Celebrating $17.7 Million for the Community!

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Live United Victory Celebration

Bacon, eggs and fundraising! Today, Heart of Florida United Way celebrated the end of its 2016-17 Workplace Giving Campaign with the Live United Victory Celebration. Every year, employees from across Central Florida signed up for payroll deductions through workplace giving campaigns in order to invest in community programs supported by Heart of Florida United Way. This year, under the leadership of Campaign Chair John Pisan of Wells Fargo Wealth Management, more than $17.7 million was raised to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Central Florida. 

Million Dollar Champions

Walt Disney World, Publix Super Markets and Lockheed Martin were honored as “Million-Dollar Champions” for raising $3.5 million, $3.4 million and $1 million, respectively.

Victory Celebration Award Winners

Nearly 400 Central Florida businesses organized workplace campaigns and fundraising events to benefit United Way. Individuals and companies were recognized for their exemplary efforts in this year’s campaign. Specific company and individual recognitions included:

  • “Chairman’s Award” – Orange County Government
  • “Phenomenal Executive Champion” – Malcolm Barnes with Duke Energy
  • “Spirit Award” – Costco Wholesale
  • “Exceptional Employee Campaign Managers” – Melissa Dukes with OUC – The Reliable One and Chanda Jordan with Enterprise Holdings.


  • Orange County Government


  • UPS Florida
  • SunTrust Bank of Central Florida
  • City of Orlando
  • Florida Hospital
  • AT&T


  • Tupperware Brands Corporation
  • Wells Fargo


  • Enterprise Holdings Inc.
  • Darden Foundation
  • Adventist Health System
  • CNL Financial Group
  • Duke Energy
  • OUC- The Reliable One


  • Bank of America
  • University of Central Florida
  • FedEx Corporation
  • CenturyLink
  • PCL Construction Services
  • Orlando Health
  • Costco Wholesale
  • Siemens Energy
  • Target Corporation
  • Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster Kantor & Reed, PA

“The generosity shown by local businesses, organizations and individuals in this year’s campaign is the reason we’re able to make such a positive collective impact in our community,” said John Pisan, 2016-2017 Heart of Florida United Way Campaign Chair and Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director, Wells Fargo Wealth Management. “The funds raised over the past year will be invested in critical programs aimed at education, income, health and basic needs – programs that will help improve the lives of residents in our own community which, in turn, will improve our economy as a whole.”

Thanks to every single person who helped us reach the $17.7 million total!