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Exclusive new online learning program will benefit Palm Beach County job seekers and career-minded residents
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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Town of Palm Beach United Way now accepting donations of cryptocurrency
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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Town of Palm Beach United Way collects more than 1,500 pounds of food during annual Food Drive
April 22, 2022
The Town of Palm Beach United Way collected more than 1,500 pounds of food during its 9th Annual Empty Your Pantry Food Drive held April 4 through April 15, 2022 in Palm Beach. The drive also received $2,000 in donations. The food and cash donations were donated to two Town of Palm Beach United Way nonprofit partners: Boca Helping Hands and CROS Ministries.
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Town of Palm Beach United Way supporters celebrate successful campaign at 77th Annual Meeting; new chairman elected
April 20, 2022
Town of Palm Beach United Way board members and community supporters celebrated a successful campaign year, announced grant funding, honored volunteers, and elected a new chairman at the 77th Annual Meeting held Tuesday, April 19, at The Breakers Palm Beach.
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Town of Palm Beach United Way needs help meeting new matching gifts for Ukraine Refugee Fund totaling $125,000
April 19, 2022
As Russia continues its assault on Ukraine, the Town of Palm Beach United Way has received three new matching gifts to help raise money for its Ukraine Refugee Fund. The couples Eduardo and Missy de Guardiola and Robert and Lynda Nitabach will each match donations dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000. Bill and Marilyn Lane Family Foundation will match contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000.
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Town of Palm Beach United Way thanks volunteers, celebrates end of grant review process during Allocation Committee appreciation event
April 15, 2022
Allocation Committee volunteers celebrated the end of the Town of Palm Beach United Way’s grant review process at a cocktail party Thursday, April 14, at the Palm Beach home of Susan and Bob Wright.
This year’s committee consisted of 93 community volunteers (roster linked below). They were charged with reviewing 83 program applications from 45 nonprofit agencies in Palm Beach County seeking a combined total of $4.7 million in grant funding from the Town of Palm Beach United Way.

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      Allocation Committee Roster

Town of Palm Beach United Way Food Drive to be held April 4 through April 15; including drive thru drop off at the Flagler Museum
March 29, 2022
The Town of Palm Beach United Way 9th Annual Empty Your Pantry Food Drive will run from Monday, April 4 through Friday, April 15.  A 1-day drive thru drop off event will be held on Saturday, April 9 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach.
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Howard and Michele Kessler offer new matching gift for Town of Palm Beach United Way’s Ukraine Refugee Fund
March 28, 2022
Palm Beach philanthropists Howard and Michele Kessler have graciously offered a new matching gift to help the Town of Palm Beach United Way continue to raise money to support Ukrainian refugees. The couple will match donations to the Ukraine Refugee Fund dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000.
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Town of Palm Beach United Way Tocqueville Society Dinner celebrates major donors, honors supporters Irene and Jim Karp
March 15, 2022
The Town of Palm Beach United Way hosted the 31st Annual Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award Dinner Monday night at Club Colette in appreciation of its leading contributors.  Irene and Jim Karp were honored with the “Distinguished Citizen Award” in front of a crowd of about 125 donors.  The award is the highest accolade bestowed by the Town of Palm Beach United Way and recognizes unparalleled leadership in philanthropy.
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Palm Beach couples offer new matching gifts totaling $150,000 for Town of Palm Beach United Way’s Ukraine Refugee Fund
March 15, 2022
Three additional Palm Beach couples have graciously offered matching gifts totaling $150,000 to help the Town of Palm Beach United Way raise money to support Ukrainian refugees. Jim and Irene Karp, Joe and Susan Plumeri and John and Jana Scarpa will match donations to the Ukraine Refugee Fund dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000 per couple.
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TPBUW announces new matching gifts to Ukraine Refugee Fund; first $100,000 match met within 24 hours
March 9, 2022
After initial matching gifts to the Ukraine Refugee Fund were met within 24 hours, the Town of Palm Beach United Way is grateful to announce two additional $50,000 challenge gifts from the Huckleberry Foundation and Palm Beach couple Susan and Dom Telesco. The donors will match contributions dollar-for-dollar.
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Town of Palm Beach United Way establishes Ukraine Refugee Fund with help of two matching gifts
March 4, 2022
In response to the growing humanitarian crisis in eastern Europe, the Town of Palm Beach United Way has created a fund to provide support to Ukrainian refugees affected by the Russian invasion of their country. Palm Beach residents Bill and Phyllis Mack and Jeff and Nicola Marcus have graciously offered a combined $100,000 challenge gift to help kick start the fund. Each couple will match donations dollar-for-dollar.
