Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale Announces 2014 Tribute Honoree

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Fort Lauderdale, FL – August 5, 2013 – Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale announces the honoree for the 2014 Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale Tribute: Lisa Scott­-Founds, President and CEO of the Winterfest, Inc.

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale will honor Lisa Scott­-Founds for her role in the growth and development of Riverwalk Park and Downtown Fort Lauderdale at the Riverwalk Annual Tribute in the spring of 2014.

“Through the growing success of the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade and her personal contributions of time and leadership to both civic and charitable organizations, Lisa Scott-Founds has ensured that Fort Lauderdale is known as a great city, and by extension, our Riverwalk and Downtown have been showcased,” said Courtney Callahan Crush, chairman of the Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale board of directors. “She leads by example and we are most fortunate to be able to honor her at our 14th Annual Riverwalk Tribute.”

Genia Duncan Ellis, President and CEO of Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, added: “Lisa’s contributions to the Riverwalk District and to Downtown Fort Lauderdale span the past two decades and her commitment to the City is demonstrated through her tireless advocacy and leadership on behalf of the Winterfest Boat Parade, as well as her involvement in numerous civic and charitable organizations. Lisa’s passion for our City and its betterment is unparalleled and we are a better City for her involvement.”

The evening will begin with honored guests, sponsors and special ticket holders gathering for a VIP cocktail reception. Following the VIP reception, cocktails, hors d’eouvres and a special presentation will be held along with live entertainment, silent auction, raffles and prizes.

Lisa Scott­-Founds began her career with Winterfest in 1995 as their Corporate and Community Relations Manager. She was named Executive Director in

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April, 1996. Her love of Winterfest was nurtured by childhood parade memories with her family and by volunteering after her college years. As a Fort Lauderdale native, Lisa’s holiday connection with Winterfest catapulted her desire to produce this South Florida tradition.

Under her direction, Winterfest has grown into an internationally recognized event, which has earned the title “The World’s Most Watched Boat Parade.”

To access a high resolution image of Lisa Scott-Founds, click here.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Eugenia Duncan Ellis at genia@goriverwalk.com. You may also contact the Riverwalk office at (954) 468-1541.



Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization responsible for theprogramming, beautificationand activation of Riverwalk Park and the Downtown community. We are composed primarily of volunteer private citizensand overseen by a board of directors. All members uphold the organization’s directive, as stated in its mission statement, “to be the catalyst in building and nurturing Riverwalk as a vibrant community connected by the New River.” We fund our mission through hosting a wide range of fundraising, networking and membership events, grants, and by publishing local information on our informative website and in Go Riverwalk Magazine.

About Kathy Keleher

Kathy is the Marketing and Parade Director of the signature holiday event – Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade.  Working with two sophisticated Divas and a fabulous board of 50 - Kathy brings a Canvas bag or fun, excitement, marketing and public relations to Winterfest. Not a native of Florida sista, Kathy’s Northern perspective is reflected in her love of Winterfest - “It is the Jack Frost of South Florida – everyone knows the holidays are here when it’s Winterfest time.” Along with the parade, the Keleher Klique (Kathy and three sons) support charities, organizations, school and community events.
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