The Yadkin Valley United Fund surpassed its goal of $170,000 as of this week, reported David Steelman, executive director, of the Yadkin Valley United Fund.
Steelman said once all the final donations and pledges are in he expects the final total to exceed $180,000. “We still have individuals and businesses who gave last year that have not yet sent in their pledge/donation. Last year’s goal was $150,000 with the final total being $182,000.”
Steelman said he hopes that before he gives up the executive director’s job that the YVUF could surpass the $200,000 level in the next year or two.
Steelman credited this year’s success to many different things. Led by board President Barry Cleary (Weyerhaeuser), the year started off with record breaking “dine-out” campaign by 17 restaurants, $5,200 this year, compared to 14 restaurants and $3,700 last year. He expressed thanks to Bojangles’ Jonesville, Dodge City, Speedy Chef, John Boy’s, Breakfastime, Theo’s, Pirate’s Landing, Mazzini’s, Cedarbrook Country Club, Sixty-Seven Pizza, Terry’s Café, 222 Public House, Woodbox BBQ, Shiki of Elkin, Harry’s Place, 268 Grill, and Prime Thai.
The Board of Directors also shared its thanks to all the other individuals and businesses who have contributed to this year’s success.
Record-breaking efforts by employees through payroll deduction occurred at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, Elkin City Schools, PVH, MVP International, Weyerhaeuser and Yadkin Bank.
G&B Energy’s “Irons in the Fire” golf event raised more than $15,000, plus payroll deduction for employees. Duke Energy had 100-percent employee participation through payroll deduction.
YVUF’s board members, 17 strong, also contributed at a 100-percent level. Members of the YVUF board are Barry Cleary, Ann Ashman, Nathan Lewis, Ron Jester, Kristi Eidson, Holly Lamm, Laura Oakes, Frankie Pardue, Leon Baskerville, Phyllis Harris, Wayne Moore, Kathy Poteate, Casey Morrison, Don Clark, Bill Johnson, Susan Stewart and Natalie Eidson.
The YVUF has pledged funds to 25 local non-profit agencies who address human needs of those who may not otherwise be financially able to get help. The YVUF also provides three scholarships, one each at East Wilkes, Elkin and Starmount high schools for a graduating senior who demonstrates outstanding community service and character. The communities served by the non-profit agencies are Arlington, Elkin, Jonesville, Mountain Park, Ronda, State Road, Thurmond and Traphill.
Steelman said he hopes that donations continue to come in over the next few weeks. To contribute, visit Yadkinvalleyunitedfund.org; email Yadkinvalleyunitedfund@gmail.com; or call 336-469-2860.
The celebration dinner for lead donors ($500-plus) and businesses who make corporate donations and/or offer payroll deduction or have employees drives has been tentatively set for April 8, 2017, at Cedarbrook Country Club. John Furches’ new print for 2017 will be available for all donors who pledge or donate $200-plus. Steelman said any individual or business who wants to increase its donation to the print level or lead donor level may do so at any time.