The Yadkin Valley United Fund is on its journey to meeting its $200,000 annual campaign goal, the largest in the fund’s history. On Saturday, the community will be able to support the fund by participating in the first Wine Out for the Fund event.
Nine area wineries are participating in Saturday’s Wine Out fundraiser, said David Steelman, executive director for YVUF. A percentage of each wineries sales on Saturday will help meet the fund’s campaign goal.
Participating wineries include Adagio Winery, Carolina Heritage Vineyard, Elkin Creek Vineyard, Grassy Creek Vineyard, Skull Camp Winery & Brewery, Slightly Askew Winery, McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks, Jones von Drehle Winery and Roaring River Vineyards.
On Sept. 7, G&B Energy hosted its annual Irons in the Fire charity golf and social to benefit the fund, raising $16,500 toward the goal. The 25th annual event held at Cedarbrook Country Club featured 128 golfers and many sponsors.
The contribution combined with donations from G&B Energy’s employee campaign accounts for 10 percent of the $200,000 YVUF fundraising goal for this year.
Part of what makes the Irons in the Fire event special are the grill masters from G&B Energy set up at grilling stations throughout the golf course. Golfers and volunteers enjoyed slow smoked pork barbecue, shrimp, baby back ribs, hot dogs, chicken wings and grilled peaches with ice cream for dessert.
The event was capped off with an awards ceremony announcing the winning teams, and the ceremony included a raffle for numerous prizes.
“I would like to extend my deepest appreciation to everyone involved for their hard work and giving spirit,” said Jeff Eidson, president of G&B Energy. “For 25 years, the employees of G&B Energy, volunteers, sponsors, supplies and players have made this event an annual success. These folks are the backbone of our community, and together make the G&B Energy Irons in the Fire Golf and Social an event that everyone looks forward to. I am amazed at the level of support this tournament generates year after year.”
To date, the tournament, which has been held since 1993, has raised more than $438,500 in donations to charity.
The Yadkin Valley United Fund also has been working with area businesses to gather support through payroll deduction programs.
Steelman visited PVH in Jonesville Sept. 8, addressing all three shifts. PVH as a whole is the largest donor to the Yadkin Valley United Fund, with the company matching half of what the employees donate through the payroll deduction program.
“Some people just give $1 a week, and that is wonderful. Some give more,” Steelman said of PVH employees.
Christy Mears, one of the payroll deduction participants, began working for PVH as a temp through WorkForce Unlimited. After 14 months, she was hired on full-time three years ago and has been donating to YVUF ever since.
“I donate because I know there are some less fortunate than I am,” Mears said. “What’s $10 a week that I could blow on junk easily when it helps them with their needs?”
Mears, a resident of Mount Airy, participates as a donor to the Yadkin Valley United Fund and the Yadkin County United Fund, which also presented at PVH on Sept. 8. One-hundred percent of the money donated to the united funds stay local, as opposed to groups affiliated with the United Way, a national organization.
Yadkin Valley United Fund supports 25 local nonprofit agencies and provides three scholarships to local high school students, covering the tri-county area in Surry, Yadkin and Wilkes counties. Agency partners include Feed the Elderly, Yadkin Valley Senior Center, Cancer Services Inc., Elkin Lions Club, Grace Clinic of Yadkin Valley, Mountain Valley Hospice, American Red Cross Surry chapter, The ARK, Elkin Rescue Squad, Mountain Park Rescue Squad, Tri-County Christian Ministry Inc., CareNet Counseling, Children’s Center of Surry, DARE through Elkin Police Department, Girl Scout Hut Fund, Boy Scouts Old Hickory Council, Safe Wilkes, Salvation Army Surry County, Surry Friends of Youth, Surry Homeless and Affordable Housing Coalition, Wilkes Developmental Day School, YVEDDI’s Surry Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault program, Foothills Arts Council, Jonesville Public Library and Watershed NOW Inc.
Steelman is available to speak to businesses or groups or to set up payroll deduction for businesses. He can be reached at 336-469-2860 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are four ways to make tax-deductible donations, including by mail at YVUF, P.O. Box 593, Elkin, NC 28621; online at yadkinvalleyunitedfund.org; local payroll deduction where available; or other payroll deductions outside the Yadkin Valley where an employee should designate the YVUF as the recipient.
Those who donate $200 or more to the YVUF campaign receive a John Furches print of a piece he does solely for the united fund. This is the 25th and last year the Furches prints will be gifted to donors.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.