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From left are High Country United Way campaign co-chairman Tim Baxter, Michael Lyall of
Modern Toyota, Mule winner Shari Evans and her husband, Richard Evans. Submitted photo

Originally published: 2013-06-19 12:36:41
Last modified: 2013-06-19 12:46:58

United Way at 93 percent of fundraising goal

by Anna Oakes

Nearly $19,000 raised from this month's Celebrity Serve event has edged the High Country United Way closer to its 2012-13 fundraising goal, with the campaign set to end June 30.

HCUW Executive Director Linda Slade said the local affiliate had reached 93 percent of its $575,000 goal as of Monday.

Celebrity Serve, an annual event at local restaurants benefiting a different charity each year, raised $18,955 for HCUW earlier this month, the affiliate said.

Fifteen restaurants donated a portion of their proceeds during the three-day event June 4 to 6, as well as the tips left for local celebrity servers. Participating this year were Bandana's, Boone Bagelry, Casa Rustica, Char, Canyons, Caf Portofino, Dan'l Boone Inn, Earth Fare, Makoto's, Peppers, The Peddler, Town Tavern, The Rock, Woodlands BBQ and Mr. Original Gyros.

Celebrity Serve is coordinated by Celebrity Serve board members Jack and Lisa Pepper (Pepper's), Gwen Ding (Makoto's), Mary Hall (Bandana's), Sherrie Norris (writer for The Mountain Times, Watauga Democrat and editor of All About Women) and Tim Baxter (Baxter Mountain Properties).

A Kawasaki 4-by-4 Mule donated by Modern Toyota and Subaru was raffled off and awarded to Shari and Richard Evans.

Baxter and former ASU head football coach Jerry Moore have served as the co-chairmen of this year's High Country United Way campaign.

High Country United Way serves Watauga and Avery counties by funding programs to help individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives.

For more information about High Country United Way, call (828) 265-2111.