The United Way of Wayne County and supporters celebrated the Community Campaign finale virtually, on Tuesday, December 15. The program included a community campaign update and the $10,000 Fair Share Challenge drawing.
Gifts were given to each of the 22 finalists and were generously provided by: The Noun, Papa Murphy’s Pizza of Goldsboro, From the Heart, Beth’s Day Spa, Flowers For You, Krispy Kreme, and the United Way of Wayne County.
United Way announced they reached 87% of their goal to impact 18,000 lives. The campaign will officially close December 31st. Everyone who donated their “fair share” (one hour pay per month) was entered into a drawing to become one of 22 finalists. The 22 finalists included: Randolph Rose of Turner Tanks Equipment, Airlon Vinson of Goldsboro Builders Supply, Troy Conner with The City of Goldsboro, Richard lewis of the Wayne County Sherriff Office, Lisa Walker of Sentry Insurance. Angie Bizzell of Anchor Coupling/Caterpillar, John Jones of Turner Tanks Equipment, Qurtarsha Howard of Anchor Coupling/Caterpillar, Gina Harr and Bryce Carter of Jackson and Sons, Stephanie Booker with the City of Goldsboro, Lucinda LeRoy of Anchor Coupling/Caterpillar, Jennifer Cunningham of Atlantic Casualty, Tina Hope Gay of Sentry Insurance, Janell Sugg of Meadow Lane Elementary, Elmer Andres of Anchor Coupling/Caterpillar, Rachel Kuehl of Wayne County Public Library, Antonio Strickland of SPX Transformer Solutions, Irma Guzman of Southco Distributing, Thaddeus Washington of Housing Authority City of Goldsboro, Troy Harris of Brogden Primary, and Judy Walker of Southco.
The finalists were present LIVE, on a Zoom call, and each had two random balls selected for them by a machine that determined the order they selected, as well as the prize number on our board. Once the prize number was determined, it was pulled from our prize board and was announced to each finalist what they won.
Airlon Vinson was the lucky $10,000 winner.
The United Way of Wayne County’s mission is to unite people and resources to improve lives and strengthen our community. The United Way accomplishes this mission by providing grants to organizations that focus on financial stability, health and wellness and basic needs. They also provide grants for emerging issues such as natural disasters and the opioid crisis. Currently the United Way funds 16 programs through 11 agencies in Wayne County, including: American Red Cross, Literacy Connections, Wayne Uplift, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Partnership for Children, Boys and Girls Club, The Salvation Army, Communities Supporting Schools, Society of St. Vincent DePaul, and WAGES. The United Way also works to connect businesses and individuals with volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in serving our community or donating to the United Way, please call 919-735-3591.