Rowan County United Way Surpasses Goal with $1.5 Million Raised

With cheerleaders chanting “Help the People,” smiling faces of volunteers all around, lots of applause, and a big “Happy Birthday” song to 80-year-old local banker Paul Fisher, the Rowan County United Way wrapped up its 2017-18 fall campaign, surpassing its goal of $1,478,000. The campaign came in at 103.13 percent of goal.

It is particularly gratifying to surpass goal in a year when Rowan County saw plant closings and other challenges,” said Jackie Harris, resource development and marketing director with the United Way.

A total of $1,524,204.20 was raised by volunteers. The campaign was boosted by a $100,000 gift from Daimler Freightliner of Cleveland; a $2,500 “Giving Agency of the Year’ award, presented by the Fisher-Greene Insurance Agency of Granite Quarry; and a $100,000 pledge gift from Cheerwine, as part of the company’s 100th year in business celebration. The Cheerwine matching pledge, 100 for 100, was met, with $100,000 in new money given to this year’s campaign.

Cheerleaders from Sacred Heart Catholic School performed during the campaign finale. This year’s new car giveaway, a fund-raising program promoted by car dealerships in Salisbury, was won by Crystal Drew. This year’s campaign was led by Salisbury City Manager Lane Bailey and Rowan County Manager Aaron Church.

The Rowan County United Way was chartered in 1956. The 16-member agencies that receive annual funding include the Rowan County Literacy Council, The Arc/Rowan, Rowan Vocational Opportunities, Boy Scouts, Central NC Council; Communities in Schools of Rowan County, Rowan County YMCA, Rowan County Youth Services Bureau, American Red Cross, Rowan County Rescue Squad, The Salvation Army, Trinity Living Center, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, Meals on Wheels, Families First, Inc., Family Crisis Council and Smart Start Rowan. This year, two partner agencies, Capstone Recovery Center and Jobs for Life will receive designations.

Fisher-Greene Insurance Agency to donate award money to United Way

Fisher-Greene Insurance Agency of Granite Quarry, affiliated with the Erie Insurance Group, has received the “Giving Agency of the Year” award, presented by the Charlotte branch of Erie Insurance.

The award is given to the agency that best exemplifies Erie’s rich tradition of charitable giving through genuine and long-term involvement in the community, Erie Insurance said. The award is rooted in hands-on work and support for non-profit organizations.

Fisher-Greene is the merger of two established insurance agencies in Rowan County. Jacob Eli Fisher Sr. created a family operated insurance business in 1914. Roy and Jim Greene founded Greene Insurance Agency in 1977. The agencies merged in 2012 and handle car and home insurance, health insurance, business insurance and life insurance.

As a recipient of the award, John Fisher will present a check for $2,500 this month to the Rowan County United Way, the insurance agency’s charitable organization of choice. The United Way supports 16 non-profit groups in Rowan County. Jackie Harris, resource development and marketing director with the United Way, said that the insurance agency is very special to the United Way. “They run a great United Way campaign each year and support us through Day of Caring,” she said. “We are very appreciative of this special gift.”

Teresa Young, vice president and branch manager for Erie Insurance, said that charitable giving is part of the Fisher-Greene culture. “The principals of the agency are the driving force behind this mission,” she said. “Everyone in the agency is expected to participate in charitable giving, and they’re all strongly encouraged to take part in several events each year.”

Both Fisher and Jim Greene have volunteered and worked to build a better community and to promote an understanding of the responsibility of giving among agency staff.

The staff serves in church leadership roles as well as on boards and civic organizations such as the United Way, the Salisbury/Rowan Homebuilders Association, Salisbury and Granite Quarry Civitan clubs, the Granite Quarry Merchants’ Association, the Home Missions Foundation, the Granite Quarry Revitalization Team, the Rowan Museum, the Sarum Run Club, Rowan and Salisbury Rotary Clubs, the Rowan County Board of Commissioners, Smart Start Rowan, and Partners in Learning, as well as coaching middle and high school sports teams.