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Town of Palm Beach United Way honors leadership donors at Tocqueville Society Cocktail Reception
February 17, 2022
The Town of Palm Beach United Way hosted a cocktail reception on Tuesday, February 15, at the Norton Museum of Art to thank major donors and welcome new members of its esteemed Alexis de Tocqueville Society. The event was sponsored by M&T Bank Wilmington Trust. This year’s Tocqueville Society is chaired by Bill and Phyllis Mack and Jeff and Nicola Marcus.
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Holiday Toy Drive collects over $20,000 and hundreds of gifts to distribute to children in need in Palm Beach County
December 8, 2021
The Town of Palm Beach United Way’s 28th Annual Holiday Toy Drive was a huge success, collecting over $20,000 and hundreds of toys to help bring hope and joy to low income families in Palm Beach County. More than 200 families and organizations donated to the drive, which began on November 7 and ended on December 5. 
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Sold-out Town of Palm Beach United Way Turkey Trot providing meals to 4,167 Palm Beach County residents
November 19, 2021
After going virtual for a year due to COVID-19, the popular Town of Palm Beach United Way Turkey Trot is returning to Palm Beach this Thanksgiving to bring holiday spirit to Palm Beach County residents while providing meals to individuals and families in need. The annual Turkey Trot, now in its 13th year, is sold out with 1,400 participants registered for the 5K race and 100 children signed up for the Drumstick Dash.  Race registrations are providing Thanksgiving meals for 4,167 children and adults at 32 nonprofit agencies throughout Palm Beach County. 
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Annual Town of Palm Beach United Way Toy Drive starting earlier to allow for possible toy shortages and supply chain issues
November 3, 2021
Palm Beach residents and workers will have extra time to purchase toys this year to donate to the annual Town of Palm Beach United Way Toy Drive.  Due to reported toy shortages and supply chain issues, the 28th Annual Holiday Toy Drive will begin on Sunday, November 7 and run through Sunday, December 5.
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Town of Palm Beach United Way kicks off annual Business and Professional Campaign
October 12, 2021
Members of the Town of Palm Beach United Way Business and Professional Committee met Tuesday, October 12 at The Colony Hotel to kick off the 2021-2022 fundraising campaign.
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Palm Beach community helps provide school supplies to children in need through 9th Annual Town of Palm Beach United Way School Supply Drive
August 10, 2021
The Town of Palm Beach United Way collected 19,698 individual items and $22,500 during the 9th Annual School Supply Drive to support students in need in Palm Beach County.
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Town of Palm Beach United Way School Supply Drive provides resources to students in need 
July 6, 2021
The Town of Palm Beach United Way is collecting school supplies for low-income students in Palm Beach County so they can have the resources they need to have a successful school year. The 9th Annual School Supply Drive runs Monday, July 19 through Friday, July 30 to benefit children and young adults at Town of Palm Beach United Way partner agencies Achievement Centers for Children and Families, American Association of Caregiving Youth and Take Stock in Children.
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         - School Supply Drive Flyer

New trustees added, grant funding approved, CEO Beth Walton honored at Town of Palm Beach United Way Annual Meeting
May 11, 2021
The Board of Trustees of the Town of Palm Beach United Way celebrated a year of remarkable giving and honored CEO Beth Walton on May 6, 2021, at the organization’s Annual Meeting.
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Town of Palm Beach United Way Allocation Committee celebrates end of grant review process with virtual cocktail party
April 29, 2021
The Town of Palm Beach United Way hosted a virtual cocktail party on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, to thank its Allocation Committee volunteers and celebrate the end of the organization’s grant review process.
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         - Allocation Committee Roster

Town of Palm Beach United Way honors leadership givers at Tocqueville Society Reception
April 27, 2021
The Town of Palm Beach United Way hosted a cocktail reception on Monday, April 26, at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens to thank major donors and welcome new members of its esteemed Alexis de Tocqueville Society.
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Empty Your Pantry Food Drive to be held Saturday, April 3 at Flagler Museum
March 23, 2021
The Town of Palm Beach United Way 8th Annual Empty Your Pantry Food Drive will be on Saturday, April 3 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach. This year’s drive will be a one-day-only event, in partnership with the Flagler Museum and Palm Beach Daily News.
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Town of Palm Beach United Way welcomes Boca Helping Hands and Project LIFT as new partner agencies 
March 2, 2021
The Town of Palm Beach United Way is honored to announce the addition of two new nonprofit agencies to its list of member organizations: Project LIFT and Boca Helping Hands. Members of the Board of Trustees will welcome the agencies and hear from their executive directors at a meeting on March 11.
