Heart of Palm Beach County - Celebrate the Impact

Posted May 17, 2023

United Way of Palm Beach County hosted its Heart of Palm Beach County premiere event on May 11, 2023, at the Hilton West Palm Beach to celebrate the impact we have had on the county, thanks to the support of our community partners and corporate sponsors. This highly anticipated event featured a cocktail reception, dinner, awards ceremony, and a raffle.

The evening began with welcoming more than 300 guests to our outdoor cocktail reception, where guests could grab a complimentary cocktail and mingle with fellow community members. During this time, guests could enter their name for a chance to win a beautiful Chantecler Logo Palm Beach pendant donated by Hamilton Jewelers with a retail price of $2,390. The guests in attendance included Palm Beach County Mayor Gregg Weiss, Palm Beach County Commissioner Maria Marino, State Attorney, 15th Judicial Circuit, Dave Aronberg, Donna Glenn, our Tocqueville Society Cabinet Chair, Erika DeBlasi, our Women United Committee Chair, and many more.

Guests then entered the ballroom, where each guest received an appetizer, dinner, dessert, and a box of chocolate truffles to take home. The awards ceremony commenced with an introduction from Frank Compiani, our Board of Directors Chair and Event Co-chair, Dr. Laurie George, our President and CEO, and Christopher Chase, our Campaign Cabinet Chair and Event Co-chair. Once dinner was served, our emcee of the night, Mike McGann, announced the award winners of 22 community members, nonprofit agencies, and top corporate and union contributors.

The award winners included:

  • Champion for Children: The Children’s Services Council
  • Hunger Hero Award: Marti LaTour of the Palm Beach County Food Bank
  • Excellence in Mentoring Award: Brandon Lavin of Xcel Mentoring
  • Mission United Award: Lauren Berkson
  • Community Champion: For The Children
  • Individual Volunteer of the Year: Meredith Rollo
  • Leaders United Award: Danielle Basinski
  • Tocqueville Society Award: Frank and Marguerite Compiani
  • Joe Brennan Union Award: Debra Lichaa Mitchell
  • Corporate Volunteer of the Year: TBC Corporation
  • Spotlight Award: Palm Beach County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller
  • Top Corporate Campaign: Publix Super Markets and Publix Super Market Charities, Inc., NextEra Energy, the Parent Company of FPL, Palm Beach County Government Employees, Bank of America, NCCI Holdings, Inc., Costco Wholesale, Pratt & Whitney – A Raytheon Technologies Company, EY, the School District of Palm Beach County, UPS, and Enterprise Holdings.

The outstanding support of United Way radiated throughout the Heart of Palm Beach County Celebration event! I hope our guests, community partners, and corporate sponsors left this event feeling inspired and honored for their work on creating positive change to help our community thrive. Because of their contributions to improving the lives of Palm Beach County residents, we can address our community’s most critical needs. The amount of support received from our trustworthy sponsors to help push this event forward was incredible. I cannot forget to mention how grateful I am to have such an amazing team dedicated to United Way of Palm Beach County. – Dr. Laurie George, President & CEO

At United Way of Palm Beach County, we could not do what we do every day without the dedication and commitment of our supporters. Together, we have changed the lives of thousands of Palm Beach County residents through our vital programs and initiatives provided by our funded community partners. The gift of time, talent, and treasure from our supporters allow us to go further and make a greater impact.

Thank you to our Event Chairs, Marguerite and Frank Compiani and Jayne and Christopher Chase!

Thank you to all our generous sponsors for helping us make this exciting event possible!

Presenting Sponsor: Publix

Media Sponsor: Palm Beach Illustrated

Additional Sponsors: NextEra Energy, the parent company of FPL, McClatchy, NCCI, SBA Communications, Hilton West Palm Beach, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, Velocity Community Credit Union, Deloitte, Shutts & Bowen, Pulte Homes, Pratt & Whitney – A Raytheon Technology Company.

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