United Way hits 88 percent of goal

January 27, 2012

Martinsville Bulletin

The United Way of Henry County & Martinsville raised 88 percent of its $800,000 goal in this year’s fundraising campaign, United Way officials announced Thursday.

The organization held an End of Campaign Celebration luncheon at The Dutch Inn to announce that it has raised $702,408, according to a news release. About 80 volunteers, corporate representatives and individuals from various United Way agencies attended the luncheon.

“This is truly a celebration,” campaign Chairman Anne Jacobsen of Hooker Furniture said in the release. “It is a celebration of the giving spirit and overwhelming generosity of this community that we were able to raise over $700,000 in the difficult economic times we are facing.”

Melany Stowe of Henry County Schools, chairman of the United Way board of directors, said the organization has just formed its budget and allocations committee, which includes board members and community residents.

Starting in February, the committee will meet with the 21 local agencies that receive United Way funds to review their requests and talk about their needs, she said. The committee then will make funding recommendations to the United Way board.

“Those two groups come together to determine how to allocate the funds,” Stowe added.

There is no standard way to allocate the reduced funds, she said. For instance, an agency might not need as much money this year as it did last year, she said.

That, Stowe said, is the United Way’s goal, that “agencies eventually do not need these funds because whatever issue they were tackling doesn’t exist anymore.”

Some agencies might get level funding despite the fact that the United Way did not make its goal, she said. She added that rarely, if ever, are all funds to an agency eliminated.

The United Way does not make up the shortfall to achieve its goal, Stowe said. “We do the best we can with the funds we receive,” she added.

Jacobsen recognized volunteers who worked on the campaign. The Industry Division, which was led by Scott Prillaman of Hooker Furniture, reached 83.51 percent of its goal by raising $268,910. Also volunteering in the industry division was Eddie White of Bassett Furniture.

Heading up the Public Service Division was Lee Probst of Carlisle School. She was assisted by Becky Lovell of Piedmont Community Services. That division raised $80,466, or 84.7 percent of its $95,000 goal.

Jennifer Oakley and Sebrena Smith of Fidelity Bank led the Finance Division, which raised $79,326, or 87 percent of its goal. Also working under finance was Lynanne Newman of BB&T. Stockbrokers, headed by Gary Collins of Stifel-Nicolaus, raised $11,615 to reach 106 percent of their goal.

Fred Smith, a local attorney, raised $19,150, or 96 percent of the $20,000 Legal Services goal.

Also volunteering were Dr. Charles Jenkins of Martinsville Smiles, who headed up the Health Care Division, which raised $53,638, or 92.48 percent of its $58,000 goal. He was assisted by Ralph Lawson of Therapy Direct and Dr. Maurice Bell.

Charles Bradshaw of Triangle Electric led the Real Estate and Building Division and raised 87 percent of a $39,000 goal. The area residential campaign exceeded its goal by raising $81,944, or 105 percent of a $78,000 goal. King’s Grant residents, led by Don Howe, raised $17,275, just shy of their $18,000 goal.

Retail businesses gave more than $40,000 to the campaign. That division was led by Barry Jarrett of BB&T. Also working in the Retail Division was Lynn Mabe, an agent with Nationwide Insurance.

An additional $27,440 was raised through local grants and foundations, the release said.

To end Thursday’s celebration, the United Way held a drawing for campaign prizes. Donors who gave a minimum of $156, or $3 a week, were eligible for the Win! Win! Incentive program. The following donors won prizes: Althea Perdue, an employee with Rock-Tenn, won tickets to the Spring 2012 race, donated by Martinsville Speedway; Jeania Dykes of Master Brand Cabinets won a Coastal Living Bookcase, donated by Stanley Furniture; Jennifer Harper of Rock-Tenn won a $500 VISA gift card, donated by BB&T; Dean Arrington of Solutia won a six-piece bedroom suite, donated by Bassett Furniture; Kathy Branch of Hanesbrands won a family membership to the Martinsville Henry County YMCA; Pamela Robertson of Sells, Hogg & Jones won a five-piece dining room group, donated by Hooker Furniture; and Lisa Winckler of Solutia won a $100 VISA gift card, donated by SunTrust Bank.

Prize donations totaled nearly $10,000, the release said.

The United Way funds 21 human service agencies, including Grace Network, Boys & Girls Clubs, Red Cross, Adult Day Care, Piedmont Community Services, Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts and YMCA. The organization is focused on addressing the root causes of issues in the community and leads three initiatives: Smart Beginnings, an early childhood initiative; HOPE Initiative, a financial stability partnership; and the Nonprofit Leaders Network, which focuses on building nonprofit capacity in Martinsville and Henry County.

For more information about the United Way and how to donate, visit www.unitedwayofhcm.org.


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