United Way of Broward County

United Way of Broward County Women United 4th Annual Magnolia Luncheon Honored Local Leaders

June 1, 2015

More than 200 guests attended United Way of Broward County’s 4th Annual Magnolia Luncheon presented by Broward Health at The Global Grille and Event Center on Thursday, May 21st.  The annual event recognizes women of dignity, strength and perseverance.


During the luncheon, United Way of Broward County presented renowned local businesswoman and philanthropist Lynne Wines with the Magnolia Leadership Award in honor of the remarkable impact she has had on our community through her hard work, dedication and philanthropic efforts. 


United Way also presented Publix Super Markets with the Magnolia Corporate Philanthropy Award in recognition of the supermarket’s high number of female Leadership Donors and its company-wide commitment to United Way of Broward County and the community.  At the Luncheon, United Way of Broward County announced that the Women’s Leadership Council was being renamed Women United to more accurately reflect the group’s mission.


Maria Mas Blet served as the keynote speaker. Mas Blet is the CEO and Managing Principal of Hollywood-based GSK Wealth Advisors, and is currently the Chair for the National Women’s Leadership Council. She has received numerous awards, including being named the 2014 Influential Business Woman of the Year Award by the South Florida Business Journal.


“United Way of Broward County is proud to honor Lynne Wines, and the team at Publix Super Markets for exemplifying dignity, strength and perseverance,” said Kathleen Cannon, President & CEO of United Way of Broward County. “United Way of Broward County Women United is honored to be involved with such impactful members of the community that carry out our mission day in and day out.” 


Formed in 2010, Women United 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 Women United focuses their efforts on specific priority United Way projects.  


Irika Sargent, CBS 4 News Anchor served as Master of Ceremonies for the luncheon. Event co-chairs included Bridget Christie Jeffries from SunTrust Bank and Sasha Moon from JM Family Enterprises, Inc. Event sponsors included Broward Health, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Southeast Toyota Distributors, Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, Publix Super Markets Charities, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Memorial Healthcare System, Nova Southeastern University, SunTrust Bank, Holman Automotive Group and Wells Fargo.



About United Way of Broward County
United Way of Broward County is a volunteer driven, community-based, non-profit organization servicing Broward County for more than 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 Women United
Women United 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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