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Tampa International Airport 5K Runway Fun Run

Tampa International Airport 5K Runway Fun Run

 
As if having the opportunity to run down runway 1L–19R isn’t cool enough, you can enter to win 2 roundtrip tickets on Edelweiss Air from TPA to Zurich, Switzerland or anywhere Silver Airways or Southwest Airlines flies.

The details:

  • Bring money with you to the run! Raffle tickets will be available for purchase day of event.
  • $5 each or $20 for 5
  • Cash or checks accepted. Make checks payable to “United Way Suncoast”.
  • You can also purchase raffle tickets in advance during regular business hours at the Airport:
    • Main Terminal Building Reception: third floor, behind Armstrong elevators, BLUE side or
    • Administrative Building Reception: second level, across the street from the British Airways ticket counter & Yeager elevators on the RED side
  • You choose which set of tickets you’d like to win
  • All proceeds benefit United Way Suncoast
  • You do not need to be present to win
  • Raffle is open to anyone; drawing will be at the conclusion of the 5K.

Race Day
Saturday, April 27, 2013

Race Course
Runway 1L/19R: The perfect platform for first timers and experienced athletes to reach their personal bests. 5K of wide open runway!

Registration
Sign up NOW at Active.com. Registration is limited to the first 500 runners.

Early Registration: $30
Includes a cool race shirt & the opportunity to experience Tampa International Airport like few people do!
Early registration ends Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
Day of Event Registration: $35
Check TampaAirport.com/5K for updates and availability.

Timeline

7:00 a.m. Parking gate opens
Entrance is off of Hillsborough Avenue; take Hoover Blvd. South. Follow the signs.
Free parking.
8:30 a.m. Race starts
9:30 a.m. Race conclusion
Sorry folks, but anyone not in after one hour will be picked up in a courtesy vehicle and brought back to the finish line. We need to get the runway back into operation!

Enjoy the festivities; static displays and games for the kids.

11:00 a.m. Event concludes

About the Beneficiary
There is a “new” United Way and one very different than the one our parents and grandparents knew. This visionary organization is creating programs designed to make lasting and positive change in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties with a strategic focus on education, income, neighborhoods and safety net services to people in need.

United Way Suncoast has evolved from a traditional fundraising role to that of a strategic community impact organization. They have retooled their work to create lasting change through a Community Impact Agenda. To create real and lasting change requires a strategy that does not react with short-term fixes. Rather, United Way approaches critical regional issues with long-term, solution-oriented thinking and action.

United Way works on behalf of the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Focusing on education, income, a safety net of services and vibrant neighborhoods they provide families and individuals hope for the future.

For more information visit unitedwaysuncoast.org

Rules of the Road Runway

  1. Please register the kids to run but no strollers, skateboards, rollerblades, bikes or pets allowed.
  2. Stay on the course. Anyone deviating from the course will be removed from the race.
  3. All participant registrations are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Questions?
Please call (813) 554-1499 or e-mail TPAevents@TampaAirport.com

The 5K; perfect for runners of all ages and abilities. Come out, join the fun, support United Way Suncoast and see Tampa International Airport in a whole new way!

Tampa International Airport 5K Runway Fun Run

 

Event Update
As if having the opportunity to run down runway 1L–19R isn’t cool enough.

You can enter to win 2 roundtrip tickets on Edelweiss Air from TPA to Zurich, Switzerland or anywhere Silver Airways or Southwest Airlines flies.

The details:

  • Bring money with you to the run! Raffle tickets will be available for purchase day of event.
  • $5 each or $20 for 5
  • Cash or checks accepted. Make checks payable to “United Way Suncoast”.
  • You can also purchase raffle tickets in advance during regular business hours at the Airport:
    • Main Terminal Building Reception: third floor, behind Armstrong elevators, BLUE side or
    • Administrative Building Reception: second level, across the street from the British Airways ticket counter & Yeager elevators on the RED side
  • You choose which set of tickets you’d like to win
  • All proceeds benefit United Way Suncoast
  • You do not need to be present to win
  • Raffle is open to anyone; drawing will be at the conclusion of the 5K.

