Sam Avery was honored as the recipient of the T. Henry Wilson Community Builder award at the Burke County United Way annual meeting. The T. Henry Wilson award is given annually to an individual that facilitates community impact with their efforts and/or initiatives. Those who nominated Avery for this award said, "Sam has given a lifetime of service to building program and organizational networks that meet this community's needs." Avery was instrumental in bringing Habitat for Humanity to Burke County, identifying the need of school children to have access to nursing care and then bringing the School Nursing Program to fruition; he was instrumental in the development of the Community Foundation, Burke Charitable Properties, Exploring Joara Foundation and the Strategic Alliance for Burke Youth. The Reverend Tom Bland described the nominee as "someone who typifies how a community builder functions...tearing down wall and building bridges between people of very diverse racial, socioeconomic and religious backgrounds."
Joyce Pharr and Angie Glazebrooks, campaign co-chairs, reported campaign results at $520,000 which is 94% of the campaign goal. Billie Strickland, 4th grade teacher at WA Young Elementary received the Outstanding Employee Campaign Coordinator with an employee giving increase of 46% for the second year in a row. Other Chairman awards for increased employee giving were: BB&T, small business division, 41%; Molded Fiber Glass, manufacturing division, 102% ; The Good Samaritan Clinic, non-profit division, 78.3% and Blue Ridge Healthcare, medical services division, 42%.
Scott Mulwee, 2012 president of the board of directors, closed the meeting reminding those in attendance, "The United Way is a key resource in meeting this community's needs...but we need your help by communicating the need to raise funds to your co-workers, friends, family and community leaders...remember the importance of our mission for the future.