Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) concluded its 2013-2014 campaign last night at the LIVE UNITED Celebration. Campaign Chair Thomas K. Sittema, chief executive officer of CNL Financial Group, announced that the goal of $18 million was surpassed, with the final total being $18,319,177 since September 2013. That’s a 4.3% increase in individual donations over last year, or $750,000!
Hundreds of workplace giving campaign participants attended the Olympic-themed event held at the Orlando Museum of Art.
Leading workplace giving were Walt Disney World, Publix and Lockheed Martin, which were all honored as “Million-Dollar Medalists.” Walt Disney World raised $3.6 million among its cast members and corporate resources.Publix ranked second, tallying $3.1 million from its associates. Defense contractor Lockheed Martin rallied more than 2,500 of its local employees to generate $1 million in donations to rank third among leading donor organizations.
“The results of this year’s campaign show the commitment and generosity of businesses, government entities and individuals throughout Central Florida,” said Sittema. “The funds raised over the past several months will allow United Way to continue investing in programs aimed at prevention and address the problems that affect our community.”
More than 400 Central Florida companies and organizations ran workplace campaigns and organized fundraising events to benefit local non-profit programs supported by United Way that provide food, shelter and other services to Central Floridians in dire need. Other recognitions included:
- “Chairman’s Award” was given to Publix Super Markets, Inc., recognizing it as the “M.V.P.” of the campaign for using best practices to achieve incredible results.
- “Phenomenal Executive Champion” was awarded to Malcolm Barnes with Duke Energy for exemplifying the LIVE UNITED philosophy of teamwork.
- “Spirit Award” was presented to PCL Construction Services, Inc. for invoking the spirit of community through giving.
- “Exceptional Employee Campaign Manager” was earned by Jill McMillan with Florida Hospital, recognizing her for going the extra mile and leading by example.
Top campaign partners, raising more than $300,000 each, included Darden Restaurants Inc., SunTrust Bank of Central Florida, Florida Hospital, Orange County Government, the City of Orlando, UPS, Tupperware Brands, and AT&T.
Major Partners, each raising more than $100,000, included Wells Fargo, CNL Financial Group, Inc., SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Enterprise Holdings, Inc., Bank of America, OUC–The Reliable One, Fifth Third Bank, FedEx, Siemens Energy, Inc., Duke Energy, University of Central Florida, CenturyLink, Target, Orlando Health and Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.
“Thanks to the hard work and outstanding leadership from everyone involved, including Tom Sittema, his cabinet, and the campaign managers, our community will directly benefit from the millions of dollars raised this year,” said Robert H. (Bob) Brown, president and CEO of HFUW. “As we celebrate the outcome of our efforts, let us not forget the hundreds of thousands of homeless children, hungry senior citizens, students in need of opportunities, and families struggling to make ends meet. This is all for them.”