Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Club Orlando - February 2009 Newsletter

Special Feature: Miracle of Love, Inc.

In 1967, Lowell Stafford was born in Orlando. The sixth of seven children, he grew up here and attended West Orange High. After graduation, he moved to Greensboro, NC to pursue his studies in Nursing. It was there that this 19 year old man went to his local Blood Bank to donate his blood. He wanted to help others in need. It was then, that he learned that he had tested positive for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

This young man's quest for support and information was met by irrational fear, ignorance, and rejection. He made his decision to move back to Orlando. Determined to make a difference in the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS, and with an annual budget of $10,000 he founded Miracle of Love in 1991. He started by volunteering at the 33rd Street Correctional Facility and the Central Florida Reception Center, testing and educating prisoners. He spent any free time applying for grants to fund his project.
In 1999 he was awarded $60,000 from The Ryan White Care Act. He was able to hire 2 full time employees and expand the care and commitment that our community so desperately needed. Today, Miracle of Love has a staff of over 20 employees and is one of the most highly respected organizations in Central Florida.

Sadly, our community lost Lowell Stafford in 2003. But through his vision and the dedication of the staff, Miracle of Love continues to provide exemplary services and support to our community. Miracle of Love has been providing complimentary testing at Club Orlando for many years. We appreciate them being a part of our community. They rely on donations and grants for their funding. Please visit their website and make a donation today.

Miracle of Love provides Free and Confidential Testing the first and third Friday of each month at Club Orlando. Membership is not required.

Each month we would like to feature organizations or groups that are out there making a difference in our world. Is there an organization you are aware of that perhaps others could benefit by knowing? Let us know by clicking on Contact Us on our homepage, or send an email to

Get That Bod Movin! Just because January is over, doesn't mean it's too late for a New You in the New Year! Did you know we have an AFAA Certified Trainer on staff? Frank Boyce is here to get you in shape! Club Orlando offers 24 hour access to one of the finest gyms in the area! We feature top-of-the-line workout equipment from makers like: Hammer Strength, Star Trec, Cybex, and Icarian with a wide range of free weights. And, our equipment and facilities are the cleanest you will find anywhere. And with the friendliest and most attentive staff, we know you won't be disappointed when you visit Club Orlando Athletic Ventures. For your convenience, Gym Members can pay monthly or a discounted annual rate is available. And, clean towels and clean lockers are provided daily! When your workout is done, you won't find finer amenities than our steam room and hot dry sauna. Or, perhaps you prefer a long soothing soak in our crystal clear and hot Jacuzzi. It's all here at your fingertips! Come check us out today and tell a friend!

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