WEIRTON - The Weirton United Way is issuing a challenge to area retail businesses as it continues to raise money for the 2012 campaign.
The United Way currently is working on its 2012 campaign, with a goal of raising $280,000 for its 15 member agencies.
This week, the United Way received a contribution from Gus Monezis, owner of Gus's Goodies, who hoped it would encourage other local businesses to donate to the organization.
The Weirton United Way is putting out a challenge to local retail businesses as its 2012 campaign continues. Gus's Goodies is among the local businesses contributing to the campaign. Taking part in a check presentation to the United Way are, from left, Executive Director Kristin Bowman Cross, Campaign Vice Chair Don Gianni Jr., Gus's Goodies owner Gus Monezis and Campaign Chair John Greco. -- Craig Howell
"We're very fortunate to have Gus Monezis in our community," Campaign Chair John Greco said, noting Monezis has a long record of giving back and helping out in Weirton.
Executive Director Kristin Bowman Cross thanked Monezis for his contribution to this year's campaign, and encouraged others to follow his lead.
"He gives a boost to the retail division with his donation," she said.
The Retail Business division of the Weirton United Way's campaign includes local grocery stores, restaurants, beverage dealers, retail stores, furniture stores, jewelers, florists, pharmacies and automotive outlets, among others. It's goal for the campaign is $13,200.
The Weirton United Way provides support to 15 area agencies, including the American Red Cross - River Valley Chapter, Boys and Girls Club of Weirton, Girl Scouts Black Diamond Council, Boy Scouts of America, C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc., Community Bread Basket, Dunbar Recreation Center, Healthways, Hancock/Brooke/Ohio/Marshall Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Hancock County Sheltered Workshop, Hancock County 4-H Foundation, Weirton Medical Center Foundation, Mary H. Weir Public Library, Salvation Army - Weirton Corps., and the Weirton Christian Center.
(Howell can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)