BEVERLY - The United Way telethon exceeded its goal Saturday by raising $33,322, coming close to reaching the campaign goal for the year of $170,000.
Volunteers worked from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Beverly Elementary School Saturday, bringing entertainment to local folks who continued to donate to the Randolph County United Way throughout the day.
Campaign Chairman Gary Clay said Mayor Van Broughton put out a challenge to all of the citizens of Elkins to give $20 to help reach the goal.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
Elkins Mayor Van Broughton and Gore the Bull do the Chicken Dance Saturday during the United Way Telethon at the Beverly Elementary School. The telethon surpassed its goal, raising $33,322 toward the yearly campaign goal of $170,000. The United Way of Randolph County helps support 27 local partnering agencies.
"The money to reach our goal came from many places," Clay said. "Even with the $30,000, we still had about $6,000 or $7,000 to reach our campaign goal. So this really helps, and makes it more reachable. "
Clay said the community connects with the telethon each year.
"We worry about things getting old, but this event just keeps gaining momentum," Clay said.
Robbie Morris, the United Way of Randolph County board president, said he was thrilled with Saturday's results.
"I am so incredibly proud of what this community has done," Morris said. "It is an honor to lead this great group of volunteers. We have just done many amazing things here for the people of Randolph County. It's not about us, it's about those who donated. No matter what you donated, it all adds up to this total."
Morris thanked the sponsors, the businesses and the individuals that made the United Way telethon possible.
"We will now get this money out to the agencies so they can do their work. I am elated."
United Way board member Kathy Leombruno said putting the telethon together made for an exciting day.
"Oh, what a night!," Leombruno said. "We are absolutely thrilled that we have met our goal once again. I think people really look forward to the telethon. With all of the events that were going on this weekend, we are thrilled again that everyone rallied, got involved and made those pledges."
JoBeth Agnor, executive director of the United Way of Randolph County, said she enjoyed her first telethon.
"All the efforts that went into this were phenomenal," Agnor said.
"It turned out better than I ever could have expected. We are thankful for all of our sponsors, volunteers and donors."
Headline sponsors of the telethon were Citizens Bank of West Virginia and Davis Medical Center. Bringing the talent to the stage was Woodford Oil Company, and hosting the agency/partner interviews was Elkins Fordland.
The 27 benefiting United Way of Randolph County agencies are American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, Catholic Charities (Food Bank), Energy Express (West Virginia University Extension Office), Family Resource Network, Foster Grandparent Program, Girl Scouts Black Diamond Council, Helping Hand Clearinghouse, Elkins/Randolph County Library, Helvetia Library, Valley Head Library, Pioneer Memorial Library, Tygart Valley Library, Literacy Volunteers of WV, Meals on Wheels, NCCA Homeless Shelter, Randolph County Cancer Support Group, Randolph County Children's Advocacy Center, Randolph County Training & Referral, Randolph County Emergency Squad, Randolph County Humane Society, Randolph County Senior Center, Randolph County Sheltered Workshop, Senior Companion Program, Women's Aid in Crisis, Elkins/Randolph County YMCA and Youth Health Service.
The 2014 telethon committee members are Morris, Merllene Yorkey, Kate Reed, Laura Simons, Becky Smith, Matt Scott, Jess Arbogast, Cindy Hammer, Tracy Fath, Shellie Burda, Carolyn Capelli, Jerry and Anita Gibson, Kevin Shreve, Agnor, Clay and Leombruno.