Winterfest 50th Anniversary Shout Out on Boat Boss

Thank you, Kim Sweers, for welcoming me to the helm of Boat Boss. Great platform to promote the 50th-anniversary celebration of Winterfest. Be a part of all the events leading up to the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade on 12.11.21.

Kim Sweers and Lisa Scott-Founds on Boat Boss

 Winterfest Launch Party

As a Winterfest partner, you will receive tickets to South Florida’s preview of the holiday season featuring Winterfest updates, amazing bites, sips, entertainment, and at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. The event is scheduled for Friday, October 21, 2022, and will feature delights from top-area restaurants throughout Broward County.

NO TICKETS ARE SOLD TO THE PUBLIC – SPONSORSHIP IS YOUR TICKET IN!

2022 highlights:

  • The event will reflect this year’s theme “Neon Nightlife Under the Sea.”
  • Appearance by the Winterfest Poster Artist – Dennis Friel Connected by Water and the unveiling of the original artwork of this year’s poster.
  • Miss Florida USA and Miss Florida Teen USA
  • Check out what you missed last year – WSVN Channel 7’s coverage (additional event links on winterfestparade.com/videos)

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SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

All sponsorships are created to provide the maximum entertainment/branding opportunities within the Winterfest Celebration. Click on the sponsorship level of interest and a Winterfest representative will contact you to have a custom sponsorship created for your company OR call the Winterfest Office at 954-767-0686

Ready to be a Sponsor? Get ready to be part of the Winterfest Family!

 
 
 
 
 
 

2022 PARTNERS (PENDING)

  • TITLE SPONSOR: Gray Robinson, P.A
  • FEATURED RESTAURANT: Casa Calabria Restaurant
  • GRAND GOLDEN ENTRANCE: Robinson’s Jewelers
  • BEVERAGES: Republic National Distributing Company, Stella Artios, La Crois, Brugal Rum
  • RESTAURANTS: 3030 Ocean, Anthony’s Runway 84, Billy’s Stone Crab, Carl’s Seafood, Casa Calabria, Chop Shoppe Essentials – Sistrunk Market, Cuba Libre, Eddie V’s, Kasai & Koori, Mimi’s Ravioli, Piazza Italia, Tower Club.

Photos are on our Facebook page.

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Any social media influencers must submit their handles, viewership and pre-/event day promotions plan when requesting credentials.

2021 Winterfest Parade Winners

PARADE DATE: DECEMBER 11, 2021

Look for updates on Special Awards and Remember to VOTE EVERY DAY for the People’s Choice Award

SPECIAL AWARDS INCLUDE Rookie Award, Passionate for Parades (in more than one Parade – awards are based on boaters entering the Pompano Parade), Bob Leider – Best in Television, KAYE PEARSON AWARD – Spirit of Innovation, BEACON LIGHTS AWARDS – Use of Moving Lights, ADMIRAL AWARD – Spirit and Enthusiasm, JOE MILLSAPS AWARD – Military Spirit Award, and PEOPLE’S CHOICE.

