December 14 – Dawn Read Day

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Read Celebrates Milestone with the Greatest Show on H2O
Event Director Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Nov. 8, 2013) – Dawn Read, event director for Winterfest®, celebrates 20 parades worth of positive impact in the community this year. In honor of her service, Dec. 14, 2013, is officially Dawn Abrams Read Day in the city of Fort Lauderdale.

In a video announcement, Jack Seiler, mayor of Fort Lauderdale, announced the parade date, Dec. 14, 2013 as Dawn Read Day and she was given the city’s proclamation during the Winterfest® kick-off celebration.

“Dawn is so special to Winterfest® and the city,” said Seiler. “Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious.”

Read’s journey through the Winterfest ranks reflects a true “pay your dues” storyline, starting with her arrival into the organization as a volunteer. Her first

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task was to input data for the Shoreline Decorating event. Read took the position to help reinvigorate the struggling parade that held a special place in her heart. Once a paid position became available, Read was the first candidate on the list.

“Dawn is an integral part of our team at Winterfest,” said Lisa Scott-Founds, president and CEO of Winterfest. “Her commitment to the success of this organization allows us to exceed expectations each year.”

Winterfest directly impacts the success of the city of Fort Lauderdale. The Boat Parade is not only the largest event in Florida, but it is the No. 7 largest spectator event in the country. This represents a sizeable economic impact for the city of Fort Lauderdale, generating more than 48 million dollars each year.

With only 45 boats participating in 1991, the parade has grown to more than 100 vessels in participation and approximately one million spectators each year. Through television contracts and web streaming, people from around the globe can view the splendor of the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade.

For more information on how you can be a participant, visit or call 954-767-0686.
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About Winterfest, Inc.
Winterfest is a Florida not-for-profit organization based in Broward County that produces a variety of events including the free public event known as “The World’s Most Watched Boat Parade.” Millions via television and approximately one million spectators view the Parade on the 12-mile route. Winterfest also hosts annual events to enhance the community’s image and provide unique, wholesome family entertainment. For more information on Winterfest, please contact the office at (954) 767-0686 or their website:

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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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