On The Shore On The shore — 02 October 2015
Gala helps Broward United Way Mission United

A black-tie gala takes on the service needs of Broward’s service personnel

Organizers are putting the final touches on the 2015 United Way of Broward County’s Mayors’ Gala. This year the event will raise money for one United Way program: Mission United.

Kate Manly, marketing manager for United Way of Broward County, says the organization decided to focus the Oct. 24, black-tie-optional evening on a program that offers dozens of services to local veterans.

“So many of our veterans have needs that aren’t met,” she says.

Mission United, Manly says, helps veterans address challenges of post-military life, from finding housing to creating a resume and preparing for a job interview. Job fairs, job training, assistance in converting military experience to college credits are all part of the Mission United program.

The annual gala, open to the public, honors the county’s 31 municipal mayors, plus the mayor of Broward County. A silent auction will be held at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $250.

“This year’s event is exciting because we’re giving veterans a little bit of attention,” Manly says. “These veterans often come back with very little fanfare.”

Manly says officials in the county’s municipalities have been asked to nominate veterans they want to honor that evening.

“It should be pretty special,” she says.

—Emily J. Minor

Mayors’ Gala, Oct. 24, Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. For information visit unitedwaybroward.org
or call United Way at 954-462-4850

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