Race Day
Saturday, April 27, 2013

Race Course
Runway 1L/19R: The perfect platform for first timers and experienced athletes to reach their personal bests. 5K of wide open runway!

Registration
Sign up NOW at Active.com. Registration is limited to the first 500 runners.

Early Registration: $30
Includes a cool race shirt & the opportunity to experience Tampa International Airport like few people do!
Early registration ends Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
Day of Event Registration: $35
Check TampaAirport.com/5K for updates and availability.

Timeline

7:00 a.m. Parking gate opens
Entrance is off of Hillsborough Avenue; take Hoover Blvd. South. Follow the signs.
Free parking.
8:30 a.m. Race starts
9:30 a.m. Race conclusion
Sorry folks, but anyone not in after one hour will be picked up in a courtesy vehicle and brought back to the finish line. We need to get the runway back into operation!

Enjoy the festivities; static displays and games for the kids.

11:00 a.m. Event concludes

About the Beneficiary
There is a “new” United Way and one very different than the one our parents and grandparents knew. This visionary organization is creating programs designed to make lasting and positive change in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties with a strategic focus on education, income, neighborhoods and safety net services to people in need.

United Way Suncoast has evolved from a traditional fundraising role to that of a strategic community impact organization. They have retooled their work to create lasting change through a Community Impact Agenda. To create real and lasting change requires a strategy that does not react with short-term fixes. Rather, United Way approaches critical regional issues with long-term, solution-oriented thinking and action.

United Way works on behalf of the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Focusing on education, income, a safety net of services and vibrant neighborhoods they provide families and individuals hope for the future.

For more information visit unitedwaysuncoast.org

Rules of the Road Runway

  1. Please register the kids to run but no strollers, skateboards, rollerblades, bikes or pets allowed.
  2. Stay on the course. Anyone deviating from the course will be removed from the race.
  3. All participant registrations are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Questions?
Please call (813) 554-1499 or e-mail TPAevents@TampaAirport.com

The 5K; perfect for runners of all ages and abilities. Come out, join the fun, support United Way Suncoast and see Tampa International Airport in a whole new way!

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American business makes major contributions of treasure, time and talent to nonprofit organizations, and Tampa Bay is no exception. United Way Suncoast recognizes and showcases the spirit of workplace generosity with a unique and special series of awards to highlight the innovative ways companies and workers help the people of Tampa Bay through United Way’s annual Workplace Campaign.

“Throughout the Suncoast region we find some of the most generous people in Florida,” said Diana Baker, President and CEO of United Way Suncoast “and we are blessed to be able to partner with them.” Both major corporations and small businesses continue to prove their leadership in the community by helping others. Our Spirit of Suncoast, Million Dollar Donors and Community Champion awards recognize the bountiful commitments made to United Way; making life better for everyone in our community.”

The Spirit of Suncoast Awards were created to recognize companies that go above and beyond in organizing and energizing fundraising, volunteerism and community engagement at their workplaces.  Recipients demonstrate creativity, enthusiasm, innovative communications and overall participation by management and employees.

Engaging employees creates a connection between the individual worker and the community. By building awareness of the needs of the community, the critical issues facing low-income families, the challenges of education, personal income and health, the employee becomes an advocate for change and a philanthropic partner with United Way.

The Spirit of Suncoast awards are given each year to four companies whose employees exemplify the spirit of giving, advocating and volunteering. Companies are categorized by the size of their workforce.  Criteria for selection include:

  • How the companies communicate the mission, goals and accomplishments of United Way throughout their workforce;
  • How the companies show a spirit of volunteerism in the community, from serving on United Way committees to helping non-profits, schools, and other community organizations;
  • An increase in their overall investment in important programs and projects administered and managed by United Way Suncoast and our partner agencies.

