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Apopka Lake Jewel Festival: Val Demings to Introduce Judge Grimes


Former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings and Candidate for Florida's 10th Congressional District will bring remarks and then introduce Judge Grimes.

Val Demings Val Demings

At the conclusion of his Keynote speech Judge Grimes will be autographing 50 of his personal responsibility parent self-help “How to Keep Your Child from Going to Jail” book. These books will be provided free of charge on a first come, first serve basis.

Also, Bethune-Cookman University Criminal Justice graduate program headed by Dr. Randy Nelson will has agreed to participate as a resource for the Apopka Task Force on Violence.

Bethune-Cookman will coordinate with two other Central Florida Colleges to assist in facilitation of a subsequent Apopka area youth focus group to be determined by the Task Force.

Judge Grimes

Judge Grimes retired in 2014 after serving 25 years on the bench.

Judge Hubert Grimes Judge Hubert Grimes

Before becoming a judge, he received his undergraduate degree from Kentucky State University and his law degree from the University of Georgia. He worked as an attorney for Central Florida Legal Services, worked for Central Florida Community Development Corp. and had his own private law practice.

Grimes is proud of his role as a trailblazer for the local court system. “It hadn’t been done before and there were some people who tried to dissuade me from running. They thought it was futile,” he said. “But with faith in God, encouragement from family and friends, along with the support of the voting public, I accomplished my dream.”

“I was excited to undertake the challenge,” he said. “I thought I could make a contribution to the judiciary and hopefully open a door for other persons of color to pursue their dreams.”


Apopka Lake Jewel Festival

The Apopka Lake Jewel Family Fun Festival has grown to over 400+ people attending a day of live outdoor gospel concerts, motivational speakers, health screenings, good food as well as many more activities to improve the quality of life of neighborhood residents.

The event has grown every year. More than 100 people traveled from other states to participate last year.

The complete schedule can be viewed here.

For more information email LakeJewelNeighborhood@OneApopka.com



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