WEIRTON - A large crowd of area residents came out to Williams Country Club on Saturday for the annual Mardi Gras Gala fundraiser, deemed a success by members of the Rotary Club of Weirton Heights.
According to club member Jack Fowler, who was in charge of tracking sponsorships and ticket sales, the raw numbers as of Saturday showed the event raised more than $20,000. He said 260 tickets were sold and the event was well attended.
"This has been one of the better turnouts for this event we've had in a while and it's definitely a tribute to Dr. Luthra and the museum," he said. "I'd like to extend our gratitude to all of our sponsors. We are grateful for the continued support of the community."
Dr. J.K. Luthra, Weirton Heights Rotary Club president, said looking at the turnout and the amount of money raised, he only had one response: "Thank God and thank you."
Luthra said he has been blessed to be a part of a vibrant and dedicated group of Rotarians and the Mardi Gras was a success because of the club members and those at the museum who put the effort into various aspects of the event.
Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center President Dennis Jones said he couldn't thank the Weirton Heights Rotary Club enough for their help in making the museum children-friendly.
ENJOYING THE EVENING — Dancers hit the floor during the Mardi Gras Gala on Saturday hosted at Williams Country Club. Proceeds raised through the event, held by the Rotary Club of Weirton Heights, will benefit a proposed children’s area in the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center. -- Angelina Dickson
SPORTING A MOHAWK — Weirton Heights Rotary Club President Dr. J.K. Luthra, at right, sported a multi-colored mohawk as he greeted those in attendance at the Mardi Gras Gala fundraiser hosted at Williams Country Club Saturday. Pictured from left is Craig Howell, managing editor for The Weirton Daily Times; Del. Randy Swartzmiller, D-Hancock; Victor Greco and Luthra. -- Angelina Dickson
"The museum is something Weirton can be proud of and the people here and from elsewhere can come and see what we have in our area," added Jones.
The Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center will be hosting Weirton's Titanic Connection on April 21 at 1 p.m.; Ice Cream Social with "Rosies" on July 21 at noon; Festival of Nations on Aug. 18 at noon at the Cove Event Center; Holliday's Cove in the Year 1912 on Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. and the Haworth Memorial Art Exhibit on Oct. 20 at noon.
Major sponsors of the Mardi Gras event included Weirton Medical Center Medical and Dental Staff; C. Hackett Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram; First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union; Weirton-Wellsburg Chapter of West Virginia Credit Unions; Dr. George M. Roig; Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home; Dr. J.K. and Dolly Luthra; Lee Eye Center; Mesler Law Offices; Petrola Family Real Estate LLC and Weirton Geriatric Center.
(Dickson can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)