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Guest column/Merriman event a success

The second-annual Josh Merriman Foundation Golf Outing was held Aug. 17 at the Steubenville Country Club. It was a huge success due to an outpouring of support by our wonderful community, competitive golfers, generous sponsors and dedicated volunteers. We would like to thank the following:

Platinum sponsors: National Colloid, Trinity Health System and Wintersville Trophy Shop.

Gold sponsors: BASF Corp., Car Medic and Eastern Gateway Community College.

Corporate sponsors: Valley Converting Co. Inc., Mount Pleasant VFD, Geno and Renee Morelli, Huntington Bank and the Ferguson family.

Flag sponsors: WTOV-TV, B&B Screen Printing, Tri-State Financial Services, Wheeling Nailer Booster Club, Reed Lawn Care, Professional Tire and Alignment, DPH Pins, Mark and Sandy Morelli, Wintersville VFD, Carducci’s Lawncare Service, Apollo Pro Cleaning and Restoration, Steuben Radiology Associates, TEAM Automotive, the Judy Maple Foundation, Doug Freshwater Contracting, Giannamore’s Pizza, Judge Michael Bednar, FOP Lodge No. 1, Brooklyn Bagel, John Marshall hockey and First National Bank.

Green sponsors: Wheeler Funeral Home, Voto Manufacturers Sales Co., Frank and Linda Slowikowski, Gil Thermes Fence Co., Dee Jay’s BBQ Ribs, Cardinal Wealth Management, the Colabella Family, Colonial Baptist Church, Houk Lawncare, the Clark Family, DPC Automotive, Toni Moreland State Farm, Bishop Mussio Junior High School, RSV Trucking, Carry Out Express, Heavenly Coach Limousines, Ohio Valley Wings — GWRRA, Catholic Central High School, Catholic Central High School Athletic Boosters, Catholic Central High School Athletic Department, Super C Market, Certwood Limited, coach Jim DiCarlo, Dan Stephens State Farm, Ken and Penny Davis, Pat and Parker Henry, Creative Carpet and Flooring by Meg, Starkdale Presbyterian Church, FOP Lodge No. 8, Gary W. Cain Realty and Auctioneers, Ken Herron, Carmen DeStefano, W.E. Quicksall and the Mingo Business Association.

Tee box sponsors: Chamber Insurance Agency, the Dorow Family, Jillian Kovac, Indian Creek Athletic Departmet, T.C. Chappelear, Cedar One Realty, Ohio Valley Sports On-line, Hauser Furniture, Rehab Plus Physical Therapy, Bryan Pierro, Attorney Adam Martello, Gus’ Goodies, Holy Family Church and Monsignor Gerald Calovini, DiGregory’s Greenhouse, Dr. William Grant, PR Landscape, the John Domenick Family, the Ogden Family, MacPherson Chiropractic, James White Construction, Steubenville Electric LMCC, Bolger Healthcare, the Brkovich Family, Mosti Funeral Home, the Catalano Family, J.E. Foster Funeral Homes, Fort Steuben Maintenance, Main Street Bank, Heavenly Coach Limousines, Michael G. DiDomenico CPA, Knights of Columbus No. 472, coach Ross Ivkovich, Planned Investments, Certwood Limited, Iacovissi Inc., A and B Sunset Pharmacy, Franciscan University of Steubenville, the Antonelli Family, Barium and Chemicals Inc., FOP Lodge No. 97, Bradley Lawnscapes, Gables Care Center, Dr. Chris Long, Knights of Columbus No. 4361, Dunlope-Shorac Funeral Homes, Smithfield Alumni, West End Excavating, Linda and Phil Taylor, Walt Ziemba, Betty Cefus, Advanced Pools, Serra Village Retirement Community, State Rep. Jack Cera, Madeline Gulan, Wayne Parks, Anthony Investment Management, Gellner Law, Jefferson County Sportsman’s Club, Jerry Gast Insurance, the Binkiewicz Family, Steubenville Fire Fighters Local 228, W.E. Quicksall, Riley Heating and Cooling, Dr. John and Theresa Metcalf, Steubenville Veterinary Hospital, Ryan Lawncare, Luckino’s Barber Den, Ray’s Pizza, Anthony Mining, Jefferson Behavioral Health, the Barsch family and Three Rivers Optical Co.