2021 #BOAT ENTRYCATEGORY FOR JUDGEAWARDSSPECIAL AWARDS
DROMANTIC VENICEPRESHOWOVERALL 
GMOORE PADDLEBOARDERSPRESHOWLIGHTS 
HSOUTH FLORIDA KAYAK MEET-UP    PRESHOWENTERTAINMENTPASSIONATE FOR PARADES
1U.S. COAST GUARD 45GOVERNMENT PASSIONATE FOR PARADES
1U.S. COAST GUARD CUTTER HUDSONGOVERNMENTOVERALL 
2WINTERFEST FIREWORKS PRESENTED BY FORDBARGEOVERALL 
3FORT LAUDERDALE FIRE BOAT 49GOVERNMENT LIGHTS 
4SEMINOLE HARD ROCK WINTERFEST GRAND MARSHAL SHOWBOAT PRESENTED BY FIFTH THIRD BANKSHOWBOATTHEME 
5MARINE INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION ON BOARD SUMMERWINDCHARTER 60+  
6REPUBLIC NATIONAL DISTRIBUTING COMPANY ON BOARD CATALINASHOWBOATENTERTAINMENT 
7AARP CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF WINTERFEST ON BOARD BALLYHOOBARGELIGHTS 
8ADVANCED ROOFING ON BOARD MILLIECOMMERCIAL 35-59OVERALLPASSIONATE FOR PARADES
9MOBILE MIKE ON BOARD REFLECTIONCOMMERCIAL 60+  
10THE BEATLES ON BOARD WATER TAXICHARTER 20-59THEME 
11WE WILL ROCK YOU ON BOARD WET DREAMPRIVATE 35-59THEME 
12THE ICE CREAM FLOATCOMMERCIAL 20-34LIGHTS 
13BISCAYNE BAY FOUNDATIONNON-PROFIT 20-34LIGHTS 
14NSU STUDENT VETERANS ON BOARD STARMARKERCOMMERCIAL 35-59  JOE MILLSAPS AWARD
15THE PARIS PRINCESSPRIVATE UNDER 20OVERALL 
16FELICITYPRIVATE 20-34LIGHTS 
17KARMA BROWARD ON MIDNIGHT EXPRESSCOMMERCIAL 35-59LIGHTS 
18JR. CAPTAIN SHOWBOAT POWERED BY FPL & TWO MEN AND A TRUCKSHOWBOATOVERALL 
19WELLINGTON CONSERVATION CENTER ON BOARD MUSETTECHARTER 60+  
20BALLYHOOBARGETHEME 
21MR BOBBPRIVATE 60 – 79OVERALL PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
22WSVN ON BOARD THE VENETIAN LADYSHOWBOATLIGHTS 
23CELSIUS ON BOARD CAPRICECHARTER 60+LIGHTS 
24THE ROCKPRIVATE 20-34  
25KEY LARGONON-PROFIT 20-34OVERALL 
2826′ SAILFISHPRIVATE 20-34THEME
29POSEIDON MARINECOMMERCIAL 20-34LIGHTS 
30AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION’S TURQUOISE TAKEOVERNON-PROFIT 35-59  
31SEA SCOUTS ON BOARD SHAKE A LEG MIAMISAILBOATLIGHTS 
32DUNN DEALPRIVATE 20-34  ROOKIE
33TOY SOLDIERS ON BOARD OTTERSAILBOATENTERTAINMENT 
34WAR EAGLENON-PROFIT 35-59ENTERTAINMENT 
35NAVIGATORSAILBOAT 20-34OVERALL 
36SAVOIR-FAIREPRIVATE 80+OVERALL 
37THE FINE EXPERIENCENON-PROFIT 60+ LIGHTSPASSIONATE FOR PARADES
38TWIN PEAKS ON BOARD SUNDREAMCHARTER 60+  
39KNOT ON CALLPRIVATE 20-34  
42NAUTI PILOTPRIVATE 35-59LIGHTSPASSIONATE FOR PARADES
43REEL BUSYPRIVATE 20-34  
44SAILS CALLPRIVATE 35-59  
45KAMA SUTURE PRIVATE 20-34 ROOKIE
47SLIP N’ FALL STEVEPRIVATE 20-34  
48 FPI SECURITY SERVICES ON BOARD THE SOUTH FLORIDA PRINCESSCHARTER 60+  
49CRUISIN’ TIKISCHARTER 20-59OVERALL 
5050TH ANNIVERSARY OF WINTERFESTCHARTER 60+ENTERTAINMENT 
51SEA TOW & THE 12 DINGHIES OF CHRISTMASCOMMERCIAL 20-34OVERALLPASSIONATE FOR PARADES
52SEXY FISHPRIVATE 60-79THEME 
53MAGIC MOMENTCOMMERCIAL 60+OVERALLPASSIONATE FOR PARADES
54FLOCKFEST ON BOARD RUBBERDUCKNON-PROFIT 60+OVERALL 
55RISQUE CALCULEPRIVATE 35-59  
57UNDER THE SEA ON BOARD WATER TAXICHARTER 60+OVERALL
58WINTERFEST PATRIOTIC RED, WHITE & BLUE ON BOARD WATER TAXISHOWBOATSOUND 
60MISS DIRECTIONPRIVATE 80+SOUND 
61BROWARD COLLEGE ON BOARD WATER TAXICOMMERCIAL 35-59  
62BLUEFOOT PIRATES WITH THE FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVALCHARTER 20-59SOUND 
63DA PLUG PROMOTIONPRIVATE 20-34  
64MISS NICOLEPRIVATE 35-59OVERALL 
65NEGRONI LAW GROUP ONBOARD NO PHOTOS PLEASECOMMERCIAL 35-59  
66ISLAND TIMECHARTER 20-59LIGHTS 
67ESPE FOUNDATION ON BOARD EPICNON-PROFIT 35-59LIGHTS 
68DINING DIVAS ON BOARD COLLEEN MARIECOMMERCIAL 35-59  
69LA SIRENEPRIVATE 35-59LIGHTS 
70EL LADRILLO IIIPRIVATE 80+LIGHTSBOB LEIDER – Best in Television
71DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’PRIVATE 60-79SOUND 
72M/Y DISCOPRIVATE 35-59  
73CHABAD LUBAVITCH OF FT LAUDERDALE ON BOARD FLAMINGONON-PROFIT 60+ENTERTAINMENT 
74MSP RECOVERY ON BOARD NAMASTEPRIVATE 80+ KAYE PEARSON AWARD – Spirit of Innovation
75TURNAROUNDPRIVATE 35-59SOUNDPASSIONATE FOR PARADES (Boca)
76REEL ESTATEPRIVATE 35-59 
77AQUARIUSPRIVATE 20-34  
78REY OF SUNSHINECOMMERCIAL 35-59  
79REEL SURVIVORPRIVATE 35-59 
80LOVE SHACKCHARTER 20-59ENTERTAINMENT
82PADDLE PUBCOMMERCIAL 35-59  
83RENAND FOUNDATION ONBOARD SOARNON-PROFIT 35-59ENTERTAINMENT 
84MISS ADVENTUREPRIVATE 20-34 
85OMEGA PSI PHI ON BOARD THE GRAND PRINCESSCHARTER 60+  
86CLOSING TIMEPRIVATE 20-34LIGHTS 
87M/Y SQUAD HOUSECOMMERCIAL 35-59 
88SEAVORCEPRIVATE 20-34  
89MARINE TOYS FOR TOTS ON BOARD STAY AFLOAT PARTY BOATNON-PROFIT 35-59LIGHTS 
90BELLA CANDELAPRIVATE 20-34 ROOKIE
91BRANDON’S BOATPRIVATE 20-34THEME 
92BOTTOM FEEDERPRIVATE 20-34  
93PERFECT LIFEPRIVATE 35-59 ROOKIE
96FLORIDA CHILDREN’S THEATER ON BOARD BLACK PEARLNON-PROFIT 35-59OVERALL
97CATHOLIC HEALTH SERVICES LIVE NATIVITY ON BOARD WATER TAXINON-PROFIT 60+LIGHTS 
98NONPROFITS & RED CROSS ON BOARD UNEXPECTED PLEASURESAILBOAT 60+OVERALL 
99MISS PONTOONCHARTER 20-59 ADMIRAL AWARD – SPIRIT & ENTHUSIASM
100WEST MARINE BRINGS SANTA ON BOARD JUNGLE QUEENCHARTER 60+THEME 

