Collage Companies’ Annual Party with a Purpose at ‘The Edyth’: Honoring Changemakers and Making a Difference

The Collage Companies has remained steadfast in its commitment to building the foundation and fabric of the community. The company proudly celebrates its enduring legacy, now spanning more than 40 years, while upholding the same core values that defined its mission back in 1982. With its headquarters nestled in Lake Mary, Florida, Collage continues to be an integrated services firm specializing in Design-Build, Construction Management, and General Contracting. Throughout its rich history, Collage has consistently pursued community-centric projects, with a focus on hospitality, religious, transportation, governmental, and parks and sporting complexes, all while actively supporting the communities in which they live, work, worship, and play.

Party with a Purpose
The Collage Companies’ annual “Party with a Purpose” (PWAP) is a tradition steeped in community commitment and a genuine desire to make a positive impact. This annual event traces its roots back several years, serving as a testament to the company’s unwavering dedication to the Central Florida community. The essence of “Party with a Purpose” lies in its mission to recognize outstanding individuals who are passionate about effecting change in their community and to provide substantial support to deserving nonprofit organizations. Each year, it brings together people from diverse backgrounds, united by a shared belief in the power of philanthropy and community engagement. Beyond being a festive gathering, it symbolizes The Collage Companies’ core values of giving back, celebrating those who lead by example, and fostering a culture of positive transformation.

The Venue

This year PWAP was held at The Edyth, Winter Park’s architectural gem, is a symbol of transformation and inspiration. This visionary 16,934-square-foot headquarters of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation stands at the corner of East Welbourne and South Knowles avenues, poised to redefine the city’s cultural landscape. More than just a building, The Edyth serves as a hub of creativity, housing administrative offices while also offering vibrant community spaces for classes, performances, art exhibitions, and other engaging activities. With its completion in 2022, at the intersection of art and innovation – philanthropy thrives within its welcoming walls.

Bring Change Award
This year’s prestigious Bring Change Award, a hallmark of The Collage Companies’ annual Party with a Purpose, shines a spotlight on the extraordinary contributions of Tom Chandler the visionary architect behind the remarkable Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation headquarters. With a legacy marked by innovation and transformation, Tom’s architectural prowess has left an indelible mark on Winter Park’s cultural landscape. The Bring Change Award serves as a fitting tribute to his unwavering commitment to shaping the community for the better, highlighting his enduring dedication to bringing meaningful change through his remarkable architectural designs. As an emblem of his dedication to creating spaces that inspire, uplift, and foster creativity, Tom is not only an honoree but an exemplar of what it means to make a lasting impact on the world around us.

Giving Back
At the core of The Collage Companies’ annual Party with a Purpose event lies a profound commitment to organizations that make a tangible difference in the lives of those they serve. Among the recipients of this year’s contributions, Harvest Time International stands out as a beacon of hope and support for children and families in need. Harvest Time’s mission, rooted in humanitarian values, extends a compassionate hand up to those facing challenges. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to providing essential assistance and hope to the most vulnerable members of our community, and their remarkable work is made possible through the support of corporate partners, like-minded organizations, and individuals who share the vision of creating a better world for all. This year, The Collage Companies along with The Walsh Family Foundation was honored to support the important mission of Harvest Time International with a donation of $50,000

As Tom Chandler, the distinguished Bring Change Award recipient, introduced The Collage Companies to the transformative work of the Cristo Rey Organization, the synergy between these dedicated entities became evident. Through Tom’s direct involvement with the Cristo Rey organization, his leadership and dedication have played a pivotal role in helping the organization successfully advance towards its noble to uplift individuals and communities by providing support and opportunities to those with limited economic resources. Their commitment aligns seamlessly with the ethos of The Collage Companies, which is deeply rooted in making a positive impact on the community. Collage’s generous donation of $10,000 to support Cristo Rey ‘s vital work not only reflects their unwavering dedication but also underscores their shared mission of fostering positive change. Together, these organizations stand as beacons of hope, ensuring that individuals from all walks of life have the chance to pursue their aspirations for a lifetime of success. Tom Chandler’s introduction has forged a partnership that exemplifies the power of collective effort in creating a brighter and more inclusive future for all.

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