Odessa, FL (May 10, 2018) – On January 15th, Old McMicky’s Farm (OMF) announced that the “Teachers ROCK” 20K Teacher Appreciation Dream Wedding Giveaway voting would be open until February 7th. Twelve couples told their stories, all vying to win the wedding of a lifetime. The general public, students and students’ families were encouraged to show their appreciation for all teachers by voting to select a teacher to receive a free Dream Wedding. “Teachers make such a huge difference in the lives of children and families in all of our communities, we thought a great way for Old McMicky’s Farm and the community to show our appreciation was to help a teacher start a family of their own with this $20,000 wedding gift”, said farm owner Ralph Zuckerman.
In February, OMF announced that Kaylan Figueroa & Will Burnham will be receiving the FREE wedding of their dreams. Kaylan and Will are both from the Tampa Bay area and Kaylan is a 5th grade teacher at Riverhills Elementary Magnet School who confesses that the role of a teacher is not only to educate but to also provide emotional responsiveness. “I started in a school that threw me completely out of my comfort zone, at a high poverty, Title 1 school where 97% of the students qualify for free school lunch. My daily interactions with my students required every bit of my intellectual and emotional attention. These are kids that don’t only need a teacher, but a lot of times a role model, and someone that cares. We had to break down barriers they had built up before we could break open a textbook.’ Says Kaylan. She also loves the opportunity to be creative and encourage creativity with her students in the classroom. Will is a football coach at The University of Tennessee at Martin.
Old McMicky’s Farm is thrilled to help bring awareness to teachers throughout the Tampa Area by providing this deserving couple with the wedding of a lifetime, especially during Teacher Appreciation month. Many local and national organizations helped to to get the word out about the gift and to promote Teacher Appreciation, including the Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco County Public School Systems, County Education Foundations, Teachers Unions, Teachers Associations, PTAs and Private School Associations. There was no cost to any school, teacher or participating organization. And with their help, ‘Teacher ROCK’, reached a record number of over 1 million Tampa Bay area residents with the message of Teacher Appreciation and the finalists received over 85,000 votes. The finalists were all teachers in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties and represent both public and private schools.
When: Saturday May 12, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM
Where: Old McMicky’s Farm, 9612 Crescent Dr., Odessa, FL 33556
*Media is invited to attend the wedding and time will be set aside for interviews immediately following the ceremony.
The wedding will include everything a bride and groom dream of on their wedding day; a gorgeous lake front venue and vintage barn for reception, full-service wedding planning, officiant, food and beverage catering for 100 guests, professional photographer, professional DJ/MC, gourmet wedding cake, custom floral arrangements, wedding overnight stay at lakefront cabin, wedding rings for the bride and the groom, hair and make-up, use of a gorgeous wedding gown, grooms tuxedo, specialty linens and the pre-wedding rehearsal.
For more Teachers ROCK wedding details please visit https://oldmcmickys.com/teachersrock/
About Old McMicky’s Farm: Old McMicky’s Farm, located on the Historic grounds of Camp Keystone (Established in 1946), is part of a cherished 70 year-old Tampa Bay tradition. The Children’s Educational Farm is dedicated to providing fun, educational and hands-on guided tours to groups and the general public, plus kids’ birthday parties. This unique farm is nestled on a beautiful 40-acre lake and is both rustic and elegant. The Farm also hosts private events such as Barn Weddings, Company Picnics, Corporate Events, Charity Events, and Private Parties to support their educational programming and community giving. Everyone at the Farm is dedicated to continuing this wonderful tradition for kids and families in our Tampa Bay community.
OMF is dedicated to giving back to the community in many ways. The Farm’s “1000 Kids” Program’s goal is to host 1,000 kids a year in the Tampa Bay area who are facing serious challenges for an awesome, educational and fun day at the Farm, at No Charge. The Farm has been honored to host over 5400 kids to date.
Old McMicky’s Farm hosts numerous events to support foster and adoptive children. The Old McMicky’s Farm Foster Children Fun Day at the Farm invites all foster children and their care givers in the Tampa Bay area to an amazing day for the children and to show appreciation for their caregivers. Last year over 600 were in attendance with over 400 foster children for a great day at the farm. In addition, the Farm also hosts Child Adoption Match days for foster children. To date 15 children have been matched with families at the Farm’s Match Days.
Mission I Do – “Mission I Do” is a $25,000 All-Inclusive Dream Wedding Gift to an active duty military or Veterans in the Tampa Bay Area, sponsored by Old McMicky’s Farm and generous Bay Area Businesses. This gift is in appreciation for the sacrifice of the men and women who currently serve or who have served in our military and their families. Old McMicky’s Farm has awarded 8 Mission I Do weddings to-date.
Teachers ROCK – Teachers ROCK is a Free $20,000 Teacher Appreciation Dream Wedding Giveaway to raise awareness and appreciation for our local Tampa Bay area teachers. The 1st Teachers ROCK Wedding is scheduled to occur in May 2018, during Teacher Appreciation Month. Teachers make such a huge difference in the lives of children and families in our Tampa Bay community, Old McMicky’s Farm wanted to show appreciation and help a teacher start a family of their own.
These are just some of the many Community Giving Programs at the Farm. More information about the farms community giving programs can be found at www.oldmcmickys.com/community-giving/. To learn more about Old McMicky’s Farm please visit www.OldMcMickys.com or call 813-920-1948. Follow us on FB at: www.facebook.com/OldMcMickysFarm.
Old McMicky’s Farm – Our Mission
To Continue the Tradition of Fun, Education and Creating Great Memories for Kids and Families in the Tampa Bay Area, and to Give Back to our Community.