Press Releases

Toy Drive collects over $24,000 and hundreds of gifts for children in need

For immediate release: December 9, 2022

The Town of Palm Beach United Way’s 29th Annual Holiday Toy Drive will bring joy to hundreds of underserved children and families throughout Palm Beach County, after collecting over 2,000 toys and $24,525 in donations.

The drive, which ran November 6 through December 4, received donations from
more than 215 individuals, families, community groups and businesses.

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Town of Palm Beach United Way collects hundreds of toys for children in need at Findlay Galleries Holiday Cocktail Reception

For immediate release: November 30, 2022

James Borynack and Adolfo Zaralegui hosted a Holiday Cocktail Reception on Saturday, November 26 at Findlay Galleries to benefit the Town of Palm Beach United Way's 29th Annual Toy Drive. More than 180 guests attended the party, helping the United Way collect hundreds of toys to benefit children and families in need in Palm Beach County.

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Turkey Trot provides Thanksgiving meals to 4,894 Palm Beach County residents

For immediate release: November 24, 2022

More than 1,500 people started their Thanksgiving morning early by participating in the 14th Annual Town of Palm Beach United Way Turkey Trot at Bradley Park. Proceeds from the 5K race, which began at 6:45 AM, provided meals for 4,894 children and adults.

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Town of Palm Beach United Way Annual Holiday Toy Drive to benefit hundreds of children and families throughout Palm Beach County

For immediate release: November 3, 2022

The Town of Palm Beach United Way is collecting toys for children in need this holiday season. The 29th Annual Holiday Toy Drive begins Sunday, November 6 and runs through Sunday, December 4.

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Michele and Howard Kessler, Joanie and Murray Goodman, Gail and Alfred Engelberg offer new challenge gifts to Palm Beach United Way hurricane fund

For immediate release: November 2, 2022

Storm relief fundraising efforts continue in Palm Beach as couples Michele and Howard Kessler, Joanie and Murray Goodman, and Gail and Alfred Engelberg offer new matching gifts totaling $125,000 to the Town of Palm Beach United Way’s Hurricane Ian Recovery Fund. The Kesslers and the Goodmans will each match donations dollar for dollar up to $50,000 and the Engelbergs will match contributions dollar for dollar up to $25,000.

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John and Jana Scarpa and Joe and Susan Plumeri offer challenge gifts totaling $100,000 to Hurricane Fund

For immediate release: October 26, 2022

Palm Beach couples John and Jana Scarpa and Joe and Susan Plumeri are each offering dollar for dollar matching gifts of up to $50,000 to help the Town of Palm Beach United Way Hurricane Ian Recovery Fund top $1 million raised. The United Way started the fund on September 29 to help residents impacted by the powerful Category 4 storm that hit Florida’s Gulf Coast causing billions of dollars of damage and claiming the lives of at least 114 people.

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Hurricane Fund receives new challenge gifts from Dorothy and Sidney Kohl and Judy and Bob Snyder

For immediate release: October 19, 2022

The Town of Palm Beach United Way needs help meeting new challenge gifts from Palm Beach couples Dorothy and Sidney Kohl and Judy and Bob Snyder to support hurricane relief efforts along Florida’s Gulf Coast. The Kohls will match donations dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000 and the Snyders will match donations dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000. 

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Business breakfast highlights new job placement program in Palm Beach County

Business professionals and supporters of the Town of Palm Beach United Way heard about a new program to help Palm Beach County residents find in-demand jobs during the 31st Annual Business and Professional Breakfast held on October 17 at The Breakers Palm Beach. The American Dream Academy is a tuition-free, six-month online certification program designed to teach adults the skills needed to pursue high quality technology-related jobs or advance in their current careers.

Keynote speaker Dr. Kerry Healey, president of the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream, introduced the program to an audience of more than 225 people.

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Hurricane Fund receives matching gifts from Peltz and Perlmutter

For immediate release: October 14, 2022

Palm Beach couples Claudia and Nelson Peltz and Laura and Isaac Perlmutter have each offered $50,000 matching gifts to help the Town of Palm Beach United Way raise money for hurricane relief efforts in Southwest Florida. Each family will match donations to the United Way’s Hurricane Ian Recovery Fund dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000.

