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Anonymous donor gifts commissioners with $10,000

Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter

September 18, 2013

An anonymous donor has gifted the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners with $10,000.


County Manager Aaron Church read a letter dated Sept. 11 at Monday night’s commissioners’ meeting detailing the generous gift’s delivery and stipulations to the board. The reading came during the manager’s report section of the evening.


The grant was authorized by the Winston-Salem Foundation and designed to be used for “various purposes to relieve the burden of government,” according to Church.


Church said the donation was presented to him at his office.


“An individual that I don’t know and I don’t think I’ve ever seen came to my office and brought this, and said ‘I’d like to deliver this to you,” Church said. “I don’t have any proof that that person is the one that even gave the money to this foundation - because the foundation wouldn’t tell me anyway who the person is.”


The person asked that the board consider using this money in three different ways: 1) roughly $4,000 toward a benevolent fund for law enforcement officials for public safety in some way, 2) roughly $2,000 toward animal adoption to avoid their euthanization in shelters, and 3) the remaining $4,000 entrusted to the commissioners to use as long as its toward a good cause.


The three uses were suggestions and the board could use the money any way it sees fit, according to Church.


There were no strings attached, Church said, but the commissioners had to officially accept the money.


The grant letter said if the commissioners wanted to thank the donor to send a letter to the Winston-Salem Foundation.


The funds will be deposited and floated in the county’s general fund until the commissioners can draft a resolution thanking the foundation for the money and a budget amendment can be created.


To contact Taylor Pardue call 336-835-1513 ext. 15, or email him at tpardue@civitasmedia.com.