WEIRTON - The leadership of the Weirton United Way worked to rally the troops Tuesday, holding a luncheon with the organization's campaign team to discuss fundraising plans for the year.
The United Way's 2013 campaign is being kicked off this week with activities which include a student walk-a-thon at Weir High School on Friday, all aimed at the ultimate goal of raising $260,000 for its 13 member agencies.
President John Frankovitch encouraged campaign team members and representatives of the member agencies in attendance Tuesday to learn about the United Way, its services and the organizations it assists, and to talk about those services with others.
UNITED WAY TEAM — Members of the Weirton United Way campaign team gathered at Weirton Medical Center Tuesday for a team luncheon in order to learn more about the 2013 campaign, which began this week. The Weirton United Way’s 2013 goal is $260,000. -- Craig Howell
CAMPAIGN TALK — Weirton United Way President John Frankovitch, standing, addresses the campaign team Tuesday, while, from left, Campaign Vice Chair Michael Hagg, Campaign Chair Don Gianni Jr., and Weirton United Way Executive Director Kristin Bowman-Cross listen. -- Craig Howell
"It makes a connection with the donors," Frankovitch said. "You're involvement is critical in this."
Frankovitch said the campaign has become almost like a season for the Weirton community, but it is a matter of life for those it affects, who rely on the organization and its agencies to provide assistance with food, shelter, clothing and other needs.
"This is a 12-month, seven-day thing for the families," he said.
The Weirton United Way will hold campaign report luncheons on Nov. 1, Dec. 6 and Jan. 17 to provide updates on the 2013 campaign. Each luncheon will take place at the Serbian-American Cultural Center.
The 2013 United Way Campaign will be led by Chairman Don Gianni Jr. and Vice Chair Michael Hagg, who expressed their appreciation to those who have given their time to serve on the campaign team.
"I want to thank you in advance for hitting the goal, because we're going to do it," Gianni said, noting he would like to reach the $260,000 mark by the end of the calendar year.
Hagg, who also is the director of the Hancock County Sheltered Workshop - one of the 13 member agencies - said he looks forward to the challenge of the campaign, but also expressed his thanks for the aid provided to his agency over the years.
Weirton United Way Executive Director Kristin Bowman-Cross noted each person on the campaign team, and especially the campaign leadership, volunteers their time to help out, while also noting some of the changes the campaign has experienced in recent years and discussing some new events in the works.
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.
(Howell can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)