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United Way celebrates campaign
Nearly $1.9 million in support pledged
UW WEB
Melissa Corliss applauds during the United Way celebration event Thursday. - photo by Autumn Vetter

At a glance

Top 10 United Way of Forsyth County 2012 business campaigns:

• SunTrust Bank — $20,701

• Control Southern — $20,234

• Macy’s Inc. — $51,548

• AT&T — $56,798

• Northside Hospital-Forsyth — $61,036

• Forsyth County Schools — $76,308

• PCL Industrial Construction Co. — $199,597

• Kroger Company — $228,000

• Publix Supermarkets — $377,199

• UPS — $416,811

Source: United Way of Forsyth County

United Way of Forsyth County celebrated its successes during an event Thursday.

Held at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, the gathering drew more than 100 people.

Luke Haymond, 2012 president of the organization, said the evening was a chance to honor everyone who made the 2012 fundraising campaign a success.

“Each year, we honor our major campaigns, but it’s equally important to recognize all the small businesses, staff and agencies,” he said. “If not for each of those, we would not have success.

“Everyone here today is to be celebrated.”

Haymond said in total, United Way received pledges of nearly $1.9 million during the campaign.

The top 10 contributing business campaigns were recognized. Haymond said they included: SunTrust Bank; Control Southern; Macy’s Inc.; AT&T; Northside Hospital-Forsyth; Kroger; and Forsyth County Schools.

The three largest campaigns were: PCL Industrial Construction Co., which raised more than $199,500; Public Supermarkets, at more than $377,000; and United Parcel Service, or UPS, which brought in nearly $417,000.

In addition, Smithfield Foods was recognized as the top new campaign. The company’s 15 employees gave more than $1,300.
Andean Motors was honored as the top small business campaign of the year, with its 26 employees contributing more than $2,600.
Awards were also presented to retiring board members: Linda Cole; Bert Durand; Lauren McDonald; Skip Putnam; George Arguelles; Lisa Bennett; and Tammy Slaughter

Heather Moseley, a UPS employee and member of United Way’s board, said she was pleased with Thursday’s turnout.

“It’s wonderful. I didn’t know what to expect since this is my first time on the board and attending this event,” she said. “I’m just very proud to be a part of UPS and United Way.”

Ruth Goode, executive director, said she always looks forward to the celebration.

“It’s nice that at least once a year we can see everyone together in one room,” she said. “We have so many great supporters, and now’s our time to celebrate everyone who has played a part in our success.”