Of particular interest to Fisher-Greene is the United Way, with the staff participating in the hands-on Day of Caring with funding, labor and materials for projects such as painting, landscaping and small, non-budgeted construction projects at local schools, as well as making financial contributions. Also of particular interest to the Fisher-Greene staff is the Civitan clubs’ charitable work, such as scholarship programs, work with Special Olympics, and other needs.

Eric Insurance Group is a multi-billion dollar insurance company based in Erie, Penn. The company was started in 1925 and expanded to North Carolina in 1995.

Rowan County United Way prepares for final campaign push, with $1,275,234 raised toward goal

Rowan County United Way has raised 86.3 percent of its goal for the fall campaign, which comes to an end next Wednesday.

The organization held its final report meeting Wednesday at Cloniger Toyota.

County Manager Aaron Church, who is co-chairing the fall campaign along with City Manager Lane Bailey, announced the progress toward the goal. The campaign has a total of $1,275,234 out of a goal of $1,478,000.

Two divisions, Presidents and Special Gifts, have already reached their total goals with 109.7 percent and 108.3 percent raised, respectively.

Some specific fundraisers are showing significant increases. East Rowan High School tripled its fundraising, reaching a total of $6,000.

Joan Correll reported for the Presidents Division, saying it has raised $268,698. It’s goal was $245,000.

Ed Norvell reported that the Chairman’s Division has raised 83.3 percent of its goal, $144,794 out of $175,000.

Craig Powers reported that the Industrial 1 Division raised 29.7 percent of its goal, or $19,309 out of $65,000.

Penny Greer-Link reported the Industrial 2 Division is at 95.6 percent of its goal, raising $80,273.62 out of $84,000.

Shelia Igo said the Commercial 1 Division has raised 45.1% of its goal, or $24,809 out of $55,000.

Dianne Green reported for the Commercial 2 Division, which has raised 89.9 percent of its goal, or $62,942 of $70,000.

Bailey reported that the Commercial 3 Division has raised 69.2 percent of its goal, or $69,262 out of $71,204.

Bailey said the Public Employees Division has raised 88.3 percent of its goal, or $113,050 out of $128,000.

Carol Ann Houpe reported for the Education Division, which has raised 97.8 percent of its goal, or $149,944 of $153,256.

Greg Anderson reported that the Community Business Division has raised 37.9 percent of its goal, or $3,415 of $9,000.

Bill Johnson said the Professional Division is at 76.4 percent of its goal, raising $65,689 out of $86,000.

Cindy Fink reported for the Agencies Division, which has raised 81 percent of its goal, or $25,100 out of $31,000.

Ed Norvell said the Special Gifts Division has raised 108.3 percent of its goal, or $146,204 out of $135,000.

Church and Bailey reported that the Miscellaneous Division has raised 70.8 percent of its goal, or $120,742 out of $170,540.

At the end of the meeting, three names were pulled to enter into the final drawing for a new car. Tiffany Bradley of the Rowan County government, Selena Bell of the Rowan County Health Department and Crystal Drew of Rowan-Salisbury Schools were the winners of the draw.

They are the final three to be entered into the 12-person drawing.

The final draw will be at the finale next Wednesday.

“We still have 13 percent left to collect, so let’s all work hard to reach our goal before next week’s finale,” Church said Wednesday.

After the meeting, Jackie Harris re-emphasized Church’s comments.

“We still have campaigns to be completed,” Harris said. “I want to encourage everyone to continue pursuing their goal and complete them by next week.”

The finale meeting of the United Way campaign will be at noon next Wednesday at the YMCA on Jake Alexander.

73% of Goal!

Fundraising for the fall 2017 United Way campaign is moving swiftly, with nearly three-fourths of the $1.4 million goal already raised at the halfway point.

At the organization’s second-report meeting Wednesday at Team Auto Group, representatives of each of the 14 divisions announced the percentage of their goal that has been raised.

The division with the highest percentage was Special Gifts, which is headed by Ed Norvell. Greg Dunn presented the report on Norvell’s behalf.

“(Norvell) had a goal of $135,000 — a generous goal. And he’s struggling. He’s out there pounding the pavement. That’s why I’m doing the report for him,” Dunn said. “But so far, he’s raised $142,965.”