Have You Met… December 2021

Winterfest is proud to highlight a few of the people that are behind the scenes of the “Best Show on H20”

Renée Korbel Quinn & Shane Strum

Renée Korbel Quinn

Renée Korbel Quinn headshot

BOARD MEMBER and 2021 BELLE OF THE BALL

Name: Renée Korbel Quinn

Company: QuinnProQuo Strategies & Communication

A South Florida resident since 1969, Renée Korbel Quinn transitioned from a successful 32 year private banking/wealth management career to founder of QuinnProQuo Strategies + Communication. She incorporates her valuable experiences into growing her clients’ businesses, connecting and creating opportunities for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and promoting partnerships between the two. Specialties include business and marketing strategies, relationship management, partnerships, connectivity and community advocacy.

In 2015 Quinn founded the QPQ venture Spirited South Florida, where she curates the best in hospitality, serving up the latest trends in culinary, cocktails and craft beers and the intriguing experiences to match. As @SpiritedSFL on Instagram and Clubhouse, she brings together an international audience of over 60,000 followers. Quinn is a nationally published writer and featured columnist for Food & Beverage’s PR%F, The Magazine. Locally, she is the Savor editor and part of the dynamic writing team creating unique content for Go Riverwalk Magazine’s #BITES+SIPS print column.

Quinn has successfully created and continues to strategize programs that have raised over $7,000,000.00+ for local community organizations. Highlighted @SpiritedSFL created charitable experiences include Bourbon Hopscotch, Real Men Drink Pink, CocktailRs for a Cause, Spirited Women United and Winterfest Lounge & Learn.

Renée has been actively involved with Winterfest, Inc. since 1998 and has been a secretary/executive board member and board member since 2007. Winterfest awards include Life Preserver, Social Butterfly, Spinnaker and now, for 2021, Belle of the Ball!

Shane Strum

Shane Strum, Board Member and 2021 Commodore

BOARD MEMBER and 2021 COMMODORE

Name: Shane Strum

Company: Broward Health

Shane Strum is President and CEO of Broward Health, one of the 10 largest public health systems in the U.S.

Strum is a recognized leader with decades of executive experience. Most recently, Strum served as chief of staff to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Prior to his work with the state, Strum served as senior vice president at Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood, Florida, where he was part of an executive team that managed over 15,000 employees and an annual budget more than $2.4 billion. He also oversaw Memorial’s strategic planning, marketing, community relations and global health functions. Before he joined Memorial’s executive team, Strum served on the South Broward Hospital District Board for several years, including two terms as chairman.

A native of Broward County, Strum’s legacy of public service has spanned nearly 30 years. During that time, Strum has led initiatives that have lowered costs of prescription drugs, expanded telehealth services, improved transparency and quality in healthcare, and increased awareness of mental health and substance abuse issues throughout the state.

 In addition to his healthcare experience, Strum has exceled in higher education, having served as vice chancellor of Keiser University and director of corporate and government relations at Nova Southeastern University. He has been an active board member of the Winterfest organization for 20 years.

 Strum has an MBA from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Alabama.

Enjoy a Photo Gallery of the 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade Black Tie Ball Belle of the Ball and Commodore

Storytime with Santa

Storytime with Santa presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital with a special thank you to Visit Lauderdale for inviting the Jolly ol’ Elf to beautiful Greater Fort Lauderdale and Broward County to enjoy a little vacation before his busy night!

Where does Santa Vacation?

Visit Lauderdale Knows were to find Santa –

Do you want to vacation like Santa? Check out all the hotel packages on the winterfestparade.com website and Vaca like the Jolly Ol’ Elf

Have You Met… November 2021

Winterfest is proud to highlight a few of the people that are behind the scenes of the “Best Show on H20”

Meet Alyssa Lovitt & Johnny Williams

Alyssa Lovitt

Alyssa Lovitt

BOARD MEMBER and CHAIR of WINTERFEST’S WHITE HOT LAUNCH PARTY

Name: Alyssa Lovitt

Company: I LOV-ITT Events

Alyssa Lovitt, founder, and CEO of I LOV-ITT Events, is a highly passionate premier event planner and business development consultant.

Alyssa has cultivated her skills by teaming with major corporations and charities in the South Florida area by aligning their vision into seamless and memorable events and productions.

Her extensive experience in the areas of corporate special event operations, social events, hospitality, sponsorship research and solicitation, community relations, and business development allows her to offer a wide range of services while delivering high-end personalized service to all clients.

