Nearly 350 local business, community and government leaders gathered recently to celebrate the success of United Way’s 2010-11 campaign.
During the LIVE UNITED Celebration, it was announced that United Way’s total projected resources are $27.3 million* for fiscal year 2010-11. This includes $17,417,112 raised during the annual workplace campaign, which will help fund nearly 100 local health and human service programs.
“Central Florida is fortunate to have a strong United Way and its local partner agencies helping neighbors in need at this critical time,” said Campaign Chair Sandy Hostetter, President of CNLBank. “You only have to look down the street or across the grocery store to see people who are hurting. Fortunately, our community rallied together to provide heartfelt care and assistance through this year’s campaign.”
The celebration was emceed by WKMG Local 6 Anchor Lauren Rowe who helped honor dozens of companies and individuals who supported the campaign. Highlights included:
- The Walt Disney Company, Publix Super Markets, Inc. and Lockheed Martin were honored as Million Dollar Champions for raising $3.35 million, $2.37 million and $1.17 million, respectively.
- Wachovia, A Wells Fargo Company received the Chairman’s Award for achieving outstanding results by following best practices. Other nominees included Darden, Enterprise Holdings, Florida Hospital, Orange County Government, Orlando Health, Target, Tupperware Brands Corporation and UPS Central Florida District.
- PCL Construction received the LIVE UNITED Spirit Award for running an inspirational campaign. Other nominees included the Coalition for the Homeless, CVS, Hancock Bank and Regions Bank.
- John Fadool, Executive Vice President of Marketing for LongHorn Steakhouse, was recognized as a Phenomenal Executive Champion for his outstanding efforts in leading Darden’s campaign. Other nominess included Sheriff Jerry L. Deming, Orange County Sheriff’s Office; William T. Dymond, Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.; and Roseann Harrington, OUC-The Reliable One.
- Raquel Berberena, Manager of Community & Public Affairs for Tupperware Brands Corporation, was presented with the Exceptional Employee Campaign Manager Award for her extraordinary efforts. Other nominees included Mara Frazier, Darden; Chris Hurst, Region’s Bank; Jayne Huston, JCPenney; Adriane Kelly Nordstrom’s; and Joe Kunkel, Orange County Government.
A Young Mother’s Testimonial
A focal point of the event was a moving story shared by Robynn, a 26-year-old Seminole County mother who escaped domestic abuse and homelessness thanks to help provided by Pathways to Home, a United Way partner agency.
Robynn, who was recently accepted into a nursing program, continues to work with Pathways staff in improving her financial strength and ability to afford a permanent home for herself and her 3-year-old son. “Standing here today, I feel like my journey has come full circle,” Robyn said. “Thanks to Pathways and your support of United Way, I have been lifted up.”
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