Spirit Of NC Award: Dixon Hughes Goodman

When we think about our rock stars, the people and companies that go above and beyond, time after time, year after year, it is impossible to create a list that doesn't have the Dixon Hughes Goodman (DHG) team right at the top. So when our staff had an opportunity to make a nomination for the Spirit of North Carolina award, we knew it had to be our friends at DHG.

This year, DHG (Asheville and Charlotte), were among 33 awardees. This is the second time they have won this award. Here are just a few highlights of their contributions to our community:

  • Investing in our Community: This year the team at DHG raised $121,887; $100,000 of which came from 27 Leadership Givers.
  • Board Membership: David Wiggins, (who chaired our UWABC campaign cabinet in 2014) serves as a board member.
  • Middle School Morning Mentors: Four members of the DHG staff have stepped up to be among the first wave of volunteers to assist with early morning mentoring at Enka Middle School.
  • Girls in Charge: Girls in Charge provides mentors to middle school girls; building confidence and helping them navigate the confusing world around them. Malorie Irwin has been a volunteer with this group for the past two years.
  • Highlands Circle: Over the years DHG’s young leaders have been integral to our Highlands Circle, young leaders affinity group, serving on the steering committee for the group.  Elizabeth Britton is the latest DHG employee to serve in that capacity.
  • Peaks Development Team: This team is responsible for Leadership Giving at UWABC and Michael Rauchwarg has served for multiple years on the team.
  • Financial Services CEO Call Team: More than a few DHG employees have volunteered to service in this role helping us to maintain and build strong relationships with the community leaders in our local financial services.  This past year Adrian Vassallo provided incredible support.
  • Day of Caring: DHG has always participated in our annual Day of Caring Volunteer effort in September.  This year twelve volunteers performed deep-cleaning at the Smith McDowell historic home on the campus of AB-Tech community college

Blogs Featuring DHG Staff

Althea Aycock

Liz Britton

Linday Stalowy

Adrian Vassallo

David Wiggins


pictured: David Wiggins, Holly Hobbs - Enka Middle teacher and Shawna a student at the school.


About the Spirit of North Carolina Award

Each year, United Way of North Carolina recognizes and awards companies and organizations that have demonstrated strong community support through local United Way involvement. The Spirit of North Carolina Award celebrates the partnership of people working together to develop and implement innovative solutions for long-term community change.

Businesses, professional and non-profit organizations, governmental entities, healthcare and educational institutions – large and small – are nominated to receive the Spirit of North Carolina award because they are champions of change.  They raise their voice to share the story of their community, volunteer their time and expertise, and invest their resources.