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United Way honors major donors at luncheon

United Way of Martin County hosted a room full of hand-raisers and game-changers at the leadership donor luncheon held at Bonefish Grill in Stuart. More than 70 philanthropists attended the event, which was set to honor major donors who invest over $1,000 annually in the community through United Way. 
 
During the luncheon, United Way Board Chair Chad Hastings, attorney at Lesser, Lesser, Landy and Smith, shared exciting news that United Way is off to a great start toward the 2017-18 campaign goal. Funds raised from the annual United Way campaign are invested in local programs that improve education, support financial stability and promote good health.
 
Last year, generous donors contributed $2.7 million to help their neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet. Funds raised meant burdens were lifted and people were breathing easier thanks to more than 50 local programs supported by United Way. “The United Way of Martin County is special because I know of no other cause or charity in our community that touches so many people’s lives, making a difference in so many ways, from infants to seniors, health care to living with dignity,” said event sponsor Gary Lesser of Lesser, Lesser, Landy and Smith.
 
Lesser, Lesser, Landy and Smith sponsored the luncheon for the eighth year in a row.  The staff at Bonefish Grill volunteered their time to work the event, and management donated the cost of the luncheon back to United Way of Martin County.
 
“Sometimes we get frustrated with what seems to be a problem that does not have a solution.  And that can lead us to not do enough, or to do nothing at all,” Lesser said.  “The folks here today have made the decision with their financial and personal support of the United Way to make a difference, and for that we sincerely thank you.”
 
For more information about United Way of Martin County, visit www.UnitedWayMartin.org or call 772-283-4800.