Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team

The Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team was started by former waterskiers from Cypress Gardens Theme Park who want to pass on their show skiing legacy to the next generation.

Before Walt Disney World and the rest of Central Florida’s sprawl of tourist destinations there was a family-owned theme park known as Cypress Gardens.  Cypress Gardens’ founder, Dick Pope, filled the park’s landscape with gorgeous flowers, beautiful Southern Belles, and thrilling water ski show.

During its 66 year run, millions upon millions of Florida visitors were thrilled by amazing barefooters, gravity-defying Rampmasters, lines of Aquamaids skimming effortlessly in precision across the water, and 4-tier human pyramids.  The Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team broke over 50 World Records and became known around the globe as the “Water Ski Capital of the World.”

Led by Former Show Director, Mark Voisard, the Cypress Gardens Water Skiers decided they did not want the legacy of world-class show skiing to die with the closing of the theme park.  So they formed a new team with two goals:  to continue to WOW central Florida audiences, and to pass on their water skiing skills to the next generation.

The team works closely with the city of Winter Haven to perform shows at Martin Luther King Park on Lake Silver.

Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic organization focused on improving and preserving Winter Haven’s business climate and quality of life.
Our Vision is to advance commerce and community.
Our mission is serving, representing and enhancing business growth. 
We have a long history of doing this in Winter Haven, from our founding in 1910 as a Board of Trade and then later our incorporation as a Chamber of Commerce in 1923.
The Chamber of Commerce serves as the hub for all information relating to Winter Haven – both for business and community. If we don’t have the answer, we will strive to connect you with the right people to help you grow your business or expand your network. We have more than 750 businesses with nearly 2,000 designated representatives that represent our member investors. The Chamber is administered by a Board of Directors who set policy and strategic goals.
Major areas of Chamber focus include small business support, marketing and programming, business advocacy, education, economic development and tourism. We are strategic partners with the City of Winter Haven, Main Street Winter Haven, Winter Haven Economic Development Council, the Central Florida Development Council, Polk Vision, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Orlando Economic Partnership, to name a few.
The Winter Haven Chamber Foundation, Inc., is a 501 c(3) affiliate that supports economic development, education and beautification efforts. Its programs include Leadership Winter Haven, the Endeavor Winter Haven young professionals group, partnerships  with the Public Education Partnership (PEP), sponsor of the Polk Emerging Leaders Awards and various other leadership and professional development seminars.
The Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce has been accredited for 35 years, and was designated as a “Five Star” Chamber by the US Chamber of Commerce in 2018. Less than two percent of the nation’s Chamber’s achieve accreditation and only a small percentage earn three, four or five stars.

Top Buttons Winter Haven

Top Buttons is a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization building self worth in young women. We provide confidence building education and proper fitting attire to young women. We are also open for public shopping through our Boutique Program.

The Arts Ensemble Education Foundation

The Arts Ensemble Education Foundation is an arts incubator and provides resident arts programs that support and promote local artists, youth arts education for at-risk children, and healing arts in collaboration with existing health and wellness agencies, and works to provide art in public places programs. Arts Ensemble advocates for the arts; empowering artists, arts organizations and creative businesses to work together and drive arts-related programing in Polk County and Central Florida.

Heart for Winter Haven

Heart for Winter Haven is a faith-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation committed to empower individuals, businesses, organizations, and churches to create a connected Winter Haven working together to renew people and places, one life-transforming deed at a time.

We began to walk alongside individuals and non-profits who were struggling under the weight of generational poverty, and a siloed existence; and when we went to assist them in finding solutions to their situations we found a fragmented network of care. We found that non-profits were striving to meet many needs but were overwhelmed in the amount of work and care they were trying to provide. Our solution was to create a unifying network of churches, businesses and non-profit organizations that could work together for the betterment of the community.

We opened the VolunteerHere! Center in May 2015 to undertake a campaign to engage people of faith a good will in volunteering at least 1-2 hours per month to a local organization. We continue to expand our network of churches, non-profits, and businesses to further extend our resources and cause a transformation of poverty and our city as a whole.

In 2016 we partnered with Jobs for Life to help provide the unemployed and underemployed in our community the skills, self-confidence, biblical understanding of work, and employer connections they need to get a job to provide for themselves and their families.

As of August 2017, we have graduated 24 students and had a total of 33 Champions (mentors). We have seen the life-course of these students and their families redirected towards financial, spiritual, and relational thriving. Likewise, we have witnessed the power of collective impact as people from multiple parts of the city form a network of support and care.

Why we do this:

“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” Jeremiah 29:7

 

Women’s Resource Center of FL, Inc.

Empowering women so that they can build better lives for themselves and their families.

The Women’s Resource Center is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization that has been serving Polk county since 1984.

Our Mission is to provide a variety of services for women and their families in crisis. We provide each client with valuable assistance that will enhance their current situation through immediate services, while empowering each woman and family to become productive members within their community.

Women’s Resource Center of Florida is here to help women and their families during times of crisis and transition.  We offer programs that can help our clients rewrite their stories and start living a life that makes them proud and independent.