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Sandy and George Garfunkel offer $50,000 matching gift to Hunger Relief Fund
January 26, 2021
Palm Beach residents Sandy and George Garfunkel are offering the latest matching gift to the Town of Palm Beach United Way’s Hunger Relief Fund. The couple will match community donations dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000. The Hunger Relief Fund is being dispersed to nonprofits in Palm Beach County distributing food to individuals and families who cannot afford groceries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Town of Palm Beach United Way recently awarded grants to seven organizations totaling $88,750.
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Christina Dennis offers $75,000 matching gift to Hunger Relief Fund
January 8, 2021
Palm Beach resident Christina Dennis is offering a dollar-for-dollar matching gift up to $75,000 to help individuals and families struggling to put food on the table due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The gift will aid the Town of Palm Beach United Way’s Hunger Relief Fund that was established last month to support local nonprofits struggling to meet increasing demand for food assistance from clients who have lost employment and income during the global health crisis.
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Gail and Alfred Engelberg offer $50,000 matching gift to Hunger Relief Fund
December 28, 2020
Longtime donors Gail and Alfred Engelberg are offering a dollar-for-dollar matching gift up to $50,000 to help with hunger relief efforts in Palm Beach County. The gift will aid the Town of Palm Beach United Way’s Hunger Relief Fund to support local nonprofits struggling to meet increasing demands for food assistance due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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Palm Beach Country Club offers $100,000 matching gift to help start Town of Palm Beach United Way Hunger Relief Fund 
December 10, 2020
With crucial federal food assistance programs scheduled to lose funding and the number of food insecure residents increasing daily, food distribution organizations will soon be facing a supply crisis. To prevent local families from going hungry, the Palm Beach Country Club, its foundation and its members will provide a dollar-for-dollar match up to $100,000 to raise funds for a Hunger Relief Fund managed by the Town of Palm Beach United Way.
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Palm Beach United Way to offer drive thru drop off for annual Toy Drive to benefit Palm Beach County children in need
November 25, 2020
In a year when holiday cheer is needed more than ever, the 27th Annual Palm Beach Toy Drive will bring joy and hope to hundreds of disadvantaged children in Palm Beach County. The Town of Palm Beach United Way is collecting new, unwrapped toys from Monday, November 30th through Monday, December 14th. 
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Turkey Trot provides Thanksgiving meals for 4,363 children, adults and seniors in Palm Beach County
November 24, 2020
During a year of extreme hardship for thousands of families, proceeds from the 12th Annual Town of Palm Beach United Way Turkey Trot are providing Thanksgiving meals for 4,363 children, adults and seniors in Palm Beach County.
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Palm Beach United Way sends care packages to healthcare workers at Good Samaritan
October 26, 2020
The Town of Palm Beach United Way is sending 300 care packages to employees of Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach to thank them for their incredible service to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Annual Town of Palm Beach United Way Turkey Trot going virtual
October 15, 2020
The 12th Annual Town of Palm Beach United Way Turkey Trot will be virtual this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Although the race will not be in-person, participants will still have the opportunity to kick off their Thanksgiving holiday by supporting a meaningful cause.
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Registration is open for the 12th Annual Town of Palm Beach United Way Turkey Trot
August 17, 2020
Whether live or virtual, the annual Town of Palm Beach United Way Turkey Trot will continue for a 12th consecutive year. Registration is now open for the event on November 26, 2020, which typically features a 5K race and kids Drumstick Dash.
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School Supply Drive to benefit hundreds of children thanks to record donations
August 11, 2020
Hundreds of students will be able to start the school year with the tools they need to succeed thanks to record-breaking cash donations to the 8th Annual Town of Palm Beach United Way School Supply Drive.  The drive collected $50,540, shattering the previous highest total of $14,615. In addition to cash donations, the School Supply Drive collected 37,877 individual items.
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New matching gift pledged by Palm Beachers Susan and Dom Telesco
July 27, 2020
The Town of Palm Beach United Way is honored to announce a new matching gift opportunity for its School Supply Drive from longtime supporters Susan and Dom Telesco. The couple has pledged to match community donations dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000.
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Donors Barbara and Richard Rothschild offer $10,000 matching gift to School Supply Drive
July 20, 2020
Longtime donors Barbara and Richard Rothschild are offering a $10,000 matching gift opportunity toward the Town of Palm Beach United Way School Supply Drive. The couple will match community donations dollar-for-dollar in honor of Mrs. Rothschild’s birthday.
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Palm Beach United Way School Supply Drive incorporates drive thru event this year
July 15, 2020
The 8th Annual Town of Palm Beach United Way School Supply Drive will incorporate a drive thru event this year to better protect donors during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. Supplies will benefit disadvantaged students who attend educational day programs at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.
