• 54°

Christmas Happiness: Local service sorority gives to honor late member

By Shavonne Walker
shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Vicky Buchanan died 15 years ago, but her memory still lives on in her sorority sisters of the Laureate Alpha Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, an international service sorority.

“We give every year in memory of Vicky. She was one of those people you could always count on no matter what you needed,” said member Penny Rice.

The sorority gave this week to the Christmas Happiness Fund in memory of Buchanan. The money raised through the fund provides Christmas gifts for local families. It was started over 60 years ago by then-Post editor Spencer Murphy.

Buchanan had two sons whom she was very proud of, Rice said. Unfortunately, Buchanan died before her sons had children.

“They both turned out to be wonderful young men,” Rice said.

Buchanan grew up in Rowan County and attended West Rowan High School.

“We just like to be able to give to the local community and that’s what we do with most of the fundraisers we do,” Rice said.

She said the sorority has a number of local organizations they give to including the Terrie Hess Child Advocacy Center, the Rowan Humane Society and Faithful Friends.

Contributions may be delivered to the Salisbury Post, 131 W. Innes St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or mailed to Salisbury Post Christmas Happiness Fund, P.O. Box 4639, Salisbury, NC 28145-4639.

Today’s contributions are:

In honor of our grandchildren; Jason, Miguel and Savannah by Charlotte and David Hall — $25

In honor of my traveling buddies; Libby, Toni and Jane by Charlotte Hall — $25

In memory of our son Randall Gore by Steve and Malynda Peeler — $25

Road Runners Club of America — $500

In loving memory of my father James Ryan and my brothers Jimmy and Mike Ryan by Kathy R. Stoessel — $25

In memory of the Bluegrass Drummer – Bobby Martin by Anonymous — $50

In memory of Lee Russell by Cindy and Kirkley — $100

In honor of Elizabeth Cook, Nan Martin and Danny at JR’s Truck and Auto Repair by Lindsay and Mark Wineka — $100

In memory of Vicky Buchanan by Laureate Alpha Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi — $50

Rock Grove United Methodist Church — $191

In honor of our neighbors on Lillian Circle in Salisbury, Merry Christmas by Dana and Jan Samuelson — $25

Total — $1,116

Running Total — $42,768.31

Correction: In memory of Minnie Grabowski and Gerrie Butler, charter members, by the Rowan Red Hats Stephanie Fesperman, Maria Lowery, Gloria Rabon, Dianne Hill, Patsy Barringer, Lena Sellers, Laverne Thompson and Betty Zimmerman — $80

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

Comments

Education

None speak against closure during hearing to shutter Faith Elementary

Crime

Blotter: Police find car windows shot out, bullet holes in home on West Horah Street

Crime

Five held at gunpoint in East Lafayette Street robbery

Ask Us

Ask Us: Readers ask questions about Shober Bridge, voting safeguards

Elections

Political notebook: More than 1.4 million votes cast already in North Carolina

Elections

‘Souls to the polls’: More than 1,300 cast ballots on first Sunday of early voting

Crime

Crime blotter: Salisbury man faces charges for firing shotgun in city limits, drug possession

Local

Search continues for missing hiker from Asheville

Local

A stroll through the scarecrows: fall-themed activity draws visitors to NC Transportation Museum

Elections

Despite scandal, Cunningham maintains small lead in Senate race; supporters say policy positions more important

Lifestyle

Rowan Helping Ministries golf tournament raises $20,000

Local

Town of Spencer forging ahead five years after drafting plans for Park Plaza

Business

Biz Roundup: RCCC to host conference on diversity, equity and inclusion

Business

Elderberry syrup: the popular purple product that has become a mainstay in local stores

Local

Trinity Oaks to host Halloween Spooktacular

Entertainment

Lee Street theatre improves virus prevention tactics, “determined” for ‘Fun Home’ to open

News

Deficient NC absentee ballots frozen pending further rulings

News

Cunningham outraises Tillis, enters October with less cash

News

Ex- GOP lawmaker charged with assaulting poll worker

Nation/World

Trump leans into fear tactics in bid to win Midwest states

Business

Commissioners to consider incentives for 142-job project, Reaper’s Realm permit

Local

Salvation Army Christmas assistance program moves online this year

Education

Faith, Enochville closure hearings to be held Monday, Tuesday

Business

In 2020, local farmers faced wet weather, other challenges