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Thank you to AT&T

LaVoy Spooner of AT&T presents United Way CEO, David Bailey, AT&T's corporate donation. David Gantt, Chair County Commissioners took time out of his schedule to be a part of the presentation. 

This gift of $3,480 will go into our Community Investment Fund. Learn more about the impact of this fund on our community by reading this year's Community Investment Results brochure.


We had a Hole In One Winner at the Eaton Kimberly-Clark Golf Tournament!

Kevin Hodes, with AdT Security Systems, hit his first hole in one this morning at the 12th annual Eaton Corporation/Kimberly Clark Golf Tournament benefitting United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County and United Way of Henderson County. 

Four people at The Grove Park Inn Golf Course witnessed Hodes’ amazing shot on the 9th hole, making him the first winner of the Hole-In-One Contest and a new Buick Verano, provided by Harry’s Buick-GMC-Cadillac. In the picture above: Kevin and Pat Grimes, owner of Harry's on the Hill, who donated the car for the event. 

Why do we need Teacher Assistants anyway?

One of the first pieces of public education to come to the chopping block is teacher assistants.  Perhaps they seem like fluff to legislators and politicians? Maybe our elected officials see this position as one that can be replaced with a parent or other volunteer? Maybe it would help to look a bit more closely at the list of tasks they are expected to master on the job.

From the North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants:


Abandoning Public Education - 3 Ways

Vouchers, independent school districts, charter schools, magnet schools….are they all signs of our country’s abandonment of public education? Or a commitment to improve the education of our children?

Many years ago when I asked my 5 year old daughter which school she wanted to attend from a choice of magnet theme elementary schools, without hesitation her reply was “my school” – which to her meant the one in our neighborhood.


Thank You to Our Leadership Givers! What Does Leadership Look Like To You?

Here at United Way we talk a fair amount about our Leadership Givers - donors who make a commitment to give $1,000 or more a year toward our Community Investment Fund.  Many of them give much more than that $1,000 and a good many also give a lot of their time as volunteers and advocates. 

Did you know that collectively this group of donors contribute close to half of all the dollars raised every year in our community?  That is huge!