Schools top United Way donor list

Mar. 22, 2013 @ 04:53 AM

The United Way of Central Carolinas in Union County thanked their donors Thursday morning for a successful annual campaign. 

This year, the campaign surpassed its goal of $21.2 million. 

This year, the county’s largest contributor was Union County Public Schools, whose employees raised about $173,000. The school system was followed by ATI Allvac, Charlotte Pipe & Foundry Plastics Division, Carolinas Medical Center-Union, Union County, Tyson Foods, RSC Chemical Solutions, UTC Aerospace Systems, UPS-Monroe and Wingate University. 

Union County Public Schools’ campaign was the largest in the five-county region that the United Way covers. 

Michael Lutes, the 2012 campaign chair, noted that it does not matter whether it is a large company or a small company, every contribution makes a difference in reaching their goal. 

“What a great year we had,” Pat Kahle, 2012 board chair, said. 

After acknowledging top donors and handing out awards, Ed Davis, former superintendent of Union County Public Schools, was announced as the 2013 advisory board chairman. 

Denise White, 2012

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community investment chair, will stay on for 2013 and Superintendent Mary Ellis will act as the 2013 campaign chair.

“I am honored and humbled,” Davis said after the announcement. He noted that he had some big shoes to fill. 

Davis compared the United Way to a “21st century barn-building” where members of the community come out to help those in need in the community. 

“That’s the only mission the United Way has, is to help others,” Davis said. “We appreciate your involvement and your support.”

Davis is hoping to have another good, solid campaign, he said in an interview. He added that he wants to make sure they continue to disperse funds to agencies wisely.

They have also unidentified a few unmet needs in the community they are looking to address, including a homeless shelter for families and credit counseling.

Davis is also hoping to utilize social media more during the next campaign. 

Davis said he hopes to “continue the good work.” 

Regional Vice President Richard Heins was excited to thank the donors and pleased with the campaign. 

“I’m excited about how the campaign ended,” Heins said. 

It was a challenging year financially, but he was excited about how the businesses and communities came through, he said. He added that they were “blessed” to have such a community. 

The next step is allocating the funds to the agencies. The committee has already met to discuss it. The decisions will be made in mid-June and awarded in early July.