The event, which honors individuals donating $1,000 or more per year to United Way, is an annual tradition for many families who enjoy a fun-filled day in the park. As in years past, Shamu and friends were on hand to greet everyone during the appreciation breakfast, and games, face painting and other activities added to the excitement.
Setting the Standard
During the program, United Way President/CEO Robert H. (Bob) Brown offered heartfelt thanks to the leadership donors, who contributed an astounding $3.4 million of last year’s total $17.4 million Community Campaign. “In these difficult times, you truly set the standard for others to follow, and we’re deeply grateful for your leadership and compassion,” Brown said.
Another highlight of the breakfast was a moving testamonial by guest speaker Ahkeem Hollimon, whose whose trimumph over many personal struggles led to his being named 2011 Southeast Regional Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Hollimon, who along with other honorees recently visited the White House and met with President Barrack Obama, attended the Tupperware Brands Branch of the Boys & Girls Club in Kissimmeee, which is funded, in part, through United Way.
Following breakfast, guests proceeded to the park, which was beautifully decked out for the holidays. And with park hours extended until 11 p.m. for SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, everyone had a chance to enjoy a full day of fun, topped off with an amazing fireworks display.
Many thanks to United Way’s dedicated Leadership Donors and to SeaWorld Orlando, which has generously hosted this event for the past 14 years. Click here for additional photos. To tag photos on United Way’s Facebook page, click here. To learn more about becoming United Way Leadership donor, click here.