When Dunn revealed the amount, a few people in the audience laughed with relief and everyone applauded.

At the peak of the applause, Dunn asked, “Can you hear that, Ed?”

The $142, 965 is 105.9 percent of Norvell’s total goal.

The Education division also checked in with a high percentage — 93.2 percent. The division’s goal is $153,256. So far, it has raised $142,911.15.

At the last report meeting on Oct. 11, the Education division had raised just $14,400.85 — or 9.4 percent — of its goal.

Education division presenter Carol Ann Houpe introduced representatives of Carson High School and North Rowan High School.

At Carson, teachers and students organized a dodgeball tournament that raised $1,900 for the campaign. Students could pay 50 cents to watch the tournament during homeroom or could assemble a team and pay $10 to play. The tournament took place over the course of four days.

Students also participated in “Cats Wars,” which allowed students in different homerooms to compete and see who could raise the most money.

Other divisions that achieved a high percentage of their goal included Commercial 2, which has raised $62,918.05 — or 89.9 percent of its $70,000 goal; Industrial 2, which has raised $75,466.62 — or 89.8 percent of its $84,000 goal; and Public Employees, which has raised $112,249.78 — or 87.7 percent of its $128,000 goal.

In total, the campaign has raised $1,080,233.71 — or 73.1 percent of the $1,478,000 goal.

Three more names were picked for a car drawing — Wendy Roueche, Debra McBride and Kevin Rainey.

The next United Way report meeting is Nov. 8 at Cloninger.

Cheerwine Celebrates 100th Year with ‘100 for 100’ Fund-Raiser for United Way

Cheerwine, the Salisbury-based soft drink, continues its 100th year celebration by partnering with the Rowan County United Way to raise funds for Salisbury-Rowan based non-profit organizations. 

In a Matching Pledg campaign called “100 for 100,” Cheerwine is matching dollar for dollar, each new dollar given to this fall’s United Way campaign, up to $100,000. Cheerwine is a long-time supporter of the local United Way.

Cliff Ritchie, President and CEO of Cheerwine, announced the campaign at the United Way’s kick-off campaign this week. The company will also donate a year’s supply of Cheerwine to winners of contests at United Way report meetings and the finale this fall.

Cheerwine was created in1917 by L.D. Peeler, during a sugar shortage during World War I. He bought cherry flavoring from a traveling salesman from St. Louis and mixed it with other flavors to create the soft drink. It was named for its color, which resembles a red wine.

The formula is a closely guarded secret in the Cheerwine family. The syrup continues to be made in Salisbury. It is shipped to Charlotte where it is bottled and canned.

Cheerwine also celebrated its 100th year with a weekend birthday party in downtown Salisbury this summer. The company has also produced a limited edition collectible Centennial Can Series, which includes seven designs reflecting the brand’s looks throughout the years. Cans that as “instant-wins” show up in 12 packs across the distribution area.

The Rowan County United Way has a goal of $1,478,000 this year.

“Cheerwine is giving back to the community that has meant so much to us,” Ritchie said, in making announcement. He is the great-grandson of the founder of Cheerwine.

Jackie Harris, Resource Development and Marketing Director of the United Way, said that Cheerwine has always been supportive of the united Way. “The ‘100 for 100’ goes over and above anything we thought possible and comes as we are faced with some plant closings and other challenges. It could not have happened at a better time.”

Henry Diggs, a local minister, is president of the United Way Board of Directors. This year’s campaign theme is “Better Together. Giving. Working. Growing.” Salisbury City Manager Lane Bailey and Rowan County Manager Aaron Church are serving as co-chairmen of the fund-raising, which will continue until mid-November.

United Way Adopts 2017 Goal of $1.4 Million

The Rowan County United Way Board of Directors has adopted a goal of $1,478,000 for its 2017 campaign, which kicks off on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at a noon meeting at the Salisbury YMCA.

This year’s theme is “Better Together. Giving. Working. Growing,” with campaign leaders emphasizing the spirit of working together to achieve a healthier community.

