Families who support their communities teach their children important lessons about giving back that can have a lasting impact when those children and grandchildren continue that legacy of giving. That’s been the case for Lars and Anna Moore and we’re pleased to welcome them to the United Way Suncoast family as new members of our Alexis de Tocqueville Society.
Born and raised in Texas, Lars and Anna met in Dallas after graduating from college – Lars from Baylor and Anna from Texas Tech. With parents and grandparents who were actively involved in their community, it was natural that Lars and Anna might one day follow that example as well. Plans to pursue an MBA came next for Lars and the future looked bright. Unfortunately, life sometimes takes a turn – giving us challenges that cause us to change course.
While an unexpected health diagnosis and six months of systemic treatment temporarily put MBA plans on hold for Lars, it also opened up opportunities during this time of transition – leading him to become involved with organizations that changed his perspective and sparked his interest in finding new ways of giving back to his community.
Life experiences like this shape who we are and what we value, and when Lars completed his MBA and accepted a job offer from Raymond James Financial, Inc., Anna and Lars knew that it was the start of an exciting new chapter in their lives. Since moving to St. Petersburg, they’ve enjoyed getting to know their new home and exploring all that the area has to offer – all the while staying in close touch with their extended families in Texas.
As Assistant to the Chairman at Raymond James, Lars has had an opportunity to work on the United Way campaign at Raymond James the past two years and the company’s commitment to community is part of what drew Lars to Raymond James. With the partnership between Raymond James and United Way beginning in 1970 and continuing through today, the company has been one of United Way’s most valued and loyal corporate supporters. Lars has seen the impact of its annual United Way campaign in Raymond James communities across the country and it’s had special meaning for him since both his parents and grandparents have supported and been involved with their local United Ways for many years.
Seeing his family’s history of giving and his own experiences with the Raymond James campaign, Lars has come to appreciate how United Way can drive positive change in our communities. And for Anna, who has a background in teaching, United Way’s support of education is what she sees as an investment in the future – one that gives children the tools and help they need to be successful.
As Lars noted, “Being involved and giving back to our community has always been important to us. Our families and mentors have played important roles in our lives and their examples have taught us to value others and our community. We know that we are very fortunate for the opportunities that we have been given and it’s important to us to give our time and resources to help our community thrive.”
For Lars and Anna, supporting United Way means they can make a difference in their community as they carry on a long-standing family tradition of giving back to others. For United Way, Lars and Anna represent another generation of donors who care about their community and share our mission. We’re grateful to Lars and Anna for their generous support and we’re so pleased to welcome them to the United Way Suncoast Tocqueville Society.