United Way goal set at $777,777

The 2013-2014 Campaign Cabinet for the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley has set its goal at $777,777.

Jim Rock of Axiall, campaign chair, and Kristie Barnett of WesBanco, campaign vice chair, announced the goal during the cabinet’s first official meeting last week.

“The previous campaign totalled $758,612, so we believe that our goal of $777,777 is a realistic target that we can achieve and exceed,” Rock said.

During the meeting P.J. Reindel, director of the Catholic Charities 18th St. Neighborhood Center and United Way agency liaison on the United Way board of directors, discussed what the United Way’s support means to the 30 member agencies. He also outlined how his agency serves its clients.

“Now multiply all that work times 30, and you get an idea of how much the United Way agencies serve our community,” Rock told the Cabinet.

Rock served as the campaign vice chair during the 2012-2013 campaign. Barnett served on the cabinet in past campaigns, and as vice chair this year, will be prepared to assume the chair’s post in the 2014-2015 campaign.

The cabinet members will work with volunteers within their divisions to distribute campaign materials to area businesses and industries and to help with company campaigns.

Those volunteering on the Campaign Cabinet with Rock and Barnett are: Major Firms — Dan Moyer, AEP Kammer Mitchell Plants, and Jacque Bland, Chesapeake

Energy; Local Business Mark Maguire, WesBanco; Public Service Jeffrey B. Knierim, West Liberty University; Special Accounts Stuart F. Bloch, Hazlett, Burt & Watson; Professional Bradley K. Shafer, Swartz Campbell LLC, and Daniel Young, Edward Jones Investments; Brooke County Mary K. DeGarmo, and Steve Roberts, Eagle Manufacturing; Community Development Dave Palmer; Past Chair, Judy Riesbeck Wright, Riesbeck Food Markets, Inc.

The Campaign will officially begin during the Day of Caring, slated for Wednesday, Sept. 11, at WesBanco Arena.

For information on conducting a United Way campaign, or to make a donation, please contact the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley, 51-11th St., Wheeling, WV 26003; call 304-232-4625, or go online at www.unitedwayuov.org.