The United Way of Greater High Point has received four national awards for excellence in its local Alexis de Tocqueville Society, made up of donors giving $10,000 or more annually.
Awards received were:
• Most Tocqueville Members.
• Net Increase in Tocqueville Membership.
• Net Increase in Community Impact Dollars Raised.
• Most National Society Members.
The local Tocqueville Society, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, was formed in High Point in 1990 with five founding members.
United Way Worldwide estimates that a community should have one Tocqueville donor per 10,000 population, meaning that the Greater High Point community could expect to have approximately 10 $10,000 donors. The 2009 United Way campaign boasted 61 members — who raised $729,772 of the campaign’s $4,336,572 total. Greater High Point’s Tocqueville Society has raised $13 million.
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Chris Greene, a former campaign co-chairman and longtime United Way volunteer, is the local chairman of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society.
Information: Sarah Barker, 899-0871; or Bobby Smith, 899-0878.
Town’s P&R meeting rescheduled Sept. 13
Because of several conflicts relating to the Labor Day holiday, Jamestown’s Parks & Recreation Committee meeting has been rescheduled at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at in the Council Chambers at Town Hall. Information, call 454-1138.
United Way begins canned-food drive
United Way of Greater High Point is collecting canned goods before its campaign kickoff Sept. 13. Campaign Chairman Randy Brodd and volunteers will collect donations on Sept. 13.
The campaign kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the United Way office. United Way’s 75th anniversary is Sept. 12.
Donations may be dropped off at the United Way office, 201 Church Ave., during the next two weeks, or brought to the Sept. 13 kickoff event.
Food will be distributed to Open Door Ministries, The Salvation Army, West End Ministries, Ward Street Mission and other local organizations.
To schedule a food donation pickup, call 883-4127 by Thursday or visit www.unitedwayhp.org.
Firefighters wear pink for cancer charity event
The High Point Fire Department will host the Pink Heals Tour-Guardians of the Ribbon on Saturday to raise awareness and funding for the Cancer Center at High Point Regional Hospital.
The tour features five pink firetrucks and firefighters in pink turn-out gear who tour the country to support cancer charities.
At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, a parade will begin on North Main Street at Montlieu Avenue and travel south to High Avenue.
The pink firetrucks will be parked at Showplace, 211 E. Commerce Ave., where a 9/11 Ringing of the Bell ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. From noon to 3 p.m., cancer survivors and their families can sign the trucks.
For information, go to ww.pinkfiretrucks.org.
City of High Point wins award for third year
For the third year in a row, the city of High Point received the Public Power Award of Excellence for its economic development successes and attributes.
The award was presented by ElectriCities, a nonprofit government service organization representing universities and municipalities such as High Point that own electric distribution systems.
The award recognizes the city of High Point and its High Point Economic Development Corp. for demonstrating “initiative in economic development efforts, including recruitment leading to job creation and increased electric load.”