City employees honored at United Way banquet

Monday, February 24, 2014

City of Wilson employees received two major awards from the United Way of Wilson County during its annual meeting in February.

Also, City Manager Grant Goings assumed the duties of 2014 United Way board president during the meeting.

City employees were given the 2013 Nancy Sallenger Spirit Award, which is given to volunteers who showed outstanding commitment during a United Way campaign.

The award was partially given to recognize the womanless beauty pageant held in August 2013 to kick off the City’s United Way campaign. Jerry Stancil, who served as emcee of the pageant, showed his spirit by dancing with Sallenger before accepting the award on behalf of COW employees.

Outgoing board president Gary Williamson recognized the pageant as “one of the best events the city of Wilson ever had and it certainly led into their most successful campaign."

Tonya West, the city’s campaign chairperson, received the United Way’s highest award, the Marcia Parker Volunteer Service Award. The award is named after the United Way’s former executive director of 31 years and is given to the most dedicated and effective volunteer of the campaign.

Mrs. West has overseen the city’s campaign for several years, a large job that involves getting information out to more than 700 employees. The city had a record-breaking campaign in 2013 that collected $86,366, 115 percent of our $75,000 goal. Both the number of employees giving and the per capita donations rose by double-digit percentages in 2013.