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 January Event Proceeds Benefit Zebra Coalition with the Theme “This is Orlando”

WHAT:  Orlando Story Club is back this year giving anyone who wishes to tell a personal story a chance to put their name in a hat, and selected individuals chosen at random get to showcase their story telling for the enrichment of the local community.  The January event theme is “This is Orlando” and the benefiting charity is Zebra Coalition.  Orlando Story Club is hosted by Orlandoans Danielle Ziss and Bobby Wesley.

HOW:  Admission is $5 at the door with an optional donation for the charity.  Judges award prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.  A guest story teller headlines every show with its own theme, food, drinks and laughter are available in abundance.  All proceeds raised each month support different Orlando philanthropic organizations.

WHEN:  Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 7pm-9pm.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  Orlando Story Club continues quarterly in 2018 on April 24, July 11, October 3 and concluding the year with a special “Best Of” December 12.

WHERE:  The Abbey, 100 South Eola Drive, Orlando, FL 32801.

WHY:  The January charity partner is Zebra Coalition, who is a network of Central Florida service providers, government agencies, schools, colleges and universities that provide a full continuum of services to at-risk LGBT youth.  They assist young people facing homelessness, bullying, physical, sexual and drug abuse through individualized programs that guide them to recovery and stability.  More than 11,700 individuals have received resources and education through their outreach program.  Their overall mission is to foster hope, dignity and self-respect for LGBT+ youth and to provide them an opportunity to grow in a safe and supportive environment.

WHO:  Orlando Story Club was founded by storyteller and film maker Robin Cowie (“The Blair Witch Project”).  After participating in the national storytelling series The Moth, Central Florida based Cowie sought out to produce the same event here and so Orlando Story Club was born.  The first event held at Orlando’s East End Market in March 2014 was a standing room only smash hit.  Two years later, Cowie’s popular series caught the attention of Downtown Orlando’s dynamic cultural community Downtown Arts District who teamed up to put on monthly events at The Abbey in Downtown Orlando furthering the growth of Story Club and the arts.

For more information on Orlando Story Club, event themes and benefiting organizations, visit www.orlandostoryclub.com, www.orlandoslice.com and www.facebook.com/orlandostoryclub.