The Spirit of Suncoast Award Recipients for 2012


TECH DATA

Category: 1,000 or more employees

Tech Data Corporation continues to implement new strategies to their United Way campaign which yield significant results. They are always in tune with the needs of their community and were involved in more than 42 volunteer projects this past year. They also provided funding to several major United Way events. Tech Data Corporation has partnered with United Way in many different ways including sharing their facility for meetings and training. The company provides a member for our Board of Directors and serves as advisors for new ideas and initiatives. They provide generous sponsorship for the Art of Giving Women’s Leadership event.

Total campaign results for 2012:  $408,087
38% participation by Tech Data Corporation employees


THE MOSAIC COMPANY

Category: 500 to 999 employees (in United Way Suncoast region)

Mosaic is the world’s leading producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash, with approximately 8,000 employees in eight countries including more than 3,000 in Florida. Mosaic mines phosphate rock primarily from its extensive central Florida landholdings, processes it into crop nutrients and animal feed ingredients, and then ships these finished products via rail, barge and ocean-going vessel to customers in the U.S. and agricultural regions of the world.  A devoted United Way donor, Mosaic has consistently been a leader in corporate support and volunteerism. Contributions from Mosaic’s Florida employees exceeded 2011 levels; the average employee annual gift was an exceptional $629.

Total campaign results:  $736,643.
77% participation by Mosaic employees

PCL CIVIL CONSTRUCTORS
Category: 100 to 499 employees

PCL is the 6th largest contractor in the United States, and was ranked a Top Green Contractor by Engineering News Record (ENR) magazine. PCL is currently ranked #73 on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list and is honored to have been on the list for eight consecutive years.  PCL employees recognize that coworkers, neighbors, and families all benefit from living in healthier, stronger communities, and they help to bring this about by providing financial support to United Way.  PCL was nominated by United Way for the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Philanthropy Award and the company won in their division.

Total campaign results for 2012:  $156,849
100% participation by PCL Civil Constructors employees

AUTO-OWNERS INSURANCE
Category: Fewer than 100 Employees

Auto-Owners Insurance was founded in 1916 and is the 17th largest insurer in the country. They consistently receive the highest rankings in growth, financial stability and claims service. Auto-Owners Insurance believes one of their most important responsibilities is supporting the communities they serve. The company’s annual United Way campaign is one way it supports the needs of the local communities across the region.  The company took the 10 percent challenge at the campaign coordinator’s workshop and exceeded the 10 percent challenge accomplishing an increase of more than 30 percent over 2011 contributions. Auto-Owners Insurance is appreciated for their outstanding achievement of 100 percent employee participation.

Total campaign results for 2012:  $2,446
100% participation by Auto-Owners Insurance employees

Community Champion Award 2012

Helios Education Foundation

Helios Education Foundation is a philanthropic organization focused exclusively on education in Arizona and Florida. Established in 2004, the Foundation’s mission is to enrich the lives by creating opportunities for success in education. The Foundation works to improve student success across the education continuum in the areas of: Early Childhood Education; the Transition Years (Grades 5 – 12); and Postsecondary Scholarships. Helios believes education is a catalyst to change lives and strengthen communities. Their vision is for everyone to have the opportunity to attend and be prepared to succeed in postsecondary education. United Way Suncoast has received a generous educational grant to support early childhood literacy programs to help low income students read effectively and at grade level by the third grade throughout the Tampa Bay region.  Helios is recognized with the Community Champion Award for their significant influence on early literacy throughout Florida, but especially for the support and resources provided to United Way Suncoast

Million Dollar Donors 2012

United Way Suncoast salutes the companies that make major contributions of one million dollars or more to regional project and programs. The 2012 recipients of the Million Dollar Donor award are Publix Super Markets, (Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties) contributing $4,464,620 and Raymond James, contributing S1,639,000

ABOUT UNITED WAY SUNCOAST

United Way Suncoast is a local not-for-profit organization working in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota and DeSoto counties since 1924 to mobilize the resources of individuals, companies, government, and labor to achieve positive, lasting changes in the lives of people in the community. Their mission is to inspire leaders and partners and mobilize resources to make a measurable difference in the lives of people in our community.

