Saturday 28 Mar 2020

United Way Presents Awards During Annual Meeting (PHOTOS)

The local United Way looks toward the future after a year of transition.  The United Way of Wayne County held its annual meeting at First Baptist Church in Downtown Goldsboro Wednesday.

One of the biggest changes for the United Way in 2019 was welcoming Sherry Archibald as the new organization’s executive director when Steve Parr left the position after 30 years.

Among several awards presented Wednesday, the United Way of Wayne County presented the Emil Rosenthal Volunteer of the Year Award to Bethany Perry, the Chair of the United Way’s 2019 Community Campaign.

Greg Shackelford, the 2019 Chair of the United Way of Wayne County Board of Directors, ceremonially passed the gavel and the leadership role to Donna Phillips, who will be the 2020 Chair.

The United Way exceeded its 2019 Community Campaign goal by raising more than $900,000 to impact over 18,000 lives in Wayne County.

Each year the United Way chooses a volunteer to receive the Emil Rosenthal Award. Emil and, his wife, Miriam were dedicated volunteers to United Way and Wayne County. The award winner represents the epitome of a United Way volunteer: displaying a strong commitment to service, concern for the welfare of all those in our community, the ability to motivate and lead others. The award winner does all of these things without bias and favoritism. Campaign Chair Bethany Perry (left) was selected to receive the 2020 Emil Rosenthal Award. “Bethany has a great love for her community, a huge passion for United Way and a strong desire to support our local non-profits”, said Sherry Archibald, United Way Executive Director.

Loaned Executive Kenny Coley was awarded the Campaign Chair’s Volunteer Award. Bethany Perry said Coley was chosen for this award because, “from the moment he was asked to serve United Way he never lacked enthusiasm or determination to help us reach our goal. He is the first to come and last to go at various events. He emulates loyalty, hard work, leadership, determination, service and passion.”

Union Bank received the Lifechanger Spirit Award for having the highest percentage increase in the number of lives that will be impacted by corporate and employee investments from the previous year with a minimum of 60% of employees participating in the campaign. Union Bank had a 301% increase with 100% participation. North Drive Elementary was also recognized for having a 230% increase in the number of lives impacted by their investment.

Goldsboro Builder’s Supply received the Fair Share Spirit Award for having the highest percentage of employees participating in fair share giving with 82% of their employees participating in fair share giving. Special recognition was also given to Union Bank with 81% of employees participating in Fair Share. Fair Share giving is defined by donating the equivalent of one hours pay per month to the United Way of Wayne County.

Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Services was awarded the Power Investor Spirit Award for having the highest donation per capita including both corporate and employee gifts with $558 per capita.

Carver Heights Elementary was awarded the Campaign Chair’s Choice Spirit Award for being a major investor who went above and beyond in growth and education of United Way’s mission. Campaign Chair Bethany Perry selected Carver Heights Elementary because, “It has been evident that leadership can surely be the influence in making things possible. With determination and enthusiasm, both principal Dr. Patrice Faison and school counselor Melanie Batts were the driving force behind their school’s campaign success”. Carver Heights Elementary’s campaign increased by 100%.

Mount Olive Builders received the Inaugural Campaign Spirit Award for producing a strong first campaign. Mount Olive Builders has 100% employee participation in their first year running a campaign. Special recognition was also given to Worrell Contracting and AFL Global for having at least 60% of employees participate in their first year campaign.

Southco Distributing Company received the Innovator Spirit of Wayne Award for approaching their campaign with innovation and increasing the number of lives impacted, the number of fair share investors and the employee per capita investment. Corporate also went the extra mile to support their campaign. The company had small group meetings to engage donors which almost doubled their campaign from their previous year. Also, corporate doubled their match from 50% to 100%.

One Comment

  1. Dallas Palms says:

    During the presentation and awards ceremony, Carlos Phillips, chamber president and CEO, highlighted the Accelerate Greenville initiative’s role in stimulating economic growth in the region, additional leadership development programs and continued involvement in infrastructure improvement.


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