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Heart of Florida United Way Raises $18.3 Million in Annual Campaign

Local Business Leaders Recognized for Contributions; Lockheed Martin, Publix and Walt Disney World Honored as Million-Dollar Medalists

Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) recently concluded its 2013-2014 campaign at the LIVE UNITED Celebration – raising $18,319,177 since September 2013. Hundreds of workplace giving campaign participants attended the Olympic-themed culmination event held at the Orlando Museum of Art. Chaired by Tom Sittema, chief executive officer of CNL Financial Group, the campaign surpassed its goal and garnered a 4.3 percent increase in individual donations over last year.

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. UnitedWayHeartofFlorida

“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.

(Still time to get Tickets to Heart of Florida United Way 22nd Annual Chef’s Gala)

Top campaign partners 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, Dorsdick, 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 tens 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.”

 

Heart of Florida United Way 22nd Annual Chef’s Gala (Media Preview)

 

 

Heart of Florida United Way 22nd Annual Chef’s Gala (Media Preview)

A Top 5 Gala for 2014 here in Central Florida!  Some photos by our very own @JenVargas!

 

Media preview of 22nd Annual #ChefGala benefitting @HFUW! Photos by @JenVargas

Media preview of 22nd Annual #ChefGala benefitting @HFUW! Photos by @JenVargas

Recognized as the region’s premier food and wine-pairing event, Heart of Florida United Way Chef’s Gala on May 10 features exquisite cuisine from more than 20 of Central Florida’s top chefs, along with thoughtfully paired fine wines, live music and a silent auction. Chef’s Gala is historically United Way’s largest fundraiser for education, income, health and basic needs programs, which serve thousands of Central Floridians in dire need. 

Epcot® World Showplace WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort  

 6:45 p.m.: Silent Auction, Sparkling Wine and Martini Bar Reception 7:30-10 p.m.: Main Event

(Get your tickets today!)

President & CEO of Heart of Florida United  Way Robert H “Bob” Brown invites you out to #ChefsGala! via Instagram by @JenVargas

Slow-braised Pork Shank on Parmesan Grits! Photo by @JenVargas

Slow-braised Pork Shank on Parmesan Grits! Photo by @JenVargas

From Primo @JW_Marriott: Poached Maine Lobster Roll on a Truffled Brioche Garlic Aioli, Primo Garden Chives, Crispy Buttermilk & Malt Vinegar Marinated Shallots. Photo by @JenVargas

From Primo @JW_Marriott: Poached Maine Lobster Roll on a Truffled Brioche Garlic Aioli, Primo Garden Chives, Crispy Buttermilk & Malt Vinegar Marinated Shallots. Photo by @JenVargas

Banana-Toffee Mousse on Cocoa Crunch w/ Strawberry-Banana Pearls from @DisneyParks' Chef Born. Photo by @JenVargas

Banana-Toffee Mousse on Cocoa Crunch w/ Strawberry-Banana Pearls from @DisneyParks’ Chef Born. Photo by @JenVargas

Also from @DisneyParks' Chef Born, a Milk Chocolate Crémeux w/ Mojito Concoction on Almond Rocher. Photo by @JenVargas

Also from @DisneyParks’ Chef Born, a Milk Chocolate Crémeux w/ Mojito Concoction on Almond Rocher. Photo by @JenVargas

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 $25.3 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 2011, 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.  Visit www.hfuw.org

(Tickets are still available! )