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On Thursday, April 30, at the CFHLA Membership Luncheon, The Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association awarded its largest grant in the 35-year history of the association: $250,000 to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. This grant will provide CFHLA the naming rights of the center’s only Barnie’s Hospitality Coffee Bar, located on the second floor near the center’s main staircase.

This donation represents CFHLA’s commitment to the renaissance of the downtown Orlando community and cultural tourism. Jim Pugh, chairman of the board of directors for the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, was in attendance to accept this grant. Mr. Pugh has been the inspirational leader for this community project over the last 12 years.

CFHLA is proud to be a partner and supporter of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Photo: CFHLA President/CEO Rich Maladecki (left) and CFHLA Chairman and General Manager of the Caribe Royale Resort and Convention Center Gerald Urquiola (right) present Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Chairman Jim Pugh (center) with a check for $250,000.

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Written by Rich Maladecki

Richard Maladecki has served as President / CEO of the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association (CFHLA) for over 20 years. As President / CEO of the “World’s Largest Regional Lodging Association” he is responsible for managing a 50 member Board of Directors, consisting of lodging General Managers and tourism industry Executives.

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