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Gary Fazio, chairman of the United Way Tar River Region Board of Directors, presents the United Way Spirit of North Carolina Award to Boddie-Noell Enterprises President and CEO Bill Boddie, right, on Tuesday at United Way headquarters.

Telegram photo / Tyler Kes

Gary Fazio, chairman of the United Way Tar River Region Board of Directors, presents the United Way Spirit of North Carolina Award to Boddie-Noell Enterprises President and CEO Bill Boddie, right, on Tuesday at United Way headquarters.

United Way honors Boddie-Noell

By Tyler Kes
Staff Writer

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The United Way Tar River Region honored Boddie-Noell Enterprises on Tuesday, awarding the company with the Spirit of North Carolina Award.

The award was given in recognition of the company’s support for the United Way, including the donation of the building that now serves as the organization’s headquarters in Rocky Mount, local United Way Executive Director Ginny Mohrbutter said.

“The United Way Tar River Region nominated them,” Mohrbutter said. “It goes to a state-level committee. They reviewed it, and because of the tremendous support they give, not only to the United Way but all kinds of nonprofits in the community, they received this award.”

Company President and CEO Bill Boddie said winning the award was wonderful.

“Ginny and the whole staff here does such a wonderful job, it is what makes the local United Way such a strong chapter,” Boddie said. “We are just glad to be a part of the whole thing, really, as many other companies are as well.”

Donating to organizations such as the United Way is important, Boddie said, and is something all companies should do.

“It is part of our heritage and belief to give back to the community and always reach out and help those who are maybe less fortunate or need a helping hand for a moment or two – and also to help strengthen organizations that are like Boy Scouts and YMCA that aren’t necessarily in trouble, but need that extra support,” Boddie said.

Many of the company’s employees attended the award presentation and explored the new headquarters.

The building, located on the 2500 block of Sunset Avenue, had been sitting unoccupied for some time, United Way Board of Directors member Bob Boyd said.

Boddie-Noell raised $36,720 in its 2013-14 Employee Campaign, with 100 percent of employees participating.

The company has donated more than $1 million in a 10-year period to the United Way Tar River Region through employee donations, foundation contributions and the building, said Gary Fazio, chairman of the United Way Tar River Region Board of Directors.

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