New grantee, big donation from Salisbury Pride for COVID-19 Relief Fund

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 28, 2020

SALISBURY — The United Way’s COVID-19 Relief Fund on Wednesday announced another grant recipient and receipt of a $3,660 contribution from Salisbury Pride.

The fund has now generated $215,529 for food insecurity, medical expenses and housing needs as well as disruptions in business for nonprofits. It has given $68,684 in grants to local nonprofits.

The latest grantee is Bread Riot, which received $5,000 to support the purchase of fresh produce from local farmers to distribute to seniors and families with children throughout the summer. The nonprofit works with Rowan-Salisbury Schools to help coordinate distribution.

The United Way is continuing to accept applications from local 501(c)(3) organizations that are based in Rowan County. Organizations must plan to use the money for one or more of the fund’s priorities.

Nonprofits can obtain more information about applying by visiting or calling the office at 704-633-1802.

Salisbury Pride’s donation came after the organization hosted a virtual drag show fundraiser as a substitute for its annual festival, which was canceled because of COVID-19.

Beck Lane, Salisbury Pride’s vice president, said the organization’s festival annually provides a positive economic impact for local businesses. Salisbury Pride wanted to have a positive impact on the community even though the festival was canceled, Lane said.

“We saw the opportunity to give back. Part of what we do is give back,” she said.

She said that Edward and Susan Norvell as well as Tamara Sheffield matched public donations to boost the total amount raised to $3,660.

And while the virtual event wasn’t the same as the usual festival, Lane said “it was an absolute success.”

Rowan County United Way Executive Director Jenny Lee said the United Way also received an anonymous donation of 12 infrared thermometers to distribute to nonprofits that need them for clients.

The most recent donations are as follows:

• Anonymous, $30
• Salisbury Pride, $3,660
• Premier Healthcare Solutions, $100
• John and Jane Riley, who made a contribution of an undisclosed amount in honor of George Fisher, a 2020 graduate of Cannon School.