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Heroes Helping Communities

Tess Wise White Rose Award Honoree: Florida Blue and the Florida Blue Foundation, led by Central Florida Market President, Tony Jenkins.

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History of The White Rose

The White Rose Award reminds us of the actions of a group of courageous students in Germany during WWII. Calling for non-violent resistance against Hitler and the Nazis, the group consisted of  five students in their early twenties led by Hans and Sophie Scholl. They worked day and night to create  flyers criticizing Germans who did nothing to combat the tyranny of the Third Reich. The individuals honored with this award by the Holocaust Center are active and vocal members of our community. Like The White Rose, it is their belief that only through participation can we build a better home for all Central Floridians. The values of inclusiveness and respect are central to their efforts.

About Florida Blue and the Florida Blue Foundation

About the 2023 Tess Wise White Rose Award Honoree, Florida Blue and the Florida Blue Foundation:

Florida Blue and the Florida Blue Foundation are a fitting and deserving recipient for the Tess Wise White Rose Award given their dedicated support over the years of our Upstanders program in area middle schools and their mission for helping people and communities achieve better health. We are grateful for their incredible leadership and commitment to educate and help alleviate hatred and discrimination in our local communities and beyond.

2023 White Rose Tribute Event


Laurie Levin and Gary Owens


Laura Abramson

Jamie Bellissimo

Carolyn Dymond

Michelle Feinberg


Lisa Goldberg
Hali Poteshman
Josh Roth
Kathy Turner
Paula Wyatt

Supporter Circles

Circle of Valor

Founder, Tess Wise
Alexis & Jim Pugh
Dottie & Dick Appelbaum
Valeria & Jim Shapiro

Alexis & Jim Pugh

The Abe & Tess Wise Philanthropic Fund


Dottie & Dick Appelbaum

Val & Jim Shapiro

Kristy & Matt Jesson

Circle of Hope

Bickley Wilson
Bruce K. Gould Foundation
Caryn & Mark Israel


Bruce K. Gould Foundation

Burr Forman

Caryn & Mark Israel

Florida Blue Foundation

Ginsburg Family Foundation

Judy & Bob Yarmuth

Lauren & Scott Zimmerman Foundation

Louise & Richard Weiner Family Foundation

Marilyn Shapiro 

Nemours Children’s Health

Orlando Health 

Orlando Magic 

SmartWealth/Jan & Randy Ellington

The Pargh Foundation  

Wolfe-Rizor Interiors 

Circle of Resilience

Austin Commercial
Brasfield & Gorrie

Austin Commercial

Bounds Law Group

Brasfield & Gorrie

City of Orlando

Elevation Financial Group

Ellen & Mark Lang

Feinberg Feinberg Schelling Group at Morgan Stanley


Henrietta Katzen 

Holland & Knight

Jeffrey B. Friedman

Jeffrey Miller

Judy & David Albertson 

Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. 

Marilyn Goldman

Massey Services

OUC – The Reliable One

Publix Super Markets Charities

Rizwan Zaman

Susan & Jerry Roth

University of Central Florida

Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial

Wilf Family Foundation


Circle of Courage


Bank of America

Barbara Weinreich

Betty Brady & Hardy Vaughn

Charlotte & Winston Schwartz

Chris McCullion & Carlos Carbonell

Daniel Pelli

Ellen & Simon Snyder

First Horizon Foundation

Hali & Mike Poteshman

HuntonBrady Architects

Jill S. Schwartz & Associates 

Karen Middlekauff Minkow & Daniel Minkow

Katie & John Lehr

Kubicki Draper

Laura & Mark Abramson

Meitin Family Partnership

Nancy & Jonathan Wolf

Zelig O. & Bobbi Wise Philanthropic Fund

Neil Webman

One Florida Bank

Patti & Roy Ambinder

Rick Schell & Scott Joseph

Susan & Edward Kleiman

Susan & Paul Levine

Universal Orlando Resort

Valencia College

VyStar Credit Union

Tess Wise White Rose Honorees

2023 Tony Jenkins, Central Florida Market President, Florida Blue

2022 Dr. Rita Bornstein
2021 The Massey Family
2020 Mayor Jerry L. Demings
2019 Joanie Holzer Schirm
2018 Jeffrey Miller & Ted Maines
2017 Mayor Buddy Dyer
2016 Valeria & Jim Shapiro
2015 Susan & Gordon Arkin
2014 Harris Rosen
2013 Helen Greenspun
2012 Dr. Richard Lapchick
2011 Dr. Ron Blocker
2010 Governor Bob Graham
2009 Rita and John Lowndes
2008 Alexis and Jim Pugh
2007 Harriett and Hy Lake

2006 Tess and Abe Wise
2005 Marilyn & Sig Goldman
2004 Suntrust Bank, Central Florida
2003 Judy Albertson
2002 Joe R. Lee, CEO, Darden Restaurants
2001 Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate
2000 20 yr. Anniversary Celebration – Dreamers
1999 Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation
1998 Survivors
1997 Henri Landwirth/Give Kids The World
1996 Tom Werner, President, Florida Hospital
1995 University of Central Florida
1994 Junior League of Greater Orlando
1993 Linda Chapin, Chairman, Orange County Commission
1992 Scholars
1991 Dr. Schott, Superintendent, Orange County Public Schools
1990 Dr. Gianini, President, Valencia Community College
1989 Charlie Reese, Orlando Sentinel

Legacy of Leadership

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