Mrs. Lovitt continuously engages herself in causes to better our society and has been an asset to the structure of countless organizations such as The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Women United, and many more!

What makes I LOV-ITT Events different and special is that they offer superior quality planning and consulting services and ideas designed to create a memorable and cherished experience for everyone involved.

The consulting specialists at I LOV-ITT Events will guide you through the entire process of designing and producing successful and well-planned events.

Johnny Williams

Johnny Williams

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER and WINTERFEST CO-COUNSEL

Name: Johnny Williams

COMPANY: ProMOTION Sports & Entertainment

Johnny Williams Jr. is Managing Partner of ProMOTION Sports & Entertainment, a firm specializing in the implementation and production of integrated marketing programs and events for pro athletes and entertainers.

Johnny leverages his knowledge and understanding of the sports and entertainment industry, along with his extensive industry experience, to strategically align athletes and performers with corporate America by enhancing their brand and generating revenue for their philanthropic initiatives.

Mr. Williams has been successful in managing comprehensive complex projects for companies such as The Don Shula Foundation, The Super Bowl XXIX Host Committee, The PGA Tour, and Pro Series, INC. At PSI, he structured major contracts that delivered a multi-million dollar ROI for their corporate partners.

His accomplishments don’t stop there! He has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2003 and graduated from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard College of Law, earned a MS degree in Sports Administration and Marketing from St. Thomas University and a BA degree in Communications from the State University of New York at Cortland.

Johnny has been recognized in Success South Florida Magazine as being one of South Florida’s most successful African American businessmen under 40 and in the inaugural edition of Who’s Who in Black South Florida.

  • He has given back to the community through his work as a Guardian Ad Litem and mentoring students.
  • Mr. Williams sits on the Executive Board of The Winterfest Boat Parade, The Pantry of Broward and serves as General Counsel for the O.J. McDuffie Catch 81 Foundation.

The November 2021 Winterfest Wave and Have You Met powered by I LOV-ITT Events

Winterfest Boat Parade Reveals Mario Lopez as the 2021 Grand Marshal

Media Contact: 
Durée & Company, PR Consultant 
954-723-9350 / winterfest@dureeandcompany.com

Kathy Keleher, Marketing and Parade Director, Winterfest, Inc.
954-767-0686 / kathy@winterfestparade.com

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade Reveals Mario Lopez as the 2021 Grand Marshal Commemorating “50 Years of Hard Rockin’ Fun”

Winterfest Parade's 50th Anniversary Grand Marshal Mario Lopez

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Nov. XX, 2021 – Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade revealed two-time Emmy-winning television host, nationwide iHeartMedia radio host, author, and YouTube superstar, Mario Lopez, as the Grand Marshal of the 50th annual Parade taking place Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. Lopez is one of the most iconic faces of television and best known from his early days on “Saved by the Bell” and dancing on the hit show, “Dancing with the Stars.”  

“We are excited to have Mario Lopez as the celebrity Grand Marshal to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Winterfest and the holiday season,” said Lisa Scott-Founds, President and CEO. “Lopez has won many hearts with his mesmerizing charm and charismatic presence on TV and Broadway.” 

Lopez will appear onboard the Fifth Third Bank Grand Marshal Showboat in the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade on Dec. 11. He will be waving and greeting the spectators along the 12-mile Parade route as it sails along the New River, Intracoastal, the Parade Public Viewing Area presented by Baptist Health towards Pompano Beach. 

Mario Lopez will also appear at the private Winterfest® Grand Marshal Reception presented by University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center on Friday, Dec. 10. The reception will honor Lopez, the Winterfest Foundation’s Jr. Captain Violet Martin from the Florida Youth Orchestra, the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Child Ambassador Jordan Levy, and celebrity guests. The evening will include a special performance by violinist Steve Avi, celebrity appearances by founding member of NSYC Joey Fatone and Bravo’s Below Deck Captain Lee.

Lopez recently joined “Access Hollywood” and has signed a development deal with NBC/Universal. He also hosts the nationwide iHeartMedia radio shows, “On with Mario Lopez” and “iHeartRadio Countdown with Mario Lopez.” Lopez has also launched a YouTube channel called “The Lopez Family” featuring his wife Courtney, their two children and their two dogs. 

He has recently appeared on the NBC hit drama “This is Us” and the CW series “Jane the Virgin.” Lopez has also appeared on “Brooklyn 99,” “The Rookie,” and served as a recurring voice on “Elena of Avalor” with his daughter Gia. He played ‘Dr. Mike Hamoui’ on F/X network’s popular show “Nip/Tuck.” Lopez previously starred in the highest-rated program in ABC Family history, “Holiday in Handcuffs” and also starred opposite Mark Consuelos in the made- for-TV movie, “Husband for Hire.” 

Lopez has also appeared on the FOX and FOX Sports Networks on the shows The X Factor, LA Fight Club as well as EXTRA TV.

Lopez’s relentless work ethic has extended him to include his love of sports, specifically boxing, fitness and clean eating. As a best-selling author, Mario has expanded beyond autobiographies and children’s books to healthy eating guides for the entire family and fitness books. 

Parade enthusiasts are invited to show their love for the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade by voting in USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice for the favorite holiday parade in North America. Parade-goers are allowed to vote once a day until Dec. 6 at 12 p.m. by visiting https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-holiday-parade-2021/

For more information on the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade, how to win tickets to the exclusive Winterfest® Grand Marshal Reception or purchase tickets to watch the parade, visit WinterfestParade.com or call 954-767-0686.

