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Junior League of Parkersburg to celebrate 95 years

The Junior League of Parkersburg is bringing an “Anniversary Ball” to the Blennerhassett Hotel on Feb. 15.

The semi-formal event will celebrate 95 years of community service performed by the Junior League of Parkersburg since 1925.

The theme is “Love Is In The Air” to coincide with Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14.

A buffet of food and 1960s-’80s music played by the band Plan B will be provided with a ticket. There will be a wine pull and silent auction.

Although the “Anniversary Ball” is a semi-formal celebration, Sherry Dugan, event chairwoman, expects some of the attendees will wear tuxedos and ball gowns in the Blennerhassett ballroom.

“We want everyone to have a fun time and celebrate the Junior League’s 95 years,” Dugan said.

The Junior League of Parkersburg used to host a fundraising Charity Ball, which was discontinued several years ago.

The “Anniversary Ball” is from 8-11 p.m., but Dugan said people can attend as early as 7 p.m. and stay later than 11 p.m.

Tickets, at $50 each or $100 per couple, are available at Das Rookhaus on Dudley Avenue, the Blennerhassett Hotel, Shirt Tales in Vienna or from Junior League members. Two-hundred tickets will be available.

Last year, the Junior League of Parkersburg highlighted some of its accomplishments over the past 95 years, such as helping to create the Harvest Moon Festival, SW Resources, a new Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library, The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley, an accessible playground at City Park, Hope Recovery Manor and many more.

The Junior League of Parkersburg’s plan is to help start community projects, work with them for a few years, and then turn them over to agencies to run, Dugan said.

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The Coolville People’s Club helps people.

A few days before Christmas, the nonprofit group in Athens County distributed 65 food baskets to area families. The baskets were filled with turkey, ham and other food items for a Christmas dinner and enough for subsequent meals, said Dana Wilfong, vice president and former president of the Coolville People’s Club.

Money for the food baskets — totaling $3,000 — is raised by having community breakfasts, dinners and raffles and by sponsor donations, Wilfong said. Some of the sponsors live in outlying areas such as Parkersburg and Athens, he said.

The money raised goes back into the community, Wilfong said. The club has provided eyeglasses, food, firewood and gas cards for people.

“If we hear about someone” who needs something, the Coolville People’s Club tries to help, Wilfong said.

The Coolville People’s Club was formed in May 2015, with Wilfong as president, when the members decided to leave the international service organization they were affiliated with. After paying the dues, Wilfong said, the club was low on money to spend helping people in need.

“We went out on our own,” Wilfong said. “We’ve done pretty good so far.”

Wilfong came up with the name of the club. He said there was one other People’s Club in Ohio.

The Coolville People’s Club helps with the Coolville Founders Day Festival.

A breakfast, open to the public for a donation, is held on the second Saturday of every month from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Coolville People’s Club clubhouse, 2747 Third St. in Coolville. Today is January’s breakfast, Wilfong reminded me.

Dinners also are held every month at the clubhouse with bluegrass bands providing entertainment. A ramp dinner will be offered in early May.

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The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley has rescheduled and relocated its Men Cook event, originally scheduled for Jan. 18 at the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta.

The fundraiser featuring male cooks and amateur chefs will now be March 14 at the Marietta Shrine Club, said Stacy DeCicco, executive director of the local United Way.

Men Cook organizers will be trying to recruit about 40 men, some working in two-person teams, for the fun event.

Contact Paul LaPann at plapann@newsandsentinel.com

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