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Venue on Lake Lily is possibly the only remaining community center of its kind in the nation. Since 1965, the Maitland Civic Center has been a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to provide a place where our community can gather and enjoy public, private and secular events, conveniently located in the heart of Central Florida. All funds from venue rentals go to administer and maintain this storied place, where memories are made.

Leonard “Len” Schmidt

It’s with a sorrowful, broken heart that we, the Board of Directors and Staff of the Venue on Lake Lily – The Maitland Civic Center – share that we recently lost an incredible friend, member of our Board of Directors, Vice President, and a fantastic advocate for the community of Maitland.

Even before his involvement with the Maitland Civic Center, Len was an advocate for the citizens of Maitland. Through his championing the community with various causes, i.e., negotiations with the initial developers of Maitland Center to protect the community’s interests and holding City Leaders through the years accountable to their commitments to us, the community. In addition, he loved the arts and supported other community non-profits such as Performing Arts Matter, Art and History Museums Maitland, and the Maitland Library. When Len joined the Venue’s Board, he continued to champion our community’s multiple interests and, most importantly, help save the Venue during an unforeseen pandemic through his business acumen.

Len was a warrior, and his passing left a great void in many lives. However, he will never be replaced. Instead, Len’s past presence will only inspire new volunteers to our community’s causes.

Rest in peace, our dearest friend. You are missed!

The Board of Directors, Officers, and Staff, Venue on Lake Lily – The Maitland Civic Center

Leonard Schmidt

LEONARD SCHMIDT MEMORIAL FUND

In lieu of flowers Len’s family has designated his favorite charity, the Maitland Civic Center, for memorial contributions.

The Maitland Civic Center is now accepting donations in memory of Len Schmidt. The Venue is a non-government owned, privately run 501c3 non-profit community-serving organization.

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Chris Raleigh

Sadly, the Officers and Board of Directors of the Venue on Lake Lily – The Maitland Civic Center –share that we recently lost an incredible friend, member, and past director of our board. Most importantly, Chris was the most devoted, loving husband, brother, uncle, and best friend you could ever imagine. He was an amazing talent, an award-winning artist/designer, and a community advocate.

He leaves a void in our lives. We will forever miss him.

Instead of flowers, Chris’ family has designated the Venue on Lake Lily – the Maitland Civic Center, – as their preference for memorial contributions. The Venue is a non-government owned, privately run 501(c)3 non-profit community-serving organization.

Chris Raleigh

CHRIS RALEIGH MEMORIAL FUND

In lieu of flowers, Chris’ family has designated the Venue on Lake Lily – the Maitland Civic Center, as their preference for memorial contributions.

The Maitland Civic Center is now accepting donations in memory of Chris Raleigh. The Venue is a non-government owned, privately run 501c3 non-profit community-serving organization.

Is this donation on behalf of a company?