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April 4, 2012

Organizations that support pre-school children, young musicians, local theatre, cancer victims and women and families in need will be featured on the LYNX 2012-2013 Public Service Bus.

The Early Learning Coalition of Seminole, Florida Young Artists Orchestra, Garden Theatre, the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida, Angel Snugs, Gathering Hope Foundation, Help Now of Osceola and the Hope CommUnity Center are this year’s winners.

The bus will be unveiled at 10 a.m. April 19 outside the Amway Center Church Street entrance. The ceremony will include city of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and LYNX Chief Executive Officer John M. Lewis Jr.

The eight winning organizations will have their logos placed on a LYNX bus for the next 12 months. The bus will travel regular routes throughout the LYNX system, providing these organizations with free exposure in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.

The winners were selected in a random drawing of more than 125 entries from non-profit organizations that have 501(c)(3) status and operate on budgets of less than $1 million.

LYNX 2012-13 Public Service Bus Contest Winners:

Angel Snugs knits and crochets beanies and scarves for children undergoing life-saving treatment for cancer. They are based in Lake Mary.

Early Learning Coalition of Seminole is located in Sanford and provides pre-school children the resources and support needed for learning, including free voluntary pre-Kindergarten School.

Florida Young Artists Orchestra of Winter Park is a group of music professionals, teachers and community leaders committed to providing a positive orchestral experience for young musicians in Central Florida.

Garden Theatre offers engaging and entertaining performances for audiences with live plays, concerts, movies and more in its Mediterranean Revival style venue in Winter Garden.

Gathering Hope Foundation makes individualized toiletry gift baskets for caregivers staying with loved ones in hospice facilities and group homes. The Winter Park group’s “Baskets of Hope” are tailored to meet basic needs and provide comfort and hope during a difficult time.

Help Now of Osceola seeks to eradicate violence and abuse through community awareness. The Kissimmee agency offers counseling to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. 

Hope CommUnity Center, based in Apopka, is a welcoming presence for farm workers and immigrant families living in Central Florida. The Center fosters development of community organizations that offer basic human needs such as food, clothing and shelter.

Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida, based in Longwood, educates women and girls about the dangers of gynecological cancers and encourages them to undergo diagnostic testing to identify the problem in its earliest stages.