Right now there is life-changing work happening throughout the community, and United Way wants to celebrate all the Change Makers who call Central Florida home. Heart of Florida United Way announced the honorees of Change Maker Impact Awards and will be hosting an event on Monday, Sept. 24 to recognize those who set an example of going above and beyond to improve lives.
The honorees for the inaugural event include:
- Mayor Teresa Jacobs: Change Maker of the Year – For her unconditional support and leadership in responding to the Hurricane Maria evacuee crisis in Central Florida.
- Shaquem Griffin: Ground Breaker – Former UCF Linebacker for his determination to overcome adversity and inspiring youth with disabilities to achieve their full potential.
- BRIDG: Ground Breaker – The high-tech sensor manufacturing facility changing the face of the economy in Osceola County for inspiring a region through innovation and cultivating new economic opportunities for the future.
- The late Harriett Lake: Impact Leader for Philanthrophy – For blessing so many in Central Florida with the resources they need to shine brightly and lead better lives.
- Dr. Antonia Novello: Impact Leader for Advocacy – For her heroic mission of bringing water, food, medication and hope to 50 municipalities in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.
- Nancy Alvarez: Impact Leader for Advocacy – Anchor for WFTV for giving a strong voice to those unable to speak for themselves in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
- Ed Timberlake: Impact Leader for Volunteerism – Long-time community volunteer and executive board member for his leadership, vision and devotion to many in Central Florida through volunteerism.
- Steve Hogan: Impact Leader for Collaboration – CEO of Florida Citrus Sports and a driving force as a board member of LIFT Orlando for creating collaboration to break the cycle of poverty and transform neighborhoods.
- Kathleen Bean: Unsung Hero – For 25 years of volunteer service cooking thousands of meals for the working poor and homeless at Christian Service Center. Public nomination led to the selection of Mrs. Bean, who will receive a $500 grant to donate to the nonprofit of her choice.
The Legacy Honorees to be inducted for their long-term contributions to the Central Florida community include:
- Walt Disney World
- Publix Super Markets, Inc.
- Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation
- Dr. Phillips Charities
- Carol Jenkins Barnett, President of Publix Super Markets Charities & Barney Barnett, Vice Chairman of Publix Super Markets, Inc. and Vice President of Publix Super Markets Charities
- Jim Seneff, Executive Chairman, CNL Financial Group
- Jacob Stuart, Retired president, Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Dr. Nelson Ying, philanthropist
“We feel privileged to present these awards that identify and recognize those who have lent creativity, initiative, and consistent professional leadership on behalf of the people of Central Florida,” said Jeff Hayward, President & CEO of Heart of Florida United Way. “These honorees have demonstrated their capacity to find creative answers to challenges, are led by an extraordinary sense of vision and wisdom and have demonstrated their compassion and love of helping others.”
The event will be held on Monday, September 24, 2018 at The Ballroom at Church Street. It begins with a Community Connection Speed Networking Reception at 5:30 P.M. to connect individuals looking for meaningful volunteer opportunities with nonprofits in need of skilled volunteerism. The networking reception will be followed by dinner and award show to honor this distinguished group who are essential to our community.
This event is possible through the generosity of sponsors, including Florida Hospital, Publix Super Markets Inc. and Dr. Phillips Charities.