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March 26, 2010 - Alex Marshall
I don’t live in Weirton, but I do work and play there. (Are you listening, Jan?)
I get to work in Weirton through my employment with The Weirton Daily Times. I get to play in Weirton at lots of social, business and fundraising functions, and lest I forget -- I also get to PLAY GOLF in Weirton (one of my passions) at famed Williams Country Club.
Whether its work or play, I always enjoy myself when I’m in Weirton. And, it all starts with the people I come in contact with who care about their community who are willing to work hard, and yes, play hard, too.
If you don’t believe how hard Weirtonians work and play, check out my business/social calendar this past week.
ON FRIDAY NIGHT I attended the Tri-State Home & Garden Show at the Serbian-American Cultural Center sponsored by the Weirton Chamber of Commerce and the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. (nice to see two powerful business organizations working together for the betterment of their membership and communities)
Friday evening’s ribbon-cutting ceremony opening the show was followed by a combined chamber Business After Hours for its members. Great food and libations along with powerful networking that connected from Steubenville to Weirton energized the room.
And, talk about a hotbed of commerce, I can promise you there were contracts inked and deals cut all weekend long as thousands streamed through the Serbian taking in the more than 80 exhibitors.
ON SATURDAY NIGHT it was anchors away as Jan (my shipmate) and I set sail on the S.S. Fanfare – the Weirton Medical Center Foundation’s annual fundraiser held at Williams Country Club.
A few First Class passengers sighted on the poop deck included Carol & Ed Looman, Lisa & Kevin Quattrochi, John Greco, Bill Kiefer, Danny Greathouse, Bill D’Alesio, Paula & Jon Rogers, Mary & Rob Vandine, Scott Winwood and J.J. Bernabei.
Cocktails and hor d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing, casino gaming and an auction of sports memorabilia (Weirtonians really do play hard) made for a great evening. Of course it was a who’s, who of Hancock and Brooke Countians who came out this night to support the Foundation’s Healthy Community Grants, which has raised more than $1 million since 1998.
While steel-making may have built Weirton into the fine city it is today, it is institutions like Weirton Medical Center and its Foundation that will serve the city well in the years ahead.
My congratulations to Captain Stubbing, uh, I mean Captain Joe Endrich, cruise director Kevin Brown and volunteers for a splendid evening.
ON TUESDAY NIGHT while my mind said yes, and my body said no, it was off to cocktails and dinner at Undos with the Weirton Chamber of Commerce hosting its annual membership dinner meeting. A banquet room full of familiar faces was again present as I tapped J.J. Bernabei on the shoulder and suggested we have to stop meeting like this. (J.J. and I had been on the same business/social circuit since Friday)
Brenda Mull did her usual great job of touting the Chamber’s accomplishments during the year as well as recognizing outstanding member achievements. The Chamber is lucky to have Brenda as its president, and Weirton is lucky to have a big city chamber of commerce that is active and vibrant.
Work hard. Play hard. WEIRTON ROCKS!
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