The Yadkin Valley United Fund will kick off its annual fundraising campaign this week with the Dine Out series, during which local restaurants give a portion of the proceeds from customers to the United Fund.
The YVUF board has set a goal of $170,000 for this year’s campaign, following last year’s outstanding campaign which surpassed its $150,000 goal.
This year the Dine Out event, which will be held Thursday through Aug. 29, has grown to include 17 restaurants which will be giving 10 percent of their receipts on a specific day to the 2017 YVUF campaign.
On Thursday, Dodge City Steakhouse and Speedy Chef, both in Elkin, will be the participating restaurants.
Others include Terry’s Cafe & Catering in State Road on Friday; 222 Public House in Elkin and WoodBox BBQ in Jonesville on Sunday; Shiki of Elkin on Aug. 22; Harry’s Place in Elkin and Theo’s in Jonesville on Aug. 23; Sixty-Seven Pizza in Jonesville and 268 Grill and Prime Thai, both in Elkin, on Aug. 24; Cedarbrook Grill in State Road and Mazzini’s in Elkin on Aug. 25; Pirate’s Landing in Elkin on Aug. 26; Breakfastime in Jonesville on Aug. 27; and Bojangle’s in Jonesville and John Boy’s BBQ & Seafood in Elkin on Aug. 29.
The fund drive run from mid-August until mid-November, explained David Steelman, executive director of YVUF. This year’s officers are Barry Cleary, president; Ann Ashman, past president; Nathan Lewis, president-elect; Ron Jester, vice president; and Kristi Eidson, treasurer. Board members include Holly Lamm, Laura Oakes, Frankie Pardue, Leon Baskerville, Phyllis Harris, Wayne Moore, Kathy Poteate, Casey Morrison, Don Clark, Bill Johnson, Susan Stewart and Natalie Golikov.
The YVUF already has committed funds for 2017 to 25 nonprofit agencies and one senior scholarship at East Wilkes, Elkin and Starmount high schools. The nonprofit agencies benefiting from the campaign serve the communities of Arlington, Elkin, Jonesville, Mountain Park, Ronda, State Road, Thurmond and Traphill.
To donate to the fund, members of the community can mail a check to YVUF, P.O. Box 593, Elkin, NC 28621; online at yadkinvalleyunitedfund.org by clicking the donate tab; payroll deduction through one’s employer where available; by dropping it off at the YVUF office at 968 N. Bridge St., Elkin; or donating through another United Fund or United Way organization by designating it to the Yadkin Valley United Fund.
Steelman said he is available to speak with any group, business or individual who wants to do a special project or offer payroll deduction for employees or as a speaker. Those interested can reach him at 336-469-2860 or email email@example.com.
Yadkin Valley United Fund is a qualifying 501(c) nonprofit organization, with IRS determination letters and federal identification numbers available upon qualified written request.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.