David Fry-United Way Campaign Chair

David Fry of Vantage Construction Services and Dwell Florida, and a United Way Board Member, has been named 2015-2016 United Way Campaign Chair. As the Campaign Chair, Fry will lead the campaign with the assistance of thousands of volunteers working to meet the $9,385,330 fundraising goal.

“Being asked to the chair the United Way Campaign is both an honor and a challenge.  It is a big responsibility to raise over $9 million for our community, but I will pursue the goal with passion and enthusiasm. I know what the United Way does to strengthen our community,” said Fry.

Fry was born in Florida and has lived in Southwest Florida all of his life. He and his wife, Monique, have been married for 24 years and have 4 daughters. Fry has been involved with the United Way since 2005 when he participated with his family in a food packing event for Harry Chapin Food Bank at the United Way. “I initially got involved because I wanted my daughters to experience giving back to our community and helping others,” Fry said. “Once I learned more about our United Way, how the money stays local, the variety of agencies, the fact that over 90% of the money raised goes directly to helping local people, I became more involved both personally and with my former company, WCI.”

Fry’s experience as President and Chief Executive Officer with the developer WCI is an asset he brings to the campaign because of his knowledge of local business, marketing and the many community developments in the area. He was with WCI for 17 years.

“Being involved with the United Way is a great opportunity for employers. Local business can become involved not only to raise money for this worthy cause, but also to use the United Way as a common platform to introduce employees to fun activities such as volunteering as a team, benefitting the cause and increasing employee engagement. This is a win-win for the United Way, the company and the employees,” Fry added.

“I anticipate a very successful campaign, but I need your help, both businesses and individuals. With your help, we can make the $9.3 million campaign goal. Every company campaign, every dollar given by an individual, together make a big difference. Your gift is an investment in our community. With your help, we can change lives and make this community an even better place to live,” Fry continued.

“Yes, the economy has improved in Southwest Florida, but many residents still suffer greatly because of slow employment growth, part-time jobs, fixed incomes, or because they were so devastated by the economic fall that they have never recovered. Eighty-four United Way Partner Agencies depend heavily on our funding, and hundreds of thousands of people, real people, your friends and neighbors, perhaps even you, need the Partner Agencies’ programs. From Abuse Counseling and Treatment, to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, and The Salvation Army, all have programs vital to the health and well being of our Southwest Florida residents. I ask for your help in making this campaign successful,” concluded Fry.

Since the inception of United Way in 1957, 137 million dollars have been raised in our community.  All money raised in the United Way campaign stays in the local community to help support the local human service network. United Way Partner Agencies and initiatives such as the, Alvin A Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center, LARC, Goodwill, the Boys and Girls Clubs, and United Way 211 serve a diverse range of needs in our community such as nurturing children and youth, strengthening families, meeting critical needs such as helping the elderly and disabled live independently, and empowering communities by bringing health and human services to neighborhoods.

In addition to raising funds for human service organizations in our community, the United Way promotes partnerships and collaborations among agencies and initiatives, helping them to work together focusing on issues and solutions that continue to improve lives.

For more information please call United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee at (239) 433-2000 or visit www.unitedwaylee.org.