Editor’s Note: To access high-resolution images, visit https://bit.ly/3wyibSw.

About Winterfest, Inc celebrating 50 years 1971-2021.

Winterfest® is a Florida not-for-profit organization based in Broward County that produces a variety of events including the free public event known as the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade – “The World’s Most Watched Boat Parade.” On a typical year, more than one million spectators view the Parade along the 12-mile route, with millions more via television and the internet, bringing national and international recognition to South Florida. Winterfest® also hosts a variety of annual events to enhance the community’s image and provide unique, wholesome family entertainment. For more information, visit us online at winterfestparade.com, call 954-767-0686 or follow us: Facebook: winterfest.parade, Instagram: WinterfestInc. Join the conversation: #WF50 #WinterfestFL 

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino HollywoodSeminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is the flagship integrated resort of Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. This renowned entertainment, gaming and hospitality destination unveiled a $1.5 billion expansion in 2019, highlighting the debut of the world’s first and only Guitar Hotel. Between three hotel towers, the resort boasts 1,271 luxury guestrooms. Amenities include a 42,000 square-foot Rock Spa® & Salon; a 13.5-acre recreational water experience for watersports; private “Bora Bora” style cabanas; more than 15 food and beverage outlets; an expansive gaming floor with 3,000 slots, 193 table games and a 45-table poker room; 120,000 square feet of premier meeting and convention space; and a 26,000 square-foot retail promenade. Hard Rock Live, the resort’s entertainment venue, showcases A-list entertainers and performers, sporting events and live broadcast productions in an intimate 7,000-person capacity setting. Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood is located on 87 acres of the Hollywood Seminole Reservation along State Road 7 (U.S. Highway 441). For more information, visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, call 800-937-0010 or follow us: Facebook: SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly

Winterfest 50th Anniversary Events Line-Up

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Media Contact: 
Durée & Company, PR Consultant 
954-723-9350 / winterfest@dureeandcompany.com

Kathy Keleher, Marketing and Parade Director, Winterfest, Inc.
954-767-0686 / kathy@winterfestparade.com

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade Celebrates its 50th Anniversary with an Exhilarating Line-Up of Events

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Sept.30, 2021 – To commemorate its 50th anniversary, Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade will feature a spectacular lineup of events counting down to this year’s historical boat parade taking place on Dec. 11. The extensive timeline, showcasing “50 Years of Hard Rockin’ Fun,” will be featured on the Winterfest website, highlighting Flashback Fridays and other historical moments promoting the organizer’s milestones.

In 2021, Winterfest will be hosting its signature annual in-person events along with some fun holiday happenings for the entire family to enjoy. Storytime, digital messages from Santa, Christmas cookie decorating and ornament making classes, and more will be just one click away on Winterfestparade.com. Visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase an ornament or charm commemorating the 50th anniversary. The website will include a link to the online auction which will be active to bid on starting mid-October.

“We are pleased to host many unique and interactive events, in person to bring the community together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Winterfest and the holiday season,” said Lisa Scott-Founds, President and CEO.

The 2021 in-person lineup includes:

Gray Robinson, P.A. Winterfest White Hot Launch Party 
Date:
Oct. 23, 7-10 p.m.
Location: Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, 3030 Holiday Dr., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Cost: An invitation is included with the purchase of a sponsorship. 

Description: The White Hot Launch Party hosted by Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa will begin with the Robinson Jewelers Golden Grand Entrance and feature delights from featured restaurant, Casa Calabria, and other top chefs’ choices from restaurants such as Anthony’s Runway 84, Carl’s Seafood, Cuba Libre, Eddie V’s, Billy’s Stone Crabs, Kasai & Koori, Mimi’s Ravioli, Piazza Italia, Sistrunk Marketplace and Tower Club. DJ Mack in the Morning – Totally 93.9 MIA will MC with Bravo’s Captain Lee from Below Deck as a special guest.

The Nifty Fifty Pep Rally 
Date:
Nov. 6, 7-10 p.m. 
Location: Isle of Palms – Private Residence
Cost: Limited tickets are available. $100 per person / $150 for 2 tickets (save $50)

Description: The Nifty Fifty Pep Rally presented by Steve Savor in association with The Umbrella Group is. Time travel to the 50s with multiple bands and retro DJs thru the decades, diner fare by Fort Lauderdale Country Club. Ride share and Jeevz is encouraged. Decadent Milkshake Bar and beverage creations with Brugal Rum, Botanist, Remy Martin, Fireball Whisky and Cointreau with wines from Chloe and Cupcake. Livestream of the entertainment by AARP.

2021 Poster Debut with Artist Charles Fazzino 
Date:
Nov. 18, 6 p.m.
Location: The Guitar Hotel at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Wentworth Gallery – 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, Fl 33314
Cost: FREE

Description: Artist Charles Fazzino will debut the 50th Anniversary Winterfest poster. The public is invited to the unveiling and will have the opportunity to mingle with celebrities such as Miami Dolphins player Emmanuel Ogbah.

