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WORTHINGTON HONORED
 

UWFK Board Treasurer Trich Worthington was recognized as an "Unsung Hero" at the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys' recent annual luncheon honoring volunteers. Worthington is a Senior Vice President with Iberia Bank who lives in Marathon with her husband Pete. Margie Smith, President of United Way of the Florida Keys, praised Worthington for her hard work as Board Treasurer. "Trich never hesitates to spend the time it takes to review the details and get it right," Smith said. "Her professional integrity is very high and she is the type of person who does what she says she is going to do." 

 
UWFK 2014-15 GRANT APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE
 

Are you interested in applying for a grant from United Way of the Florida Keys? Click here to access our Funding Guidelines and Application for 2014-15.  The deadline for submitting applications and all required supporting documents is Friday, March 7th, at 5 p.m.  Want more information? Email us at admin@keysunitedway.org.

 
UNITED WAY LOOKS TO FUTURE AT ANNUAL MEETING
 

UNITED WAY PRESIDENT MARGIE SMITH ANNOUNCES AT THE UNITED WAY OF THE FLORIDA KEYS ANNUAL MEETING THAT WE ARE ON TRACK TO REACH OUR STRETCH GOAL OF RAISING $500,000 BY 2015. THIS GOAL WAS ANNOUNCED IN 2010 WHEN WE WERE AT $245,000.

Eighty-three donors, prospective donors and agency representatives attended the United Way Annual Meeting at Hawks Cay Resort on October 10th. Publix was honored for having the top workplace campaign in 2012 - 2013, bringing in $117,763. Number two was Mariners Hospital at $25,434, followed by Hawks Cay Resort at $22,729, Monroe County Schools at $17,484 and Bank of America at $14,102. Iberia Bank was honored for having the highest participation in its workplace campaign. Ninety percent of Iberia Bank employees donated to United Way in 2012 - 2013. Costs of the Annual Meeting were underwritten by its four sponsors:  Hawks Cay Resort, Centennial Bank, Publix and Mariners Hospital.


UNITED WAY BOARD MEMBERS INSTALLED AT ANNUAL MEETING

Judge Ruth Becker installed Board members of the United Way of the Florida Keys at the October 10th Annual Meeting at Hawks Cay Resort. Each Board member will serve a two-year term. Pictured left to right are Jennifer George-Nichol, Maria Jones, Denise Preuss, United Way President Margie Smith, Nikki Dunn, Ron Smith, Richard Tamborrino, Board Secretary Erin O'Hara, Board Chair Candy Fincke, Cathy Crane, Board Treasurer Trich Worthington, Rebecca Horan, Board Past Chair Andy Griffiths, and Richard McChesney. Not pictured are Dale Bittner, JC Flores, Board Vice Chair Leah Maki and Mindy McKenzie. Photos by Larry Benvenuti.

INDIVIDUAL DONORS HONORED AT ANNUAL MEETING

For a list of top individual donors in the 2012 - 2013 United Way of the Florida Keys campaign, please see below.

TOCQUEVILLE SOCIETY (Donated $10,000+):  Lookout Foundation, Ocean Reef Community Foundation,  Marcy S. Wolpe   

LEADERSHIP DONORS (Donated $1,000+):  Robert E. Ringdahl    

Bank of America: Suzanne Suarez;  BB&T: Dale Bittner;  Burton Memorial Church:  Patricia L. Cummings;  Community Bank: Carlos E. Perez;  Fishermen’s Hospital: Larry R. Wise;  Florida Keys Electric Cooperative:  John Stuart;  Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board: James R. Bridges;  Florida Power & Light: Dennis Garner, Richard Stripling, Michael Wayland, Thomas Wronka; Hawks Cay Resort: Sheldon Suga;  Iberia Bank:  Mary E. Chase, Jeffrey Smith, Patricia Worthington;  Keynoter and Reporter: Wayne Markham;  Keys Energy Services:  Robert R. Padron;  City of Marathon: George Garrett, Roger Hernstadt; Mariners Hospital: Janet Catani, Cheryl Cottrell, Amanda Dorris, Candy Fincke, Richard Freeburg, Wendy Gentes, Francene Glick, Dawn Hire, Teresa Kwalick, Susan Langhorne, Gayle Maimo, Isabel Mesa, Daphne Morrow, Rhonda Piner, Debbie Stanger, Dawn Stavor, Barbara Stephens, Carol Welsh; Monroe County Clerk of the Court: Amy Heavilin; Monroe County Schools: Andy Griffiths Jr., Lesley J. Salinero;  Publix Supermarkets: Paul Bean, Fannie Browne, Miguelina Concepcion,  Miranda Hendrix, Ali Irving, Keana Konrad, Stephen Kussrath,  Steven Levine, Tim Maloney,  Erin O’Hara,  Kevin Piper, Benjamin Rogers, Kevin Schellhamer,  Kimberley Seitz, Tammy Sharp Welch,  Robert Williams; Southernmost Hotel:  Matthew Babich, Phillip Ross.

 
UNITED WAY 'STUFFS THE BUS' WITH SCHOOL SUPPLIES
 

GERALD ADAMS SCHOOL WELCOMES UNITED WAY AND "STUFF THE BUS"

Left to right: Gerald Adams Principal Fran Herrin, United Way volunteer Mary Chase of Iberia Bank, new United Way Board member Denise Preuss, United Way volunteer Chuck Fortier of Iberia Bank, and United Way Board member Rebecca Horan of Atlantic Pacific Insurance pose with students.

On Friday, September 6th, United Way volunteers delivered truckloads of school supplies to all 17 Monroe County public schools from Key Largo to Key West. We are very grateful to our Board members, volunteers and community partners whose hard work made "Stuff the Bus" such a big success! For more photos of school supply delivery day, see below. 


