City employees, Biddle win United Way awards


City employees, Biddle win United Way awards

Wilson City employees won two major awards during the United Way of Wilson County’s 58th annual meeting Thursday, Feb. 15.

City employees’ 2017 campaign was chosen for the Nancy Sallenger Spirit of Wilson Award, which is given each year to a campaign that uses creativity and enthusiasm as well as demonstrates commitment to the United Way.

Matt Whitley, 2018 president of the United Way board of directors, noted that city employees had raised $108,388, a record amount for the organization. He noted that city employees gave $151.80 on average.

Whitley praised the city employees, “They say that United Way is their biggest investment in our community.”

Lisa Rogers and Matt Shaw, co-chairs of the city campaign, accepted the award from Nancy Sallenger, director of the Wilson Crisis Center.

Also, Police Maj. Scott Biddle received the Leon Wilson Humanitarian Award, which goes to recognize leadership and volunteerism. Biddle was the chairman for the countywide campaign that raised nearly $1.3 million.

Maj. Biddle is always the first person to volunteer his time and contribute money to worthy causes, Whitley said. “He is the perfect example of walking the walk.”

The city also was recognized for its 46th year of United Way campaigns with a Platinum Award.

Other winners of United Way awards included:

  • Gary Proffitt was given the Marcia Parker Volunteer Service Award for the most dedicated and effective volunteer in the campaign.
  • Fresenius Kabi, a Nancy Sallenger Spirit of Wilson Award for a creative campaign that involved making and painting birdhouses.
  • Bridgestone Americas and BB&T both received the Extra Effort Award.