HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 16, 2016 – High Point University has been honored with the Spirit of North Carolina Award from the United Way of Greater High Point after the university became the third largest contributor in the city for the 2015 campaign.
“As High Point’s University, we are committed to supporting the United Way of Greater High Point,” said HPU president Dr. Nido Qubein. “This organization supports numerous agencies and community initiatives, and we are grateful to partner with the United Way to move our city forward.”
The HPU family raised $230,000 in 2015 to support the United Way of Greater High Point and its partner agencies – a 505 percent increase from 2005. Joe Cristy, director of undergraduate recruitment at HPU, served as the staff campaign coordinator. Dr. Dan Tarara, assistant professor of exercise science at HPU, and Rosie Tarara, instructor of health education at HPU, served as faculty campaign coordinators.
Applications for the award were judged in January by a panel of United Way professionals from all over North Carolina. Awards were presented to companies and organizations that held not only a successful and creative campaign, but also practiced leadership giving, volunteerism, year-round education campaign rallies and more.
In addition to the annual campaign, students, faculty and staff donate 100,000 hours of service each year to the United Way and other agencies, including the Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Open Door Ministries, West End Ministries, Salvation Army and many more. According to United Way calculations, those volunteer hours are valued at $2.3 million.
“The Spirit of North Carolina Award recognizes the best of the best in N.C.,” said Bobby Smith, president of United Way of Greater High Point. “It is highly competitive and coveted, and is judged by United Way professionals from across N.C. We are so proud of HPU for being recognized with this award for so many years in a row. It demonstrates a commitment on the part of HPU to enhance the quality of life for all citizens in High Point.”