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United Way presents awards to nonprofits

Stacey DeCicco, executive director of the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley, and Greg Westbrook, DuPont production manager and United Way Board member, hold up the $60,000 check donated by DuPont to the United Way at Tuesday’s nonprofit celebration. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg took time to celebrate the many achievements of the local nonprofits Tuesday evening at the Oakland Mansion in Parkersburg.

“Saturday is nonprofit day, so I wanted to throw a get together to celebrate and honor the work our area nonprofits do on a daily basis,” said Stacey DeCicco, executive director of the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

DeCicco had called many of the fellow nonprofits and their collaborators to share in the evening, “Making a Sweet Difference,” where they handed out five awards to recognize achievements and generosity.

“The United Way and their agencies are critical to the fabric of our community,” said Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce.

The first award, the “Visionary Award,” was given to Tres Ross of the Ross Foundation.

“Tres always sees the bigger picture and is driven to bring the community closer to those bigger pictures,” said DeCicco.

Project Yoga, a nonprofit bringing yoga into the school systems and rural areas, received the “Sweet Community Impact” award.

Tim Amos, a local attorney who has worked in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Mid-Ohio Valley, received the “Sweet Generosity” award.

“Sweet Collaborator” went to the Wood County Society.

“They always answer ‘yes’ no matter what we ask of them,” DeCicco said.

The final award was “Sweet Expansion” and it went to a Washington County nonprofit, Go Packs, which provides children whose meals mainly come from the school systems with backpacks of food for weekends or school cancellations.

“When calling to invite everyone, DuPont was so excited and wanted to contribute to help celebrate the hard work poured into the community,” DeCicco said.

Greg Westbrook, DuPont production manager and United Way Board member, spoke at the meeting, and surprised many of the nonprofit representatives in attendance with a check to United Way for $60,000.

DeCicco said the $60,000 would be distributed to 12 local nonprofits throughout the next year.

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