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MARTIN COUNTY -
Stacy Ranieri will lead the United Way of Martin County in its 40th year of creating opportunity and lifting the community.
Ms. Ranieri, founder and president at The Firefly Group, is confident the momentum built during last year's record-setting campaign will carry over into United Way's 2012-13 campaign.
"I've been on the United Way board of directors for many years so I have seen the organization's effectiveness first hand and its ability to have a meaningful, positive impact in our community," said Ms. Ranieri.
"It was finally time for me to step up and serve in a leadership role as this year's United Way campaign chair."
Helping Ms. Ranieri make connections to local businesses will be her campaign team that includes Amy Albury of FP&L; Marty Bonan of Ross, Earle & Bonan, P.A.; Jody Bond of Just Gold Jewelers; Curtis Coulter of Publix; Denise Ehrich of Seacoast National Bank; Steve Fry, Martin County Board Commissioners; Reed Hartman of Hartman Real Estate; Pete Lashanka of Seacoast National Bank; Crystal Stiles of FP&L; Linda Weiksnar of Crary, Buchanan; David Wishart of Pratt & Whitney; Sue Whittington of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and Tom Whittington of Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales.
"I'm a little intimidated by the responsibility of trying to fill the shoes of last year's co-chair team from Seacoast National Bank, but I'm going to have the help from my fantastic campaign team and I'm excited about the opportunity to mobilize our community and exceed our campaign goals," said Ms. Ranieri.
Ms. Ranieri is urging businesses and individuals to participate in United Way's 2012-13 campaign that focuses on addressing the underlying causes of community problems within the three building blocks for a good life: quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family and good health.
United Way funds benefit programs at nonprofit agencies in Martin County that help local residents with everything from recovery after a disaster to early learning opportunities for children to assistance for individuals with severe mental and/or physical disabilities.
For more information, visit LIVEUNITEDmc.org or call (772) 283-4800.