United Way of Central Florida announces $9 million goal for 2015
Asks attendees to be a #GameChanger
Highlands City, FL—With more than 200 in attendance, United Way of Central Florida launched the 2015 LIVE UNITED Campaign Thursday, August 13 at the Home of NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Champion Mocs. In the Jenkins Field House at Florida Southern College, this year’s Campaign Chair and Florida Southern graduate, Kimberly Elmhorst announced the campaign goal of $9 million.
“This is an exciting time for our community and the United Way” says Elmhorst. “The funds United Way of Central Florida raises each year are invested in over 100 local solutions across our community to improve education, financial stability and health. It will take us all working together to reach this goal to continue to provide these services, and do more. We need everyone’s help—we need more game changers.”
Alan H Turner II, the new president and CEO for the organization helped kickoff the season by getting the attendees to tweet about the event and how they plan to be a “#GameChanger.”
“By encouraging people to share their experience on social media, we hope to reach out to those who may not know what United Way is doing in Central Florida,” stated Turner. “We’re celebrating and inviting more individuals and companies to get engaged and join us. Last year, approximately 350 workplaces supported the United Way by running a workplace campaign, we would like to grow that to 500 workplaces.”
The event was filled with sports game fanfare, music, cheerleaders, plenty of prize giveaways and the first public showing of the 2015 Campaign video. One of the major highlights of the evening was when one attendee had a chance to win $10,000 by attempting a basket from half court. Although the attempt failed, the energy level stayed high.
Other recognitions that took place were for companies that participated in United Way’s ‘Pacesetter’ campaign this summer, along with this year’s Loaned Executives. This summer, 24 workplaces set the pace for the 2015 campaign. So far, these pacesetters have raised more than $238k, which is up 10% from last year.
The 2015 Campaign Pacesetters include: Bank of Central Florida, Baylis & Company, Bond Clinic, Boring Business Systems, Cipher Integrations, Citizen’s Bank & Trust, Clark Campbell Lancaster & Munson PA, Coca Cola, Crown Printing, DSM Technology Consultants, Family Emergency Services, Furr & Wegman Architects, Lighthouse for the Blind, Madden Brand Agency, Neighborhood Service Center, Polk Vision, Regal Automotive Group, Regions Financial, Rockford-Ettco Procunier, Target Stores #1299 #1859, #2366, Two Men and A Truck, Watson Clinic, VISTE and YMCA of West Central Florida.
Sponsors of the evening included: Publix Super Markets Charities Inc, The Mosaic Company; Florida Southern College; Six/Ten Corporation LLC; Spherion Staffing; and Two Men and A Truck.
To find out how easy it is to run a workplace campaign or learn more about United Way of Central Florida, please explore uwcf.org or call 863.648.1500.
About United way of Central Florida
United Way leads and works collectively to provide solutions for community change. We focus in the areas of education, income and health because these are the building blocks for a good quality of life. Established in 1980, today United Way of Central Florida serves Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties and impacts the lives of 60,000 people. To learn more visit uwcf.org. Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook and YouTube.
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