Sunday 23 Feb 2020

Southco Distributing Company To Receive Spirit Of NC Award

Southco Distributing Company has been selected as a Spirit of North Carolina Award recipient and will be recognized at the United Way North Carolina Annual Meeting in Pinehurst February 19th.

“Southco was nominated for the Spirit of North Carolina Award for achieving standards of excellence including engaging the community, developing a volunteer culture, partnering with the United Way of Wayne County to raise awareness of needs and fostering a spirit of giving,” said Sherry Archibald, United Way of Wayne County Executive Director. Buddy Davis, Southco General Manager, said, “There are so many pieces to the success of the 2019 United Way of Wayne County campaign and Southco Distributing Company is proud to be a small piece of the overall success.  It takes all of us, everyone participating in the program, to continue to be successful.  Exceeding the goal for this year was quite an accomplishment and that could not have been done without a united effort from every business participant and every individual contributor.  It is amazing to see the efforts from so many people can come together for one huge common goal.”

Southco Distributing Company, a complete convenient store and food service supplier, is ranked in the top 30 privately owned businesses in the state and in convenient store distributors in the nation.  Their service to their customers and their community sets them apart from their competitors and local industries.

Southco models corporate citizenship by way of volunteering and financial support to a variety of non-profits in the Wayne County community.  They have donated to the Boys Scouts of America Tuscarora Council for more than 25 years.  They are members and corporate sponsors to the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and Wayne County Relay for Life. Their staff donates to a variety of fundraising events and serves on local boards including Boys and Girls Club of Wayne County, The Refuge, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Wayne Country Day School and the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce. Southco also offers two scholarships annually for employees and their children to attend Wayne Community College.

Southco has been a longtime supporter of the United Way of Wayne County Their president Sherwin Herring has served as a Campaign Chair and on the Board of Directors for several years. April Garver, Executive Vice President said “We have been a supporter of the United Way of Wayne County for more than 20 years, which is a very important program for one of our core values, corporate citizenship.  We decided to try a different approach this year by engaging our staff with multiple meetings by department rather than one large corporate wide meeting. Due to the overwhelming response by employees, giving was up almost 50% from the previous year, so we decided as a company to match at 100%.  We here at Southco have been so pleased with the new leadership of Sherry, Bethany, and the UW staff and Board members, their excitement has been contagious in our community.  We are very thankful that we can contribute and be a part of it!”

Bethany Perry, 2019 Campaign Chair, said that it was Buddy Davis’s unique strategies that helped boost Southco’s campaign, “Thanks to Buddy’s innovative approach to philanthropic giving in the workplace, employee participating increased by 23% and the employee campaign nearly doubled”. In 2019, Southco engaged their staff with a match of 100% of their annual employee gift setting a renewed enthusiasm and desire to engage a new generation in their employees.

Following the awards ceremony photos and copies of the award nominations will be available at

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