United Way tops $1 million mark

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 27, 2011

By Shavonne Potts
SALISBURY — The Rowan County United Way campaign has hit the $1 million mark, but the campaign is not over.
The latest contributions have put the campaign at $1.03 million, or 64 percent of its $1.6 million goal.
Campaign Chair Steve Fisher encouraged people to continue giving.
“Keep pushing, we still have a long way to go,” he said following Wednesday’s reporting meeting.
The report meeting was held at Team Chevrolet.
Several businesses and agencies reported how individual fundraising was doing.
Freda Powell and Mike Williams reported for Freightliner.
The company’s goal was $85,000 and the company collected $102,136. Freightliner matched the employee giving, which doubled the contribution, Williams said.
“We are still collecting,” Powell added.
The two said the company offered incentives to those who gave, including a large flat-screen TV, a pizza dinner and eight parking spaces, which Powell said was a commodity.
Paul Fisher, F&M board chairman, told of receiving a $600 donation from a retired man who’d read about the campaign.
The man and his wife, who are both in their 80s, prayed about being able to give more and later informed Paul they’d be donating another $400.
Campaign totals so far are:
• Presidents — $279,298 or 89 percent
• Chairmans — $80,034 or 28 percent
• Industrial 1 — $29,854 or 63 percent
• Industrial 2 — $32,753 or 60 percent
• Commercial 1 — $20,886 or 25 percent
• Commercial 2 — $84,127 or 107 percent
• Commercial 3 — $26,849 or 37 percent
• Public employees — $100,563 or 64 percent
• Education — $182,316 or 95 percent
• Community business — $2,060 or 57 percent
• Special gifts — $ 80,023 or 53 percent
• Professionals — $63,398 or 62 percent
• Miscellaneous — $51,311 or 78 percent
Many contributions are donated through companies and other businesses, but individuals can submit contributions to the United Way at P.O. Box 5065, Salisbury, NC 28147-0088.
This week, three names were drawn for the car giveaway. They are Roxanne Maddry of F&M Bank, Pamela Forrest of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and Joyce Ervin of the Rowan Public Library.
Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.

Rowan Regional Medical Center will host its
CommYounity 5K Run/Walk on Saturday Nov. 5 with all proceeds to benefit the Rowan County United Way.
The walk is also a part of the hospital’s 75th anniversary and its years of caring for people in the community.
Participants can walk, jog, run or push a stroller. There are prizes for racers and a half mile fun run for children up to age 12.
The cost to register in advance is $25 and $30 on race day. Participants receive a long sleeve performance shirt. Fun run registration is $10 and includes a T-shirt.
The walk begins at 9 a.m. and the fun run begins at 9:50 a.m.
Rowan Regional Medical Center, 612 Mocksville Ave.
For more information, visit www.salisburyrunners.org to register or www.active.com and search for RRMC 5K.