Weirton United Way rallies team

WEIRTON – The leadership of the Weirton United Way worked to rally the troops Tuesday, holding a luncheon with the organization’s campaign team to discuss fundraising plans for the year.

The United Way’s 2013 campaign is being kicked off this week with activities that include a student walk-a-thon at Weir High School on Friday, all aimed at the goal of raising $260,000 for its 13 member agencies.

President John Frankovitch encouraged campaign team members and representatives of the member agencies in attendance Tuesday to learn about the United Way, its services and the organizations it assists, and to talk about those services with others.

“It makes a connection with the donors,” Frankovitch said. “You’re involvement is critical in this.”

Frankovitch said the campaign has become almost like a season for the Weirton community, but it is a matter of life for those it affects, who rely on the organization and its agencies to provide assistance with food, shelter, clothing and other needs.

“This is a 12-month, seven-day thing for the families,” he said.

The 2013 United Way Campaign will be led by Chairman Don Gianni Jr. and Vice Chair Michael Hagg, who expressed their appreciation to those who have given their time to serve on the campaign team.

“I want to thank you in advance for hitting the goal, because we’re going to do it,” Gianni said, noting he would like to reach the $260,000 mark by the end of the calendar year.

Hagg, who also is the director of the Hancock County Sheltered Workshop – one of the 13 member agencies – said he looks forward to the challenge of the campaign, but also expressed his thanks for the aid provided to his agency over the years.

Weirton United Way Executive Director Kristin Bowman-Cross noted each person on the campaign team, and especially the campaign leadership, volunteers their time to help out, while also noting some of the changes the campaign has experienced in recent years and discussing some new events in the works.

The Weirton United Way’s member agencies are the American Red Cross; Boys & Girls Club of Weirton; C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc.; Community Bread Basket; Dunbar Recreation Center; Hancock, Brooke, Ohio Retired & Senior Volunteer Program; Girl Scouts Black Diamond Council; Hancock County Sheltered Workshop; Hancock County 4-H; Mary H. Weir Public Library; Salvation Army, Weirton Corps.; Weirton Christian Center and Weirton Medical Center Foundation.