United Way makes final push for donations
by Anna Oakes
High Country United Way has hit 87 percent of its fundraising goal and is making a final push for donations as part of its 2012-13 campaign, executive director Linda Slade said.
Co-chaired by former Appalachian State University football coach Jerry Moore and local businessman Tim Baxter, the campaign's goal of $575,000 is a $25,000 increase over the previous year's goal.
High Country United Way, which serves Watauga and Avery counties, funds programs to help individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives.
"We have received requests for funding for around $371,000," Slade said. "There are so many good programs, so much need and so little funding to go around."
The local United Way affiliate hopes the upcoming Celebrity Serve event will help it reach the $575,000 goal.
Boone Independent Restaurants will present Celebrity Serve June 4 through 6. Local "celebrities" will volunteer as servers at area restaurants on those three days, and their tips, as well as a percentage of restaurant sales, will benefit the High Country United Way.
"Money raised here stays right here to help those in Watauga and Avery counties," noted Baxter. "What a great opportunity for our local community to come together around issues and make a positive impact on the lives of our residents."
Baxter added, "This year's Celebrity Serve will also include an opportunity to say thank you to coach Jerry Moore for all he and his wife, Margaret, have done for our area in the last 24 years."
Moore is expected to participate on each night of Celebrity Serve.
In addition, High Country United Way will raffle off a 2013 Kawasaki 4-by-4 Mule, thanks to Modern Toyota and Subaru and the Rotary Club of Blowing Rock. Tickets are $10 each or $25 for three.
"We are racing to the finish line," Slade said. "We need the community's support of Celebrity Serve to push us over the top."
For more information, call (828) 265-2111 or visit http://www.highcountryunitedway.org,
where raffle tickets can be purchased.