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

By Spencer Dixon

news@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY —  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.

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