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Winterfest® Family Fun Day 
Date:
Nov. 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Huizenga Plaza 32 E. Las Olas Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Cost: FREE 

Description: Fun for kids of all ages! Families will enjoy “The Polar Express,” face painting, food and beverage sampling, Pet Rescue Row, Stoked on Salt Conservation Village photo opportunities with Santa free giveaways, sampling by LaCroix, Fifth Third Bank Race Car, South Florida Ford, live entertainment, MC Amelia from BIG 105.9FM, story time with characters of the new holiday book “ POMP, SNOW  & CIRQUEumstance” and so much more.

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Black Tie Ball Presented by Broward Health
Date:
Dec. 4, 6 p.m. till midnight
Location: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, Fl 33314
Cost: Tables of 10 start at $3,000.

Description: The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will transform into a Winter Wonderland for this black-tie ball with entertainment sponsored by DEX Imaging. Guests will enjoy special performances from the Broadway Musical, Disney’s FROZEN, and the evening will be filled with a rich array of music from the 12-piece band “Private Stock.” Republic National Distributing, Co. will bring spirits and wines such as Chloe, Imagery, Tribute and 13 Celsius. Bid on amazing items in the Fidelity Investments silent auction.

Captain’s Meeting Presented by Karma Automotive
Date:
Dec. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
Cost: Parade participants only. 

Description: In association with Frank & Jimmie’s Prop Shop and FB Marine Group, Karma will host Parade captains for dinner following the mandatory meeting. Goodie bags will be provided to each boater.

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Grand Marshal Reception Presented by University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Date:
Dec. 10, 6-9 p.m. 
Location: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, Fl 33314
Cost: Tickets are included with the purchase of a sponsorship.

Description: The Reception will honor the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade Grand Marshal, Jr. Captain, Child Ambassador, and celebrity guests.

50th Anniversary Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade
Date:
Dec. 11, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Location: 12-mile route along the intracoastal waterway commencing in downtown Fort Lauderdale
Cost: FREE

Description: Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade will celebrate its 50th anniversary with the theme, “50 Years of Hard Rockin’ Fun.” A highly anticipated signature event of the holidays, the parade can be viewed along the 12-mile route commencing in downtown Fort Lauderdale. This year’s Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade will sparkle with iconic rock images, music and décor in celebration of the 50th anniversary. The dazzling event will close out the year with floating stages of entertainment, beauty queens, celebrities and starry-eyed spectators of all ages. Since its inception in 1971, Winterfest® has become a Florida tradition with national and international viewers.

Sponsor entries include South Florida Ford Fireworks, Fifth Third Bank Grand Marshal Showboat featuring the host city, the City of Fort Lauderdale, showstopper entries sponsored by WSVN-FOX, FPL, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, Republic National Distributing, Co., AARP, Live Nativity by Catholic Health Services, Floating Concert Entry with Southern Blood, and more. Parade viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite entry on the Winterfest App to win Spirit Airlines tickets.

VIP Viewing Area Presented by Holy Cross Health, Nova Southeastern University and Hotwire Communications 
Date:
Dec. 11, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Laura Ward Park 
Cost: Tickets are included with the purchase of a sponsorship.

Description: Guests will experience an intimate view of the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade. The most prestigious location to watch the Parade! Close to 500 community leaders, dignitaries and Winterfest Sponsors will enjoy the ambiance of a private function between the Riverside Hotel and Stranahan House located where the Parade starts on the New River. This event includes great food from the Riverside Hotel, Tower Club and area restaurants, along with cocktail creations with Republic National Distributing, Co. products such as Fireball Whisky, Chloe and Tribute wines and sampling by LaCroix. The area is also host to the filming of the WSVN television show, livestreaming with EyeOnSouthFlorida and parade judges.

Parade Viewing Area presented by Baptist Health
Date:
Dec. 11, Gates open at 4 p.m., Parade arrives at 7 pm followed by a concert till 10:30 PM
Location: Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park — 80 Las Olas Cir., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Cost: $25 adults/$15 children 

Description: In association with the Beach Business Improvement District, and the Florida Panthers, spectators will experience “Party in the Park” festival atmostphere at Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park. Visitors will enjoy the Stella Artois Culinary Courtyard featuring Coca-Cola, LaCroix, Stella Artois and food vendors. The area will host a variety of activities, South Florida Ford, photos with Santa, and live entertainment on the City of Fort Lauderdale stage with Y100’s Frankie P, Big City Dogs, and the Shane Duncan Band. Parade commentary from iHeartMedia talent Drew from Y100 will be heard throughout the area. Make it a Winterfest® weekend with discounted hotel packages at winterfestparade.com.

About Winterfest, Inc celebrating 50 years 1971-2021.
Winterfest is a Florida not-for-profit organization based in Broward County that produces a variety of events including the free public event known as the Winterfest Boat Parade – “The World’s Most Watched Boat Parade.” On a typical year, spectators view the parade along the 12-mile route with millions more via television and the internet bringing National and International recognition to South Florida. Winterfest also hosts annual events to enhance the community’s image and provide unique, wholesome family entertainment. For more information visit us online at winterfestparade.com, 954-767-0686 or follow us: Facebook: winterfest.parade, Instagram: WinterfestInc. Join the conversation: #WF50 #WinterfestFL 

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is the flagship integrated resort of Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. This renowned entertainment, gaming and hospitality destination unveiled a $1.5 billion expansion in 2019, highlighting the debut of the world’s first and only Guitar Hotel. Between three hotel towers, the resort boasts 1,271 luxury guestrooms. Amenities include a 42,000 square-foot Rock Spa® & Salon; a 13.5-acre recreational water experience for watersports; private “Bora Bora” style cabanas; more than 15 food and beverage outlets; an expansive gaming floor with 3,000 slots, 193 table games and a 45-table poker room; 120,000 square feet of premier meeting and convention space; and a 26,000 square-foot retail promenade. Hard Rock Live, the resort’s entertainment venue, showcases A-list entertainers and performers, sporting events and live broadcast productions in an intimate 7,000-person capacity setting. Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood is located on 87 acres of the Hollywood Seminole Reservation along State Road 7 (U.S. Highway 441). For more information, visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, call 800-937-0010 or follow us: Facebook: SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly.

