Heiko Dobrikow – 2019 Downtowner of the Year

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Council recognized Heiko Dobrikow as the 2019 Downtowner of the Year presented by the Downtown Development Authority. Dobrikow, who is currently Executive Vice President at the Las Olas Company and the General Manager of the Riverside Hotel, has become a fixture of leadership within our community and exemplifies the spirit of the Chamber’s annual award, which honors an individual and/or business organization that has made a significant impact within Downtown Fort Lauderdale and the region as a whole.

The Winterfest team with their recently installed chairman, Susan Renneisen, attended the event and congratulated Heiko Dobrikow on his award. Dobrikow has been an active member of the Winterfest Board of Directors since 2012. He is currently involved with the Winterfest VIP Viewing Area Committee and the Vision Committee for the Parade’s 50th Anniversary in 2021.


first paragraph from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce website:  Mike Cobelo on Monday, January 7, 2019  

Photo by Downtown Photo – Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Downtowner of the Year. In the Photo: Susan Renneisen, Kathy Keleher, Heiko Dobrikow, Lisa Scott-Founds and Dawn Read

Photos by Downtown Photo

Family Fun Day

“Panthers in the Park” Winterfest Family Fun Day  at Huizenga Plaza presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

Video from 2018 Florida Panthers Winterfest Family Fun Day presented by the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital (followed by the Grand Marshal Reception)

For an exciting day of family fun in Fort Lauderdale, head on over to Huizenga Plaza for Winterfest’s Family Fun Day. At the Florida Panthers Winterfest Family Fun Day presented by the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, we offer a plethora of free activities for kids of all ages–and the parents, too! Since this event is right in time for the holidays, be sure to keep an eye out for the brand new giant Toboggan Tunnel, Polar Express, Catabella Express, Sun Sentinel Kids Town, and other activities from the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

Our Family Fun day is packed with exciting Fort Lauderdale family activities where you can win prizes from South Florida Ford, get your face painted by our lovely artists, check out the Florida Renaissance Pirate Ship, hang out with the most adorable puppies from Danielle Pet Rescue Row, and so much more. There are even plenty of opportunities for photo ops with Santa, Stanley the Panther, and other surprise guests. While participating in the activities, you can enjoy the sounds of the Shane Duncan Band. 

If you work up an appetite, there will be plenty of food and beverages options for sale. Get samples from LaCroix, and so much more.

With great food, fun activities, and live music, the Florida Panthers Winterfest Family Fun Day presented by the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is an event you don’t want to miss out on. It’s a perfect day on the New River / Riverwalk for the entire family. If you would like to become a sponsor, contact us today at 954-767-0686

  • Photo opps: Stanley the Panther, Santa
  • WSVN Channel 7, VisitLauderdaleTV, and EyeOnSouthFlorida.com are scheduled to be on-location
  • Cathy & Larry Danielle Pet Rescue Row
  •  Southwest Airlines
  • Fifth Third Bank

 

Captain’s Meeting

WINTERFEST CAPTAIN’S MEETING PRESENTED BY INFORMA is a mandatory meeting for all Boat Parade participants, hosted by Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. Captains receive line-up information, along with rules and regulations for the parade. Goodie bags, featuring great items from our sponsors, and raffle items for Parade participants. CAPTAINS ONLY.

Want to promote your company to boaters? Donation items / gift certificates to the boaters – contact Winterfest for details.

OFFICIAL BOAT SAFETY SPONSOR OF THE PARADE

 

The Winterfest White Party

GrayRobinson P.A. Winterfest White Party presented and hosted by Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa featuring delights from top restaurants.

Want a ticket? Become a Sponsor – Get Invited! 

Video from 2018 Winterfest White Party

Be a part of the media glitz as Winterfest kicks off the Holiday Season! Musical performances highlight the parade’s theme throughout the evening at this exclusive party for sponsors, media partners and other select Winterfest guests.

Poster Unveiling

Grand Marshal Announcement

Appearance by Bravo’s Captain Lee from Below Deck

Jewelry display from Carroll’s Jewelers.  Special room rates are available for this event.

Main Sponsor: Gray Robinson, P.A.

Location: Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa

NO TICKETS ARE SOLD FOR THIS EVENT – you must be a Winterfest Sponsor! Call Winterfest today at 954-767-0686.

CONTACT WINTERFEST ON HOW TO BE A SPONSOR. Photos are on our Facebook page.