Press Release

Subject: Great State Heroes
Date of Release: June 3, 2015
Date of Event: September 8, 2015

United Way believes there are heroes in Wilkes County and wants your help in finding them. You might have to look hard, however, because these heroes don’t wear masks or capes. Great State Heroes look like ordinary citizens, but they do extraordinary deeds for Wilkes Countians.

If you know of someone who’s done something wonderful for others, you can nominate them to be a Great State Hero. Nomination forms will be in local papers and available at Great State Bank, the United Way Office (910 C Street, North Wilkesboro), and local United Way Agencies (see below). You may also download a nomination form.

Nominees will be accepted in four areas: Crisis Intervention, Educational Advancement, Health Improvement and Future Generations. Three nominees in each category will be honored at the 1st Annual Great State Hero Banquet, September 8, 2015 at the Stone Center. One winner in each area will be awarded $1,000 to be given to a nonprofit organization of their choice.  

Perhaps you know of someone who has helped others through a financial crisis.  Maybe you would like to recognize a person who has made a difference in education or health care. Possibly you know a person eighteen years or younger, who is making a positive difference in Wilkes. If so, please nominate them by July 1, 2015.

The Great State of Wilkes Hero’s Banquet is open to anyone who would like to join us in recognizing our local heroes. Tickets are available at the United Way Office for $25.00 each. United Way is grateful to the event’s primary sponsor, Great State Bank, but they are still seeking table and award sponsors. Funds raised through the banquet will go to support United Way Partner Agencies

United Way Partner Agencies include: American Red Cross, BROC/Care Connection, Boy Scouts – Old Hickory Council, Care Net Counseling of Wilkes, Catherine Barber Homeless Shelter, Child Abuse Prevention Team/Our House, Communities-in-Schools, Foster Grandparents, Mobile Expanded School Health (MESH), Ruby Blackburn Adult Daycare Center, Salvation Army, Samaritan Kitchen of Wilkes, Senior Companions, Sheltered Aid to Families in Emergencies (SAFE), Wilkes Adult Development Activities Program (ADAP), Wilkes Community Partnership/Smart Start, Wilkes Developmental Day School, Wilkes Literacy, Wilkes Prison Ministry, Wilkes Rescue Squad, Wilkes Senior Resources and Wilkes Family YMCA.

 For more information, please call Clara Hickman or Rick Stegall at (336) 651-7800.

Download Nomination Form



Welcome to the United Way of Wilkes County. On behalf of our 22 participating Partner Agencies we thank you for your interest. Our goal is to create long-lasting changes that solve problems and enhance the lives of all citizens for Wilkes County. We encourage our community to reach out a hand to one and influence the lives of all…to LIVE UNITED!

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