Winterfest Is A Winner at the 2021 SunSational Awards

Florida Festivals & Events 2021 SunSational Award Winner logo
FLORIDA FESTIVALS & EVENTS ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZES STATE’S BEST EVENTS WITH 2021 SUNSATIONAL AWARDS

ORLANDO, Fla. (August 25, 2021) – The Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA) recently
announced the winners of its annual SUNsational Awards during their 27th annual convention and
tradeshow. The Program recognizes members’ innovation, individuality and creative collaboration.

Nominations were accepted in ten categories, including Printed Materials; Outdoor Advertisement; PR / Media Campaign; Photo; Promotional Item; T-shirt; Broadcast Media; Multimedia Marketing; Adapted and Virtual Events and Programming. Each category included three budget levels. A total of 170 events submitted their materials for consideration. 

Winterfest, Inc. was recognized for their promotions and campaigns during 2020 for the following:

First Place: 
Virtual Vacation with Santa – Social Media Ad Campaign with Visit Lauderdale
Home for the Holidays Promotional Item (ornament created by Pat Anderson)

Second Place:
Brochure (designed by S.Mark Graphics)
Twitter Campaign
2020 Annual Report

Third Place:
Radio PSA for their contests (with EyeOnSouthFlorida)

For a complete list of winners, visit www.ffea.com/sunsational-awards.

Nominations were judged by a blue ribbon panel representing media outlets, printing companies, website designers, photographers, promotional marketing professionals and social media experts.

“The SUNsational Awards have recognized and celebrated the talents of our members for more than two decades,” said Suzanne Neve, CEO of the FFEA.  “We’re proud of our members and their events – and excited to recognize them in this way each year. This year in particular was incredibly rewarding as we showcased the innovation and resilience of festival and event organizers throughout the state during this unprecedented time.”

About the Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA)Celebrating 27 years, FFEA is a not-for-profit association dedicated to supporting and promoting more than 5,500 festivals, events, and fairs in the state of Florida through education, networking and dissemination of information and the cultivation of high standards. For more information about FFEA, visit www.ffea.com.

Have You Met… September 2021

Winterfest is proud to highlight a few of the people that are behind the scenes of the “Best Show on H20”

Meet Our Boaters

MR. BOBB

Messingschlager Family
37 Years in the Parade

Mr. Bobb
Mr. Bobb

Mark Family 2018

A fan favorite, Mr. Bobb has been in the Parade since 1985. Mr. Bobb, a 60-foot Hatteras Sport fisherman, is owned by the Messingschlager Family and is always an award-winner and “People’s Choice Award” favorite with Parade fans.

The lighting and decorations are all done by son Mark. Every year, this entry hosts children, grandchildren and approximately 35 friends.    

Mr. Bobb is an anticipated entry – a Parade tradition. If you think this boat is spectacular, you should see their house which was featured as a contestant on ABC’s National Light Fight.

BLUEFOOT PIRATE ADVENTURES

Captain Maurice Andrews
11 Years in the Parade

Meet Maurice Andrews (Captain Black Sparrow) – Bluefoot Pirate Adventures

Maurice is a boat captain and commercial diver who takes on the persona of Captain Black Sparrow onboard Bluefoot Pirate Adventures. Prior to becoming a “pirate,” Maurice captained research vessels for Florida Atlantic University and worked on underwater fiber optic cable installation in places such as Brazil, Panama, Chile and Peru. His love of boating started after his time in the United States Army when he was a captain on the US Navy Base on Andros Island. 

When Maurice isn’t telling pirate tales to children on his ship, he enjoys underwater video and photography. 

Bluefoot Pirate Adventures has been a part of the Parade since their inception in 2011. The crew bring swashbuckling fun to Winterfest. Bluefoot Pirate Adventures is ranked as one of South Florida’s top-rated boating attractions for the entire family. They host daily pirate treasure hunts along Fort Lauderdale’s Intracoastal Waterway filled with action, adventure, and just a touch of magic! 

THE ICE CREAM FLOAT BOAT

AMY MCGILL
First Time In Parade

Meet Amy McGill with the Ice Cream Float Pompano. She is a first-time entry to the Parade. This cute little boat brings ice cream conveniently to boaters throughout the waterways of Pompano Beach. The idea for this business began when Amy and a friend were boating on a hot Florida day and wishing they had a cold treat. Now all boaters can benefit from their confectionery desires and wave them over when you see them passing by. They will also stop by your dock, come to your dockside BBQ, or bring ice cream to your birthday party.