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‘Charity of Choice:’ Town of Palm Beach United Way benefits from Worth Avenue Association Historical Walking Tours
May 28, 2020
The Worth Avenue Association will present a check to the Town of Palm Beach United Way on Tuesday, June 2, in Via Amore to honor the organization as its 2020 “Charity of Choice.” The donation stems from proceeds of the past season of Historical Walking Tours of Worth Avenue.
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New matching gifts from Christine and Alan Curtis and Mary and Marvin Davidson boost COVID-19 Fund
May 28, 2020
The Town of Palm Beach United Way will continue to distribute COVID-19 Emergency Fund grants to area nonprofits thanks to new matching gift pledges from two Palm Beach couples. Christine and Alan Curtis and Mary and Marvin Davidson have offered dollar-for-dollar matching gifts of $50,000 and $25,000, respectively. 
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New matching gift from donors Susan and Dom Telesco to support COVID-19 relief efforts
May 7, 2020
The Town of Palm Beach United Way recently received a matching gift from donors Susan and Dom Telesco to help continue coronavirus relief efforts in Palm Beach County. The Telescos have pledged to match community donations dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000. The COVID-19 Emergency Fund currently totals $1.2 million.
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COVID-19 Fund reaches $1 million; new matching gift pledged by Bob and Signa Hermann
April 27, 2020
The Town of Palm Beach United Way has raised more than $1.1 million for its COVID-19 Emergency Fund.  In addition to the funds already raised, donors Bob and Signa Hermann have pledged a $25,000 dollar-for-dollar matching gift to help continue fundraising efforts. 
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COVID-19 Emergency Fund raises more than $900,000; new matching gifts received from Palm Beach couples
April 15, 2020
The Town of Palm Beach United Way is honored to announce new matching gift opportunities for its COVID-19 Emergency Fund from Palm Beachers Julie and Mike Connors and Michele and Howard Kessler.  Each couple is matching donor contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000.
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New matching gifts announced for COVID-19 Emergency Fund as fund total surpasses $700,000
April 8, 2020
The Town of Palm Beach United Way continues to receive matching gift opportunities for its COVID-19 Emergency Fund, the latest from generous donors Sally and Bill Soter and Susan and Bob Wright. The Palm Beach couples have each offered $25,000 dollar-for-dollar matches to help support Palm Beach County residents struggling to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.
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COVID-19 Emergency Fund raises $400,000; new matching gifts announced
March 30, 2020
With the help of several matching gifts, the Town of Palm Beach United Way’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund has raised more than $400,000 in two weeks. The money raised comes from four $50,000 gifts that were matched dollar-for-dollar by the Palm Beach community. Now the Town of Palm Beach United Way announces two additional $50,000 matching gift opportunities from John and Jana Scarpa and Norma and Bill Tiefel.
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Palm Beach United Way announces new matching gift pledges
March 20, 2020
Within 72 hours the Town of Palm Beach United Way has raised $200,000 for its Coronavirus Emergency Fund, meeting two initial $50,000 dollar for dollar matching gifts from Christina Dennis and Danielle Moore. Now the United Way is working to meet an additional $100,000 pledge from supporters J. Ira Harris and Jason Taubman Kalisman.
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Palm Beach United Way establishes Coronavirus Emergency Fund
March 16, 2020
In response to increasing cases of the novel Coronavirus in Palm Beach County and its economic effect on our most vulnerable neighbors, the Town of Palm Beach United Way has created a Coronavirus Emergency Fund to assist residents with short-term needs such as food and health care, and long-term needs resulting from unexpected layoffs and loss of income.
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Palm Beach United Way sends $90,000 to rebuild docks in Hope Town
January 24, 2020
The Town of Palm Beach United Way recently sent $90,000 to the Bahamas to help construct one temporary dock and three public docks in Hope Town.
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Palm Beach United Way receives $5,000 from Wilmington Trust
January 17, 2020
Wilmington Trust, along with its parent company M&T Bank, presented a charitable donation of $5,000 to the Town of Palm Beach United Way during a reception Wednesday, January 15, to celebrate the firm’s newly renovated Palm Beach office.
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Allocation Committee Kick Off Luncheon
January 15, 2020
Volunteers kicked off the Town of Palm Beach United Way’s grant review process Wednesday, January 15, with a meet and greet luncheon at the Royal Poinciana Chapel.
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          Allocation Committee

9th Annual Traveling T-Shirt Contest
January 3, 2020
Palm Beach resident Matthew Lorentzen placed first in the Town of Palm Beach United Way’s 9th Annual Live United Traveling T-Shirt contest with a trip to Bali, Indonesia.
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