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51 community organizations      and even funded swimming         One free community event
and activities, impacting a     lessons for students. Always     KUA offers is the Movie in the
combined 273,863 members        looking for new ways to fill     Park series. The city started
of the community.               needs in the community           the event, but wanted to
                                and noting that thousands        boost community participation
Community organizations         of Kissimmee residents           and asked KUA if they would
that benefit from KUA’s         work multiple jobs and may       take on hosting the movie
Community Sponsorship           not have time to register to     night in April 2014, estimating
Program include Community       vote, KUA partners with the      that KUA could expect about
Vision, the Osceola             Supervisor of Elections to set   500 people to attend. The
Education Foundation,           up voter registration booths     date for KUA’s first Movie in
Meals on Wheels, Boys           in its main office’s lobby so    the Park event was selected,
and Girls Clubs, KVLS and       Kissimmee’s strapped-for-        and it happened to fall three
4-H, Heavenly Hooves, the       time electorate can register to  days after Disney’s Frozen
YMCA, Osceola Arts, the         vote on their way to pay their   was released on DVD. Taking
Osceola County Historical       electricity bills.               the movie’s popularity into
Society, the Center for                                          consideration, KUA planned
the Council on Aging, and       According to Gent, the           for 1,000 attendees… and got
local schools and civic         Community Sponsorship            2,500.
groups. From sponsoring         Program is also intended
scholarship programs,           to “instill pride in the         Gent says the Movie in the
to feeding approximately        community.” One way Gent         Park series isn’t only an
40,000 community members        hopes to accomplish this is      opportunity for community
each year by loaning out        by not only helping to provide   outreach, but also a great
KUA’s grill, to teaching        for the community’s needs,       place to educate the
good electrical safety and      but its wants. “Osceola          community by coupling
conservation habits through     County enjoys great diversity    movie trivia with tips on
KUA’s annual calendar art       in its people and culture,       electricity conservation and
contest, the Community          so we’re constantly looking      electrical safety before movie
Sponsorship Program             for ways to reach out to         screenings. Each movie
does what it set out to         the community through            night has an educational
do – provides support to        fun, affordable events and       focus, and March’s movie
a community with diverse        activities that help strengthen  night’s focus was Osceola
needs.                          our community,” Gent said.       County History! The Movie
                                With seven children of his       in the Park series runs from
KUA also works to see basic     own, Gent understands that       October-March.
needs met, and offers special   family fun can be expensive.
payment arrangements to         Fortunately, he says, “Our       To learn more KUA’s history
nearly 6,500 of its customers   community has a great            in Osceola County, see Chris
each month so that they         tradition of free festivals.”    Gent’s article, “KUA; Serving
will have electricity in their  You’ll find KUA participating    Kissimmee Since 1901.”
homes. The authority has        at many, if not all, of these    For more information about
partnered with the Health       free festivals, whether they’re  KUA’s community events and
Department in the past to       there serving up free snow       programs, visit www.KUA.
provide Osceola County          cones or hot dogs or even        com.
children with the shots they    hosting the events.
need to attend public school,

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