Basketball challenge a win

WEIRTON – The community came together in support of the Community Bread Basket at the recent Weir High School-Madonna High School boys basketball game.

The Interact Clubs of both schools were asked to promote bringing nonperishable goods to the game as a “friendly” competition between the schools to help feed the hungry through donations to the Weirton-based nonprofit, which provides food assistance and social services to low-income residents.

“Mrs. (Renee) Howard of Weir High and Mrs. (Lauren) Parsons of Madonna High asked their respective Interact Clubs to get involved in providing assistance to low-income local residents,” said Tara Sheperd, Bread Basket program administrator. “Madonna High students and families brought in 1,553 pounds of food, and Madonna was declared the winner for this year’s event. Over $100 cash was collected, and Mike Spinella, winner of the 50/50 (drawing), donated $100 to Community Bread Basket.”

Sheperd would like the basketball challenge to be an annual event and is considering obtaining a traveling trophy to be presented at this event.

She extended special thanks to Principal Dan Enich of Weir High and Principal Steven Grasser of Madonna High for permitting and promoting, the event. She also thanked Weir High coach Mike Granato, Madonna High coach George Vargo, Athletic Director Mike Del Re of Weir High and Director of Activities Jon Kendrick of Madonna High, all of whom promoted the idea through their respective athletic programs.

Jim Pauchnik, Bread Basket publicity chair, thanked Summer Wallace-Minger of The Weirton Daily Times and Joey Klepack of WCDK-FM, “The River,” for supporting the effort through the media.

“People ask me all the time what they can do to help Community Bread Basket,” he said. “I tell them to volunteer a little time and to participate in the fundraising efforts of the organization.”

Community Bread Basket is one of the agencies of Weirton United Way.

It is located at 3501 West St. and can be reached at (304) 748-7595.