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It is during times of need, during stressful situations, the challenge of taking care of the elderly that one can only hope that those who are designated to offer and respond to your needs "are there and fulfill their other part of the challenge" which in this case was United HomeCare, and it was performed.
Bertha A., Caregiver


United HomeCare Honors 2014 Claude Pepper Award Recipients During "40 Years and Beyond" Annual Dinner

May 22, 2014

United HomeCare® (UHC), South Florida's leading non-profit home health and community-based care organization, hosted its annual dinner honoring Claude Pepper Award recipients at Jungle Island in Miami on May 15, 2014. More than 550 corporate and community leaders gathered to salute the recipients who, like the Honorable Claude Pepper, have made significant contributions towards the needs of the growing elderly and disabled population in Miami-Dade County.

This year's event was themed "40 Years and Beyond" in celebration of UHC's 40th anniversary as an organization dedicated to improving the lives of South Florida's elderly and disabled. The evening began with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by an elegant dinner and awards presentation emceed by CBS4 news anchor and two-time Emmy Award winner Elliot Rodriguez. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez was also in attendance to proclaim May 15, 2014 as United HomeCare Day.

"40 Years and Beyond represents United HomeCare's commitment to celebrating our past, embracing our future and championing causes that deliver quality care to our community's elderly and disabled adults," said José R. Fox, president and CEO of United HomeCare. "We are proud to honor those who share in our dedication to change the lives of thousands of our most frail residents through the Claude Pepper Awards."

2014 award recipients included:

  • Corporate Service – Healthcare:
    Kendall Regional Medical Center
    Scott Cihak, President and CEO
  • Corporate Service:
    Greenberg Traurig, LLP
    Cesar L. Alvarez, Co-Chairman/li>
  • Corporate Service:
    Perry Ellis International

  • Community Builder:
    Phillis Oeters
    Corporate Vice President of Government and Community Relations, Baptist Health South Florida
  • Education/Advocacy:
    Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq.
    Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm
  • Public Service:
    The Honorable Eduardo "Eddy" Gonzalez
    Florida House of Representatives – District 111 Chairman, Miami-Dade County Legislative Delegation
  • Thelma Gibson Community Service:
    Darryl K. Sharpton, CPA/ABV
    Founder & Managing Partner, Sharpton, Brunson & Company, P.A.

The milestone anniversary also marks a new era in UHC's mission to pioneer care that supports independent living as the organization sets out to transform the assisted living landscape with The Residences of United HomeCare, a 122-suite senior living community in West Kendall scheduled for completion this winter.

Major sponsors of this year's event included Advanced Care Solutions, Amerigroup and TD Bank. BankUnited, Brown & Brown, Greenberg Traurig and SunTrust Bank were Pillar Sponsors. Cornerstone Sponsors included Baptist Health of South Florida, Commissioner Bruno A. Barreiro, Florida Blue, Florida Power & Light Co., Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm, Leon Medical Centers, Nurse Care, and rbb Public Relations. Other sponsors were Ingham Retirement Group, Alliance for Aging, Camillus House, Colliers International South Florida, Comcast, Community Medical Group, Duane Morris, LLP, FirstBank of Florida, FIU College of Nursing & Health Sciences, FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, FIU College of Public Health & Social Work, Hays Companies, Health Council of South Florida, Jewish Community Services, Kendall Regional Medical Center, Miami Dade College, MCM, Milner, Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLP, National Marketing Group Services, Pacific National Bank, Perry Ellis International, Rodriguez and Quiroga Chartered Architects, Ronald L. Book. P.A., The Heat Group and University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.