Working his first job out of college, Edward Murray was hesitant to contribute any of his meager salary to his employer’s United Way campaign but some wise words from his mother adjusted his perspective.
“My mother very humbly reminded me that I had a bank account, a car to drive, medical insurance, a place to sleep and I had the security of employment,” Murray said. “I took my mother’s advice in 1985, and I’ve been supporting United Way ever since.”
Murray was introduced as chair for the United Way of the Cape Fear Area’s 2014-15 campaign during a May 1 social event. He currently serves as chair of the board of directors.
More than $2.2 million has been raised in the 2013-14 campaign with the participation of 200 local workplace campaigns and 6,400 donors. United Way invests 90 percent of money raised back into the community through a community impact process. The process determines specific needs in the community and awards funding to programs that work toward long-term solutions.
The 2014-15 campaign will kick off during a September 10 event at Airlie Gardens.