United Way of Broward County

United Way of Broward County’s Women’s Leadership Council to Host 3rd Annual Magnolia Luncheon

April 22, 2014

United Way of Broward County’s Women’s Leadership Council is excited to host its 3rd Annual Magnolia Luncheon on Wednesday, May 21, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Signature Grand in Davie.  The annual event which recognizes women of dignity, strength, and perseverance, will this year honor Gale Butler and Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

Formed in 2010, The Women’s Leadership Council was created to encourage women leaders within the community to pledge a commitment to United Way of Broward County. Together, the  more than 500 women who currently contribute $1,000 or more annually to United Way of Broward County, account for more than $1 million of the total contributions raised through the organization’s annual workplace campaign. Each year the women’s council focuses their efforts on specific priority United Way projects  

The 3rd Annual Magnolia Luncheon will be presenting Gale Butler with the Magnolia Leadership Award to recognize the remarkable impact she has had on our community through her hard work, dedication and philanthropic efforts.  While at AutoNation she was responsible for community relations and charitable donations within the South Florida community. She was the founding chair of the Women’s Leadership Council of  United Way of Broward, and set the highest example of what it means to be a woman community leader in Broward County. She previously served on the boards of Take Stock In Children, The Greater Fort Lauderdale/ Broward Alliance, Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, the Bonnet House, and The Tower Club. A Fort Lauderdale native, Gale graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in History.

The Corporate Philanthropy Award will be presented to Enterprise Holdings, Inc.  Enterprise was selected as the recipient based on its high number of female Leadership Donors and company-wide commitment to United Way of Broward County and the community.

“We are delighted to honor strong women, such as Gale Butler and the team at Enterprise Holdings, Inc. who make such a positive impact on our community,” said Kathleen Cannon, President & CEO of United Way of Broward County.  “The women of the Leadership Council truly are an inspiration and exemplify what it means to be a woman of dignity, strength, and perseverance.”

Laurie Jennings, Local 10 News Anchor of Miami will serve as the event’s Master of Ceremonies. Event co-chairs for the Magnolia Luncheon include Rosy Lopez of Greenspoon Marder, and Stella Tokar, from BOLD Consulting. Host committee members include Kim Bentley, Elizabeth Cambareri, Kathleen Cannon, Betsi Kassebaum, Lisa Kitei, Jen Klaassens, Susie Levan, Paula Levenson, Chris Madsen, Ginny Miller, Stacy Ostrau, Arlene Pecora, Robin Sterne, and Kim Sweers.  Event sponsors include JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Southeast Toyota Distributors, Consolidated Credit, Publix Super Market Charities, Broward Health, Memorial Healthcare System, Nova Southeastern University, AutoNation and Signature Grand.

Individual tickets are $100 and sponsorships are available starting at $1,200. To learn more about purchasing tickets, tables, or becoming a sponsor please visit UnitedWayBroward.org or for more information, call 954.453.3725 or email desposito@UnitedWayBroward.org.  


About United Way of Broward County
United Way of Broward County is a volunteer driven, community-based, non-profit organization servicing Broward County for 75 years. United Way of Broward County mission is to focus and unite the entire community to create significant lasting change in the impact areas of Education, Income and Health, the building blocks for a better life, which positively impacts people’s lives. United Way of Broward County is the catalyst for change and convener of partnerships that unite the hearts, minds, and resources within the Broward community. For more information, visit www.UnitedWayBroward.org.

About the Women’s Leadership Council
The Women’s Leadership Council was formed to mobilize United Way of Broward County’s women donors to become powerful philanthropists and community leaders. The group’s goal is to educate women about the opportunities for philanthropic involvement and civic leadership through their own fundraising, advocacy and volunteering; and to engage more women in United Way’s community-transforming work.  

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