Cart sponsors: Village Sleep Center, Celebrations, Ace Optical Co., Charity Hospice, First Choice America Community FCU and Riley Heating and Cooling.

Donations: State Park Motors; Winter Drive-In; Newborough Photo; Holiday Inn-Weirton; Gas Lite; Two Brothers Dry Cleaners; AMC Steubenville; Attorney Sarah Gasser; Wheeling Island Hotel Casino and Racetrack; Johnson’s White Bear; Discovery Jewelers; Cheryl’s Diner; the Ville; Bruno’s Pizza; Sesame Grill; Generations; Abdalla’s Tavern; Joyce CPAs; Nina and Bud Cullen; Shirley Punke; Enzo’s; the Romano family; Shawn Zarych; Pastre Auto Service; Charles and Melony McBride; Ron Michnowicz Jr.; Frank’s Bar; Mingo Sportsman’s Club; Adam Scurti; Charlie Corder; Butch and Connie Koniski; Lou and Carol Almonte; Albert Carapellotti; Bud Billiard; Gene Taylor; Jerry Clark; Jim and Kathy Freiling; Anthony Evick; Rob and Connie Moore; Toots, Eric and Mary Balzano; Ralph Hamilton; the Gellner Family; Kurt Vandeborne; Olivia Wasco; Wine and Beverage Merchants; T&S Gentile Inc.; Dr. Thomas Brown; Michael Grove; R.E. Saxon; Judge Michelle Miller; Suzanne Kresser; Don Ogden; Ken Mannie; Pat Hagerty; Paul DeFazio; Nathan Paulman; Dylan Junker; the Paulman family; the Werkin family; Rosemaire Riley; PNC Bank; Emily Merriman; Detroit Red Wings; Gary Donahue; Texas Roadhouse; Dave Barnhouse; Kevin Medley; Mamma G’s Pizza; Lowe’s; Auto Zone; WCDK-FM, Cynthia Rose Phillipson Charitable Foundation; Mitch Morelli; Tim Horton’s; Don Hall; Cardello’s; the Michael Barber family; John Denholm; Legal Hair; Neidengard’s Harley-Davidson; Water Transport; Dr. Justin Baker; Snack Brothers; Wheeling Nailers; Yoga on Main; Monica Werkin; Steubenville High School; the Jeff Cefus Family; the Vaudrain family; Betto Merriman and Betty Ruttencutter; the DiCenzo family; Box Drop; Brian and Jennifer Riffee; Tim and Lynette DaGrava; coach Aaron Henry; and the Herald-Star.

Volunteers: Don and Jenna Ogden; Rachel Sommers; Suzanne Kresser; Rosemarie Riley; Joe, Carolissa, Sam and Maggie Cucarese; Jan and Maddie Freshwater; Jodi, Alyssa and Bella Merriman; Barb, Jason and Betty Cefus; Amanda Carson; Brad Cain; Emily Merriman; Vickie Peckins; Cathy, Maddie and Abigail Miller; Monica Werkin; Taylor Bednar; Kayla Collier; Fran and Dawn Capaldi; Ashlynne Daley; Logan Colabella; Megan Lloyd; Mike, Sherri, Michael and Tony Barber; Nathan Paulman; Patrick Spiess; Cathy Gellner; Cami Simon; Cheryl DeYarmon; Mary Frances Colabella; Sofia Bodo; Zach Zatta; Barb, Michael, Matthew and Christopher DiCenzo; Steve and Debbie Binkiewicz; Gene Ciciarelli; Scott, Roni and Drew DeYarmon and Chris Tarquinio.

We also would like to thank the staff at the Steubenville Country Club, especially Amanda Smathers and John Denholm for all their hard work. Fun was had by all, remembering Josh and sharing the day with friends and family as we try and keep our community “Safe and Sound.”

The proceeds allow the Josh Merriman Foundation to further its work with concussion and mental health awareness and suicide prevention. More information can be found on the website joshmerrimanfoundation.org.

Please contact us through the website or phone.

Please remember September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is (800) 273-TALK (8255), or call 911 immediately.

(Colleen and Bob Merriman are the parents of the late Josh Merriman.)

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