County Manager Aaron Church and City Manager W. Lane Bailey are co-chairmen of the fall fund-raising campaign that involves hundreds of volunteers throughout the county. The funds are distributed to 16 local human services agencies approved by the United Way.

“We look forward to a strong giving campaign in 2017,” said Bailey, calling it an honor to serve as co-chairman of the campaign. “Both Aaron and I recognize the importance of United Way agencies and the part they play in our residents’ every day lives, including during times of crisis. Organizations such as the YMCA and the American Red Cross provide invaluable assistance to our diverse communities throughout Rowan County.”

Church said that he is looking forward to working with the campaign Cabinet, Bailey and the volunteers. “There are lots of needs and the money stays local,” he said.

Other fall events include Sunset Run, Sept. 1, 6-9 p.m., Downtown Salisbury; Day of Caring, Sept. 14, 7:30 a.m., Salisbury YMCA; First Report, Sept. 27, noon, Ben Mynatt; Second Report, Oct. 11, noon, Gerry Wood; third Report, Oct. 25, Team Chevrolet; Belk Charity Event, Oct. 29, 6-9 p.m.; and Finale, Nov. 15, noon, Salisbury YMCA.

The Rowan County United Way was chartered in 1956. The 16-member agencies include the Rowan County Literacy Council, The Arc/Rowan, Rowan Vocational Opportunities, Boy Scouts, Central NC Council; Communities in Schools of Rowan County, Rowan County YMCA, Rowan County Youth Services Bureau, American Red Cross, Rowan County Rescue Squad, The Salvation Army, Trinity Living Center, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, Meals on Wheels, Families First, Inc., Family Crisis Council and Smart Start Rowan.

For more information, visit the website, www.rowanunitedway.org, or follow the United Way on Facebook.

United Way Names Campaign Cabinet

The Rowan County United Way Board of Directors has named Cabinet chairs to assist the General Campaign Co-Chairs with the 2017-2018 goal of $1,478,000.

Cabinet chairs are Michelle Patterson of Patterson Farm Market and Tours, Public Relations; John Struzick of Innospec, Vice Chairman; Joan Correll and Jennifer Traylor of Akzo Nobel, Presidents Division; Greg Dunn, Chairman’s Division; Craig Powers, City of Salisbury, Industrial 1 Division; Penny Greer Link, VA Medical Center, Industrial 2 Division; Sheila Igo, Greystone Salon and Spa, Commercial 1 Division; Dianne Greene, Century 21, Commercial 2 Division; Melonie Thompson, Salisbury Police Department, Commercial 3; Jim Behmer, Salisbury-Rowan Utilities, Public Employees; Dr. Lynn Moody, Rowan Salisbury Schools, Education; Greg Anderson, Salisbury Post, Community Business; Ed Norvell, Attorney, Special Gifts; Ted Goins, Lutheran Services Carolinas, Professionals; John Struzick, Innospec, SWAT/CEO Cultivation; and Ted Goins and Edward Norvell, Leadership Giving.
City Manager Lane Bailey and County Manager Aaron Church are serving as co-chairs of the campaign.

The campaign will kick off on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at a noon meeting at the Salisbury YMCA. The fund-raising campaign involves hundreds of volunteers throughout the county. The funds are distributed to 16 local human services agencies approved by the United Way.

This year’s theme is “Better Together. Giving. Working. Growing,” with campaign leaders emphasizing the spirit of working together to achieve a healthier community.

“We look forward to a strong giving campaign in 2017,” said Bailey, calling it an honor to serve as co-chairman of the campaign. “Both Aaron and I recognize the importance of United Way agencies and the part they play in our residents’ every day lives, including during times of crisis. Church said that he is looking forward to working with the campaign Cabinet, Bailey and the volunteers. “There are lots of needs and the money stays local,” he said.

Other fall events include Sunset Run, Sept. 1, 6-9 p.m., Downtown Salisbury; Day of Caring, Sept. 14, 7:30 a.m., Salisbury YMCA; First Report, Sept. 27, noon, Ben Mynatt; Second Report, Oct. 11, noon, Gerry Wood; third Report, Oct. 25, Team Chevrolet; Belk Charity Event, Oct. 29, 6-9 p.m.; and Finale, Nov. 15, noon, Salisbury YMCA.

