For more than 80 years, Mount Dora’s Community Building has played host to community groups, plays, concerts, and school and city events.  The Mediterranean Revival-style building, constructed in 1929, underwent a $2.8 million restoration and expansion work over several years.  Most of the funding came from the Community Redevelopment Agency but the City also received some private donations.

In recognition of the ever-increasing use of the building, and the variety of venues hosted there, it became apparent that there were unmet and unbudgeted needs; e.g., inadequate sound system, lack of seating in the lobby.  Meeting those, and other needs, would enhance the experience of all participating parties.  In an effort to meet those needs, the Mount Dora Patrons of the Community Building was organized as 501(c)(3) corporation.  The specific and primary purpose for which this corporation was formed is to develop a continuing program of community support which will provide supplemental funding for the Mount Dora Community Building over and above the traditional tax funding.  The corporation is noncommercial, nonsectarian and nonpartisan.

The Board is currently comprised of the following individuals who volunteer their time and talent:  Renee Milota, President; Judy Smathers, Vice President, Rozann Abato, Secretary; and, Arliss Turner, Treasurer.

The Community Building, among other things, can be used to increase the awareness of Lake County citizens and visitors about the history of Mount Dora and its contribution to the early development and culture of the greater geographical area.    To keep the awareness of these earlier periods of Mount Dora in the forefront, many events will be scheduled in concert with other important holidays; e.g., patriotic events, religious celebrations, anniversaries of the City, etc.

The Board of Directors and volunteers will divide their time as needed to implement activities/programs such as:

  1. Planning a variety of family-oriented entertainment venues throughout the fiscal year.  These may be ticketed or charitable performances.
  2. Exhibits that include historical photos, museum relics and storytelling of bygone eras.
  3. Providing historical perspectives that focus on such places of interest as the Community Building, Donnelly House, Lakeside Inn, Jail House Museum, Railroad Depot (currently housing the Chamber of Commerce), homes designated in the State Historical Registry.
  4. Education for school children, local residents and visitors about the history of Mount Dora and Lake County.  These educational activities would be provided by local historians, school children, city leaders, and local entertainers.

Community Building Address: 520 Baker Street  -  Mount Dora, Florida 32757

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