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LAKELAND, FL – The RP Funding Center will be hosting its 2nd Annual City of Lakeland Holiday Tree Decorating Contest as a fundraiser for United Way of Central Florida! UWCF’s mission is to improve lives and strengthen our community!

Community Kick Off Event November 20th at 6pm to 8pm with United Way President and City of Lakeland City Manager(s) and Employees! 

This event will have a story time with readings by United Way President & CEO Christina Criser Jackson and City Manager Shawn Sherrouse, coloring station, hot chocolate bar, reindeer food station, social distance photos with Santa, and performance by Harrison School For The Arts. 

Public welcome to view the trees in our corridors and vote during RPFC business hours: 9am-5pm. Trees are on display Nov. 20 thru Dec. 31

The fun doesn’t stop there! There will be weekly Monday Story Time from 10am-10:30am hosted by the following City of Lakeland Staff: 

Nov. 23 – Brielle Sharrett from Lakeland Public Library

Nov. 30 – Commissioner Chad McLeod

Dec. 7 – Fire Chief Douglas Riley

Dec. 14 – Commissioner Phillip Walker Dec. 21 – Mayor Bill Mutz

Click here for more information on this event.

About the United Way of Central Florida

United Way of Central Florida works to improve lives and strengthen our community by identifying gaps in services and providing solutions. UWCF works with qualified partners to improve the health, education, and financial stability of people in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties. United Way works to amplify donor dollars with local matches, convene partners to improve efficiencies and broker services that produce the best return on investment in the areas of most critical need. United Way believes no one can do their best if they are hungry, sick or in pain. To learn more, visit or call 863-648-1500.

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