Auxiliary presents grant, awards scholarships

WEIRTON – The Weirton Medical Center Auxiliary awarded scholarships to two area high school graduates and made a contribution to the hospital to assist in continuing improvement projects during the group’s annual dinner held July 16.

Each year the auxiliary awards scholarships to selected members of their teenage volunteers – called volunteens – who are graduating high school.

“We have very special volunteens,” Georgia Anetakis, scholarship chair, said in introducing the recipients.

This year, the auxiliary presented two graduating seniors with scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each.

Those awarded scholarships were Brice Hickey, a graduate of Brooke High School, and Rachel Veltri, a graduate of Weirton Madonna High School.

Hickey, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hickey, volunteered 378.5 hours at the hospital. He will be attending West Virginia University with plans to become a dermatologist.

Veltri, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rinaldo Veltri, volunteered 240 hours and will be attending Wheeling Jesuit University with plans to become a neonatal nurse.

Both volunteens worked in the hospital’s gift shop.

In addition to the scholarships, the auxiliary made two monetary contributions to the hospital, presenting the checks to WMC President Charles M. O’Brien Jr.

The first presentation was for $600 from the auxiliary’s Remembrance Fund and is being earmarked for upkeep on the auxiliary flower garden located in front of the hospital.

The second contribution, in the amount of $60,000, is expected to go toward continuing upgrades to the hospital’s women’s services.

O’Brien expressed the hospital’s appreciation for the auxiliary, noting they help to put a human face to WMC in their work to help patients and guests.

“I can’t thank you enough for all that you’ve done,” O’Brien said.