United Way kicks off campaign season

CALCUTTA — The new campaign year for the United Way of Southern Columbiana County is now in full swing as the organization held its annual campaign kickoff breakfast Friday morning.

Close to 20 people representing several area agencies and businesses were on hand for the breakfast at Adrian’s Restaurant and looking forward to fundraising for the 2018-2019 year.

Executive Director Candy Bangor recognized this year’s officers: new president Katie Bricker, first vice president Tammy Williams, second vice president Jean Martin, treasurer Cathy Grafton, vice treasurer Sheryl Gibson and trustees Monica Allison, Daniel Bender, Amelia Cicone, Christina Clark, Mike Davis, Joan Dodds, Alex Estell, Ric Holt, Andy Kithas, Karen Montgomery and Debbie Riggs.

Bangor also recognized the efforts made by the officers as they anticipate another successful season.

“They are constantly, constantly coming up with ideas and ways to make money and raise that to help you guys,” Bangor said.

Acknowledging them as the “reason why we are here”, Bangor also recognized the nearly-dozen agencies that the Southern Columbiana County chapter works with, and she talked about the services that the area agencies provide along with their respective missions for the community.

“Every time that we have a get together where you guys get to talk about what you do, it’s so inspiring, and it’s very inspiring…all the things that you do for our community,” Bangor said.

Agencies recognized Friday were the Boy Scouts of America Buckeye Council, Camp Fire, Ceramic City Senior Citizens, Christina House, East Liverpool YMCA, Family Care Ministries, Family and Community Services, Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio, The Salvation Army, Valley Parish Nurse Ministry and Wellsville First Christian Church Ministries.

Commenting on last year’s change in officers following the retirement of then-executive director Diane Johnson, Bangor’s predacessor, Bricker told attendees that she looks towards a more productive campaign for this year.

“I know that this year’s going to be even more successful than it was last year,” Bricker said.

Bangor also recognized this year’s top businesses. Those who have donated $5,000 or more were recognized as Gold Level Sponsors, $2,000 to $5,000 as Silver Level Sponsors, and $1,000 to $2,000 as Bronze Level Sponsors.

Recognized as this year’s gold sponsors were Heritage Thermal Services, Ergon-West Virginia Inc. and the Homer Laughlin China Company. HTS president Chris Pherson accepted the award on behalf of the company, while Williams accepted for Ergon and Bricker for Homer Laughlin.

The Silver Level Sponsors recognized were First Energy, Giant Eagle Calcutta, the Charles Pugliese Charitable Foundation and Home Savings, the last of the four also serving as the sponsor for Friday’s breakfast.

In addition, Dawson Funeral Home, Elks Lodge No. 258 of East Liverpool, Giant Eagle Inc. and Operating Engineers Local No. 66 were honored as this year’s Bronze Level Sponsors.