Hall of Fame banquet gets spring date

WEIRTON – Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 class of the Weirton Hall of Fame, which will be inducted May 4.

Nominations for the sixth induction class are being accepted until Feb. 15.

Hall of Fame Committee members have said several nominations already have been submitted, but officials are hoping to see more in the coming weeks.

“This is a time when we honor the best of the best of us,” Linda Krynicki, committee member, said. “There are a lot of deserving people who have helped shape our community and brought notoriety to our city.”

Individuals can be nominated into one of six categories: philanthropy; public service; music and fine arts; education and religion; sports and athletics; and business, industry and professionals.

The committee is permitted to allow up to two individuals per category to be inducted meaning a maximum of 12 inductees.

This year’s Weirton Hall of Fame induction will take place at 2 p.m. May 4 at Undo’s in Weirton. Tickets will be available for $25 each, with only 250 tickets being made available.

Applications are available in the Mayor’s office, located on the top floor of the Weirton City Building; through the committee members of on the city’s website under the Hall of Fame section.

“If you know someone who made a meaningful contribution to Weirton, whether it be through athletics, education, providing professional services or community service, take the time to nominate them,” added Committee Chair Angelina Dickson. “We have many unsung heroes in our midst who dedicate their lives never asking for anything, let alone get recognized, just because it’s who they are and what they do.”

In past years, Dickson said there have been applications that have not been considered due to a lack of information given during the nomination process. She said the application is clear in its requirements.

“We’re not just looking for a resume,” she said. “Everyone has a story to tell and we want you to tell us why your nominee deserves to be included in the Hall of Fame.”

Dickson said a list of accomplishments should be included, but the application requires a biographical story to accompany it. She said the committee is looking for a detailed explanation of how each nominee has impacted the community in their respective fields.

“You are convinced by their merits, now you need to convince us,” Dickson said.

According to the Weirton Hall of Fame Committee study report, a document bound by city ordinance by which the committee conducts its business, all honoree nominations must be individuals with “outstanding” accomplishments, starting with the incorporation of the City of Weirton in 1947, and had to be a resident within the city limits for at least five years.

All nominations must be submitted in writing, signed and dated by the individuals making the nominations with the application by Feb. 15.

For more information, contact Dickson at (304) 479-2269.