Friendship Luncheon and More: Event Recaps

Town & Gown members and guests painted the Interlachen Country Club red in February. During our annual Friendship Luncheon, our event attendance reached record numbers. Everyone had a chance to get to know his or her tablemates a little better with an insightful icebreaker, provided by the Hospitality Committee. While enjoying a delicious lunch, participants were treated to a captivating presentation by Dr. Deborah Beidel on UCF RESTORES, which is a Department of Defense-funded grant program focusing on combat-related PTSD that combines virtual reality therapy with other behavioral treatments. This cutting edge research program draws military veterans and their families from across the United States to participate free of charge. The presentation, which included a look into the virtual programming, amazed members and guests with how UCF has worked to combine technology and psychology to affect change in our modern world.

Members have also been very active in other UCF activities. On March 18th, members put on their walking shoes and met for a reception at the UCF Art Gallery and walking tour of highlights of UCF’s extensive public art collection. The event was led by a senior sculpture student who catalogued the over 250-piece collection. Continuing the theme of art opportunities at UCF, members also celebrated the Theatre UCF program by attending The Music Man on February 27th. Members met for a private reception before enjoying an impressive joint production by UCF’s Theatre and Music Departments. Programs like these enrich our community, and Town & Gown’s mission to both support and spread the word about these amazing opportunities at UCF.