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Heroes Helping Communities

Honoring 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.

Event Video, Press Release and Photos

White Rose Tribute Event 2022

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

Dottie & Dick Appelbaum

Val & Jim Shapiro

Circle of Hope

Bickley Wilson
Bruce K. Gould Foundation
Caryn & Mark Israel

Burr Forman

Louise & Richard Weiner

The Pargh Foundation 

 Lauren & Scott Zimmerman

 Marilyn Shapiro

Circle of Resilience

Austin Commercial
Brasfield & Gorrie

Ellen & Mark Lang

Circle of Courage

Katie & John Lehr


Chris McCullion & Carlos Carbonell

Hali & Mike Poteshman

Daniel Pelli


Tess Wise White Rose Honorees

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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