Visit Orlando's President and CEO Gary Sain's Memorial Service Information

May 10, 2012

A week ago, the trade show industry was shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Gary Sain, president and CEO of Visit Orlando.

Below are the memorial and other arrangements to honor Gary.

Visitation will take place from 3-7 p.m. on Friday, May 11, at Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, 301 N.E. Ivanhoe Blvd., Orlando, FL 32804; 407-898-8111.

Additional visitation will take place at 10 a.m., immediately prior to the Celebration of Life and Funeral Service set for 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, at Northland, A Church Distributed, located at 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood, FL 32759; 407-949-4000.

To honor his memory, the family suggests that attendees wear something in Gary’s favorite color – orange. Immediately following the service, burial will take place at The Palm Cemetery located at 1005 South New York Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789; 407-599-3252.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made in Gary’s honor to one of two funds. For the Gary C. Sain Memorial Endowed Scholarship for the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management, instructions are as follows:

  • Gifts using credit cards: Please go to the UCF Foundation Rosen College of Hospitality Management donation website. In the first section, “Donation Information,” input the amount of the gift and then in same section under “Designation,” please choose the “Gary C. Sain Memorial Endowed Scholarship” in the drop down menu. Please complete the rest of the form and click “Donate Now.”
  • Checks: Please make checks payable to The UCF Foundation, write Gary C. Sain Memorial Endowed Scholarship on the memo line, and mail to:

UCF Foundation
12424 Research Parkway, Suite 140
Orlando, FL 32826

For wire transfers, stock, and mutual fund gifts, please contact Lori Cosmides at or 407-903-8249.

The Destination & Travel Foundation also has established a memorial fund in the name of Gary C. Sain to honor his leadership and legacy in the destination marketing industry.

Donations can be mailed to:

Destination & Travel Foundation
2025 M St. NW Ste. 500
Washington, DC 20036

You can also donate online at

For those traveling to Orlando for Gary's services, the Rosen Shingle Creek is extending a special Friends & Family rate of $89 per night. Call 407-996-9939 and ask for reservations, or call reservations directly at 866-996-6338, ask for Rosen Shingle Creek, and identify the guestroom block for the Sain Family Memorial.

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