Recently appointed Executive Director David Steelman, along with the members of the Yadkin Valley United Fund, are ready to kick off fundraising season by teaming up with local restaurants.
“It’s a new experience for me,” said Steelman, who took office on May 1. “I wanted something to do and it seemed right down my alley.”
Steelman, who retired from CMS Insurance, had previously held office with the YVUF in 1980s and looked forward to serving with the organization once again.
Along with the organizational change, the Yadkin Valley United Fund will kick off its 2016 campaign the week of Aug. 23 by pairing up with local restaurants for “Dine Out for the Fund Week.” During the fundraising week, 14 local restaurants will donate 10 percent of their receipts for the day they are hosting the event.
“Last year they did every Thursday night for eight Thursdays,” said Steelman. “We wanted to do things a little different this year. I had a list of restaurants. I asked 15 and got 14.”
Steelman was encouraged by the amount of support from the community, praising those business owners who agreed to help the organization that funds the tri-county area.
“All [the restaurants] are locally owned,” said Steelman, explaining there will be two different restaurants participating every day of the week. “They’ve all agreed to give 10 percent. Some of the restaurants will be open three meals, some two. We’ll have nice signage out that is promoting each one.”
According to a press release from the YVUF, the 2016 campaign goal is $150,000. While the 2015 goal was only $145,000, $137,000 was the actual amount pledged.
As far as why Steelman wanted to raise the goal after the organization fell short by $8,000 the year before, Steelman felt assured that his board could do it. “We have the largest board we’ve ever had. It’s a great board with a lot of passion enthusiasm and good at getting the public informed,” said Steelman. “I just think we can.”
The restaurants participating in “dine out for the fund week” on Aug. 23 through Aug. 29 include:
Sunday: Generations and 222 Public House
Monday: Mazzini’s and John Boy’s BBQ & Seafood
Tuesday: Theo’s and Speedy Chef
Wednesday: Harry’s Place and 67 Pizza
Thursday: Cedarbrook Country Club and Dodge City Steakhouse
Friday: Pirate’s Landing and Terry’s Café & Catering
Saturday: 268 Grill and Prime Thai
A full schedule also is available on the website yadkinvalleyunitedfund.org.
Other upcoming fundraisers for the month of August include the Friday night football game of North Surry at Elkin High School on Aug. 28. The YVUF will have promotional activities and giveaways and the Board of Directors will be formally introduced at halftime.
Through the months of September, October and November, YVUF fundraiser tracking thermometers will be displayed among high traffic areas including Walmart and the Jonesville Town Hall. “These three months are the the primary drive for campaign pledges,” said Steelman. “It goes from Labor Day to Thanksgiving and that’s when we raise 90 percent of our funds.”
During that time period, Cedarbrook Country Club will once again host the single largest fundraiser for the YVUF, the G&B golf tournament on Sept. 10.
The campaign consists of six divisions: residential/retired, public service/government, industrial/manufacturing, professional, commercial/retail, and grants/foundations.
The YVUF serves the communities of Arlington, Elkin, Jonesville, Mountain Park, Ronda, State Road, Thurmond and Traphill. For 2016 the YVUF has committed funds to 25 local non-profit agencies and three scholarships to local high schools.
Steelman also stated that if anyone or group wants to do a special project or fund raiser or would like to have him as a speaker, contact him at 336-469-2860 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on all 17 new and current board members, including Ann Ashman, senior vice president of Life Store and 2015/16 YVUF president, visit the YVUF website at Yadkinvalleyunitedfund.org.
Karen Holbrook may be reached at 336-258-4059 or on Twitter @KarenHolbrook00.