In The City — 04 October 2019
United Way of Broward celebrates 80 years

By Robyn A. Friedman

City & Shore Magazine

United Way of Broward County will celebrate 80 years of positive effects on Broward County at its annual Mayors’ Gala on Saturday, Oct. 19.

The evening will include a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner, live entertainment, networking and dancing. This year’s event will spotlight United Way of Broward County’s 80 years in the community and will serve as an opportunity for key influencers and local philanthropists to come together with the common purpose of building a better community.

“United Way of Broward County has been changing lives since 1939 – that’s almost as long as Broward County has been in existence,” says Kathleen Cannon, president and chief executive officer of United Way of Broward County. “We’ve been here through boom times, and we’ve been here through lean times, hurricanes, economic downturns and more. We’ve impacted thousands – perhaps millions – of households in our community on the personal level while also making Broward County a better place to live, work and play for all.”

Cannon said that United Way supports more than 100 vital programs and services to help men, women and children in our community, seeking out gaps in services, creating meaningful solutions and speaking out for those who have no voice.

Honorees at the event will include Alice and Mike Jackson, for their continued support of United Way; and Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen.

“There are many surprises in store this year to celebrate our 80th anniversary,” Cannon says. “This is a must-attend event.”

The Mayors’ Gala takes place 6:30-10 p.m. at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort, 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale. Individual tickets are $450, and sponsorships are available starting at $5,000. For information, call 954-453-3733 or visit


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