July 6th

Bess Auer

posted by Bess Auer , July 6 at 5:16pm  

A lover of girlfriend get-aways, Bess Auer relishes all the state of Florida has to offer. Whether it is off to the panhandle to frolic in the surf at St. George Island or south for lobstering in the Keys, she is eager to go! An alumnus of the University of Florida cheerleading squad, Bess has also spent many an hour traversing the landscape of the Turnpike and I-75 as she drives back and forth to Florida Gator football games.

Using her knowledge of the Sunshine State, Bess started the Central Florida Top 5, a website that ranks upcoming events to assure her visitors the very best bets in categories such as family, fine arts, sporting, and fitness. Exploding in popularity, the “Top 5” blog was recently voted #1 Neighborhood Blog in the Orlando Sentinel Orbbie Competition. Loyal fans also follow Bess on Facebook and Twitter, where she is ranked the #22 Power Tweeter in Central Florida.

A champion of non-profits, Bess also promotes numerous charity events in Central Florida, often driving back and forth to chili cook offs, car shows, and celebrity galas to support the different philanthropies. She can often be seen with a Blackberry in one hand and a Flip video camera in the other, spreading the charity’s message throughout the Twitter and blogosphere.

Bess enjoys giving back to her community and shares her love of the written word with young minds at Park Maitland School, where she teaches 6th grade English. One aspect that brings her teaching “full-circle” is the fact that Bess actually attended Park Maitland School herself! She connects to her children in a “been here, done that” type a way as she encourages her students to query magazine editors in an effort to publish their own short stories.

An avid writer, Bess’s first novel was honored as a finalist in the 1998 International Hemingway Novel Competition. Her next novel, Confessions of a Gator Cheerleader, won rave reviews from the Orlando Sentinel and local publications. She also writes for other magazines, including Orlando Style Magazine and the Professional Sports Wives Magazine. For the time being, though, Bess is focused on her website and blog, where she can combine her love of writing with her passion for Central Florida and share that with her readers.

Bess is excited to explore the Orlando area in a new Chevy Traverse. Like all working moms and dedicated wives, she is constantly on the go. She is thrilled to be able to share her experiences through Facebook, Twitter, 4 Square, and by blogging and vlogging away! So tune in and keep in touch; follow as a fan and soon become a friend.