Dr. Phillips Charities Honors First Responders With Rascal Flatts Concert

Dr. Phillips Charities hosted Central Florida’s first responders including the Orlando Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Orlando Fire Department, the Orlando Regional Medical Center Level One Trauma Center, and the Florida Hospital Emergency Department for an “Evening of Thanks” on November 21st with a private concert by Rascal Flatts

“In appreciation of first responders and their unwavering, daily commitment to our safety, Dr. Phillips Charities is providing them with an evening out as our way of saying ‘thanks,’ said Kenneth D. Robinson, President.  

This story is featured in the Orlando Sentinel.

Press Release

ORLANDO – November 21, 2016 – Dr. Phillips Charities is hosting central Florida’s first responders including the Orlando Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Orlando Fire Department, the Orlando Regional Medical Center Level One Trauma Center, and the Florida Hospital Emergency Department for an “Evening of Thanks” on November 21st with a private concert by Rascal Flatts.

“In appreciation of first responders and their unwavering, daily commitment to our safety, Dr. Phillips Charities is providing them with an evening out as our way of saying ‘thanks,’ said Kenneth D. Robinson, President/CEO, Dr. Phillips, Inc. 

"Each day, our first responders keep our community safe by performing their jobs to the best of their abilities. I am proud to stand with our residents, businesses and charitable organizations, like Dr. Phillips Charities, to thank these fire fighters, police officers and hospital staff who serve our community selflessly and let them know that we appreciate and value them," said Buddy Dyer, City of Orlando Mayor.

“I’m deeply grateful that the Dr. Phillips Charities has chosen to honor our first responders in such a memorable way,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “From the moment of the Pulse attack, courageous front-line personnel from throughout the region rushed to respond.  I’m not sure that we will ever know the full impact of the Pulse tragedy on our first responders – or the enormity of their efforts in caring for the victims and pursuing justice – but what I do know is that behind every law enforcement badge, every firefighter helmet, and every EMT, nurse or surgeon uniform, beats the heart of a hero.  I’m so honored to join in paying tribute to the extraordinary service that our first responders rendered to the Pulse victims, survivors and families. We will never forget their courage and compassion.”

“On behalf of the men and women of the Orlando Police Department, I extend our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Phillips Charities for providing this much needed "evening of thanks." Our officers and dispatchers are truly grateful for this gesture of kindness and support,” said John Mina, Orlando Chief of Police.

The “Evening of Thanks” is exclusively for first responders and is not open to the public.

About Dr. Phillips Charities

The Dr. Phillips name has been a major economic and philanthropic presence in the Central Florida community since the turn of the 20th century. To honor the legacy of the Phillips family and its support of organizations that live up to the motto "to help others help themselves", Dr. Phillips Charities has invested more than $170 million in grants, pledges and program-related investments to worthy nonprofit organizations. A significant portion of these dollars has been major gifts to construct facilities including the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Dr. Phillips YMCA Family Center, the University of Central Florida and other non-profit organizations.

Click here to download the PDF of this press release.

Visit www.drphillipscharitiesevent.org to see & download your picture from this memorable event.

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