• 43°

PotashCorp-Aurora employees support United Way campaign

PotashCorp-Aurora presents the Beaufort County United Way with a check for $254,684. Participating in the presentation are (from left) are Ann Darkow, Beaufort County United Way Chairman Bill Matthews, Nattalie Castro, PotashCorp-Aurora General Manager Steve Beckel, Beaufort County United Way Executive Director Mark Hamblin, Bill Brown and John Robinson. (Submitted Photo)

PotashCorp-Aurora News Release

“We did it together, Aurora!” sums up another Beaufort County United Way annual campaign. In 2012, the employees of PCS Phosphate Company, Inc.’s Aurora plant (PotashCorp-Aurora) responded, yet again, with another record-breaking United Way campaign. This year, 824 employees donated $127,342. With the matching corporate gift, the final total was $254,684.

Steve Beckel, general manager of PotashCorp-Aurora, expressed his sincere thanks and gratitude to the employees who participated in making this campaign the most successful one ever. He noted, “It’s because of your generosity that our friends, family and neighbors will receive much-needed assistance through designated agencies.”

Donations to the Beaufort County United Way support 19 community partners, all of which depend on United Way donations to provide assistance and services to the many area residents in need.

“The employees and leadership of PotashCorp-Aurora have once again demonstrated their extraordinary generosity and commitment to supporting their communities via the United Way,” said Bill Matthews, chairman of the Beaufort County United Way. “We congratulate them on their record-setting 2012 United Way campaign and thank them for helping us and our community partners fulfill our mission of ‘Neighbors helping Neighbors’ in eastern North Carolina.”

PotashCorp-Aurora’s 2012 pledge is a 5-percent increase over 2011, and represents 68 percent of Beaufort County United Way’s total campaign of $375,000.

“In these times of economic turmoil and natural disasters like Hurricane Irene, PotashCorp-Aurora and its employees are a calming force in eastern North Carolina,” noted Mark Hamblin, executive director of the Beaufort County United Way.

“It would have been easy for them to have used tough times as an out, but once again, the employees saw the need, dug deep and turned in a record-setting campaign. Because of their generosity, the United Way and its community partners can continue to lend a ‘hand up’ to our friends and neighbors in eastern North Carolina.  Congratulations and thank you PotashCorp-Aurora for your caring and supportive spirit.”