Sunday 19 Jan 2020

United Way Celebrates Community Campaign Finale

The United Way of Wayne County and supporters celebrated the community fund campaign finale at the Terrace Room December 10th. The program included a community campaign update, presentation of the 2019 education grants and the $10,000 Fair Share Challenge drawing. Longhorn Steakhouse served as the event sponsor and provided heavy hors d’oeuvres for the event.

The United Way presented 13 education grants – 12 $500 classroom grants and one $1500 school grant. The 12 classroom grant winners were:

  • Sheila Sutton (Edgewood)
  • Teresa Hall (Brogden Primary)
  • Troy R. Harris (Brogden Primary)
  • Michelle Vinson (Brogden Primary)
  • Connie Rouse (Spring Creek Middle)
  • Holly Beraissa (Brogden Primary)
  • Kimberly Gagliano (Mount Olive Middle)
  • Janneel Sugg (Meadow Lane Elementary)
  • Gwendolyn B. Jones (Brogden Primary)
  • Jennifer Fricks (Eastern Wayne Middle)
  • Diane L. Crump (Meadow Lane Elementary)
  • Lesley Whitman (Brogden Primary)
  • Rosewood Elementary received the school grant

United Way announced they reached 96% of their goal to impact 18,000 lives. The campaign will officially close December 20th. Everyone who donated their “fair share”, one hours pay per month, was entered into a drawing to become one of 22 finalists. The 22 finalists included:

  • April Womble (Wayne Realty and Insurance)
  • Kathryn Dean (Franklin Baking), Ken Lewis (Anchor Coupling)
  • William Cuddington (Turner Equipment)
  • Robert Gardener (Anchor Coupling)
  • Kyle Williams (Jackson and Sons)
  • Patricia Langston (Wayne UNC Healthcare)
  • Clarence Smith (Goldsboro Builders Supply)
  • Eric Williamson (Park Designs)
  • DeEtta Mitts (Sentry Insurance)
  • Corrie Rose (Atlantic Casualty Insurance)
  • Trudy Ashley (Anchor Coupling)
  • Kristy Kincaid (Goldsboro Builders Supply)
  • Tom Stiles (Southco)
  • Deja Taylor (WCPS)
  • Diane Hill (Wayne UNC Healthcare)
  • Sheila Wolfe (WCPS)
  • Ashley Hux (Franklin Baking)
  • Susan Reinier (Anchor Coupling)
  • Christy Hope (Wayne UNC Healthcare)

The finalists randomly drew keys to see whose key would unlock a treasure chest containing the $10,000 check. Kristy Kincaid was the lucky winner.

The United Way of Wayne County’s mission is to unite people and resources to improve lives and strengthen our community. The United Way accomplishes this mission by providing grants to organizations that focus on financial stability, health and wellness and basic needs. They also provide grants for emerging issues such as natural disasters and the opioid crisis. Currently the United Way funds 16 programs through 11 agencies in Wayne County, including: American Red Cross, Literacy Connections, Wayne Uplift, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Partnership for Children, Boys and Girls Club, The Salvation Army, Communities Supporting Schools, Society of St. Vincent DePaul, and WAGES. The United Way also works to connect businesses and individuals with volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in serving our community or donating to the United Way, please call 919-735-3591.

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