The Jessie Ball duPont Center and Hemming Park buzzed with excitement as thousands gathered for United Way of Northeast Florida’s community celebration during Downtown Jacksonville Art Walk. The May 4 event served as a unique opportunity for United Way to recognize the impact of its supporters and also engage with new audiences and the community overall.
The night begin with an open house and reception in the Grand Hall of the duPont Center, United Way’s new home. United Way of Northeast Florida President and CEO Michelle Braun and Campaign Chair Russ Thomas recognized Florida Blue, Publix Super Markets, Baptist Health, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., CSX, and Wells Fargo for their outstanding commitment to the organization as Million Dollar Circle members.
Also that evening, in collaboration with Downtown Vision, Inc., and Downtown Jacksonville Art Walk, United Way partnered to present “United We Rock! @ Downtown Art Walk” in a culmination celebration. United Way’s band of local business leaders, the Old Patróns, played in between two sets of the headliner The Band Be Easy. The members of Old Patróns are:
Russ Thomas, CEO, Availity LLC, and 2015 United Way Campaign Chair