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From left, Sheri Moretz, Mary Wood and Lisa Cooper Martin accept the Spirit of North Carolina
Award for Campaign Excellence from United Way of North Carolina.
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Originally published: 2013-03-04 09:57:01
Last modified: 2013-03-04 10:00:00

United Way honors Mast General Store employees

by Anna Oakes

The United Way of North Carolina has honored Mast General Store with the Spirit of North Carolina Award for Campaign Excellence.

Mast General Store's Lisa Cooper Martin, Sheri Moretz and Mary Wood accepted the award at United Way of North Carolina's annual meeting in Pinehurst Feb. 15.

Nominated by Linda Slade, executive director of High Country United Way, Mast General Store employees were recognized for their employee participation in United Way giving, corporate leadership and generous community spirit through time and talent.

"Mast General Store leadership and employees have been so very generous to High Country United Way over the years. They so deserved this recognition," Slade said.

The Spirit of North Carolina Awards for Campaign Excellence is sponsored annually by the United Way of North Carolina. The Spirit Awards provide statewide recognition for outstanding commitment and support to communities through local United Way involvement.

The Spirit Committee judged 70 submissions from Fortune 500 companies, organizations, governmental entities, health-care and educational institutions, as well as businesses large and small. Awards were presented to 43 companies and organizations.

"Exciting," said Mary Wood, manager of the original store in Valle Crucis and Mast campaign chairwoman. "This is truly an honor."  

Organizations and companies were judged on a variety of criteria outlined in the Spirit of North Carolina Standards of Excellence, including leadership giving, volunteerism, employee participation and giving levels, year-round education, corporate support, incentive programs and campaign rallies.