When members of the Weirton Woman's Club celebrated the organization's 90th anniversary, the festivities drew an impressive number of past and present leaders of the club.
Several past presidents of the club joined the current president, Diane Pastoric, to mark the historic occasion. Past presidents present for the celebration included Diana Durst, who served in the head position from 2010-12; Delores Azzarello, 2008-10; Sandra Robbins, 2006-08; Sharon Neeley, 2004-06; Shirlee Baltich, 2002-04, and Jo-Ellen Wright, 1996-98. In addition, Helen Brancazio was recognized for serving as president from 1991-92.
Weirton Mayor George Kondik was on hand to congratulate the club members at this significant moment in the group's history.
Generosity certainly abounds in the Upper Ohio Valley, as evidenced by the numerous fund-raising efforts being undertaken to help area families and organizations in need.
An example of that concern is being shown by Wheeling resident Ashley Sutton who has launched a project to assist a co-worker at Oglebay Park. Sutton explained that special T-shirts are being sold, with all of the proceeds to be given to the employee's family for expenses related to a medical crisis. She said the T-shirts can be purchased online at www.teespring. com/ogfamily.
Support continues to build for the Hope for Hines campaign that has been started to help Hines David Rotriga, 2, of Wheeling as he undergoes chemotherapy treatment for stage IV neuroblastoma. The little lad's battle against cancer was the subject of last Sunday's Life cover feature.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward - demonstrating what a class act he is - visited his tiny namesake at West Virginia University Children's Hospital in Morgantown Wednesday, Jan. 22.
A brief glimpse of little Hines also was shown nationwide when NBC's "Today Show" aired a segment Thursday, Jan. 23, on a visit that a Heroes4Higher participant - clad in a super-hero costume - made to WVU Children's Hospital to encourage and cheer up young patients.