This summer the Ice Cream Float Pompano brought all of those ice cream truck favorites to the water, and they also added some locally made Florida products such as scoops of “Mermaid Bubbles” and “Bait Bucket” ice cream and Key Lime Pie bars dipped in chocolate. Are you a fan? Follow them on Facebook and Instagram. Wonder what they will be serving their guests Parade night?

Meet Our Board Members

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER: Rob Kornahrens

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER: Rob Kornahrens

Rob Kornahrens’ humble business beginning started in 1983 when he borrowed $15,000 from his father to start his own business. From the purchase of a pick-up truck, the seeds of Rob’s roofing entrepreneurship were born. His focus on customer service in the commercial reroofing business is the foundation of his company’s steady growth for the last 35 years.  Today, Advanced Roofing has been in the top 10 Commercial Roofing Contractors in the United States and #1 in Florida, with seven branches throughout the State, which employs approximately 500 people. 

In 2007, Advanced Green Technologies (AGT) became a solar distributor for a thin film solar panel. Rob also started a solar contracting business to support AGT. Fourteen years later, AGT is the top commercial rooftop solar contractor in the State of Florida and recently completed two 2 Mega Watt Solar carports at Lockheed Martin (approximately 600 cars).  

As a boating enthusiast, Rob enters the Parade every year with a “wow” entry showcasing his creative adaptivity to the Parade’s theme. It was his actions during his early years in the Parade (spinning his boat in front of the judges to give them a 360-degree view of his decorations) which got him involved with the board.

Twenty-five years later, Rob prides himself as an award-winning parade participant, past chairman of the board, and a member of various Winterfest committees. You will see Rob at all the Winterfest celebrations every year leading up to the Parade.

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER: Gregg Snowden

Gregg Snowden Headshot

Gregg Snowden is a highly passionate VP/Account Director for GTB, one of Ford’s global marketing agencies. GTB is part of WPP which is the largest ad agency holding company in the world. Gregg manages the South Florida Ford Dealers account with a thorough knowledge of the client’s business, the consumer, the marketplace and all aspects of advertising and marketing including creative, media, financials, research, and production.

Gregg has over 20 years of marketing and advertising experience, of which 18 years have been completed at nationally recognized ad agencies. His eagerness to stay abreast of marketing trends has kept his clients at the forefront of social, digital, and experiential marketing.

Gregg is also a husband and father of two kids, Nicholas and Gianna. In his spare time, Gregg has a passion for fitness, enjoys golfing, and playing in the pool with his kids.

Gregg is a long-time supporter of Winterfest, an active board member since 2012, and currently serves on the Executive Board.

South Florida Ford is the sponsor of the 2021 Fireworks.

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER and VIP PARADE AREA PARTNER: Karla Thatcher

Karla Nelson-Thatcher Headshot

Twelve-time Emmy Award winner, Karla Nelson-Thatcher, Vice President of Corporate Communications, Government and Public Affairs for Hotwire Communications is an accomplished Public and Government Relations strategist, bringing over twenty years of creative and negotiating experience to her work. After getting her start as a television writer and producer, Ms. Nelson-Thatcher migrated to broadcasting where she held several positions as a Creative Services Director, analyzing Market Research and applying it to the development of talent teams, show formatting, and station branding to achieve market position in the wildly competitive world of television overnight ratings.

Her creative career continued as co-founder of K&L Consulting with international clients including an airline, an Island Government, and several not-for-profits in her hometown of South Florida. On the heels of success, Karla was picked by Comcast Cable in the Florida region, where over the course of thirteen years her role evolved from ensuring compliance with municipal franchise agreements to overseeing ad campaigns and the execution of Public, Education and Government programming.

Ms. Nelson-Thatcher developed news conferences for product launches, internal electronic based learning and a heavily viewed local on Demand portal that featured an array of programming, some of which won Emmy awards. Now, as VP of Corporate Communications, Government and Public Affairs at Hotwire Communications, Karla is building the foundation of Hotwire’s community profile and aligning with local CBOs, School Boards, Not for Profits, and Elected Officials.

During Ms. Nelson-Thatcher’s extensive career, she has been a part of Winterfest and recently accepted the position as assistant secretary on the organization’s Executive Board and is chairwoman of the Marketing Committee.

ADVISORY MEMBER: Bill Feinberg

Bill Fienberg Headshot

Bill Feinberg, President of Allied Kitchen and Bath in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has been an advisory member of Winterfest since 2013. Bill and his brother, Joe, founded the company in 1984. A self-made man with his roots in Philadelphia, Bill had a vision for the design and remodeling business. He successfully brought that vision to South Florida and has been reshaping the community for the last 35 years.  A man who lives by the motto “Pay it Forward,” Bill has hosted more than 100 charity events in the Allied showrooms with 100% of all funds raised going directly to the charity, often raising between $10,000-20,000 in just a few hours.

Bill is involved many with trade organizations for the Kitchen and Bath Industry and has served on numerous committees and Boards within the BKBG and the NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association) organizations. He recently served as the 2020 Chair of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.

Along with the Winterfest Advisory Board and the organization’s Marketing Committee. Bill currently serves on the boards of Habitat for Humanity and is the immediate past Chair, The Fort Lauderdale Chamberof Commerce. He is also involved with the US Army Advisory Council of Broward County, The Economic Advisory Council of Broward County (which works closely with The Federal Reserve Board), and is the past President of The South Florida Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Oakland Park Wilton Manors Chamber.