The Transylvania Times -

By Mark Todd
Staff Writer 

United Way Meets Its Goal


More than $407,000 has been raised for the current Transylvania County United Way campaign, according to Executive Director Steve Pulliam.

United Way has exceeded its goal of $395,000 in fundraising for 2011-2012, he said.

Pulliam made the announcement during a Hawaiian style campaign wrap-up celebration dinner Thursday at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Brevard.

While noting that the county no longer has the large manufacturing companies it once did, it still gets support from smaller businesses and even retirement communities, he said.

“Connestee Falls raised $73,000. Connestee is like a company to us,” Pulliam said.

Barbara Boerner, the outgoing chapter president, said United Way is making progress, not only raising sufficient money, but also extending its reach into the community in other ways, collaborating with others to solve problems and review strategy.

The agency worked with others to build four homes for families in need during the year.

Compared to the way things used to be done, she said, “We have made a quantum leap.”

Boerner, a faculty member at Brevard College, announced plans for a $100,000 incentive program for local organizations.

Money will be granted for the first time to be used on innovative community service projects.

While the campaign is over, there is still time to give for this year’s campaign, she said.

This year’s campaign chairman was Bruce Blackwell.

The incoming president is Mark Latell, one of the developers of French Broad Place.

In a humorous presentation that gave mention to home-brewed beer, one of his passions, he said he will bring a lot of intensity to the campaign next year.

Many of the attendees dressed in Hawaiian clothing or beachwear in keeping with the luau theme, and there was a contest for decoration of a tropical nature.

Several awards were also handed out during the luau. A campaign leadership award went to Brevard Rotary Club.

A corporate leadership award went to Comporium.

Bronze work site awards went to Belk, Brevard Music Center, Ecusta Credit Union, Egolf Motors, Fifth Third Bank, Genie Products, the Girl Scouts, Haywood EMC, M-B Industries, Mac Heating and Air, TVS and Walmart.

Silver work site awards went to Comporium, Duke Energy, First Citizens Bank, Transylvania County Schools, United Community Bank, and Western Carolina Community Action.

Gold awards went to Brevard College, Transylvania County government, Transylvania Regional Hospital and Wilsonart.


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