Change Makers

On the heels of its record-breaking $27.5 million fundraising campaign last year, United Way of Central Iowa’s LIVE UNITED recognition luncheon April 22 will honor a dozen community members and organizations that helped make a difference in 2013.

Two people will receive individual awards for advocacy work and volunteering. Also, three companies will be recognized in each of three categories–Give, Advocate and Volunteer–with the Spirit of Central Iowa Award going to the top overall company among those categories. Aviva USA won last year’s Spirit award.

The luncheon, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Meadows Conference Center at Prairie Meadows, includes a keynote speech by Ralph Smith, senior vice president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, one of the nation’s largest private philanthropic organizations serving children and families. Tickets ($20 individual; $150 for a reserved table for eight) are available through April 17 here. —Kellye Crocker

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