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January 15, 2016 | Events

Foundation Sponsors The Inaugural Victory Cup Initiative

The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation is pleased to be the title sponsor of The Victory Cup Initiative, a platform where companies come together for philanthropic investing with a twist. This unique event is designed to provide a high-profile opportunity for charitable organizations to tell their stories, build their strategies and partner with business and community leaders to make a difference in Central Florida.

During a breakfast event that takes place on Thursday, February 4 at the Winter Park Community Center, ten Central Florida nonprofits will tell their story in two minutes or less. After the end of the presentations, the audience votes for the first, second and third place winner. Every individual in attendance will have the opportunity to vote. In addition to the grand prize of $20,000, the organization with the second-highest number of votes will receive $10,000 and the third will receive $5,000. Each non-profit receives a $1,000 participation grant.

“We’re pleased to sponsor this innovative event that encourages members of the Central Florida community to actively engage in philanthropy,” remarked David Odahowski, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation President and CEO.

Ten Central Florida nonprofits have been accepted to participate from the initial pool of 82 applicants. They include Kids House of Seminole, Inc.; Children’s Home Society of Central Florida – The Faine House; International Fringe Festival of Central Florida, Inc.; Central Florida Community Arts; Seminole County Legal Aide, Inc.; City Year Orlando; Adult Literacy League, Inc; Aqua Viva Serves, Inc.; Seniors First, Inc.; and Christian Help. These organizations received training from the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College to refine their “pitch” – a two-minute presentation outlining why they are most deserving of the $20,000 grand prize.

Ashley Vann, Victory Cup Initiative Founder and Executive Director said, “This event celebrates the diversity of nonprofit efforts and accomplishments in our community. These organizations are dedicated to the arts, children’s issues and health and human services and we’re pleased to shine a light on all that they do for Central Florida.”

Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell will serve as the event emcee. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online and more information on the Victory Cup Initiative can be found at