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Donor Stories

  • How Penny Shaffer Lives United
    How Penny Shaffer Lives United
    Born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia, Penny Shaffer learned about philanthropy at an early age. Her parents taught her the...
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  • How Betty And Donald Elliott Lived United
    How Betty And Donald Elliott Lived United
    Longtime Miami residents, Betty and Donald Elliott were energetic, committed to living life to the fullest and ever-mindful of...
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  • FROM YOUNG LEADER TO BOARD MEMBER
    FROM YOUNG LEADER TO BOARD MEMBER
    As Frank Gonzalez looks out of his 18th floor corner office window overlooking Brickell Avenue and Biscayne Bay, he considers himself very fortunate. Born to Cuban parents and raised in Miami...
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  • Leading by Example
    Leading by Example
    Doreen Ruggiero is an unsung hero in our community who is leading by example.
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  • How Jeff Kern Lives United
    How Jeff Kern Lives United
    Quiet, humble and modest ... these are just few of the words used to describe Jeff Kern.
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  • How Octavio F. Verdeja Lives United
    How Octavio F. Verdeja Lives United
    Having celebrated his 78th birthday, Octavio F. Verdeja Sr. reflects on his life here in America and tries to envision what would have been had he stayed in his native Cuba.
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  • How Hilarie Bass Lives United
    How Hilarie Bass Lives United
    A leader by every definition, Hilarie Bass is one of the most powerful lawyers in the country. She is co-president of the legal powerhouse Greenberg Traurig and in 2017, she will take...
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  • How Rhoda and Morris Levitt Live United
    How Rhoda and Morris Levitt Live United
    Rhoda and Morris Levitt's life is a love story - a love for community, for the arts and culture, for giving back, for family and for each other.
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  • THE PROMISE OF YOUTH
    THE PROMISE OF YOUTH
    Alejandro "Alex" Rivera was only six years old when he and his family came to Miami from Cuba. As a young adult, he began to see the poor financial choices many of his peers made...
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  • How Christina Brownlow Lives United
    How Christina Brownlow Lives United
    Empowering students and adults is Christina's mission in life. And after witnessing the work of United Way first-hand, she realized she had found the organization that would help...
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  • A Couple's Caring Contribution
    A Couple's Caring Contribution
    Lurlene Kyles is a strong woman with a big heart and a genuine caring nature that comes naturally after raising six children and working as a nurse for 35 years.
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  • Man keeps his promise to help others
    Man keeps his promise to help others
    When William Ross passed away at the age of 93, he included The United Way Endowment in his will. This hardworking family man had one goal: to make a lasting difference in his community.
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  • Leaving Her Mark: Anna Bayer, a Caring Neighbor
    Leaving Her Mark: Anna Bayer, a Caring Neighbor
    In North Miami Beach, Craig Savage sifts through a box filled with personal mementos of his dear friend Anna Bayer. He remembers his friend as someone who lived selflessly for others.
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  • Compassionate gift creates community impact
    Compassionate gift creates community impact
    An anonymous contributor left his estate, worth more than $1.5 million, to United Way of Miami-Dade. The gift comprises the contributor's home and its contents...
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