Heart of Florida United Way to Host FREE Screening of Freedom Writers

Gruwell Bookcover Freedom Writers

Rollins College will host a free screening of Freedom Writers starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank, on Monday, February 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

In the spirit of Heart of Florida United Way’s Women’s Leadership Luncheon, which will feature New York Times best-selling author, Erin Gruwell as the keynote speaker, Rollins College will host a free screening of Freedom Writers. Based on the book The Freedom Writers Diary, the film, starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank, tells the story of educator Erin Gruwell and her extraordinary experience with 150 high school students who were written off by the education system.

Rollins College, Bush Auditorium, 1000 Holt Avenue, Orlando, Fla. 32789Gruwell Bookcover Freedom Writers

Parking tickets from the SunTrust garage will be validated

(Free and open to the public. To register, email Womensleadership@HFUW.org)

The screening coincides with the Heart of Florida United Way’s focus on education and the 7th Annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon, hosted by the Women’s Leadership Council. The event will be held on Wednesday, March 12 at the Rosen Centre Hotel.

ABOUT THE WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP COUNCIL: By combining the power of philanthropy, volunteerism and awareness, the United Way Women’s Leadership Council is addressing critical problems that disproportionately affect women and children in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties, primarily focusing on education.

Chaired by Karen Dee, president of the Florida and Mid-South Regions for Fifth Third Bank, and Vice-Chair Pat Engfer, area vice president and general manager for Hyatt Regency, Grand Cypress, the Council is guided by a steering committee of approximately 30 influential and compassionate women who invest their time and resources to make a difference.

Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) is Central Florida’s most comprehensive health and human services charity and the largest provider of funds to the region’s most critical health and human service programs. Last year it raised and managed $24.5 million throughout Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. HFUW is working to advance the common good by focusing on education, income, health and safety.  It also operates United Way 2-1-1, Central Florida’s community crisis and suicide hotline and information and referral helpline; a Volunteer Resource Center; a Gifts In Kind Center; a Stewardship program that works with agencies to provide emergency assistance; and the Ryan White Part B program, which administers more than $2 million to provide HIV/AIDS services and referrals.  HFUW impacts more people annually than any charity operating in the tri-county area and partners with local businesses, government, other charities and individuals to increase awareness of local health and human service issues and to inspire hope, provide options and create possibilities for people in need. In 2012, HFUW was awarded Charity Navigator’s highest “Four-Star Rating” for exceeding industry standards in fiscal management and outperforming other charities in its area of focus.