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Perkins notes 15 years in Wheeling community

Perkins Restaurant and Bakery owner Frank Carolla shows off artwork specially commissioned to recognize Perkins’ 15 years of community involvement in the local area. — Contributed

Perkins Restaurant and Bakery is celebrating 15 years of countless meals served, hundreds of people employed and hundreds of thousands of dollars donated to various Ohio Valley causes.

Community involvement and philanthropy have been a hallmark of owner Frank Carolla’s personal philosophy since opening the first restaurant in 2002, as evidenced by his support of numerous local organizations and programs totaling nearly $1 million.

“From the very beginning, it’s been about more than just great food at great prices,” Carolla said. “From day one I wanted my restaurants to be more than just a place to eat. I wanted them to be a vital part of the community.”

The list of causes supported by Perkins includes Helping Heroes, Easter Seals, the Miracle League of the Ohio Valley, West Virginia Super Six high school football championships and the Ohio County Schools Partners in Education program to name a few.

Since 2007, the restaurants have provided more than $100,000 in funding while serving as the title sponsor of the Perkins Restaurant and Bakery Fantasy in Lights Parade, held annually by the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce. The parade is one of the area’s premier holiday events and routinely draws more than 10,000 people to downtown Wheeling.

Chamber President Erikka Storch cited Carolla’s civic involvement and support of the community.

“Frank is a prime example of a good corporate citizen,” said Storch. “He believes in the philosophy of doing well by doing good and the impact that Perkins has made in the community has been profound.”

In addition to its philanthropic efforts, the company employs more than 100 people in full- and part-time positions and has an annual payroll of $1.4 million.

“We’re very proud of the economic impact that our business has made over the years,” Carolla said. “… Our employees live and raise families here. They stimulate the local economy. That’s what I’m most proud of.”

Perkins Restaurant and Bakery has locations in Wheeling and Moundsville.

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