Kanas Family Foundation gives $1M to United Way

By Yanet Obarrio Sanchez….

John Kanas is surrounded by children from the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education — Vladimir, Isabella, Clara, Raul and Ronald.

United Way of Miami Dade has been presented with a $1 million donation from the John and Elaine Kanas Family Foundation.

This gift represents the single largest individual unrestricted gift to the 2010 campaign, which will impact directly United Way’s work to advance the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all Miami-Dade residents. The gift was recognized at a reception with United Way board members and key supporters.

Mr. Kanas is chair, president and CEO of BankUnited, the largest bank headquartered in Florida. In May 2009, he led a group of investors in purchasing the bank, and since then has spent much of his time in South Florida running the bank and getting to know the community.

“My family and I have spent a lot of time in South Florida since I became involved with BankUnited,” Kanas said. “As in many communities, there are not enough resources to meet the tremendous needs of underserved populations. We are honored to share this gift with an organization that is making such a difference in people’s lives.

“Childhood education is an important element of preparing tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and employees. We know this gift will create better futures for children in South Florida.”

Harve Mogul, president and CEO of United Way of Miami-Dade, added, “We are so very grateful to John and Elaine for this most generous unrestricted gift, which will have tremendous impact on thousands of lives in our community who depend on the work of United Way. This is an incredible example of the family’s philanthropic spirit.”

For information, visit online at www.unitedwaymiami.org or www.facebook.com/UnitedWayMiami.

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