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United Way honors former Rocky Mount publisher

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Mark Wilson, center, won the Community Champion Award Wednesday during the United Way 11th Annual Community Champions Luncheon at the Dunn Center at N.C. Wesleyan College.

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By PATRICK MASON
Rocky Mount Telegram

Thursday, April 26, 2018

A former Telegram publisher was among those honored by The United Way Tar River Region on Wednesday during its 11th annual Community Champions’ Luncheon.

The banquet, held in the Dunn Center on the campus of N.C. Wesleyan College, was attended by many organizations and people across the Twin Counties.

Dr. Haywood Parker, president of the United Way Board of Directors, said that event displayed the local United Way’s efforts over the past year, as well as highlighting and recognizing those that helped with the campaign.

“Today’s event is about celebrating those that champion the cause of strengthening our community,” Parker said.

After the first segment of awards were given to companies and organizations that donated a certain dollar amount, ranging from Diamond Award to Honorable Mention, Neill Nelson from Davenport Autopark took the stage to announce the winner of a 2018 Honda Civic the dealership was giving away.

Davenport Autopark donated a car for the seventh consecutive year. The winner, randomly selected out of 10 finalists who each donated more than $100, was awarded a one-year lease on the car.

The event shifted again to presenting more awards.

Mark Wilson received the Community Champion Award, which recognizes the overall contributions of an individual or organization that has not only been a loyal and longstanding United Way supporter but has also had an impact in the community.

Wilson recently retired as the publisher of the Rocky Mount Telegram, a position he held for five years.

“Serving our community alongside Ginny (Mohrbutter’s) United Way team has been a highlight of my professional career,” Wilson said. “I am extremely honored to be recognized for this award."

Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant received the Community Cheer Leadership Award. Their support yielded more than one-third of the $1.2 million United Way Campaign.

First Carolina Bank and Boddie-Noell Enterprises were given the Community Cheer Award, for having 100 percent participation.

Nash Community College and Edgecombe County Public Schools were given the Big Heart Award.

Eaton Corp. was given the Corporate Impact Award, recognizing its leadership in the community. The City of Rocky Mount earned the Community Impact Award for its innovative approach to boost the campaign.

Providence Bank was awarded the Largest Campaign Increase and Participation Award, after increasing its campaign efforts by 926 percent.

Envolve Vision increased its employee participation from 25 percent to 75 percent and was awarded the Largest Participation Increase Award.

Parker was named Volunteer of the Year. The Community Partner Award went to the American Red Cross.

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools team was given the Campaign Coordinator of the Year.

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