Weirton club raises funds for scholarships
WEIRTON — Though the morning started out wet, members of the Rotary Club of Weirton and guests were able to enjoy a little sunshine when the group’s tailgate party fundraiser kicked off Saturday afternoon.
Rotarians and their guests enjoyed lunch from the Rusty Bull Taco truck and other refreshments and participated in a cornhole tournament and drawings held by the club.
Coordinated by Rotarian Courtney Petrovich, the event was scheduled before the West Virginia University Mountaineers’ game against the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs.
Mike Gianni, the group’s president, said proceeds will go to various community projects, with a key one being four scholarships awarded to graduates of Weir, Weirton Madonna, Brooke and Oak Glen high schools.
Gianni said in recent years the club has been able to present a $1,500 scholarship to each of them.
He noted as one of many Rotary clubs throughout the world, the Weirton chapter supports both local causes and international ones, from donations to the Weirton Christian Center to contributions to the Rotary Foundation for the eradication of polio in underdeveloped nations.
Gianni said an outdoor event seemed like a good idea because the local status of COVID-19 was uncertain as it was being planned.
He noted the group usually holds a few key events in the winter and he’s hopeful they can return.
Major sponsors for the party were West Virginia Northern Community College; Steel and Wolfe Funeral Home; James White Construction; First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union; Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort; PS Marketing and Serra Village.
Also, sponsors were Best You Boutique, D’Anniballe & Co., Ferguson’s Tire Services, Weirton Rental Center, Weirton Lumber, Murphy Consolidated and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 246.