United Way of Broward County’s annual Celebration, presented by JM Family Enterprises, Inc. and Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC, was held on Wednesday, June 22 at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. More than 300 donors attended to hear about the significant impact United Way of Broward County is making in the community.
Emceed by WSVN’s Carmel Cafiero, the event focused on the significant strides United Way of Broward County has made over the past year, as well as its new initiatives and focus for the 2011/2012 year. Key speakers included: United Way of Broward County President and CEO, Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, Ph.D., United Way of Broward County Board Chair, Lynne Wines and JM Family Enterprises, Inc. President and CEO, Colin Brown.
In addition, four special guests, whose lives have been positively impacted by United Way’s funding, also told their personal stories to the audience. These success stories are a direct reflection of how United Way of Broward County is investing in quality strategies and programs that provide long-term solutions to the community’s most pressing issues.
"The Annual Celebration is our way of paying tribute to our loyal and generous donors and reflect on the organization’s accomplishments," said Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, Ph.D., President and CEO of United Way of Broward County. "Our donors’ continued support has translated into hope for hundreds of thousands of people over the past year."
Among the highlights of the evening, one lucky United Way of Broward County donor, Michelle Kamayatsu of Enterprise Holdings, Inc., was announced the winner of the Infiniti G25 giveaway generously donated by Holman Automotive Group. For more than 20 years, Holman Automotive Group has donated a car to United Way of Broward County to be used as an incentive for donations towards its annual workplace giving campaign.
Throughout the evening, United Way of Broward County executed live postings on Facebook and Twitter which resulted in more than 5,000 comment views.
The proceeds from the evening will benefit United Way of Broward County’s Community Investment Fund, which focuses on the three targeted Community Impact areas of Education, Income and Health. The funds will assist those in desperate need of help, and will be directly invested in programs that treat root causes of issues facing Broward County.
If you are interested in supporting United Way of Broward County, call (954) 462-4850.