WEIRTON - The Weirton business community has come together to ensure the city's Independence Day fireworks display will go on as planned, according to officials with Weirton Medical Center which spearheaded a recent fundraising drive.
The fundraiser, organized after city officials expressed a potential lack of funding for the annual fireworks display scheduled for Friday night, was able to raise $11,850, with Weirton Medical Center providing $2,650 to cover the balance. The Renaissance Weirton committee previously had pledged $5,000 toward the fireworks.
"We are elated at the way local businesses, individuals and WMC physicians have stepped up to the plate for this community," said Kelli McCoy, WMC director of communications.
According to hospital officials, the fireworks display will cost a total of $19,500.
In addition to Weirton Medical Center, those making contributions to the fireworks display were Tri-State Pharmacy; Radiology Associated/Dr. Eric Balzano; The Pain Center/Dr. Jorge Roig; Grae-Con Construction; Dr. Stephen Alatis; Councilman Fred Marsh; MBM Construction; Assure America; Dr. Krishan Aggarwal and Dr. Madhu Aggarwal; Dr. Charles Capito; Dr. John Capito; Dr. Sanjay Gupta; Dr. Roger Isla; Dr. Kevin Kelly; Dr. Amar Khurana; Dr. Jay Lutins; Dr. Stephen Mascio; Dr. Hardev Parihar; Dr. James Valuska; Altair Development Group and Dr. Thomas Lheureau, as well as one anonymous donor.
"When the B and O tax was initially voted down and city leaders said they could not afford this year's fireworks display, we stepped up to help," said David Artman, director of operations at WMC. "Now with the passage of the B and O Tax, we may have a disappointed business community but also one that was adamant about honoring its word, doing this to support the community and simply doing the right thing."