At halfway point, United Way campaign already at 73 percent of goal
SALISBURY — 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.
Contact reporter Jessica Coates at 704-797-4222.
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