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Sawnee EMC announces new director of foundation board, donates to local food banks
Adrian Flack
Adrian Flack

The Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation announced on Friday, Jan. 22, that Ed Ledbetter, a founding member of the Sawnee Foundation Board, retired from his director position. The Sawnee EMC Board of Directors appointed Adrian Flack to serve Ledbetter’s unexpired term on Thursday, Jan. 21.

Ledbetter served as a Foundation Director for over 17 years, voluntarily serving the local community. Flack has similar experience serving the Forsyth County community through various organizations. Flack is also a local business owner in Forsyth.

“We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Flack to his new role on the Sawnee Foundation’s Board and we extend our heartfelt gratitude and thanks to Mr. Ledbetter for his dedication to service and helping those in need,” said Deborah Pelfrey, chairwoman of the Sawnee Foundation Board.

On Monday, Jan. 25, the Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation also announced that its board of directors approved a special donation of $25,000 to five local food banks. Since March 2020, the foundation has gifted $325,000 to many local food banks to help during the increased demands food banks have been facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The foundation will be sending an emergency donation of $25,000 to MUST Ministries, Inc., Meals on Wheels, Bethany Place/Merismos Ministries, Hightower Baptist Association and the Place of Forsyth, Inc. The donation will allow the non-profit organizations to purchase food and other life necessities for families in need.

“It is my privilege to volunteer my service to the Sawnee Foundation,” Pelfrey said. “This donation supports the mission of the foundation and its role in our community. The participation of Sawnee EMC members in the foundation’s Operation Round Up Program make donations like this, and many others, possible.”

Each month, 16,000 Sawnee EMC members round up their electric bills to the nearest dollar, which allows the extra change to be returned to the community in the forms of donations. These donations have allowed Sawnee EMC to donate over $3.5 million back to the community since its foundation in 2003.