HOPEDALE - MarkWest Energy Partners and contractors constructing the Hopedale Fractionation facility made the holidays a little brighter for disadvantaged kids in the Ohio Valley.
Partnering with the Salvation Army and WTOV's Coats for Kids program, MarkWest, its contractors and their employees all pitched in to raise a total of $15,396.93 to help keep children warm this winter, making it the largest contribution in the program's history.
The WTOV Coats for Kids program is now in its 20th year raising funds for the Salvation Army, providing charitable contributions directly to disadvantaged school-aged children and enabling them buy a brand new winter coat to keep warm.
Initially, the group's goal was to raise $5,000 for the program; however, early contributions allowed MarkWest and its affiliates to look well beyond its initial target.
"From the go, the enthusiasm the staff demonstrated made it clear we were going to be able to exceed our initial goals," said David Ledonne, MarkWest vice president of operations, Utica.
"This is a great organization and a great opportunity for anyone to contribute to our community, and we're very happy to have the opportunity to do so. Knowing these kids will be warm throughout the winter really means a lot to all of us," Ledonne said.
In addition to MarkWest, Hartman and Hartman, McCarls, Bruce Merrilee, Kelchner Energy Services, Selinsky Force, CBC Services, Mac Safety, Bill Jones, Elite, Persimmon Group, Mannik and Smith, Mac Safety, Joe Safety, Optimized Process Design, CB&I, ASH-CTS and ERB all contributed to the successful effort.
"From the companies to the employees, this was a collaborative effort from everyone to help give back to the community," Ledonne said. "For all parties involved, this effort was a 'no-brainer'."