HOPE: Diehl Automotive's Corina Diehl is partnering with a local organization to give breast cancer patients "A Glimmer of Hope."
Diehl's passion for cars and for serving her customers has built Diehl Automotive into one of the region's most successful and fastest growing dealerships, but it's her passion for giving back to the community that supports her business and where she raised her family that led her to partner with the Glimmer of Hope group.
Glimmer of Hope supports breast cancer research and provides support for premenopausal women in the area who've been diagnosed with the disease. The group was founded by Wexford native Diana Napper, who created a special pin, christened "A Glimmer of Hope," after the death of a close friend who'd encouraged her to pursue her dream of designing jewelry on Christmas Eve 1990.
The design features a teardrop Swarovski crystal, symbolic of the tears shed over the disease, and is topped with a pearl, representing hope.
With the support of volunteers, friends and family behind her, Napper has sold more than 14,000 pins, adding to the more than $1 million her foundation has raised for breast cancer research.
Diehl Automotive has pledged to make a donation to Glimmer of Hope for every vehicle sold during October. Corina Diehl is hoping to raise more than $35,000 for the foundation.
To learn about Glimmer of Hope's fight against breast cancer, visit Diehl Automotive's newest location on Steubenville Pike in Robinson Township, or the flagship dealership in Butler. Visit the Glimmer of Hope website at www.symbolofthecure.com/
KUDOS: Steubenville native Rick Deluca is now the program management office manager at CCS Engineering's office in Salem, Va.
Deluca, son of Patsy and Rachel Deluca, joined GE in 1986, where he gained a wealth of experience as a project manager, hardware engineering manager, black belt and software development process manager in the Digital Energy and GE Energy businesses.
He has a bachelor of science degree in electronics engineering, a master's degree in computer science and is a certified project management professional.
PROMOTED: West Liberty University's Jared Thompson was promoted to the position of senior producer/engineer for the school's channel, WLU-TV 14, recently.
A 2009 graduate of West Liberty, he earned his bachelor's degree in digital media design and is completing his master's of education degree in technology. After graduation, he was hired by West Liberty as a video production specialist and producer. He also is an adjunct teacher, instructing students in video techniques, video editing and communications.
He has been the web producer for the West Virginia Governor's School for the Arts for the past six years and also has his own video production company, Thompson Video Productions.