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Updated: 11/30/2013 08:00:03AM

Ruhmann, Soderstrom

to chair Carillon Classic

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Brad Ruhmann and Marybeth Soderstrom were selected by the Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association to co-chair the 2014 Carillon Classic 5K Run & Walk.

The Carillon Classic 5K is a charitable event sponsored by the FPRA chapter in partnership with Bok Tower Gardens, Youth and Family Alternatives, Inc. and corporate sponsors to raise funds for the George W. Harris, Jr. Runaway and Youth Crisis Shelter in Bartow and FPRA educational and professional development initiatives. Now in its third year, the event will be staged at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales. Its first meeting is Dec. 12 at United Way of Central Florida.

Soderstrom, Community Outreach coordinator of Polk Works in Bartow, is also vice president of the local FPRA chapter. Ruhmann, a PIO/Communications Specialist with Polk County Fire Rescue, is a non-voting member of the chapter’s board of directors.

Named in honor of Cypress Gardens’ founder Dick Pope, Sr., the Dick Pope/Polk County chapter is one of 15 professional chapters of Sarasota-based FPRA, the nation’s oldest public relations organization. FPRA provides professional development, networking and recognition opportunities for more than 1,300 members throughout the Sunshine State.

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Sunset & Symphony set and Pinewood tour going on too

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens.

This year’s celebration features the first-ever Holiday Edition of their annual Sunset & Symphony concert with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, guest vocalists, and carillonneur Geert D’hollander performing on the Singing Tower carillon.

This will be an opportunity to enjoy this very special evening of holiday pops and classics like The Nutcracker Suite, Sleigh Ride, Carol of the Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, and many more.

Also, consider taking advantage of the upgraded concert ticket option which includes access to the Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate prior to the concert, and there are a limited number of these, so register soon.

The event takes place on Saturday, Dec. 7. Pre-show entertainment starts at 4:30 p.m. The Symphony concert begins at 6 p.m. and Pinewood Estate is open until 6 p.m. Tickets include all day admission to the Gardens, access to the Instrument Petting Zoo, beginning at 4:30 p.m., boxed dinners available for purchase, and upgraded tickets will include access to the Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate.

Concert tickets are 20 adults/$ 8 children; upgrade tickets are $28 adults/$14 children.

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