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Hurricane Fund receives matching gifts from Garfunkel and Levy

For immediate release: October 12, 2022

New challenge gifts from Sandy and George Garfunkel and Elizabeth and Jerome Levy will allow the Town of Palm Beach United Way to continue fundraising to support emergency relief efforts along Florida’s Gulf Coast following the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian. Together, the couples will match donations to the Hurricane Ian Recovery Fund dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000.

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Hurricane Fund receives matching gifts from Edlavitch and Moore

For immediate release: October 10, 2022

The Town of Palm Beach United Way is honored to announce two new matching gift opportunities for hurricane relief efforts in Southwest Florida. Couple Irwin and Ginny Edlavitch and Mayor Danielle Moore have each offered a $25,000 challenge grant to help raise money for the United Way’s Hurricane Ian Recovery Fund.

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Hurricane Fund receives $100k challenge gift from Cathleen McFarlane Foundation

For immediate release: October 7, 2022

The Cathleen McFarlane Foundation is the latest donor to offer a challenge grant to help the Town of Palm Beach United Way raise funds for hurricane relief efforts along the Gulf Coast of Florida. The Foundation will match contributions to the United Way’s Hurricane Ian Recovery Fund dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000.

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Business and Professional Campaign kicks off with cocktail party at The Colony

Release Date: October 5, 2022

The Town of Palm Beach United Way hosted a meet-and-greet cocktail mixer for members of its Business and Professional Committee on Tuesday, October 4 at The Colony Palm Beach. The reception, underwritten by The Colony, marked the start of the United Way’s 2022-2023 Business and Professional fundraising campaign.

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Hurricane Recovery Fund receives matching gift from Susan and Dom Telesco

Release Date: October 4, 2022

The Town of Palm Beach United Way needs help meeting a new matching gift to assist with hurricane relief efforts along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Longtime donors Susan and Dom Telesco are offering to match donations to the United Way’s Hurricane Ian Recovery Fund dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000.

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Hurricane Ian Recovery Fund launched with matching gift opportunity

Release Date: September 29, 2022

The Town of Palm Beach United Way has created a Hurricane Ian Recovery Fund to assist with immediate
relief efforts in Southwest Florida. Palm Beach donors Bill and Norma Tiefel and Richard and Barbara Rothschild
have offered a combined $50,000 dollar-for-dollar matching gift to kick start the fund.

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School Supply Drive benefits hundreds of students

Release Date: August 11, 2022

The Town of Palm Beach United Way is grateful to the Palm Beach community for collectively donating $18,430 to date, and thousands of school supplies during the 10th Annual School Supply Drive.  The drive ran July 25 through August 8 to benefit low-income families in Palm Beach County.

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Now collecting school supplies

Release Date: July 18, 2022

The 10th Annual School Supply Drive starts Monday, July 25 and runs through Monday, August 8. The dates coincide with Florida’s back-to-school sales tax holiday. Supporters can drop off supplies at any of the Town of Palm Beach fire rescue stations, the United Way office or Field of Greens.

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Supply Drive Flyer
Supply Drive Contest Flyer

Turkey Trot registration now open

Release Date: July 12, 2022

The Town of Palm Beach United Way is now accepting registrations for the 14th Annual Turkey Trot 5K race on Thanksgiving Day in Palm Beach. The race is limited to 1,400 participants and has sold out the past several years.

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Islanders Committee Roster

Exclusive new online learning program

Release Date: May 23, 2022

The Town of Palm Beach United Way is excited to announce a new online learning opportunity from the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream designed to teach technical skills that help adults secure professional certificates for in-demand jobs. This exclusive program is an unparalleled and unique opportunity for individuals and families in Palm Beach County.

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Now accepting cryptocurrency

Release Date: May 13, 2022

The Town of Palm Beach United Way is expanding its methods of receiving donations by accepting cryptocurrency.  Supporters can now donate Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies to Town of Palm Beach United Way to support our mission of serving individuals and families in need in Palm Beach County.

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