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Heart of Florida United Way tumbles into Women’s History Month with Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes appearance at Women United Luncheon

Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes is set to headline the Heart of Florida United Way’s 17th Annual Women United Luncheon celebrating and inspiring Central Florida women to reach their potential.

Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes headlines Heart of Florida United Way’s Women United Luncheon

Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) will host the 17th annual Women United Luncheon, presented by the Walt Disney World Resort, on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Hilton Orlando. Dominique Dawes, three-time Olympian, Olympic gold medalist, healthy lifestyle advocate, and Gymnastics Academy owner, will headline the event.

Dawes is the only American gymnast to medal at three different Olympic Games in the team competition and the first African American gymnast to win an Olympic Gold medal.

She paved the way for other young African-American gymnasts to strive for Olympic glory. At the 1996 Atlanta Games, Dawes became the first female African-American gymnast to win an individual medal, capturing bronze with her floor exercise performance and helping solidify her place in the USOC Hall of Fame.

As a wife, mother of four, Olympian, and business owner, Dawes has transcended the world of sports, politics, entertainment, and culture.

During the Women United Luncheon, she will call upon her inspirational journey to help participants ENVISION a future for themselves in which they reach their full potential.

ENVISION is an acronym for the eight principles that helped Dawes become successful in and out of the athletic arena. Luncheon attendees will learn to harness their passion, plan, and perseverance to achieve greatness personally and professionally.

Women United is an action-oriented, impact-driven group of Central Florida leaders dedicated to empowering ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families, who are one emergency away from financial disaster. As part of a powerful, global network of more than 70,000 women leaders, Women United takes a stand against the most critical issues facing more than 165 communities in six countries.

An integral part of Heart of Florida United Way, Women United harnesses the collective power of women+ to create opportunities for impact in our Central Florida community through fundraising, engagement, volunteerism, and advocacy The group tackles the issues that matter most to the people who call it home.

Sponsorship opportunities, which include exclusive branding and target marketing opportunities plus admission to a premium experience following the luncheon, are available by contacting

Reserved tables for 10 attendees are available for $3,000. Individual tickets are $120 for general admission or $150 for a premium ticket to include a meet-and-greet experience with Dawes.

Tickets are available for purchase at Visit to learn more about the work of Women United through Heart of Florida United Way or email

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Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes headlines Heart of Florida United Way’s Women United Luncheon

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