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INVISTA raises big bucks for United Way of Kershaw County
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Thomas Riley, a manufacturing area leader, and Martie Gale McCallum, a manufacturing engineer, at INVISTA, demonstrate the companys prize wheel that was set up for several days in November so that any employee who had donated more than $52 to the United Way campaign could spin for some type of prize. INVISTA raised more than $75,000 for the United Way's campaign this year. - photo by Haley Atkinson

INVISTA of Camden has a had a rather successful campaign drive for the United Way of Kershaw County this year, according to Kathy Sharp, the plant’s quality manager.  

“This year, INVISTA Camden employees raised $75,000 with 68 percent of the employees participating in giving,” Sharp said.

Both this year’s employee participation and final dollar amount are up from last year, Sharp confirmed. Last year, 61 percent of INVISTA employees participated, with the site reaching a grand total of $61,545.

Sharp said both years’ totals include a $10,000 INVISTA corporate donation. She said the site also saw an increase this year in “leadership giving.”

“Leadership giving is defined as giving at a level of $500 or greater,” Sharp said. “Leadership giving increased from 31 people (last year) to 42 people this year.”

INVISTA hosted several shift celebrations in November to reward and recognize employees who donated. At these celebrations, a “prize wheel” was set up and each employee who donated $52 or more was able to spin. A spin could yield such prizes as gift cards to area restaurants and retail stores, or a chance to choose a prize from a surprise table.

According to Doug Horton, who works as an INVISTA production trainer, the prize wheel and surprise table work as both a reward and incentive for encouraging employees to donate.

“There’s also a drawing Friday for bigger prizes,” Horton said.

Employees are entered into this drawing also based on the amount they’ve donated. The more money an employee donates, the more tickets they receive. The prizes in today’s drawing include such items as televisions, beach vacations and gift cards for larger amounts.

David Wallace of Lancaster, an employee at INVISTA for 45 years, donated a five-night stay at his North  Myrtle Beach condominium to be raffled off. Wallace said that he and his wife, Judy, were glad to donate a week at their condo because “it helps INVISTA meet its goal and it helps United Way.”

Sharp said an extra gift that employees who donated more than $150 was to receive a United Way T-shirt.

“We had 144 people receive T-shirts for giving at that level,” Sharp said.