United Way Suncoast views income, education and health as the basic building blocks of independence. By addressing all three of these issues through the human services programs it funds, United Way helps families become stronger and communities more vibrant.

United Way Suncoast helps people build better lives by helping kids graduate and helping families find paths out of poverty.  For more information on United Way visit www.UnitedWaySuncoast.org on the web.

 

Our campaign included time at the Boys and Girls Club in Clearwater’s North Greenwood neighborhood.

A disturbing report was released last month. According to the Census Bureau, the U.S. poverty rate spiked to 15.1 percent in 2010, the highest level since 1993. The rate in Florida was 16 percent. 

In 2010, poverty was defined as an annual income of $22,314 for a family of four and $11,139 for a single person.  

The news was even worse for our nation’s children, whose poverty rate was 22%. That means that almost one in four children in our country lives in poverty.

As I think about the struggling families in our area, I’m determined that United Way of Tampa Bay will work harder than ever to help.  

Last year, we invested 40 percent of your donations in our safety net services. Our partner food banks served 80,000 people – up 10,000 from the previous year. Our sheltering partners provided a safe place to sleep for more than 4,300 people.  We are the fiscal agent and manage distribution of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program that allocates dollars for food, rent, mortgages and utilities for the neediest in our community. And we provide free tax preparation to working families to ensure they keep more of what they earn.

As you think about your investment in your community, consider these numbers. Think about the children who are living in poverty. When you’ve given what you’re able to, think about other ways you can help. Become a tutor at a low-income school. Volunteer at a social service agency so they can use their funds to serve the community.

I have high hopes that one day soon, more people will be employed and more families with children will be lifted out of poverty. I know that without your help, your investments and your time, we would not be doing as well as we are. Thank you for doing what you can to help others. Your caring keeps me going.

 

Diana Baker, President and CEO

Clearwater kids with who have had difficulty with law enforcement and keeping up in the classroom have found a new resource to get back on track toward graduation.

Many of these students have lost academic credits — but through Operation Graduate, many are recovering academic credit and on the path to their cap and gown.

Credit recovery students completed Operation Graduate, each with his or her own unique success story. Twelve students received certificates of completion August 4th, 2011, during a ceremony at Clearwater Police Headquarters. The following two success stories highlight the positive impact this program has had on participating students. United Way of Tampa Bay has been a partner in this program and the results are optimistic.

A teenager with a 0.5 GPA missed 118 days of school and was arrested five times between 2010 and 2011. When this teen entered the program he was skeptical and not convinced he was able to graduate. He was encouraged to put the effort forth in credit recovery to get back on track in school. The teen was present every day for Operation Graduate’s credit recovery program and earned a half credit for English and is well on the way to completing the second half credit. A half credit is equivalent to half of a normal school year. Since joining the program, the teen has not had additional contact with law enforcement other than mentoring.

Another teenager never attended a full day of school last year.
This teen had a 1.1 GPA and was arrested six times in the past two years. She was also skeptical of the program and was also encouraged to put forth an effort in the program. She has earned one full credit in algebra, making up for two failing grades. Since joining the program, this teen also has not had additional contact with law enforcement other than mentoring.

The credit recovery portion of the program includes juveniles who are currently on probation. Officer Christian Zarra is the coordinator and works with the Department of Juvenile Justice. “This job is more than about making arrests. It’s about helping people,” said Ofc. Zarra. “We don’t want to simply continue arresting these kids. We want to do something to help change their lives.” During yesterday’s ceremony, several children spoke about how Operation Graduate changed their outlook on life and gave them a second chance and a new dream. Due to confidentiality and public record laws exemptions, no names or photos will be released.

