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3/7/12 12:55PM

Publix, Raymond James and Spirit of Tampa Bay Awardees Honored at Lightning Game

Regional Businesses Recognized for Stepping Up to Help The People of Our Tampa Bay Community.

American business makes major contributions of treasure, time and talent to nonprofit organizations, and Tampa Bay is no exception. United Way of Tampa Bay recognizes and showcases the spirit of workplace generosity with a unique and special series of awards to highlight the innovative ways companies and workers help the people of Tampa through United Way’s annual Workplace Campaign.

“The most important asset,” said Diana Baker, President and CEO of United Way of Tampa Bay “are the generous people that we partner with around the region. Both major corporations and small businesses step up and prove to be leaders in the community by helping others. Our Spirit of Tampa Bay, Million Dollar Donors and Community Champion awards recognize the significant commitments made to United Way; these contributions make life better for everyone in our community.”

The Spirit of Tampa Bay Awards were created to recognize companies that go above and beyond in organizing and energizing fundraising, volunteerism and community engagement at their workplaces.  Recipients demonstrate creativity, enthusiasm, innovative communications and overall participation by management and employees.

Engaging employees creates a connection between the individual worker and the community. By building awareness of the needs of the community, the critical issues facing low-income families, the challenges of education, personal income and health, the Tampa Bay employee becomes an advocate for change and a philanthropic partner with United Way.

The Spirit of Tampa Bay awards are given each year to four companies whose employees exemplify the spirit of giving, advocating and volunteering. Companies are categorized by the size of their workforce.  Criteria for selection includes:
•    How the companies communicate the mission, goals and accomplishments of United Way throughout their workforce;
•    How the companies show a spirit of volunteerism in the community, from serving on United Way committees to helping non-profits, schools, and other community organizations;
•    An increase in their overall investment in important programs and projects administered and managed by United Way of Tampa Bay and our partner agencies.

The Spirit of Tampa Bay Award Recipients for 2012:

Time Customer Service
Category: 1,000 or more employees

Time Customer Service, Inc., (TCS) a subsidiary of Time Inc., provides fulfillment services for a broad array of marketing partners in a variety of direct marketing businesses.TCS clients include many world-renowned magazines and publishers. Its fulfillment services range from retail back office to simple data processing; from list management to cutting edge hybrid merchandise direct marketing and traditional customer service. Time Customer Service actively volunteers in the community attending more than eight projects in 2011 including the Children’s Book Drive. They are also a tax prep site for the Prosperity campaign.

Total campaign results for 2011:  $144,881            
70% participation by Time Customer Service employees

Category: 500 to 999 employees

The Transamerica companies offer a wide range of competitive and innovative products to numerous markets through a highly diversified distribution system. The diversity in what we offer – and how we offer it – allows us to serve a variety of customers and leverage our capabilities in a changing marketplace. The Transamerica companies are AEGON companies. AEGON is an international life insurance, pensions and asset management company headquartered in The Hague. AEGON has businesses in over 20 markets in the Americas, Europe and Asia and its ambition is to be a leader in all its chosen markets by 2015. For information about AEGON’s financial results and strategies, please visit . Transamerica is a Gold Business Cares sponsor.  In 2011, there were 962 volunteers in over 33 projects with over 2,525 volunteer hours logged in by Transamerica employees in the Tampa Bay area.

Total campaign results:  $266,883.                                                            
64% participation by Transamerica employees

Ernst & Young
Category: 100 to 499 employees

Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. In Tampa Bay, Ernst & Young employees are united by shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. They make a difference by helping people and communities achieve their potential. Things that set Ernst & Young apart in their support of the campaign included e-mails containing “Did you know” facts were sent out to all employees and numerous volunteer projects throughout Tampa Bay.

Total campaign results for 2011:  $179,361             
91% participation by Ernst & Young employees

Nordstrom Rack
Category: Fewer  than 100 Employees

Nordstrom Rack, is the off-price division of Nordstrom, Inc.   Nordstrom Rack carries merchandise from Nordstrom stores and at 50-60% off original Nordstrom prices.  Nordstrom believes one of their most important responsibilities is supporting the communities they serve. The company’s annual United Way campaign is one way it supports the needs of the local communities across the country.  In 2011, Nordstrom and its employees pledged more than $8.8 million to local United Way campaigns across the country, including Tampa Bay. In addition, Nordstrom employees participated in United Way’s 2011 Day of Caring event

Total campaign results for 2011:  $7,462        
83% participation by Nordstrom Rack employees

Community Champion Award 2012

Tech Data Corporation
Tech Data Corporation continues to implement new strategies to their United Way campaign which yield significant results. They are always in tune with the needs of their community and were involved in more than 42 volunteer projects this past year. They also provided funding to several major United Way events. Tech Data Corporation has partnered with United Way in many different ways including sharing their facility for meetings and training. The company provides a member for our Board of Directors and serves as advisors for new ideas and initiatives. They provide sponsorship for the Art of Giving and Tech Data Corporation’s campaign coordinator, David Wojciak, was inducted into United Way’s Campaign Coordinator Hall of Fame this past year.

Total campaign results for 2011:  $376,835    
39% participation by Tech Data Corporation employees

Million Dollar Donors 2012

United Way of Tampa Bay salutes the companies that make major contributions of one million dollars or more to regional project and programs. The 2012 recipients of the Million Dollar Donor award are Publix Super Markets, (Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties) contributing $4,380,303 and Raymond James, contributing S1,639,000

United Way is a local not-for-profit organization working in Tampa Bay since 1924 to mobilize the resources of individuals, companies, government, and labor to achieve positive, lasting changes in the lives of people in the community. Their mission is to inspire leaders and partners and mobilize resources to make a measurable difference in the lives of people in our community.

United Way views income, education and health as the basic building blocks of independence. By addressing all three of these issues through the human services programs it funds, United Way helps families become stronger and communities more vibrant.

United Way’s vision is to build a strong, caring community. United Way of Tampa Bay helps people build better lives by helping kids graduate and helping families find paths out of poverty.  For more information on United Way visit on the web.