At the October 19 “Lunch Around the World,” more than 20 chefs provided dishes or desserts to help UCF reach its campaign goal of raising $150,000.

 Blinis from Russia, yucca con mojo from Ecuador, Curry chicken from Trinidad or good old Cookie Pie from the United States were just a few of the favorite dishes or desserts at the Recreation and Wellness Center event.

UCF professional and student staff from the RWC, Wellness and Health Promotion Services, College of Nursing and the Office of Compliance provided 25 dishes and desserts for nearly 90 people.

Scott Mauro RWC marketing and communications manager and a UCF United Way advocate, says it’s the best show of support to date. “To have a record turnout this year means a lot. One, our campus guests get to try world-class dishes from students and staff who volunteer their time, skills and money. Plus, they get to learn how they can impact lives across Central Florida. Real people in real need. We’re happy to do our part in spreading the message.” There was no charge for the event. Staff only asked guests to take United Way Pledge Cards.

Each year guests vote on the best dishes. This year’s best dish went to Ayanna Lopez, assistant director for Academic Support Services College of Nursing, for her curry chicken. RWC Intramural Supervisor and Senior Greg Metzger won best dessert for his chocolate cream cheese brownies.

United Way Campaign Chair Richard Sloane encouraged UCF donors to give because the money they donate stays here in Central Florida. This year’s goal is to raise $150,000 dollars to support dozens of agencies for the Heart of Florida Untied Way. For more information on the UCF United Way Campaign, visit: