Artwork offered to aid United Fund

Mount Airy News

Contributors to the annual United Fund of Surry campaign have the opportunity to own a piece of original art, organizers have announced.

Local artist Lizzie Morrison is assisting this year’s drive by offering someone the opportunity to win an original painting, entitled “Bluegrass.”

Contributors who pledge at least $100 (through a one-time gift or over the course of a year) to the annual fundraising drive will receive a limited-edition print of the painting and a chance to win the original.

Morrison and her husband Luke own the Blue Rabbit studio on North Main Street in Mount Airy, and the artwork offer this year is building on a previous effort in support of the United Fund, officials say. It began last year with a painting by Kathy Pruett.

“Being able to again partner with a local artist to provide donors with an incentive is a perfect fit for the United Fund campaign since it connects with our message of supporting local agencies,” Christina Plitt, director of the United Fund of Surry, said in a prepared statement.

“We are very proud that money raised here in Surry County stays here locally to support our community.”

Catrina Alexander, who is chairing this year’s United Fund campaign, also praised the effort involving the painting.

“We are so grateful for the community’s support and equally grateful for the efforts of the agencies that the United Fund supports,” said Alexander, whose day job is director of Mount Airy Parks and Recreation.

This includes 26 member agencies ranging alphabetically from the American Red Cross to Yokefellow Ministry.

“The United Fund has a deep-rooted history in Surry County and we are so glad to be able to offer this type of incentive for a second year in a row. We are also fortunate to have a board of directors and a cabinet that are working very hard to help us achieve our goal,” Alexander added.

“It takes an extraordinary amount of time and effort, a task that would otherwise be impossible for the United Fund’s two part-time employees. I’ve always been so impressed with our community’s ability to come together with these types of large-scale efforts — it’s what makes us unique, it’s what makes me so proud to live here.”

Many opportunities exist for local residents to give to the United Fund, both individually and through corporate donations and employee campaigns.

More information about the United Fund of Surry or to how to contribute is available at or by contacting director Christina Plitt at 336-789-3087.