United Way receives 5k gift
For local turned banker Jason Triplett, a senior vice president at Wachovia Bank, days like Monday are why he moved back to the High Country six years ago.
"To be able to give back to my hometown, to my community," he said. "That's why I came back.
Monday Triplett and his service manager, Ben Norman, presented a $5,000 check to High Country United Way (HCUW) board chairwoman Nancy Reigel.
"Wachovia and Wells Fargo have always had a tradition of giving back to their local communities," Triplett said. "We feel that a significant gift to the High Country United Way is a sound investment in the well-being of our citizens, and I am pleased that we are able to be part of the work the United Way does."
And it's work that's vital, Reigel said.
"United Way looks across the system," she said. "All of these agencies need each other ... Remember, everybody needs everybody else, and that's where United Way comes in."
The United Way distributes funds among several area nonprofits, nonprofits like Hospitality House, Hunger and Health Coalition and the Children's Playhouse.
"This gift is huge to us," said Linda Slade, HCUW executive director. "We have never received such a large corporate gift from Wachovia/Wells Fargo before. This shows their true generosity and commitment to the citizens in the communities they serve. We are absolutely delighted."
It's just one of the good things coming at United Way. November 30 marks the end of its latest initiative, the Big Pig Kiss-Off, where area business leaders (like Triplett, WATA radio personality Mike Kelly and The Mountain Times publisher Gene Fowler) are leading the charge in fundraising. As part of the kiss-off, groups have to raise money for United Way. If they match a set goal, the group leaders have to kiss a pig. The kissing happens during halftime at an Appalachian State University basketball game Dec. 18.
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