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Rotary hosts annual Black and White Ball

April 30, 2012
By ANGELINA DICKSON - Staff writer ( , Weirton Daily Times

WEIRTON - Members of the Rotary Club of Weirton, and their guests, had a ball Saturday as part of the eighth-annual Black and White Ball Gala, held in an effort to continue to support the club's charities in the local area.

Attendees were welcomed into Williams Country Club to eat, socialize and hit the dance floor as The Groove Doctors played a variety of music.

Club President JoAnn Babela said the event allows the Rotary Club of Weirton to continue supporting the Weirton Youth Soccer League, Weirton Salvation Army, Boy Scouts of America, the Weirton United Way and Polio Plus - a program initiated by Rotary International as a way to eradicate polio from the world. In addition, the club sent shelter boxes to Haiti and Peru for the earthquake victims.

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The club also works to contribute to the continued education of selected students from the area.

"Each year with the help and support from our community, we are able to present one senior from each of the four local high schools with a $1,500 scholarship," said Babela. "We are even donating a portion of our proceeds to the West Virginia Northern Community College expansion project."

Babela said a special thanks must go to each of the major sponsors for the event, which included First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union; Weirton Geriatric Center; Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort and Open MRI of Steubenville. She also thanked Rhonda Quattrochi for assistance in planning and organizing the event along with the remaining sponsors, advertisers and those in attendance.

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GOOD TIMES — The Rotary Club of Weirton hosted the Black and White Ball Gala at Williams Country Club on Saturday. Incoming club President Mike Gianni showed off some YMCA dance moves, reliving the glory of a past gala, while sitting with family and friends. All the proceeds raised from the event will be used for local charities including scholarships for four high school students. -- Angelina Dickson

"Without your support, events like this would not be able to continue," she said.

The total amount raised at the event was not immediately available.

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