The Rowan County United Way was chartered in 1956. The 16-member agencies include the Rowan County Literacy Council, The Arc/Rowan, Rowan Vocational Opportunities, Boy Scouts, Central NC Council; Communities in Schools of Rowan County, Rowan County YMCA, Rowan County Youth Services Bureau, American Red Cross, Rowan County Rescue Squad, The Salvation Army, Trinity Living Center, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, Meals on Wheels, Families First, Inc., Family Crisis Council and Smart Start Rowan.

For more information, visit the website, www.rowanunitedway.org, or follow the United Way on Facebook.

 

United Way New Campaign Theme: ‘Better Together’

The Rowan County United Way Board of Directors has adopted a theme and logo: “Better Together. Giving. Working. Growing” for the 2017 fall campaign. The campaign will get under way in September, with hundreds of volunteers working with campaign co-chairmen Lane Bailey, Salisbury City Manager, and Aaron Church, Rowan County Manager.

The funds raised in the campaign are distributed to 16 local human services agencies approved by the United Way.

Henry Diggs, President of the Board of Directors, said that the logo, with a contemporary design of multi-cultural people working together, illustrates the cooperative effort of the co-chairmen of the campaign, both experienced with United Way work.

“The logo conveys the message we would like to see for United Way and our

community,” said Diggs. “We ARE better together in achieving identified goals and expectations that will lead to a much healthier community, as we all work together for the overall good.”

Michelle Patterson, Chairman of the Public Relations Committee, said the committee feels that “the theme reflects our campaign cabinet, community, the spirit of the United Way and its agencies.We are better together,” she said. ”We can accomplish so much when we work together.”

The Rowan County United Way was chartered in 1956. The 16-member agencies include the Rowan County Literacy Council, The Arc/Rowan, Rowan Vocational Opportunities, Boy Scouts, Central NC Council; Communities in Schools of Rowan County, Rowan County YMCA, Rowan County Youth Services Bureau, American Red Cross, Rowan County Rescue Squad, The Salvation Army, Trinity Living Center, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, Meals on Wheels, Families First, Inc., Family Crisis Council and Smart Start Rowan.

For more information, visit the website, www.rowanunitedway.org, or follow the United Way on Facebook.

Left: W. Lane Bailey; Right: Aaron Church

 

City and County Managers Will Lead Rowan County United Way 2017 Campaign

The Salisbury City Manager and the Rowan County Manager will serve as co-chairmen of the 2017 Rowan County United Way Campaign. County Manager Aaron Church and City Manager W. Lane Bailey will direct the fall fund-raising campaign which involves hundreds of volunteers throughout the county. The funds are distributed to 16 local human services agencies approved by the United Way.

“We are very excited about Lane and Aaron leading our campaign,” said Henry Diggs, President of the United Way Board of Directors. “This will be the first time our United Way has co-chairs in charge of our fund-raising efforts.

“We love the idea of the partnership between the city and county managers working together. There is power in unity, and this is an excellent example of much needed demonstrated unity, working together for the overall good of our beloved community.”

Bailey has worked with United Way campaigns in both Rowan County and Lenoir. “United Way provides essential assistance for our community and serves as a safety net for many people in a number of service areas,” he said. “I can’t imagine our community without United Way organizations and the incredible work they provide.”

Church said that the Rowan County United Way is important “because the money stays local and the need is real.”

Bailey began work as Salisbury City Manager March of 2015.  He has 25 years of governmental experience, having served seven years as a County Manager and 18 years as a Municipal Manager. Before coming to Salisbury, he served as City Manager for Lenoir. He is a member of the Salisbury Rotary Club, the International City County Management Association and is an ICMA Credentialed Manager. He is a member and past president of the North Carolina City County Management Association.

He is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration.  He and his wife, Ruth, have two children, son Brennen and daughter Catherine.

