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Melissa Nelson attends First Lady of Florida's Community Leadership Dinner

United Way of St. Johns County President and CEO, Melissa Nelson, was honored with an invitation to be a guest of First Lady of Florida, Ann Scott at the Community Leadership Dinner held at the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee on April 11.

Nelson was seated at Scott’s table during the event that recognizes a select group of leaders from across the state of Florida for the work they are doing in their communities.  There were approximately 30 guests at the event, many of which share the First Lady’s passion for reading and literacy, and her belief that great readers become great learners, and early learning leads to academic success.

“Attending the Dinner in Tallahassee was a special experience for me,” said Nelson.  “I have had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Scott before and know that she and the Governor have been involved in and support the efforts of United Way.  It was wonderful to talk about both our needs and successes here in St. Johns County while at the dinner.”

United Way of St. Johns County brings together agencies, businesses, organizations, faith-based groups, government and individuals to focus on the community problems that matter most.  We improve lives and build strong, healthy communities by strategically investing in quality programs, building partnerships, advocating for better policies, engaging our community and leveraging resources. We measure success not by dollars raised, but by lives improved and changed. To learn more, visit