OVU to honor Adamses, Jorgeson on May 6

VIENNA – Ohio Valley University will honor three Mid-Ohio Valley citizens during the university’s sixth annual Evening of Honor on May 6.

Richard and Liza Adams will receive the 2014 Mid-Ohio Valley Business Leaders of the Year Award. Richard Adams is chairman and CEO of United Bankshares.

Felice Jorgeson, director of the Smoot Theatre Corp., will be honored as the Mid-Ohio Valley Citizen of the Year.

“All three individuals are well-known and respected leaders within our community and it is an honor to recognize their contributions,” said Harold Shank, OVU president. “The committee felt these individuals truly embody what citizens and business leaders of the year are hard workers and gracious leaders who are giving of their time and talents to improve the community they live and work within.”

The celebration will be held in the Roberts Chapel in the Stotts Administration building. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m. and dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Formal attire is requested (black tie is optional). Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased in advance by calling Brenna Smith at 304-865-6260.

A portion of the proceeds from the event’s ticket sales will go toward an OVU scholarship in honor of the Citizen and Business Leaders of the Year.

The recognition is a collaborative project of OVU and the cities of Parkersburg, Vienna and Williamstown. Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell, Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp and Williamstown Mayor Jean Ford selected a committee of area business leaders earlier this year to develop a list of local citizens deserving of recognition. Each committee member nominated individuals within the region who lead or have led businesses and civic organizations and in general have contributed to the betterment of the region and its residents.

Previous Citizen of the Year recipients include Pat Minnite, Ed Dils, Kiki Angelos, Robert Stephens and Judge Jeffrey Reed. Previous Business Leaders of the Year recipients include Jim Oppe.