VIENNA - United Way Alliance set an aggressive fundraising goal of $722,000 for the Mid-Ohio Valley in September 2012 for a network of health and human service agencies. They publicly recognize individuals that contribute $500 or more throughout its fall campaign. This group of donors, called The Pacesetters Club, provides the foundation upon which the rest of the community can build by recognizing the vital importance of personal giving at an exceptional level, United Way officials said.
Linda Bechtold McCormick, 2012-13 Pacesetter Club chairman, states, "It is enormously gratifying to witness the generosity of our citizens who continue to give at such an exemplary level and to welcome many new members of the Pacesetters Club. It is heartwarming to know that thousands in our community will be served through the generous contributions of the Pacesetters."
Although there are some local businesses (both large and small) yet to report, there are 188 Pacesetter members who together have donated $238,525 to the United Way Alliance and its agencies..
"Your donation helps fund programs that build the very fabric of our community ... strong youth, strong families and self-sufficient individuals," states Joyce Mather, executive director of the United Way Alliance.
Leading the way at the Alexis deTocqueville Society ($10,000-plus) are Nick Swisher and one anonymous donor.
Platinum Level ($5,000 to $9,999) donors are Richard and Liza Adams, Arthur and Judy Campbell, Frank and Becky Deem, Harry and Kathe Deitzler, Harry H. Esbenshade Jr. Harry H., III and Margaret S. Esbenshade.
Those giving at the Gold Level ($2,500 - $4,999) are Arlene and Edward Borkowski, Chris and Rita Campbell, K.M. and D.A. Fogarty, Alice M. Harris, Jan Dils and Chuck Hughes, Michael and Catherine King, Dr. and Mrs. Barry Louden, Frieda Owen, JT and Mary Thomas, John and Sherri Wheeler.
Those giving at the Silver Level ($1,000 to $1,499) are Kimberly Allowatt, Janet Azinger, Todd Baucher, Karl and Ann Boelter, Dean and Ellen Boone, Judith Borger, Earl and Jeane Curry, Anne L. Davies, David Drennon, Wayne and Kay Dunn, J. Fred Earley II, H. Smoot Fahlgren, Robert J. Fehrenbacher, Lee and Becky Freeman, Russell K. Garrison, Marie Foster Gnage, Arnold C. Green, Melinda Hartz, Jeanne and Jim Hayhurst, Diane and Michael Hensley, Dr. Anna E. Hughes, Art and Mary Hunt, Jim and Martha Jackson, William J. Knapp, Betty Lutz, Gary McIntyre, Dr. Mark McKarnin, David and Janet Mongilio, Sally Morgan, Frank and Dorsey Northrup, Scott and Laura Oran, Merrell A. O'Shea, Cynthia F. Palm, Chip and Jan Pickering, Leslie Pittenger, Susan Pittenger, Nick Roberts, Dr. Michael and Andrea Santer, Dr. and Mrs. Charles Seita, Gia P. Schaffer, Roger Sheppard, Thomas D. Simpson, Dan and Marlene Sterrick, Steve and Christy Swisher, H. Talbott Tebay, DDS, Dr. Paul and Marla Van Dyke, Mary Welch, Jeff and Ann Wesson, Joe and Rebecca Wilson, Todd and Kelly Wiseman, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Zell and four anonymous donors.
Givers at the Bronze level ($500-$999) are Tina and Michael Adams, Alathea Alsup, Kristen L. Anderson, Dave and Susan Armstrong, Ann Bailey, James and Ann Beck, Gregory A. Bolton, Ken and Rose Bowen, William A. Boyle II, Michael J. Bugyis, Cindy and Jason Bullock, Brenda and Vic Burke, Joe and Marcia Campbell, Mike and Linda Chevalier, Gregory A. and Molly Cigal, Carlen and Charlene Collins, Raymond H. Conageski, Allison A. Crane, Eric Cunningham, Marla Cutright, Michael and Nancy Deem, Finbarr and Sallie Donovan, Bill and Connie Dziagwa, David J. Earl, Reinhard and Jennifer Eisenmann, Kathleen Ervine, Jim andTina Fain, Juliette L. Farson, David and Lynn Ferguson, Gary and Jill Flanagan, Sonny and Joan Foley, Jack and Ann Frost, Anne and Elvis Galbreath, Rick and Angie Gant, Marla Glancy, Robert and Peggy Goldenberg, Rick Hamilton, Tom and Julie Heller, Rod and Kay Hineman, Dave and Tama Hines, Jon M. Iles, Larry and Rachel Johnson, Bob and Susan Kahl, Peter Kinneberg, Sivamurthy Kyathari, Hayden E. Lancaster, James R. Lawson, Robert Leach, Joseph and Dianne Lee, Andy and Loria Lett, Michael and Joyce Lorentz, Dave and Mary McClure, Daniel McGraw, Diana and Rob McGrew, John M. Migliore, Chad and Nikki Mildren, Dale and Jerelyn Musgrave, John T. Myers, Blair and Rayann Newton, John and Lynn Nicholson, Rick Olcott, Mary Jo Pederson, Nanette and Bill Pettit, Angela J. Plotner, Rhonda Poling, Vint and Betty Rathbone, Nolan, Read, Robert Roesch, Mike and Susan Ross, Shawn Sandy, W. David Shoaf, Bobbi and Roger Shuman, Sherry Simmons, Ty and Shannon Snodgrass, Tim and Karen Stauffer, Bill and Alissa Steely, Dan and Robin Ollis-Stemple, Patricia Storts, Parnaz and Neil Strobl, Peter and Elizabeth Strobl, Philip and Amy Strobl, Jack and Linda Stokes, Thomas G. Stroploi, Scot and Betty Swartz, Suzanne and Jim Swearingen, Alan J. Szanfranski, Bryan and Tracy Taylor, Kathy J. Tilton, Mary Lou and Carroll Thompson, George M. Volker, Mike and Brittany Ware, Linda T. Watkins, Thomas and Margaret Webster, Dan and Sharon Wharton, Crystal D. Wheeler, Mike and Gina White, Joe and Martha Winans, Samuel A. and Sandra L. Winans and 16 anonymous donors.
The alliance agencies serve Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt and Wood counties in West Virginia as well as Washington and Athens counties in Ohio. "Over 200,000 people benefited from United Way's programs and services in from July 2011 through June 2012," added Mather.
Join the Pacesetters Club by sending a tax-deductible contribution to the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley, 520 Grand Central Ave. Unit 201, Vienna, WV 26105 or make a pledge online at www.uwamov.com. Contact the United Way Alliance office at 304- 580-0570 with questions.