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


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