Top Galleries of 2014

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Time flies for those who LIVE UNITED! As we approach the end of 2014, we'd like to take a look back at the ways you give, advocate and volunteer.

Your relationship with United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County doesn't end with a donation or a day of service. Often, that's just the beginning. So you feel confident in your investments of time, talent and treasure, we strive to stay in touch throughout the year through newsletters, blog posts and news updates on our website, social media, snail mail, and events.

Below, you'll find the most visited photo galleries of 2014. Since United Way supporters connect their financial giving with active involvement, it's not surprising to see a mix of fundraisers, volunteer activities and social events on the list. Thank you for your trust and support in 2014—we're looking forward to working together in 2015 to make Asheville and Buncombe County an even greater community for everyone who lives here.

Wine & Shopping1. Leadership Giving Appreciation Reception

Leadership Giving makes a tremendous impact in our community, totaling about half of the funds we raise each year. That's impressive and we wanted to thank this group of special leaders. Off the Wagon Dueling Piano Bar hosted our annual Leadership Giving Appreciation Reception—a night that began with networking and updates on United Way’s work and ended with an all-request dueling piano show.



2. Beer Release Party & Campaign Kickoff

To celebrate the start of our annual Community Campaign, we partnered with Asheville Brewing Company for a benefit beer. They served it on tap in their tasting rooms on Coxe Avenue and Merrimon Avenue throughout September. To mark the occasion, we hosted some of our biggest supporters on September 4 at The Millroom in downtown Asheville.



3. Day of Caring

On September 11, volunteers spread throughout Buncombe County to give back to their communities during the 23rd Day of Caring. Close to 1,000 volunteers worked hard painting, mulching, digging, planting and building. They did service in schools, at local nonprofits and public parks. Hands On Asheville-Buncombe's Day of Caring is the biggest single-day volunteer blitz in WNC.



School Supplies4. School Supply Drive

1,100 fully-stocked backpacks! Our community continues to provide essential classroom supplies to area students through the Back-to-School Supply Drive. With multiple opportunities to get involved, residents of Asheville and Buncombe County buy school supplies, conduct drives with friends or coworkers, or donate money towards the purchase of supplies.



5. Public Services Chili Cook-off

Employees from the City of Asheville and Buncombe County Government battled for bragging rights (and some unique trophies) at the Third Annual Public Services Chili Cook-off. About 75 tasters judged the 18 teams' different takes on the American autumn staple. And what better place to enjoy chili than a firehouse?




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