United Way of Wayne County celebrates community fund campaign

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The United Way of Wayne County and supporters celebrated the community fund campaign finale at the Terrace Room Dec. 10. The program included a community campaign update, presentation of its 2019 education grants and the $10,000 Fair Share Challenge drawing.

The United Way presented 13 education grants: 12 $500 classroom grants and one $1,500 school grant. The 12 classroom grant winners were: Sheila Sutton (Edgewood), Teresa Hall (Brogden Primary), Troy R. Harris (Brogden Primary), Michelle Vinson (Brogden Primary), Connie Rouse (Spring Creek Middle), Holly Beraissa (Brogden Primary), Kimberly Gagliano (Mount Olive Middle), Janneel Sugg (Meadow Lane Elementary), Gwendolyn B. Jones (Brogden Primary), Jennifer Fricks (Eastern Wayne Middle), Diane L. Crump (Meadow Lane Elementary) and Lesley Whitman (Brogden Primary). Rosewood Elementary received the school grant.

United Way representatives announced they had reached 96% of their goal to impact 18,000 lives. The campaign will officially close Dec. 20. Everyone, who donated their “fair share” of one hour’s pay per month, were entered into a drawing to become one of 22 finalists.

The 22 finalists included: April Womble (Wayne Realty and Insurance), Kathryn Dean (Franklin Baking), Ken Lewis (Anchor Coupling), William Cuddington (Turner Equipment), Robert Gardener (Anchor Coupling), Kyle Williams (Jackson and Sons), Patricia Langston (Wayne UNC Health Care), Clarence Smith (Goldsboro Builders Supply), Eric Williamson (Park Designs), DeEtta Mitts (Sentry Insurance), Corrie Rose (Atlantic Casualty Insurance), Trudy Ashley (Anchor Coupling), Kristy Kincaid (Goldsboro Builders Supply), Tom Stiles (Southco), Deja Taylor (Wayne County Public Schools), Diane Hill (Wayne UNC Health Care), Sheila Wolfe (Wayne County Public Schools), Ashley Hux (Franklin Baking), Susan Reinier (Anchor Coupling) and Christy Hope (Wayne UNC Health Care). The finalists randomly drew keys to see whose key would unlock a treasure chest containing the $10,000 check. Kristy Kincaid was the lucky winner.

The United Way of Wayne County provides grants to organizations that focus on financial stability, health and wellness and basic needs. They also provide grants for emerging issues such as natural disasters and the opioid crisis. Currently, the United Way funds 16 programs through 11 agencies in Wayne County, including: American Red Cross, Literacy Connections, Wayne Uplift, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Partnership for Children, Boys and Girls Club, The Salvation Army, Communities Supporting Schools, Society of St. Vincent DePaul, and WAGES. The United Way also works to connect businesses and individuals with volunteer opportunities.

If interested in serving or donating, call 919-735-3591.

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