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Northeast Florida companies and organizations raised more than $20 million to advance education, income and health initiatives

United Way of Northeast Florida recognized today the businesses, individuals and community leaders who joined together to raise $20,613,702 for the organization’s annual community campaign. More than 650 people attended the Annual Meeting and Campaign Celebration at the Prime Osborn Convention Center where United Way presented 21 awards in six different categories (please see complete list attached).

“Good people are making good things happen in every neighborhood,” said Chip Vance, 2013 campaign chair. “Because of the generous donors and volunteers who graciously donate their resources and time, graduation rates are increasing, families understand their finances and people are learning to lead healthier, more productive lives.”

Driving the effort, Vance encouraged businesses and individuals to focus on research-based, measurable solutions by contributing to the Community Impact Fund.

“The most powerful way to invest, the Community Impact Fund unites thousands of gifts to advance education, income and health – the building blocks to a quality life in northeast Florida,” said Connie Hodges, president and CEO of United Way who is retiring at the end of the year. “Concentrating on the three issues that residents say matter most, our organization is creating positive, lasting change.

Hodges was honored for her 30 years of service to United Way and 16 years as president and CEO of United Way of Northeast Florida.  Michelle Braun was introduced as the organization’s incoming president and CEO effective July 1.

Frank Martire, chairman and CEO of FIS, was announced as the 2014-2016 chair of United Way’s board of trustees.  Pat Geraghty, chairman and CEO of Florida Blue is the 2016-2018 board of trustees chair-elect and the 2014 campaign chair. Anna Brosche will continue her two-year term as chair of the United Way board of directors.

“Seeing the quantifiable results and meeting real people whose lives were changed because of United Way initiatives, made my experience with the organization one of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities of my life,” said R. Travis Storey, retiring board of trustees chair and managing partner at KPMG LLC. “A person who consistently demonstrates what it means to LIVE UNITED, Frank will make an outstanding trustees chair who will lead the organization to even greater success.”

More than 1,445 companies and organizations led workplace campaigns that enabled their employees to make a difference in northeast Florida. Florida Blue, CSX Transportation, Inc., Publix Super Markets and Vistakon raised more than $1 million this year and have consistently exceeded $1 million in contributions for the past several years.

About United Way

United Way focuses on education, income and health – the building blocks to a good life. The organization supports measurable solutions to ensure children enter school ready to learn, students stay on track to graduation, families achieve financial stability and people have the tools to lead healthy, productive lives. More information can be found at: www.unitedwaynefl.org.


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