tickets here3rd Annual Taco & Tequila Crawl: OrlandoThe Taco & Tequila Crawl is back on April 23rd! Come enjoy tacos and exclusive margarita, tequila, and beer specials. Let’s taco about a party! Participating downtown venues: Dapper Duck, Downtown Pour House, Jimmy Hula’s, The Basement, The Office, and Underground Public House. For more information about this fun event on April 23, 1:00 PM, or to get your tickets, click here.