In 2009, “That’s Entertainment” theme celebrated two grand marshals on the waterway – Kim Kardashian and Alonzo Mourning. Adding to our commitment with the community, student artist Yanny Issac was the poster designer and the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale celebrated the opening of the Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Winterfest Family Fun Day. The 4th Annual Winterfest White Party at the W Hotel hosted 8 year old Julia Dale and 7 year old violinist Brianna Kahane (who performed on the Ellen Show). Winterfest also honored the legacy of Young Cancer Warrior – 15 year old Amanda Blake who fought against osteosarcoma (a rare form of bone cancer) as the Jr. Captain of the Parade. Her life touched and changed the parade forever – in her honor – Winterfest will honor a child fighting a difficult battle annual as the Jr. Captain of the Parade. Another first in 2009, the Kaye Pearson Award – the Spirit of Innovation at the Winner’s Circle which was given to the Clydey Foundation Cirque performance in the parade. Funnyman Leslie Nielson was a judge.
Parade Theme: “That’s Entertainment“
Grand Marshals: Alonzo Mourning and Kim Kardashian
Jr. Captain of the Parade: Amanda Blake who fought against osteosarcoma (a rare form of bone cancer)
Belle of the Ball: Arlette Spaniak
Poster Artist: Yanny Issac (student at Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale)
Ornament Designer: Pat Anderson
Boat Parade Chairman: John Haley
Ball Chairs: Susan Renneisen and Connie Chaney
Shoreline Chairs: Rosalie Wheatley and Arlette Spaniak
Grandstand Chairman: Paul Kahn
Control Boat Chair: Bill Lindsey
Ham Operator Chair: Robin Terrill
Chairman of the Board: Max Osceola, Jr.
President/CEO: Lisa Scott-Founds