ORLANDO, Florida - Ma mua o kēia makahiki, ua kipa ʻo Skal International Orlando Member Bill Lupfer, e noho ana ma Tallahassee, iā Orlando me kona ʻohana ke hālāwai ʻo ia me ka mea āna i hōʻike ai ʻo "ka ʻehaʻeha loa aʻu i loaʻa ai i koʻu ola." ʻOiai lākou e nānā pono ana i kā lākou hōkele ma ka Lake Buena Vista Area i kēlā kakahiaka, ua haʻi ʻo Lupfer i kāna wahine pono lākou e hele koke i ka haukapila. I ka manawa i loko o ka lumi pōpilikia ma Kauka Halemai ʻo Phillips Orlando, ua hoʻoholo nā kauka he pono ʻo ia ke ʻoki pōpilikia e hemo kāna appendix.
“I remembered telling my wife that I thought this was the hospital with The Perry Pavilion that helps provide lodging for travelers whose loved ones need medical care,” explained Lupfer, President & CEO of the Florida Attractions Association. “I knew about it as the charity of choice for our Skal Club and where we send proceeds from our annual golf tournaments each year.”
A staff member at Perry Pavilion came up to his room, and immediately secured two nights’ accommodations for his wife. “They were just wonderful,” Lupfer said. “I just never thought that I would be the one whose family would need it. And coincidentally, I think they dedicated the Skal Room at Perry Pavilion just a few weeks later, with a plaque in honor of our club’s support.”
The Perry Pavilion, part of Orlando Health, serves the needs of hundreds of families each year by providing comfortable, accessible overnight accommodations while family member receive medical care. The two-story hospital pavilion features private guest rooms, a family gathering room, community resource center, laundry facilities and children’s play area, and can accommodate up to 10 families a night.
ʻO Skal International, kahi hui honua wale nō e hui pū nei i nā ʻāpana o ka huakaʻi a me ka ʻoihana hoʻokipa ʻoiai e launa pū ana, e alakaʻi ana i nā ʻoihana a me ke kōkua ʻana i nā kaiāulu kūloko, ka ʻāina a me ka honua, ua hoʻokumu ʻia ma Palisa, Palani ma 1932 e nā luna kālepa huakaʻi. Mai kēlā hoʻomaka haʻahaʻa, ʻoi aku ka nui o nā lālā Skal ma mua o 18,000 ma kahi o 450 mau kalapu i hoʻolaha ʻia ma nā ʻāina he 87.
Skal International Orlando was voted Skal International Club of the Year 2006-2007 and North American Club of the Year in 2007. For more information, go to www.skalorlando.com . For membership information, contact Dennis BeMent, Membership Development Officer, Skal International Orlando, at [pale ʻia ka leka uila]