Senior center receives renewed support

CENTER SUPPORT — A group of local businesses are renewing their support of the Greater Weirton Senior Center, presenting donations toward the center’s operations on Tuesday, and encouraging others to do the same. Among those taking part are, in front from left, Senior Center Board Chair Chuck Svokas; Hancock County Savings Bank President Cathy Ferrari; Jason Lucarelli and Mallory Clegg of WesBanco, and in back, Arden Ford, senior center board member, and Kelli McCoy, director of communications for Weirton Medical Center. -- Craig Howell

WEIRTON — A group of area businesses are renewing their efforts to ensure the future of the Greater Weirton Senior Center.

On Tuesday, representatives of three businesses — Weirton Medical Center, Hancock County Savings Bank and WesBanco — gathered at the senior center to reaffirm their commitment to assisting the center in meeting its operational expenses.

Cathy Ferrari, president of Hancock County Savings Bank, noted this is the second year of a three-year pledge by the bank.

She said it is important to have the senior center operational, as it provides meals, recreation and other services to Weirton’s older population.

“This is what they have,” Ferrari said.

The effort originally was launched in August 2015, with Hancock County Savings, Weirton Medical Center and other local business owners pledging contributions toward the campaign.

Those involved noted the difficulty the senior center has had in recent years in raising the needed revenue to operate.

Chuck Svokas, chairman of the senior center’s board, said the campaign started out well, although not many donations have been coming in since June.

Svokas agreed to the importance of the senior center.

“I have people come up to me all the time and tell me how much the center has meant to them,” Svokas said.

Those interested in donating to the senior center may call (304) 748-3490, or send a donation to 3425 Main St., Weirton, W.Va. 26062.

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