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Updated: 03/13/2014 08:00:03AM

United Way thanks Publix

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From left: Kelly Vazquez, assistant customer service manager for Publix Fairmount; Kelly Pancheko, program director, Heartland Horses and Handicapped); Kristin Handley, Highlands County director for United Way.







Southgate Publix employees enjoyed cake and ice cream.



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From left: Kelly Vazquez, assistant customer service manager for Publix Fairmount; Kelly Pancheko, program director, Heartland Horses and Handicapped); Kristin Handley, Highlands County director for United Way.







Southgate Publix employees enjoyed cake and ice cream.




Fred Fisher stands next to the official 2014 pace car for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring fueled by Fresh from Florida.

By BILL ROGERS

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United Way of Central Florida- Highlands County Division recently celebrated “Publix Appreciation Day” by thanking Publix associates at the three area Publix Supermarkets.

Local board members and United Way partner agencies walked around each store and personally shook hands of Publix employees while thanking them for supporting United Way.

Highlands County’s three Publix stores represent one-third of the campaign, pledging more than $146,000.

With the generosity of Publix and other local businesses, United Way is able to fund 22 critical programs lead by 17 non-profit agencies in Sebring, Avon Park and Lake Placid. All United Way dollars raised in Highlands County remain in the local community.

United Way will host its annual meeting and appreciation breakfast on April 3 and will recognize more than 50 local businesses, like Publix, that run workplace campaigns. Awards will also be presented for Volunteer and Citizen of the Year.

“Currently our pledges have reached just over $405,000 and 85 percent of our goal; we are forecasting to be close to goal once the campaign is finalized,” said Campaign Co-Chair Tina Gottus.

Those who have questions regarding United Way or running a workplace campaign should contact the Highlands County Director Kristin Handley at 453-3401 or kristin.handley@uwcf.org.




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