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Fifth Annual WLC Luncheon


Dr. Nancy Hardt to Keynote at United Way’s 5th Annual Women’s Leadership Council Holiday Fundraiser

GAINESVILLE, FL (Nov. 9, 2015) – On Wednesday, November 18 United Way of North Central Florida will host its 5th Annual Women’s Leadership Council Holiday Fundraising Luncheon, featuring Gainesville public health expert Dr. Nancy Hardt. 

Women leaders of the community are invited to attend the luncheon at the Best Western Gateway Grand, 4200 NW 97th Blvd, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. More than 20 local vendors, including Kitchen and Spice, The Tease Hair and Sewing Salon, Lang Jewelers, Alternatives Global Marketplace and Scentsy, will participate in the annual holiday shopping mall, available exclusively to Luncheon attendees, located in the hotel lobby and promenade. After an hour of shopping, lunch will be served from 12 to 1 p.m. with time allotted for more shopping after lunch. Additionally, all proceeds from ticket sales and 20% of all vendor sales will be donated back to UWNCFL’s ReadingPals initiative.

Keynote speaker Dr. Hardt will share her passion for connecting science and GIS mapping toward helping to devise poverty solutions. In 2008, Dr. Hardt worked with others to invent a new tool to zero in on poverty-stricken hotspots in the city so public health professionals could devise comprehensive treatment and preventive care measures that targeted the highest risk communities. For her efforts, Dr. Hardt won the 2013 Sapphire Award for Individual Excellence. 

Tickets can be purchased online for $35 or $30 with the donation of a brand new Dr. Seuss book. Guests can also choose to fill a table of eight for $250. The last day to buy tickets is Friday, November 13th. You won’t want to miss this meaningful and fun event! For more information or to RSVP, visit us online at For more information about the holiday shopping vendors, contact the United Way of North Central Florida at (352) 331-2800. This event is sponsored by Front Street Commercials Real Estate Group. 

United Way of North Central Florida has been a staple in the community since 1957. We serve a six-county area that includes Alachua, Bradford, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy and Union counties. Since our inception, we have raised more than $91 million for the region. In 2014, we were awarded the highest rating by Charity Navigator for accountability and transparency. Our mission is to improve lives and connect donors to results that demonstrate a lasting impact in the lives of the people we serve.