Weirton United Way Golf Classic returns

HELPING OTHERS — A player from one of several teams taking part in the 2021 Weirton United Way Golf Classic prepares his shot on the course at Williams Golf and Country Club. -- Craig Howell

WEIRTON — As with many groups and organizations, 2020 was a different year for the Weirton United Way, and one officials are hoping to be able to put behind them.

The community’s main charitable organization works each year to raise funds to assist the operations of 12 local agencies, each focusing to meet the various needs of the Weirton area.

Last year, with measures in place throughout West Virginia and the rest of the nation, the Weirton United Way was unable to hold most of its traditional campaign events, foregoing one of its two golf tournaments, a fashion show, an in-person football-themed party, a race through the Marland Heights neighborhood of Weirton in the fall and other activities. There also was no official goal, no report lunches and no updates of the thermometer billboards typically along Main Street and Three Springs Drive.

That didn’t stop the volunteers and campaign team from collecting donations.

“We still funded our agencies last year,” United Way Executive Director Linda Stear said. “We still raised money, there just wasn’t a campaign.”

Instead of the in-person tailgate event, for example, the United Way hosted a prize drawing which was broadcast live through social media.

This year, though, as things are going back to a sense of normalcy, the United Way also is turning its attention to bringing back some of its better-known efforts to assist in reaching its $240,000 goal for the year.

That work started this week with the return of the Weirton United Way Golf Classic. In its 39th year, the Golf Classic in the longest-running fundraiser for the Weirton United Way, and among its top fundraisers. While 73 participants hit the fairways this year, a reduction compared to previous years, Stear noted it is just the beginning.

“This is our first event of the 2021 campaign,” she said, adding there will be other opportunities leading up to the official launch of the campaign in September.

“We raise all year long,” Stear noted

Member agencies benefiting from the Weirton United Way’s campaign are the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities West Virginia, Community Bread Basket, Dunbar Recreation Center, Healthways Inc., Hancock/Brooke/Ohio/Marshall Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Hancock County Sheltered Workshop, Hancock County 4-H Foundation, Mary H. Weir Public Library, Salvation Army of Hancock and Brooke Counties, Weirton Medical Center and Weirton Christian Center.

In addition to Stear, this year’s campaign is led by Chairman Casey Richards and Vice Chair Joyia Lytle.

For information about the Weirton United Way, call (304) 748-7213.


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