Operation Graduate seeks to increase the number of youth with on-time graduation, introduce high school students to college and work experiences, help develop life skills and provide students and their families with service referrals and interventions. Partners include the Clearwater Police Department, United Way of Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg College, Clearwater Campus, Pinellas County Schools, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Clearwater Parks and Recreation and the Upper Pinellas Ministerial Alliance.


United Way of Tampa Bay’s Seventh Annual Art of Giving Event

An exciting, glamour-filled evening with fashion guru Tim Gunn will be held Thursday, May 5, 2011 at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa –helping local kids and their families.

United Way of Tampa Bay’s Seventh Annual Art of Giving is themed “Caring with Style” and benefits the Summer Care, initiative which provides free summer child care and financial education to working families in Tampa Bay. Art of Giving is a special fundraising event produced by the volunteers of United Way’s Women’s Leadership group. Individual tickets are $125; table sponsorships are available.

The marquee presentation brings noted celebrity Tim Gunn to the stage where he will enlighten and entertain on his career and experiences from his lofty perch in the world of fashion. His famous catch phrase, “make it work” helps to provide insight and inspiration on doing your best and looking your best.

Mr. Gunn is the Chief Creative Officer of Liz Claiborne. He serves as the co-host and mentor of the six-time Emmy-nominated Project Runway, a reality-based fashion design cable series. He has covered the red carpet at the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards and Golden Globes for The Today Show and Entertainment Tonight, and co-hosted the Official Oscar Red Carpet Pre-Show in 2011 for ABC. Mr. Gunn has penned articles for Elle, Seventeen, People, US Weekly, Fortune, and Marie Claire. His first book, A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style, was the core of ‘Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style’, a two-season makeover show on Bravo. His newest book, Gunn’s Golden Rules, and rose to #5 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Art of Giving is filled many activities, including both silent and live auctions. The “Power of the Purse” auction will include haute couture purses from some of the most luxurious international designers, fabulous trips to international destinations and more. Generous donations for the Art of Giving auctions were provided by Busch Gardens, Cason Portrait Studio, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Columbia, Dali Museum, Dinner Done, Florida Aquarium, Florida Estates Winery, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Ken Walters Promotions & Products, Kramer Portrait Studios, New York, Lowry Park Zoo, Massage Envy, Melitta USA, Inc., Outback Bowl, Post Card Inn, PRP Wine International, Sarasota Opera, Stumps/Howl at the Moon, Sunken Gardens, The Pink Petticoat, The Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, TinaTapas, TradeWinds Island Resorts, University of South Tampa, Athletic Department, Westchase Golf Club, Wright’s Gourmet House, Wyndham Tampa Westshore and others.

“Tim Gunn’s appearance at this year’s Art of Giving takes us to a whole new level of fun and fundraising,” said Afira DeVries, United Way of Tampa Bay Vice President of Resource Development. “And when you recognize we are raising money so parents can send their children to a safe environment during the summer, it becomes more of a labor of love.”

Art of Giving is presented by Bank of America and is sponsored by Publix Super Markets Charities, Gerdau Ameristeel, Ace Beauty Company, Barefoot Wines, Flowerama, Kelloggs/Kashi, Lazydays, Neiman Marcus Cosmetics, Verdacia Salon and Spa, Westshore Plaza, and Whitebook Agency. Media sponsors include the Tampa Tribune and NewsChannel 8, Cox Radio Group, Genesis Communications, and the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Women’s Leadership is a unique group of women who recognizes the need to move our children and families from a place of instability to independence by providing out-of-school care and financial literacy programs. The movement accelerates the community’s goal of ensuring that every child begins school ready to learn and graduates with the skills necessary to enter into higher education and job training.

For tickets visit ART OF GIVING Registration or call 813.274.0914.

