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United Way Luncheon

Photos by Katie DeSantis

UNITED WAY – helping local businesses contribute to local charities.

United Way of Northwest Florida invited business owners and community leaders from Bay and surrounding counties to discuss their impact on the community.

“Our promise is to serve as effective and efficient stewards of our donors’ trust and their contributions,” stated Bryan Taylor, President/ CEO of United Way of Northwest Florida. To ensure this promise is kept, UWNWFL is independently governed by a local volunteer board.

Victoria Williams, chairman of the UWNWFL Community Campaign and president of VBA Architects announced to participants that over $545,000 in community impact grants were awarded in 2014 to numerous local non-profit agencies.


Local businesses partner with United Way to administer fundraising campaigns amongst their employees and customers. Funds raised are disbursed to fifty-one affiliated and many unaffiliated charitable agencies. United Way has strict standards for its affiliated charitable agencies which guarantee accountability, ethics, and transparency in giving to local charities.

Local business owners and community leaders who want to make a difference were in attendance. Many of the volunteer board members shared their belief in local community efforts.

Affiliated agencies are making an impact in the areas of education, income, and health… “The Building Blocks For A Good Life.” United Way Worldwide is a $5 billion dollar global enterprise – recognized by 98% of all Americans – but organized, operated, and accessible at local community levels.

The lunch event was sponsored by HealthSouth, Harley-Davidson of Panama City Beach and Publix.

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