The United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council of Forsyth County Holds Annual Celebration, Awards Banquet

(Last Updated On: October 17, 2016)

Bridget Greene, Yamile McBride, Vice Principal- Philo Hill, Joan Deely, Teacher/Award Recipient.

“The United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council of Forsyth County held their annual celebration and awards banquet at the Millennium Center, October 12, 2016.

Founded in 2007, to date they have recruited over 1,050 members and raised over $4 million to support United Way’s effort to increase the graduation rate in Forsyth County to 90% by the year 2018. Focusing their attention on middle schools, their goal is to prepare students to be successful and hit the ground running as they begin 9th grade.   In pursuit of this goal, WLC monetary contributions and volunteer time are spent on three projects: Summer Success Academy, Tutoring and Family Engagement.


Susan Cameron, President & CEO Reynolds American, Barbara Duck, BB&T Susan Cameron Award Recipient

This year’s celebration recognized Regena Wiley, BB&T as the Outstanding Volunteer. This award recognizes an outstanding individual who has given their time and talent as a leader and volunteer. The 2016 Corporate Award, which recognized the largest number of new WLC members in the 2015 campaign year, was awarded to Reynolds American. The Outstanding Educator Award which recognized an educator’s passion and dedication for educating successful youth ready to enter the world of today, was awarded to Joan Deely, Philo-Hill Magnet Academy. The Outstanding Youth Award, which recognized a student for their growth and persistence to learn while overcoming challenges, was awarded to Demus Ramsey, Philo-Hill Magnet Academy. The 5th Annual Susan Cameron award, which honors a woman who empowers other women in the community, was awarded to Barbara Duck, BB&T, for her leadership and her passion for growing the impact WLC has on our community

United Way President and CEO, Cindy Gordineer notes, “This was a great opportunity not only to celebrate the contributions our WLC has made to the community, but to honor outstanding students, educators, volunteers, and corporations. The Women’s Leadership Council works to educate women about our community’s most pressing needs, engage women as philanthropic leaders and most importantly, empower women to be a part of positive change in our community”.

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United Way of Forsyth County believes quality of life relies on education, financial stability, health, and basic needs. All four are critical and interdependent to the collective success of our community. United Way of Forsyth County creates positive change in the community by aligning resources and strategic partners to achieve measurable, lasting results. We invest in improving student success and the high school graduation rate, increasing financial stability among lower-income individuals and families, broadening access to health care and prescription medications to the un- and under-insured, and providing critical assistance to those facing immediate crisis. Learn more about our work and rediscover the why behind the way at”