Church has served the public for the last 13 years as a Congressional Aide in the U.S. House of Representatives, Assistant County Manager, Deputy County Manager, and now, County Manager.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Appalachian State University. He holds a Certificate in County Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an emerging Leaders Certificate from the International City/County Managers Association.

He and his wife, Erica, and their two children, Mary and Finlley, live in Granite Quarry.

The Rowan County United Way was chartered in 1956. The 16-member agencies include the Rowan County Literacy Council, The Arc/Rowan, Rowan Vocational Opportunities, Boy Scouts, Central NC Council; Communities in Schools of Rowan County, Rowan County YMCA, Rowan County Youth Services Bureau, American Red Cross, Rowan County Rescue Squad, The Salvation Army, Trinity Living Center, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, Meals on Wheels, Families First, Inc., Family Crisis Council and Smart Start Rowan.

For more information, visit the website, www.rowanunitedway.org, or follow the United Way on Facebook.

Henry Diggs Named Board President

Henry Diggs will lead the United Way of Rowan County as President of the Board of Directors this year. Diggs, a United Way volunteer for 37 years, is a minister and part-time site director for the FILM@6 Afterschool Program at Southeast Middle School.

Other officers are Graham Corriher, Vice President of Planning; Barry Hill, Vice President of Allocations; Michelle Patterson, Vice President of Public Relations; Brian Miller, Vice President of Agency Relations; and Gary Blabon, Treasurer.

New board members, along with Blabon and Patterson, are Shawn Adelsberger, Gary Blabon, Bill Burgin, Graham Corriher, Greg Dunn, and Dr. Lynn Moody. The Executive Director of Rowan Works, when named, will also serve.

Steve Fisher Receives Helping Hand Award

Steve Fisher, President and CEO of F&M Bank, has been presented the 2017 United Way’s Helping Hand Award, given annually to recognize outstanding service. He has completed two terms on the Board of Directors, serving as president and campaign chairman and working on numerous committees.

Denise Hallett received an award as outgoing President, and Penny Greer-Link, for outgoing Campaign Chairman.

 

 

 

Awards presented for the successful 2016 campaign include:

  • Campaign for Excellence, Less than 100 Employees, Henkel, accepted by Greg Hamblin, raised $19,617, an 85 percent increase over three years, and a 49 percentage of participation.
  • Campaign for Excellence, More than 100 Employees, Dillard’s Distribution Center, accepted by Joshua Marshall, raised $25,100, a 100 percent increase over three years, and a 96 percentage of participation.
  • Best Overall Campaign, Less than 100 Employees, Global Contact Services, accepted by Greg Alcorn, with a per capita of $1,156.18
  • Best Overall Campaign, More than 100 Employees, F&M Bank, with per capita of $409.11.
  • Campaign Chairman’s Achievement Award, Innospec,, accepted by John Struzick, with involvement by the CEO and employees holding special events to increase giving and a 128 percent increase in campaign improvement.
  • Most Improved Campaign, Less than 100 Employees, Ben Mynatt Nissan, accepted by Todd Rakes, with an increase of 128 percent, raising their percentage of giving from 52 percent to 89 percent.
  • Most Improved Campaign, More than 100 Employees, Rowan County Government, accepted by Kelli Cartwright, with an increase of 56 percent, raising their per capita giving from $127 to $146.
  • Most Employee Spirit, Akzo Nobel, accepted by Joan Correll and Jennifer Traylor, for participating in Day of Caring, holding employee meetings, offering incentives and holding fund-raising events.
  • Best New Campaign, Agility Fuel Systems, accepted by Shawn Adelsberger, raised a total of $10,900 with a per capita of $128.

 

Distinguished Agency Awards

The United Way recognized the14 member agencies for their work during the 2016 campaign.

American Red Cross

The Arc Rowan

Boy Scouts

Communities in Schools

Families First

Family Crisis

Literacy Council

Meals on Wheels

Rescue Squad

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center

Smart Start

Trinity Living Center

Vocational Opportunities

YMCA

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Campaign Schedule

  • Finale, Nov. 15, noon-1 pm, Salisbury YMCA

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