United Way Rowan launches annual campaign
Posted at 12:05 a.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2022
United Way kicked off its 2022-23 campaign, titled “Whole Hearted Harmony,” Friday at noon with an introduction to this year’s campaign chair, Micah Ennis, director of the Rowan County Department of Social Services.
Ennis showed up to the informal luncheon singing to the audience a tune called “Wholehearted Harmony”, something which she noted was “extremely nervous” but which was warmly welcomed.
“I am so grateful that each of you has graciously chosen the role you will play for the people of Rowan County,” she said. “This campaign is big – I don’t think I understood some of the fine print, but I’m proud to be a part of it.”
The total campaign goal is $1.375 million, but it’s broken down into smaller group goals and leadership, called the cabinet.
The cabinet breakdown is as follows: Jonathan Williams, Mayor of Spencer, (Chairs); Greg Anderson, Retired, Salisbury Post (Chairs); Sheila Igo, Salon Greystone (Commercial 1); Dale Peeler, Central Carolina Insurance (Commercial 2); Elia Gegorek, Gegorek & Associates Realty (Commercial 3); Cheryl Goins, Pottery 101 (community business); Carol Ann Houpe, Rowan-Salisbury Schools (education); Denise Hallett, Vulcan (Industrial 1); Audrey Eudy, Rowan County United Way (Industrial 2); David Post, David Post Law (Leadership Gifts); Miriam Ramirez, Capstone Recovery Center (non-profit); Jonathan Williams, Town of Spencer (Chairs); Kaisha Brown and Rodney Harrison, City of Salisbury (public employees); Gary Blabon, Graham Corriher and Steve Yang (Professionals); Elizabeth Cook, retired, Salisbury Post (special gifts); Lori Yang, Sease Law (public relations chair).
Williams noted that what United Way is providing is “exactly what Rowan County needs right now. They do a wonderful job providing what is needed.
Ramirez, who runs the Capstone Recovery Center, began to cry when she thanked United Way for inviting her to participate and oversee the nonprofit donations “because of them, we can help these women who want a new life, who want to recover and start over.”
“I’ve had the chance to help people in need, but I’ve also been exposed to so many other people in need, and this organization is one way to help them,” the lawyer said. the town of Salisbury, Graham Corriher.
“I actually don’t have a goal,” David Post said, “because everything I do depends on all these other people behind me” on the church steps Friday. “I have always been shocked when I am reminded that Centraide affects more than half of the inhabitants of our county. It is a goal worth pursuing. »
Audrey Eudy, who is United Way Rowan County’s Director of Philanthropy, was thrilled to be offered a new opportunity.
“I have been a donor, a corporate champion and a corporate president and wanted to gain the experience of running a division to be better able to train for the role in the future,” she said. “It’s a position I’ve never held before.”
In closing, Executive Director Jenny Lee reminded all participants of the Into the Light Suicide and Mental Health Awareness Walk on October 1 at 7 a.m. at Catawba College Shuford Stadium. Registration is available on line or, for those wishing to register that day, starts at 5:45 a.m.