Day 155- Helen Donegan, UCF Community Relations

Most of you reading this have probably not heard of Helen Donegan before today. Well, allow me to fill you in on what you’ve been missing out! Mrs. Donegan, who is Vice President of the Division of Community Relations at UCF, is a philanthropic powerhouse. In April 2008, she won the Orlando Business Journal’s Publisher’s Award. The recognition is part of Orlando Business Journal and Orlando Regional Healthcare’s Women Who Mean Business celebration.

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According to the OBJ article about her, Mrs. Donegan was instrumental in garnering community-wide support for UCF’s new medical school. In 2008, she formed then United Way Council of Women, in the hopes of drawing attention “to the plight of disadvantaged women in the area and how they can be helped through United Way.”

Last July, Mrs. Donegan ranked number 10 on Orlando Magazine‘s list of the “50 Most Powerful.” That particular article talks about how she founded the “Friends of Helen Executive Women’s Networking Group,” for which she periodically organizes luncheons to meet and network with fellow professional women.

But, in spite of her influential position (or maybe because of it!), she never hesitates to give back. To that end, Mrs. Donegan, who is married to Bill Donegan, Orange County Property Appraiser, is also the United Way Women’s Leadership Chair. She is a key participant in and organizer of Heart of Florida United Way events (HFUW being the state’s United Way chapter).

I’m anxious to learn much more of this mover-and-shaker, which is why I will try to E-mail her tomorrow at the latest. And now, here’s a PSA that she appeared in for HFUW, which explains a little about what she does for local women:

Well, that’s all for now, folks! Thanks again to everyone who has been leaving comments of encouragement and support, and may God Bless you all. Oh yeah– and let’s not forget our friends in Haiti, who are going to be struggling to get back on their feet for quite a while. Want to help? Visit www.cnn.com/impact for a complete list of legitimate organizations to which you can send a donation to help the Haitian community.

Good Night!

Laura ♥

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