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Our 2015 Celebration is over and has proven to be the best one yet.
Everyone seemed to enjoy their visit and time with our special guest Ed Asner along with the entertainment provided by The Orlando Gay Men's Chorus, the Madonna impersonator and the group Beatlebeat.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the screenings of Flavio Alves' "Tom in America" (flavioalves.com).
The documentary of one of our most beloved ACOF founders, Father John J. McNeill's "Taking A Chance on God" (www.johnjmcneill.com) was also well received. Father John and Charlie Chiarelli weren't able to make the Celebration due to illness. However, here's a picture of John and Charlie celebrating the good Father's 90th birthday last week.
Many attendees left with some great shirts and swim trunks from our vendor, Bearwear (bearwearpalmsprings.com).
We have also received some great comments on private pool time and visits to the theme parks.
Thank you for attending this year's Celebration and allowing us to share time with you, while creating new memories and experiences.
Please Note: The Orlando DoubleTree Hotel is under new ownership and currently undergoing renovation. Consequently, at this time we are unsure of the date of the next Celebration. However, we have received many invitations to host the Celebration in several different cities: Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Key West, Miami, New Orleans, Orlando, Palm Springs and San Diego.
Along with that, we need more input from you:
Either send your answers by replying to this email, or by going to the ACOF website and then answering the survey.
The 2015 Celebration gallery is up! Click here to see how much fun we had.
If you haven't already, please make sure to sign up to receive this free monthly newsletter. You can sign up on the ACOF website.
Remember to be kind and love & respect each other.
Lots & Lots of Love,
A Celebration of Friends, Inc.
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What are we going to do Mr. Asner?
What does a person do when the one person they always dreamed of meeting, agrees to a date?
What do the thousands of people who’ve attended the past thirteen Celebrations do when the one person they voted they most wanted to meet at a Celebration agrees to attend?
Well, take this one off your “bucket list”: Highly Honored and Legendary actor Ed Asner will be our special guest at the 2015 A Celebration of Friends weekend.
Mr. Asner has won more Emmy Awards for performing than any other male actor and in 1996, was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. See, ask and discover from the man himself all about his life and career.
2015 ACOF Weekend
July 16–20 Hotel Information
The Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at Seaworld
10100 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32821
Make your reservations by clicking on the link in the upper right-hand corner on our website: celebrationoffriends.org or by calling 407-352-1100 (make sure you tell them you’re with A Celebration of Friends).
We're taking over the entire east wing of the hotel with our own private pool and business area. Don't wait, make those reservations now – rooms are going quickly!
While staying at the Doubletree Hotel, registered ACOF guests will receive these benefits:
YOUR INPUT IS DESIRED:
Remember, the A Celebration of Friends weekend is YOUR weekend.
That's why we constantly seek your ideas and input to make each celebration better than the last. It was you who let us know which celebrity guest to get this year, so please take a few seconds and let us know how we're doing.
Complete the survey located on the bottom of The Event page on the website or click here: http://www.celebrationoffriends.org/ahof-survey.
Just sign into your account to complete the survey. Make sure you’re registered first! All information shared is completely confidential.
Remember – we have some outstanding events planned this year:
FRIDAY NIGHT is our Hawaiian Hula Skirt Dancing contest, so start getting your skirts and dance moves ready!
We will also be screening several movies:
THURSDAY NIGHT - We'll be screening the short film “Tom In America” by writer-director Flavio Alves, starring Academy Award nominees Burt Young and Sally Kirkland.
Winner Best LGBT Short Film at the Cleveland International Film Festival.
Winner Best Short Film at the 30th edition of the Torino Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. (TIA’ first international award.)TIA’ first international award.
Winner Best Short Film at the San Diego Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
FRIDAY NIGHT - The documentary “Taking a Chance on God” the life and times of Father John McNeill founder of Dignity New York and one of the founding fathers of A Celebration of Friends. Father John and his partner Charles Chiarelli will be present to answer your questions.
FRIDAY NIGHT is also our Hawaiian Hula Skirt Dancing contest, so start getting your skirts and dance moves ready!
FRIDAY NIGHT - Ed Asner look-a-like contest – winner will receive one-on-on time with Ed for photos and conversation
SATURDAY NIGHT - is Ed Asner Night – He will attend a Q&A at 7PM in the Ontario Room. (Special note: Mr. Asner will be around for a couple of days and during most of that time, he’s got his freedom. If you cross paths, please show him all the respect and honor you would normally give an honored guest.)
There will be a private dinner over the weekend with Mr. Asner, our Board, qualified sponsors & vendors, and lucky event winners during the weekend. For information, please contact Tomcat at firstname.lastname@example.org
SUNDAY NIGHT - is our Closing Ceremony where we put the 2015 A Celebration of Friends weekend to bed. So Sunday night will also be the night for our traditional Pajama Party. Make sure you dress appropriately with your teddy bear and PJs. (ACOF Teddybears will be available for purchase during the Celebration.)
Free popcorn will be available at all screenings.
A Couple of Reminders:
Looking forward to seeing you all at the Double Tree on July 16 – 19 for this year’s Celebration!!
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WARNING: OUR CELEBRATIONS ARE GUILT/ATTITUDE FREE CONVENTIONS FOR REAL MATURE MEN AND THEIR ADMIRERS. WHILE THEY ARE ALSO WELCOME TO ATTEND, IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR YOUNG BODY-BEAUTIFUL MODELS, THEN THIS IS NOT FOR YOU.