Event Schedule:

Art of Giving
Thursday, May 5, 2011
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Cocktails, Registration, Auction & Fashion Fun
6:30 – 9:00 p.m. – Dinner and Program

A La Carte Event Pavilion
4050 Dana Shores Drive
Tampa, FL 33634
Tickets: $125.00

Table sponsorships available

These brands are not as “valuable” as United Way – says FORBES MAGAZINE in August 2010 Issue!

Forbes has published its list of the World’s Most Valuable Brands.  United Way is the only nonprofit to make the Top 50, ranking 26th between Verizon and Nintendo.  The article can be found here with a version appearing in the August 30 print edition.   United Way is discussed on page two of the article, which highlights our system transformation.  (We’ve already contacted the reporter about our new name and correct worldwide totals.)

Since the rankings are available only by clicking through a slide show on the Forbes site, included here is the full list.

You may remember that Interbrand conducted a valuation of United Way in 2002 that valued our brand at $34.7 billion.  While employing similar brand valuation methodology, this study values our brand at $14.3 billion.  We believe this is largely because Forbes projects out three years, rather than the seven years projected by Interbrand.

In the Interbrand study, United Way was valued but not listed on the official list of rankings because of the different business models for the non-profit and corporate sectors.  This Forbes study marks the first time nonprofits have been included on the list with business brands, and United Way is the only one making the Top 50

The World’s Most Valuable Brands

Forbes, 2010

Company                                              Brand Value

1.    Apple                                                  $ 57.4 billion
2.    Microsoft                                          $ 56.6 billion
3.    Coca Cola                                          $ 55.4 billion
4.    IBM                                                     $ 43.0 billion
5.    Google                                               $ 39.7 billion
6.    McDonald’s                                        $ 35.9 billion
7.    General Electric                               $ 33.7 billion
8.    Marlboro                                             $ 29.1 billion
9.    Intel                                                       $ 28.6 billion
10.    Nokia                                                  $ 27.4 billion
11.    Toyota                                                $ 24.1 billion
12.    Cisco                                                    $ 23.9 billion
13.    Vodafone                                           $ 23.5 billion
14.    Hewlett Packard                              $ 23.4 billion
15.    AT &T                                                   $ 22.0 billion
16.    BMW                                                     $ 19.9 billion
17.    Oracle                                                  $ 19.8 billion
18.    Louis Vuitton                                    $ 19.0 billion
19.    Mercedes                                            $ 18.8 billion
20.    Disney                                                  $ 18.5 billion
21.    Gillette                                                  $ 18.0 billion
22.    Honda                                                   $ 17.5 billion
23.    Walmart                                               $ 17.2 billion
24.    Pepsi                                                      $ 15.7 billion
25.    Verizon                                                 $ 15.5 billion
26.    United Way                                     $ 14.3 billion
27.    Nintendo                                              $ 14.2 billion
28.    Budweiser                                            $ 14.1 billion
29.    Nescafe                                                  $ 14.1 billion
30.    SAP                                                         $ 14.1 billion
31.    Nike                                                         $ 13.5 billion
32.    American Express                            $ 13.0 billion
33.    Samsung                                              $ 12.8 billion
34.    L’Oreal                                                  $ 12.1 billion
35.    HSBC                                                      $ 12.0 billion
36.    Blackberry                                          $ 11.7 billion
37.    IKEA                                                     $ 11.2 billion
38.    Frito-Lay                                             $ 11.1 billion
39.    Canon                                                   $ 10.9 billion
40.    Wells Fargo                                        $ 10.7 billion
41.    Kellogg’s                                               $ 10.6 billion
42.    J P Morgan Chase                             $ 10.5 billion
43.    UPS                                                         $ 10.2 billion
44.    Bank of America                               $ 10.0 billion
45.    Goldman Sachs                                 $   9.4 billion
46.    Dell                                                        $   9.3 billion
47.    H & M                                                   $   9.1 billion
48.    ESPN                                                     $   9.0 billion
49.    eBay                                                      $   8.9 billion
50.    Gucci                                                    $   8.6 billion

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