United Fund campaign to offer two TVs

By Keith Strange Staff Reporter

October 26, 2013

The 2013-2014 United Fund of Surry fund-raising campaign is in full swing, and organizers say this year there is an extra incentive to help out your fellow man.

“To make it more fun this year, we’re giving away two Samsung 51-inch flat screen TVs,” said Beth Pequeno, executive director of the United Fund.

Anyone who pledges at least $50 in their employer’s campaign is eligible, Pequeno said, noting that the goal for this year’s campaign is $515,000.

“There will be two separate drawings, one will be given away for the August through October campaign, and a second TV for the November through January campaigns,” she said.

The televisions are being donated by a local business, according to Pequeno.

“We are grateful to our friends at Brannock and Hiatt for making this incentive possible,” Ron Sutphin, this year’s campaign chair, said. “They have been long-time supporters, and this is a great example of how local busi9nesses support our work in the community.

“Our hope is that the chance to win a TV will increase participation this year,” he added.

According to Sutphin the employees can once again choose the participating agency to receive their money.

“We are also allowing anyone pledging at least $50 in their employee campaign to designate a group of agencies, or a specific agency, that they choose,” Sutphin said. “Last year was our first year doing this and it was well received.”

Pequeno says that more than 35 area businesses are participating in the employee campaigns, including Renfro, Surry County Schools, Mount Airy City Schools, Insteel and Advanced Electronics.

Sutphin said small businesses are welcome to participate.

“All the money raised here stays here,” he said. “Our whole focus is strengthening our community by raising funds for our hard-working agencies. We want them to concentrate on helping their clients, not on fund-raisers to support their programs.”

The United Fund of Surry serves the needs of the community by providing crisis and emergency care, food, utility and medical assistance, shelter and counseling services through its 26 member agencies. These agencies include the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, Yokefellow Ministries and five area rescue squads.

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