United Way Suncoast is commemorating its 100th anniversary in 2024 with an 18-month celebration. We're highlighting our success since 1924 and building a new foundation for greater impact as we move into our second century of service.

We trace our roots back to the founding of the Tampa Welfare League and Community Chest on January 10, 1924, so we officially kicked off our Centennial Celebration at Tampa City Hall on January 10, 2024. Now, we’ll continue to centennialize a series of events throughout the year to commemorate how we have and will keep giving families and community members the “Freedom To Rise” throughout our five-county region: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto. Check back often as we update this page with newly-formed events.

Make a lasting difference

Back in the 1920s, we used to go out on horseback to collect donations. We’re willing to do that again if we have to, but if you can make a donation, maybe we don’t have to saddle up again.

Make a lasting difference

Back in the 1920s, we used to go out on horseback to collect donations. We’re willing to do that again if we have to, but if you can make a donation, maybe we don’t have to saddle up again.

Rays Watch Party - Sarasota

June 15, 2024

Join United Way Suncoast at the Rays Watch Party at 3:30 p.m. on June 15 as they bring their City Connect Uniform Celebration to Sarasota’s Payne Park, 2010 Adams Lane. We’ll table at the event with gifts for the kids and cool tchotchkes for the family. 

Bloom Health Expo - Tampa

July 13, 2024

Join United Way Suncoast at the Advent Health/Bucs Training Facility for the 2024 Bloom Health Expo. With 80-90 percent of brain development occurring from birth to 5, early learning isn’t just an education issue, it’s a health issue. So too are the social determinants of health that impact our ALICE families. Learn more, see the Bucs facility and take home some cool tchotchkes.

DeSoto Tax Action Day

July 13, 2024 | DeSoto Food Resource Center
1021 E Oak St, Arcadia, FL 34266

United Way Suncoast’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program stages a Tax Action Day in Arcadia, hyping up its free tax preparation for households making $79,000 or less.

Sulphur Springs LiT Block Party

Nov. 26, 2024 | 8412 12th St., Tampa, FL 33604

United Way Suncoast will join Sulphur Springs Neighborhood of Promise in staging the second annual LiT Block Party from noon to 4 p.m. on Nov. 26 at 8412 12th St. Come out for holiday family fun and entertainment with free food, a DJ, singers, spoken word artists, free books, face painting and more. Did we mention free food? Come on out for what promises to be a fantastic prelude to Thanksgiving.

United Way Suncoast has already staged a number of events to highlight its Centennial. Take a look at what we've done so far to commemorate 100 years of empowerment, 100 years of growth, 100 years of ambition, 100 years of thriving.

Centennial Celebration Kickoff

Jan. 10, 2024 | Tampa City Hall

In the 1920s, women went out on horseback to unite the people for a common cause. Now, 100 years later, we continued to rally support with this special ceremony. Mayor Jane Castor and a host of dignitaries joined us as we kicked off the Centennial in grand fashion.

Centennial Proclamation

Feb. 14, 2024

Hillsborough County’s delegation Chair, Senator Jay Collins, honored UWS with a proclamation and a Senate floor recognition, commemorating the organization’s century of service. Click here to learn more.

Admiral Society's
Second Annual Power Luncheon

Feb. 16, 2024

The Admiral Society’s second annual Power Luncheon featured dynamic speeches from Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services CEO Sandra Braham, longtime Tampa attorney Ron Weaver and former USF and Super Bowl champion quarterback B.J. Daniels. The sold-out event, guided by Admiral chair Renee Baker and Admiral co-chair Gary Hartfield, proved to be a huge success with many feeling enriched by the inspirational presentations. 

Annual Arcadia All Florida Championship Rodeo Gets ‘Centennialized’

Mar. 9, 2024 | Mosaic Arena in Arcadia, Florida

Moms, dads, little cowpokes, old farmhands, and pageant queens all streamed into the Mosaic Arena Saturday. More than 7,000 people came to the annual Arcadia All Florida Championship Rodeo. Read the blog here.

United Way Suncoast Makes The Pitch For Manatee County At Pirates Game

Mar. 16, 2024 | LECOM Park

United Way Suncoast made the pitch for Manatee County at a recent Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Game. Chief Impact Officer Bronwyn Beightol stepped to the mound without a degree of intimidation. Read the blog here.

Women Have Always Been Present

Mar. 21, 2024 | The Exchange Hotel in St. Petersburg

The soiree’s theme aligned with the theme for Women’s History Month: Women Have Always Been Present. That’s certainly true with United Way Suncoast, whose lineage includes having a woman as its first executive director in 1924, and having three women – Muroff, Suzanne McCormick and Diana Baker – serve as the past three CEOs. Read the blog here.

Rise and Shine Breakfast

Apr. 3, 2024 | Armature Works
1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, 33602

Nearly 400 people joined us to hear a sterling message from nationally-renowned artist Ya La’Ford as United Way Suncoast brought together supporters and donors. We embarked on a human journey 100 years in the making, and Ya and CEO Jessica Muroff did not disappoint. We learned  how art can inspire corporate culture and create a path to engagement, and how you can infuse the spirit of the community, just as UWS has done for a century. To see a video from the event, click here.

32nd Annual Week Of Caring

Apr. 21-27

United Way Suncoast works to convene volunteers, but the collaboration of community care always culminates during the 32nd annual Week of Caring. We annually welcome corporations, civic groups and interested individuals to participate in this impactful week of service. This year we even had a remarkable multigenerational effort.

Bank On Suncoast Summit

May 21, 2024

United Way Suncoast’s BankOn Suncoast Summit brought together experts and stakeholders to discuss all the intricacies of banking: financing and income and interest rates and savings and fees and assets. Yet a thread of humanity and a longing to help others wove together the seemingly dispassionate discussion of numbers and percentages. Read the blog here.

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