Local United Ways exceed their goals

Everyone involved with the fundraising campaigns of the Jefferson County and Weirton United Ways is deserving of congratulations today.

The reason? Both campaigns have exceeded the goals of their annual fundraising efforts.

On Thursday, the Weirton United Way announced it had exceeded its goal of $260,000. And then on Friday, the United Way of Jefferson County announced that it had exceeded its goal of $440,000.

Those numbers show, once again, that area residents are willing to help their friends and neighbors.

Successful efforts by United Ways are critical. They ensure that many local agencies can continue to provide vital services throughout our region. The missions of those agencies vary widely, but each provides a service that benefits the community.

Each United Way also has its own, unique ways to raise money. While all United Ways depend on money donated by individuals and through workplace campaigns, special events help bring in a significant amount of dollars. The annual Taste of the County and memorial motorcycle pledge ride have been annual events conducted by the United Way of Jefferson County, for instance. The annual web-a-thon, meanwhile, is a relatively new event that has generated many donations.

This year’s campaign included something new – a local comedy night, which officials plan to make an annual occurrence

The mainstay of the Weirton United Way, meanwhile, is the annual golf classic at Williams Country Club. The event, which will be held for the 33rd time on June 9, is considered to be one of the premiere golf tournaments held across the Tri-State Area.

And, while these two United Ways have exceeded their goals, the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley, which serves Brooke County, reports that it is 85 percent toward meeting its goal of $777,777.

A dedicated corps of volunteers makes up every United Way campaign. In Jefferson County, that effort was led this year by Executive Director Beth Rupert-Warren, Campaign Chair Anthony Mougianis and board President Dave France. Directing efforts in Weirton are Executive Director Kristin Bowman-Cross, Chair Don Gianni, Vice Chair Mike Hagg and Board President John Frankovitch.

Their commitment, plus the efforts of many other volunteers, ensures that area residents will continue to have access to much-needed services.