THANK YOU Community Advocate SPONSORS

United Way says, “THANK YOU!” to the following companies who agreed to go above and beyond their corporate contribution to further help by underwriting the costs of events and marketing materials for 2015-2016. By helping us with these expenses, they allow us to direct more dollars into community programs.



Publix Super Markets Charities
Publix Charities
George Jenkins, the late founder of Publix, was a fervent believer of investing in the community. His philosophy of giving set the foundation for Publix’s commitment to community service. As part of that commitment to community service, Publix has chosen the United Way as a means to connect people who need help with those who can help. Through the years, Publix associates and Publix Super Markets Charities have contributed millions of dollars in an effort to better the lives of so many. Publix associates further show their heart by regularly and enthusiastically participating in volunteer activities. The company was honored in 1996 with United Way’s top national award, the Spirit of America Award, for an exemplary record of corporate involvement, volunteerism and the educational campaign of associates. United Way presented Publix with the local Spirit of Tampa Bay for their leading corporate support in 2004 and in 2005 & 2006 designated them as a Million Dollar Workplace Campaign. Publix was the Inaugural Children’s Book Drive Presenting Sponsor in 2006 and was the Children’s Book Drive Presenting Sponsor for 2007.

Tampa Bay Rays
Each year, Major League Baseball’s community support continues to expand to reach more people and causes. In 2007, the Tampa Bay Rays and United Way teamed up to kick off the annual United Way Campaign season. Part of the festivities included sorting books from the Children’s Book Drive for distribution to children in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties schools. The Rays efforts demonstrate their commitment to assisting youth and education programs throughout Tampa Bay. This principle of giving back is practiced by the entire organization. United Way is excited and proud of the partnership with the Rays.

Tampa Electric
TECO Energy, Inc.
TECO Energy’s commitment to the Tampa Bay area and surrounding communities dates back more than 110 years. The strength of our communities’ educational, cultural, environmental, health and human service programs and facilities are important to us. We believe programs like these are important assets in attracting new businesses to our communities, and they help create a knowledgeable public. Building strong relationships with organizations like the United Way, The Centre and the Salvation Army helps the company reach its goal of making a positive impact on as many people as possible. Company leaders have a long history of supporting and providing leadership to area organizations by serving on their boards, participating at various events and encouraging team members at all levels to support the community through volunteerism.

Cox Target Media/Valpak believes that giving back is the right thing to do. They live this belief every day through active community relations and volunteer programs – resulting in financial, in-kind and volunteer contributions throughout our community.Their actions demonstrate another belief: that companies can help shape a better world through responsible corporate citizenship. Their corporate guiding principles state they are to act responsibly and involve themselves with organizations that will maximize the impact of their contributions and volunteer time.Their long-term partnership with United Way is moving them toward their goals. Their employee campaigns, corporate contributions, in-kind donations and volunteer projects are making a positive impact in our community. Together we are making a difference.

Catalina Marketing Charitable Foundation

Cox Fire Protection, Inc.