To read our "Stuff the Bus" media release, click here.

 
"Stuff the Bus" Community Partners
 

American Legion (Marathon)

Centennial Bank

Community Bank

Doc's Diner

Fishermens Hospital

Department of Juvenile Justice

Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority

Florida Keys Electric Cooperative

Florida Keys Society of Human Resource Management

Iberia Bank

Islamorada Chamber of Commerce

Key Largo Chamber of Commerce

Key Largo Rotary

Key West Noon Rotary

Lower Keys Medical Center

Marathon Chamber of Commerce

Marathon Rotary

Monroe County Health Department

Office Depot

Office Max

Public Defender's Office

Publix

Ron Jon Surf Shop

Upper Keys Business and Professional Women

Upper Keys Rotary

Walgreens


A BIG THANK-YOU FROM UNITED WAY AND MONROE COUNTY STUDENTS!

 
"Stuff the Bus" Delivery Day
 
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BRUNCH, JAZZ AND NEW FRIENDS
 

UNITED WAY HOSTS JAZZ BRUNCH, KEY WEST 'FRIEND-RAISER' 

United Way of the Florida Keys helped launch the Spring social season with two different events--a Jazz Brunch in Islamorada and a "Friend-Raiser" in Key West. 

The lavish brunch, including everything from sliced smoked salmon to shrimp and grits, was catered by Kaiyo and the Green Turtle Inn. Live music was provided by the Island Jazz Ensemble. The 74 attendees also enjoyed endless champagne and a Bloody Mary bar. Sponsors of this event included: Publix, Marker 88, Ocean Sotheby's International Realty, Community Bank, The MIX, The Reporter, Florida Keys Electric Cooperative, Regan Insurance Agency, CBT Construction, RMB Construction, Postcard Inn, Islamorada Investment Management and Southern Wine and Spirits.

More than 100 people attended our “Friend-Raiser” in Key West to find out about the recent work of United Way and to honor local donors. Community leaders and UWFK leadership donors (giving $1,000 or more annually) gathered at the home of Guy Ross and Michael Ruiter for the evening reception.  Several Key West restaurants and catering companies donated hors d’oeuvres for the event, including Azur, Bistro Sole, Café Sole, Camille’s, Doubletree Grand Key Resort, Great Events Catering, Southernmost Beach Café, Square One – New American Table, Three Fine Cooks Catering, and the Westin Key West Resort.  Historic Tours of America donated the invitation graphics. Host Committee members included Dale Bittner, Andy Griffiths, Rebecca Horan, Debbie Mason, Richard McChesney, Mindy McKenzie and Denise Preuss. UWFK Board Chair, Candy Fincke, and President, Margie Smith, welcomed guests and thanked donors for their support.

See below to view photo albums from the two events.  

Jazz Brunch photos donated by Sandra D. Spaulding Photography

Friend-Raiser photos donated by Roberta DePiero

 
Key West Friend-Raiser
 
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FSECC, CFC Application Deadlines
 

FSECC Deadline is March 1st:  Once a year, Florida state employees have the opportunity to choose which agencies they would like to support through charitable donations. United Way of the Florida Keys will be listed in the FSECC brochure as a federation or “umbrella agency” with all Monroe County agencies that have applied for FSECC funding listed below our name. NOTE: FOR 2014 – 2015, THE ONLY MONROE COUNTY AGENCIES THAT CAN APPLY FOR FSECC FUNDING ARE THOSE AGENCIES THAT ARE CURRENTLY BEING FUNDED BY UNITED WAY OF THE FLORIDA KEYS. To be considered for funding in the 2014 – 2015 campaign, our current partners must apply online at the FSECC website no later than 11:59 p.m., March 1, 2014.  To apply, click here.


CFC Deadline is February 26th to United Way:  Federal employees working in our Atlantic coast CFC region have a similar fundraising campaign each year. United Way of the Florida Keys will also serve as a federation (“umbrella agency”) for the CFC campaign. NOTE:  FOR 2014 – 2015, ANY MONROE COUNTY NONPROFIT THAT IS RECOGNIZED AS A 501(C)3 TAX-EXEMPT ORGANIZATION BY THE IRS CAN APPLY FOR CFC FUNDING. To be considered for CFC funding, an agency must download the application from the CFC website, fill it out and mail it in. The CFC application deadline is March 7, 2014, at 4 p.m., BUT ALL MONROE COUNTY CFC APPLICATIONS MUST BE MAILED TO UNITED WAY OF THE FLORIDA KEYS AND RECEIVED IN OUR OFFICE BY FEBRUARY 26, 2014, AT 4 P.M.  UWFK will forward the applications to the CFC campaign office by the March 7 deadline.  To obtain the CFC application, click here. At the CFC site, click on “2014 Application for Local Independent Organization and Members of Federations.” Fill out the application and mail with all supporting documents to:  United Way of the Florida Keys, P.O. Box 1287, Islamorada, FL 33036, by February 26, 2014, at 4 p.m.




 
2013 WORKPLACE CAMPAIGN
 

BIG PLEDGE FROM PUBLIX

PUBLIX employees Keys-wide have pledged a total of $66,147 for the United Way of the Florida Keys 2013 Workplace Campaign! Thank you, Publix employees, for your generous contributions which will assist Keys nonprofits that do so much for our community. FUNDS RAISED IN THE KEYS STAY IN THE KEYS.

 
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OUR SPECIAL THANKS TO UPS  (AND TO CENTENNIAL BANK FOR SUPPLYING THE HOT DOGS) FOR A FUN AND SUCCESSFUL SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT AUGUST 24TH.  PHOTOS OF THE TOURNAMENT ARE POSTED BELOW.


 
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