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Duke Energy donates to Boys and Girls Clubs

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

Recently, Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties received a grant from Duke Energy Foundation for almost $10,000. This grant provides scholarships for 12 youth to attend the Boys & Girls Club (in person or virtually). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the eight units of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties have been engaging youth and their families in virtual programming and services. 

“Duke Energy Florida is proud to be a part of the many programs that make our communities such a vibrant place to live and work,” Catherine Stempien, Duke Energy Florida state president, said in a press release.

OMAM summer camps go virtual

Summer camps at the Ormond Memorial Art Museum will look a little different, as its art staff have come up with a creative approach to hosting its classes: Summer Camp Curbside.

Campers will be able to pick up supplies via curbside pickup the week before their five-day camp, which will be conducted using daily video conferencing calls. The weekly sessions begin June 1, and the cost of registration has been lowered to the museum member cost of $65. You must register by May 20.

The daily sessions will run from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Supplies can be picked up the Friday before the camp start date. Visit ormondartmuseum.org for more information. Scholarship help is available. Contact Susan Richmond for details at [email protected]

COA gets help to deliver meals

COA will deliver meal to 596 more seniors. Courtesy photo

The Council on Aging of Volusia County has recently received funding from the state to partner with restaurants in order to deliver meals to 596 more seniors during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, a press release states. 

This was made possible thanks to the Department of Elder Affairs, Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. Some of the participating restaurants include DB Pickles, Cracker Barrel and Steve's Famous Diner. The program is currently at capacity and is estimated to run for four weeks. 

Local graduates from art school

An Ormond Beach resident will be graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Savannah College of Art and Design come Saturday, May 30.

Calyssa Nowviskie will earn a bachelor of fine arts in user experience design and will join IBM in Austin, Texas as a visual designer, according to a press release. While a student at SCAD, Nowviskie received awards in interface and navigation, interactive design and digital tools and utilities.

New builder in town

An Ormond Beach resident has launched a new remodeling and home building company.

Moji Babazadeh. Courtesy photo

Moji Babazadeh's Team Moji Remodel and his new real estate company Team Moji Realty will serve the Volusia and Flagler market. He has been in the industry for over 35 years, according to a press release, and has received numerous real estate awards and certifications. He has been a member of the Daytona Beach Area Association of Realtors, Florida Realtors and National Association of Realtors for over 25 years. He is also a member of the Flagler County Association of Realtors, the Volusia County and National Homebuilder Associations. Visit teammoji.com for more information.

FUTURES Foundation gets grant

The Duke Energy Foundation awarded the FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools with a $25,000 grant, to be used for teacher classroom mini-grants and Project IBIS at Rose Bay.

Each year Duke Energy Foundation provides education foundations in its service area the opportunity to apply for grant funding and this year’s investment in FUTURES represents a commitment by Duke Energy to support education in VCS, a press release stated. Teachers may apply for grant funding from June 1 through Sept. 14 via www.FindItFundItFlorida.com/Volusia. Grants will be funded in October for the 2020-2021 school year.

Scholarship recipients announced

The Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce recently announced the recipients of its Rob Ridder Scholarship Fund, each who received $1,000 to support their college education.

The recipients are:

  • Jadyn Nirschl, DeLand High School
  • Hunter Murphy, Seabreeze High School
  • Katie Stoner, Mainland High School
  • Paulina Slick, Seabreeze High School
  • Samantha Gayten, Father Lopez
  • Skylar Larsen, Atlantic High School

Applicants needed to be a senior at a Volusia high school and the child of a member of the Chamber. 

“This is the seventh year that we’ve had this program in place and it’s the first time we’ve had to find a virtual solution to make sure we had the opportunity to support graduating seniors and support our members’ families,” said Debbie Cotton, Chamber of Commerce CEO. “It wasn’t easy and required a lot of coordination, but every interview was successfully completed and was a true reflection of how we can come together to bring normalcy to our community at a time when there’s been so much uncertainty.”

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