WEIRTON - The Weirton United Way's 2013 campaign officially gets underway this week, with a variety of activities planned to recognize the organization's volunteers and get the community involved.
This year's goal is $260,000 to benefit 13 area organizations.
The Weirton United Way's member agencies are the American Red Cross; Boys & Girls Club of Weirton; C.H.A.N.G.E., Inc.; Community Bread Basket; Dunbar Recreation Center; Hancock, Brooke, Ohio Retired & Senior Volunteer Program; Girl Scouts Black Diamond Council; Hancock County Sheltered Workshop; Hancock County 4-H; Mary H. Weir Public Library; Salvation Army, Weirton Corps.; Weirton Christian Center and Weirton Medical Center Foundation.
CAMPAIGN BEGINS — Representatives of the Weirton United Way’s member agencies gathered in front of the Mary H. Weir Public Library Monday to help kick off this year’s campaign. Pictured are, in front from left, Don Gianni Jr., 2013 campaign chair; Rik Rekowski, library director; and Michael Hagg, campaign vice chair and director of the Hancock County Sheltered Workshop; second row, Ashley Birkhimer, of the Boys & Girls Club; Shelly Anderson, of Hancock County 4-H; Deronda Bruich, of Weirton Christian Center; and Olivia Carter, of Dunbar Recreation Center; third row, Maj. David Dewan, of the Salvation Army; the Rev. Frank Milanese, of Community Bread Basket; and Kim Weaver, of Weirton Christian Center; and in back, Jim Boniey, of C.H.A.N.G.E., Inc.; John Frankovitch, United Way president; Jim Pauchnik, of Community Bread Basket; and George Vargo, director of the Boys & Girls Club. -- Craig Howell
Representatives of the agencies gathered in front of the Mary H. Weir Public Library Monday to get the campaign started, with some support from the community already coming in.
United Way Executive Director Kristin Bowman-Cross presented cookies from Weirton's Eat 'n Park restaurant to the Weirton Christian Center and Dunbar Recreation Center.
"Mark Heilman was generous to donate those cookies," Bowman-Cross said.
Today, campaign team members will meet at Weirton Medical Center for a luncheon to discuss the campaign and receive their fundraising materials.
The week's activities will conclude Friday with the annual Hancock County School Walk, a walk-a-thon event to be held at Weir High School's Jimmy Carey Stadium beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Bowman-Cross explained the elementary school students from Weirton will begin the event by walking around the stadium track, followed by the students of Weir High School and then Weir Middle School.
Additional fundraising events are in the works for the next few months.
(Howell can be contacted at email@example.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)