Weirton United Way continues its mission

The Weirton United Way recently took some time to celebrate the accomplishments of its 2018 campaign, while making preparations for this year’s fundraising efforts.

We offer our own congratulations to everyone involved for reaching last year’s $240,000 goal, which will help to provide much-needed funding to a dozen local member agencies. It could not have been done without the leadership of Linda Stear and the United Way staff and volunteers, along with members of the executive board and the campaign team spearheaded by Luke Myers and Chris Hatala.

The campaign has been evolving in recent years, breathing new life into the United Way with new volunteers, new supporters and a variety of new events.

Last year’s campaign saw Weirton getting “flocked” by a group of plastic flamingos, along with the inaugural United Way Turkey Trot. These joined the tried and true fundraisers, including golf tournaments, a fashion show and the annual Super Bowl Eve Tailgate.

We applaud these efforts to change when needed, as the efforts of the Weirton United Way truly are about supporting the community. Without these fundraisers, agencies such as the Community Bread Basket, the Mary H. Weir Public Library, the Dunbar Center, the Weirton Christian Center and more would face more difficulties in providing their valuable programs.

Now, it will be Hatala’s turn to continue that success as he steps in as chair of the 2019 campaign. He will be joined by Casey Richards as vice chair, and we are sure the community will continue to stand behind them in their efforts.

The first big event of the year is only about a month away, with the Weirton United Way Golf Classic, set to be held at Williams Golf and Country Club. It is one of the organization’s largest fundraisers of the year, and has enjoyed strong support from the community for decades.

We encourage the Weirton area to stand with the Weirton United Way as they continue their work.

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