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Manatee County United Way holds annual campaign awards luncheon

BRADENTON -- Philip Brown doesn't officially start work June 18 as the new president of United Way of Manatee County, but he will be introduced to the community today at the UWMC's 2012 Awards Celebration.

The luncheon is 11:30 a.m., at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W.

The event is United Way's annual program to salute supporters of its yearly fundraising campaign. Bruce Body of Raymond James and Associates and the 2011 campaign chair will also pass the baton to 2012 campaign chair Anne Lee of First Bank.

Five levels of campaign awards will be given to various corporations, businesses and nonprofits who spearheaded donations to the campaign.

The honors range from the Pinnacle Award ($500,000 and up) to the Campaign Chairman's Award ($15,000 to $49,999).

Numerous individuals responsible for coordinating their group's employee campaigns will also be acknowledged.

Although Brown is expected to only speak briefly, he will be the center of attention. He succeeds Jerry Koontz, who retired last fall after 18 years as head of UWMC.

A 61-year-old father of two, Brown comes here from Bridgewater, N.J., where he was the chief professional officer and senior vice president of organizational development at United Way of Northern New Jersey.

He has been with United Way 12 years and was previously chief operating officer for hospitals in Allentown, Pa., and Plainfield, N.J.

His wife, Susan, is executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Cancer Support Community headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Vin Mannix, local columnist, can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter:@vinmannix