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The United Way’s Million Dollar Challenge is off to a strong start. On Monday, the United Way of Iredell County announced a donation of $250,000.

Statesville businesswoman Marian Steele Clark partnered with her employer, JC Steele and Sons, Inc., to make the donation to the United Way’s Endowment for the Future.

The endowment provides a “sustainable revenue source to fund transformational grants in local non-profit programs and services as well as provide immediate emergency or natural disaster relief for our community,” according to the release announcing the donation.

The million-dollar campaign aims to allow for new and innovative programs, such as the Veteran’s Transitional House, Get Fit Iredell family wellness program, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and the 2-1-1 Information and Referral service.

The campaign provides a $1M match from an anonymous donor. With the latest gift, the campaign is over halfway to its goal of raising $1.9 million to receive the match.

“United Way of Iredell County is a critical leader in addressing the most challenging conditions of our community,” Clark said. “I am proud to support United Way’s efforts for generations to come, knowing the lives of citizens in our community will be positively impacted by the innovation this endowment will generate.”

Clark has been a longtime volunteer for United Way of Iredell County and currently serves as the president of the board of directors.

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