David Poe Receives United Way of Chatham County’s Highest Honor at 2017 Kick-Off Event

David Poe was named the 2017 Ormsbee Robinson Award Recipient. His wife, Patty, was in the audience as he accepted the award.

Ormsbee Robinson was the organizer of the first United Way campaign in Fearrington, which helped to solidify United Way’s presence in Chatham County. As a founder, he helped lead the group that built a vision for this United Way, developed the bylaws and created the operating standards. Ormsbee exemplified selfless giving and committed service to Chatham County through United Way.

The Ormsbee Robinson Award, established in his memory in 1996, is given by the United Way Board of Directors every year to an individual who has demonstrated Ormsbee’s legacy of strong leadership and long-standing commitment to the United Way and its mission.

The Board of Directors is proud to announce that this year’s recipient is mDavid Poe.  He has played an integral role in the Chatham community for many years. His service to United Way began in 2004 when he joined the Board of Directors. In 2007, he served as Board Chair until 2009.

In his longest-running and most recent role as Treasurer on the United Way Board, he is credited with shaping the financial stability of the organization. From 2011 until 2016, David’s contributions and financial expertise allowed United Way to expand staff, increase the amount of funds allocated to member agencies by almost 10% and invest more than $12,000 in additional funds for special grants and workshops for Chatham’s human service nonprofits.

Poe is a role model through his dedication to volunteerism and civic engagement.  His service to groups like the Chamber of Commerce, Chatham Hospital, Meals on Wheels and the Siler City STEP Program makes David an asset to our community and a valued friend of United Way.


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