Votes are in, and the people have spoken.

cover-style_1215Bet you thought I was referring to the presidential election that just took place last month. Nope, I was referring to the Style Singles. This is now our second year of promoting Lake and Sumter’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes, and it just keeps getting better and better.

Why is this important? Well, I don’t think our topics always need to be earth shattering or life changing for us to publish them. Sometimes it is just about having a little fun and highlighting the great people of our great community.

And, this event is not ALL just fun and games. We do something worthwhile in the process. Last year for our very first singles event we raised money for a family in need. You all know little Jaxon Buell? If not, you should. Last year’s singles event raised thousands of dollars for the family and the #JaxonStrong Foundation. This year we set our sights on the Educational Foundation of Lake County.

If you attended our Singles mixer in November, you met Imani Williams, who was there to represent the Educational Foundation, and to share information on all of the great work that this organization does for our schools and our children. The Educational Foundation of Lake County operates for the benefit of students and teachers in Lake County Public Schools. The Foundation programs include Grants for Great Ideas, Back-to-School Backpack Fairs, Take Stock In Children, Teacher of the Year, Rookie Teacher of the Year, Employee and Volunteer of the Year, New Beginnings, and the LCS Science Fair.

We chose to support the Educational Foundation this year because they have inspired us to have fun and give back to the community. This Foundation has organized events such as: “Stepping Out for Education,” “The Renaissance Fair,” “Ladies FORE Education,” “The Duck Race,”—just to name a few.  All of which have been great fundraisers and great experiences for those who participate.  Keep up the great work, Educational Foundation. You are the standard by which others are measured.

Now, back to our Top Singles. With over 23,000 total votes cast, we have a winner. Dr. Danny Soares of Lady Lake took the lead and is featured on the cover of this month’s magazine. Congratulations Dr. Soares and all the other contestants. You are all winners in my book.

I wish you all a wonderful Holiday season!

Merry Christmas,