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Country club event raises $5.2K

A larger than normal weeknight crowd squeezed into the 19th Street Country Club in Parkersburg Tuesday.

Owner Dave Wright estimated 75-80 people attended the popular Christmas season event. A normal Tuesday night might see 15-18 people visiting the cozy neighborhood bar, he said.

When the night was over, $5,200 was raised at the 12th annual Christmas auction at the 19th Street Country Club to provide a Merry Christmas for area children.

Wright anticipates the money will be used to provide 52 children with two toys and an article of clothing through the Salvation Army.

Wright, his wife, Gypsy, son Kevin, granddaughter Breahna, along with Alice Pritchard and Marilyn Pasquarelli, “adopted” children from an Angel Tree at the Salvation Army. Using the tags attached to the tree describing the Christmas wishes of children, the group purchased gifts for 14 children.

The Salvation Army purchases the gifts for the remaining 38 children, using tags on the Angel Tree and the auction money.

The Wrights and their friends take the bags of Christmas gifts to the Salvation Army where they are picked up by the children’s parents.

A Don Whitlatch print of the bronze Mountaineer mascot standing on a cliff overlooking the New River Gorge, titled “The Spirit,” attracted a winning bid of $1,000 at Tuesday’s auction. Four tickets to the West Virginia University-Marshall basketball game generated $175.

An autographed photograph of former NFL star quarterback Roger Staubach brought $200 and a WVU lamp another $150. Budweiser’s Grooler – a combination grill and cooler – was purchased for $250 and two cords of firewood sold for $160.

Some generous people who could not attend the auction dropped off checks at the 19th Street Country Club for the children’s Christmas presents.

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TLC In Home Care Services Inc.’s Christmas party does more than just recognize the Parkersburg company’s employees. It also collects Christmas toys for disadvantaged youngsters. Last Thursday at J.P. Henry’s, TLC employees, friends and business associates – totaling 68 people – filled two barrels with toys at the dinner. Owner Cynthia (Andrews) Deem said the more than 100 toys collected will be distributed to the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia and the Family Crisis Intervention Center (domestic violence shelter).

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There was plenty of delicious food, including smoked pork roast, and festive Christmas beverages at Thursday’s Christmas Open House at Miller Prosthetics and Orthotics, 2601 Dudley Ave., Suite 5A, in Parkersburg. And Keating was the hit of the party. Keating, a mixed-breed puppy born with only three legs, has been adopted by Mark and Nancy Miller of Miller Prosthetics and Orthotics who live in Belpre. Keating hopped and walked around the office – with and without his artificial leg on – and performed a rollover trick to the delight of those attending the open house. The Millers said they adopted Keating so they could continue to fit him with a prosthetic leg as he grows. Mark Miller, a certified/licensed prosthetist/orthotist, has made a new leg for Keating. Because Keating has a gentle disposition and an aptitude for learning, the Millers plan to train him as a therapy dog.

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Greg Devereaux, a 1969 graduate of Parkersburg High School, is chief executive officer for San Bernardino (Calif.) County, which has more people than the entire state of West Virginia. The California county, with 2.1 million people, has a larger population than 14 states, a budget of $5 billion and 21,000 county employees, Devereaux told me recently.

Devereaux, who has a B.S. degree in fine arts (1973) and a law degree (1977) from West Virginia University, said the residents of San Bernardino County remind him of West Virginians – friendly, family oriented and willing to help others. For the past several years, Devereaux has returned to the Mountain State to lecture in master’s classes in the Department of Public Administration at WVU. He got to see the Mountaineers defeat Kansas in football in early October while lecturing at WVU. Devereaux served as city manager for the California cities of Fontana from 1993 to 1997 and Ontario (where he lives) from 1997 to 2010. This year, Devereaux received the Southern California Association of Governments President’s Award for Public Service Leader of the Year. His brother Steve lives in Belpre.

Contact Paul LaPann at plapann@newsandsentinel.com

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