Shelia Christofalos | Women United Taylor Foss Award
The Women United Award was established in 2017 to recognize a member of Women United’s giving society who demonstrates extraordinary commitment to United Way’s philanthropic mission. In 2018, the award was officially renamed the “Women United Taylor Foss Award” in order to celebrate the group’s founder and honor Taylor’s legacy in perpetuity.
Shelia embodies the spirit of Women United by demonstrating a deep commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion.
Shelia has served on the Peaks Committee, chair of Resource Development, and our board of directors. She has knocked on doors and made fundraising and friend-raising calls on our behalf. She has rolled up her sleeves anytime we have a school supply drive or Holiday Book Drive. And this woman ALWAYS packs her Live United t-shirt or ball cap on every trip she takes and makes sure to tag us on Facebook to let us know she’s still thinking about us, even as far away as Australia!
Shelia is a leader who inspires and empowers others to join the movement and in doing so makes a difference in the lives of students and families in Buncombe County.
“I deeply believe that our United Way is providing the courageous leadership that our community needs to support and grow ALL students. This is our moment to come together with focus, conviction, and partnership to usher in a new era of belonging and prosperity for our youth. It is an honor to work alongside others that share this vision and love for our community.”
Pictured: Dan Leroy, Shelia Christofalos, and Taylor Foss