When Patty DeYoung retired in 2009 as Executive Administrator of the Darden Restaurants Foundation, the company showed its appreciation for her nearly 30 years of service by giving her a very unique gift.
Knowing her close ties to the local nonprofit community, Darden paid Patty’s salary for an extra year, enabling her to volunteer at any local agency of her choice.
Fortunately for us, she chose Heart of Florida United Way. For the past 12 months, she’s been a valued member of our Community Investment team, which is helping develop new, prevention-based solutions for addressing poverty, financial stability, homelessness and other complex problems.
“When Patty told me she wanted to volunteer with United Way, I was thrilled,” said United Way President/CEO Robert H. Brown. “She’s well-known and respected in local philanthropic circles, and her enthusiasm, expertise and can-do spirit have made her a pleasure to work with. We’re deeply grateful for the generous gifts of her leadership and dedication.”
As for Patty, the decision to give back through United Way was an easy one. “ I’ve volunteered on the Fund Distribution Committee for nearly 20 years, and I’ve always believed that United Way is an integral part of helping people in need in our community,” she said. “This past year has only expanded my belief in the importance of its mission.”
Although her year as a Darden-sponsored volunteer is ending, Patty will continue her duties as Vice Chair of the Fund Distribution Committee. She also serves on the United Way Women’s Leadership Executive Council.
“Working with United Way is still on my ‘to-do’ list,” she said. “And I encourage everyone who’s able to Give, Advocate, Volunteer and LIVE UNITED!”