Special "Thanks" to the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce for selecting the Mount Dora Heroes Foundation as the charity for their Annual Bicycle Festival for 2017. "We were so pleased and surprised, to receive a check for $985.00 from all the riders who participated, and for the Chamber for selecting us as this year's charity", said Robert Bell, MDHF's Director. For the past 43 years, thousands of cyclists have enjoyed the scenic rides that Mount Dora has to offer during the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerces' Annual Bicycle Festival.
The Mount Dora Heroes Foundation Public Safety Memorial seeks to provide support and honor those who serve our communities. In September of 2017, the Kissimme Police Department lost two of their officers, Sergeant Richard "Sam" Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter. As part of our on-going efforts to provide material support for injured or fallen officers and their families in times of crisis, we were honored to donate $500 to each of these heroes familes. Forever in our thoughts and prayers.
Max spent the year representing all Mount Dora canines at parades and other events, all the while, wearing his Official Collar. He loves to socialize with his puppy friends and his favorite place to hang out is the city's Dog Park, especially since he had a reserved parking spot at right up front. In 2017, we also named Henry as Vice Mayor just in case Max was unavailable to participate.
At the Mount Dora Heroes Foundation, we take our K9's seriously, but we love this fun and interactive way to get our community involved while raising funds for the placement and support of retired police K9's, as well as advancing the Mount Dora Police Departments K9 unit.
Each year our Canine Mayor holds this prestigious position for one year which starts on January 1. Nominations and voting for the 2018 Honorary Canine Mayor are currently taking place until December 3. To learn more Click Here!
What an outstanding community of people we have in Mount Dora! Officer Ivy Severance coordinated a Hurricane Maria Relief Donation Drive for the people of Puerto Rico, and our citizens rallied behind the cause. The Mount Dora Police Department held multiple collection events in late September at the Mount Dora Target and received cash donations, non-perishable food, and water along with other necessary relief items. The response was so overwhelming, they collected approximately 8,000 pounds! The donations were delivered to an Orlando warehouse on Saturday, September 30 using two large moving trucks, two large trailers, and the Mount Dora Heroes Foundation donated Bearcat.