Monday will be a night for the "stars" to shine, and here's hoping their galaxy of supporters will turn out to applaud them.
I'm speaking, of course, about the 15th-annual edition of the Herald-Star, The Weirton Daily Times Community Stars, presented by Weirton Medical Center. It will be held Monday at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville, beginning at 6 p.m.
This is the event where a group of unsung heroes of the Tri-State Area are applauded, having been nominated by the public because they go out of their way to help others and make a positive difference. They were selected by a committee here at the newspaper, and true to past years, it's a tough choice because so many are so worthy.
Tickets for this year's dinner cost $18 for adults and $14 for children under 10. The price of an adult ticket has been reduced this year, thanks to Weirton Medical Center, which has signed on as the title sponsor. WMC's participation has allowed the cost of the tickets to be reduced and for each recipient to receive a medallion which notes their selection as a Community Star.
This year's honorees include:
-- Kyle Elder of Toronto, who is involved with the Steubenville Area Relay for Life sponsored by the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society.
-- Tom Fitzgerald of Mingo Junction, who is very involved with activities in and around his community.
-- Betty Hasley of Rayland, a longtime volunteer at the Jefferson County Fair.
-- Gloria Howard of Steubenville, a senior citizen who still finds time to help others.
-- Cathy Llewellyn of Steubenville, who counts work on the Pleasant Hill School House Museum among her many activities.
-- Rick and Mary Oddi of Burgettstown, who lead a Cub Scout Troop for children with developmental disabilities.
-- Janet Polverini, a longtime resident of Toronto who now lives in Follansbee and is involved with many area organizations, including the Jefferson County Animal Welfare League.
-- Betty Powley of Bloomingdale, who impacts young lives through her volunteer time with the Edison High School Band and the youth group at Richmond United Methodist Church.
-- Robert Pulice of Weirton, who goes beyond just being a good neighbor.
-- Michael Thomas of Steubenville, who has helped to find clothing and food for those in need and is the founder of U.N.I.T.E.D. F.R.O.N.T., an organization created in memory of his late son.
The deadline to purchase tickets for the event is Thursday. Tickets can be purchased during regular business hours at the newspaper office, located at 401 Herald Square in Steubenville. For information, call (740) 283-4711.
See you there!