HER LEGACY LIVES ON

July 10, 2018

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Seminole State College and the entire Central Florida community mourn the loss of our "First Lady of the Arts," Harriett Lake, who passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. A passionate patron of the theatre,  Harriett redefined philanthropy in our community, inspiring others to join her efforts in cultural giving.  Her kindness and support benefited so many organizations including her namesake theatre at Seminole State College."

"Harriett was an inspiration to anyone who aspires to make life more joyous for others.  Her 'Hello, Gorgeous!' would make you smile from the inside out," recalled Dr. E. Ann McGee, president of Seminole State College. "We are proud to be home to 'Harriett's Theatre,' which will provide an opportunity for countless generations to experience the arts - as Harriett would have wanted it. She couldn't possibly know how much she will be missed."

At the request of her family, Seminole State College is accepting gifts in memory of Harriett Lake, to be designated by her family toward an area of need at the College. Help honor Harriett's special legacy of philanthropy and inspire the next generation to continue her efforts.

Harriett once described why she helped so many in our community.  "There are two philosophies about money," she said. "You can spread it around to help other people, or, of course, you can use it to buy yachts or third houses. Some people opt for that; I can't do that."

We are thankful for having the opportunity to know and learn from this amazing woman who did so much for our community.


HARRIETT'S CLOSET donates $10,000 to The Jewish Pavilion

May 23, 2018

HARRIETT'S CLOSET is honored to donate $10,000 to The Jewish Pavilion. The Jewish Pavilion is not a "place" but it has a place in the hearts of seniors of all faiths. No one wants to be forgotten, The Jewish Pavilion enhances the lives of seniors by providing visitation, shabbat services, holiday festivities, inter-generational celebrations, musical programs and educational courses. Their staff and hundreds of volunteers visit seniors in more than 57 local assisted living, long term care, nursing, memory and rehabilitation facilities. 


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HARRIETT'S CLOSET donates $25,000 to the ORLANDO SHAKESPEARE THEATER

January 12, 2018

Harriett's Closet is proud to contribute $25,000 to the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, sponsor of Harriett's Annual Festival of New Plays. The Orlando Shakespeare Theater is a member of the National New Play Network, a nationwide organization devoted to developing new work through the New Play Exchange, rolling world premieres and annual conferences.

PlayFest is an annual festival which presents up to seven new plays in staged readings. The Festival provides a place for writers, theater professionals and audiences to connect and share ideas that promote groundbreaking new works. Over the years, PlayFest has introduced over 125 new works to regional and nationwide audiences with productions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

Harriett's Closet continues to give away 100% of its profits to charitable purposes. We are sincerely grateful for your support.


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HARRIETT'S CLOSET sponsors a $10,000 table for THE ORLANDO BALLET

February 25, 2017

Orlando Ballet is excited to present Best of Broadway on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Walt Disney Theater in the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, followed by a glamorous gala dinner and party in the De Vos Family Room, raising funds to support Central Florida’s only professional ballet company. This show, which is open to the public with tickets starting from $29, will honor Harriett Lake, who is one of Orlando Ballet’s most passionate supporters and a generous philanthropist who for decades has donated to a wide range of causes in Central Florida. Everybody who attends Best of Broadway, whether buying a ticket for the show or attending the gala event will help secure the future of the Ballet. Sponsored gala tables for 10 to see the show, enjoy a pre-show champagne reception and dinner, dancing and a party after the show are $10,000. Single tickets for the show and gala are $1,000.


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Harriett's Theatre at Seminole State College

Harriett's Closet Commits $50,000 to the Foundation for Seminole State College

November 1, 2016

Central Florida philanthropist Harriett Lake is well known for her support of the arts and other community nonprofits throughout the region. The College and its students are the most recent beneficiaries of Harriett's Closet with a gift of $50,000 for theatre renovations, program support and scholarships for theatre students. The College's theatre has been renamed and now has her name emblazoned in lights at the entrance to Harriett's Theatre.

Seminole State College has a rich tradition of performing arts excellence, which enables students to bring their acting, design and musical talents to life in a hands-on performance centered curriculum in one of the area's finest cultural arts centers.

Harriett's Closet continues to give away 100% of its profits to charitable purposes and thanks you for your continued support.


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HARRIETT'S CLOSET ANNOUNCES $50,000 GIFT TO ORMC

July 7, 2016

Harriett's Closet has raised over $100,000 in the past few months and we are proud to announce that our first distribution of $50,000 will be made to the Trauma Center at ORLANDO REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER. This donation is in celebration of its facilities, technologies and readiness which resulted in the survival of the 35 wounded victims of the Pulse massacre.

"Our hearts go out to the victims and families of the mass shooting on June 12. At Orlando Health, while we are deeply saddened by the horrific and senseless tragedy, we are encouraged by the actions of those who worked together to save many lives.
In the wake of this tragedy, we at Orlando Health have banded together to do what we do best: provide the most compassionate and comprehensive care to patients and their families, when they need it most. In total we received 44 victims. We performed 26 surgeries that day alone, and as of June 23rd, have performed more than 60 surgeries related to the shooting...
While we never imagined such a horrible act, it is also unimaginable what the outcomes would have been without the Trauma Center." - 
-John W. Bozard, President, Orlando Health Foundation

We at Harriett's Closet are sincerely grateful for your continued generosity. Thank you for joining with us and the Trauma Center at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

For more information about Central Florida's only Level One Trauma Center and how you can support the ongoing needs in the wake of this tragedy, please visit http://www.orlandohealthfoundation.com/about-us/philanthropy-in-action.