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Public Invited to Pulliam Retirement Reception

Steve Pulliam

The Board of Directors of United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) invites its friends in the community to attend a retirement reception in honor of Steve Pulliam on Sunday, January 27, from 2:30 until 4:00, in the Silvermont Mansion.

Pulliam officially ends his more than19-year tenure as Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Transylvania County on the last day of January.

People who have felt the positive impact of United Way programs in the past 19 years are invited to record personal messages to Pulliam and ‘thanks to United Way’ messages in a special video booth during the reception.

“We’re looking for a little help from the community to help make this event truly represent all that United Way of Transylvania County has accomplished with Steve at the helm,” said Board Chair Terry Decker.

As a treat for United Way friends, Transylvania Heritage Museum volunteers will provide guided tours of Silvermont Mansion’s second floor museum.

Event food is sponsored by Mayberry’s of Brevard.

Overflow parking will be available at the St. Philips Episcopal Church and Comporium lots.

In lieu of retirement gifts

Pulliam asks that in lieu of retirement gifts, individuals support our neighbors in need through UWTC. Even with his retirement rapidly approaching, he wants to make sure that people are aware of the ways that UWTC supports local individuals and non-profit agencies.

A generous donor will match up to $20,000 of pledges made in honor of Pulliam’s retirement. Pledges must be new or for increased amounts to be eligible for the match fund.

“I’d like to see the match fund in honor of Steve totally committed by the end of January. I think our community has the resources and the heart to take this to the max,” said Board Member Adam Perkins.

To make a qualifying pledge, go to, email Saunders Grommesh at, or complete a pledge form at the retirement reception.

About United Way of Transylvania County

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) empowers people to improve their lives.  Goals are for all residents to achieve their full academic potential, maintain a financially stable household, and live a healthy lifestyle.

UWTC has a particular focus on early childhood education, and has established the Early Childhood Education Mobile Unit Fund to drive programs to families with young children in remote and underserved areas of the county.

Contributions support local health and human service initiatives including community-wide volunteer opportunity listings, the NC 2-1-1 information and referral service, TRAIN (Transylvania Resource Access and Information Network) non-profit support, Familywize and Coast2Coast prescription discount cards, the Tiny House Initiative for Brevard, and free state and local tax preparation and filing assistance.

United Way of Transylvania County also awards approximately $300,000 annually to local health and human service non-profit programs and collaborative actions. 

UWTC funds programs preventing homelessness, abuse and neglect, and programs providing housing, after-school and summer youth education, health services, financial education and counseling, conflict resolution training, and parenting education and support.

To volunteer or financially support the United Way of Transylvania County, call 828-883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard), send US Mail to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712, or visit  or

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