Annual Community Leaders' Breakfast Starts Campaign

Monongalia Health System served as the host and sponsor for the United Way’s annual Community Leaders’ Breakfast on Thursday, August 6th from 8am – 9am.  Over 100 local business leaders joined the United Way staff to have breakfast and to hear about this year’s United Way campaign.

This breakfast is an annual summer event that precedes the kick-off of the fall United Way Campaign.  Bringing together those in a position to affect the direction and future of our region, the Community Leaders’ Breakfast allows the United Way to present an overview of community needs and the role that businesses and individuals can fill in meeting those needs.

The keynote speaker of the morning was Shane Lyons, Athletic Director at West Virginia University. He spoke on the importance of corporate philanthropy and the important role community plays to athletics and higher education.

Those attending received an advance look at the 2016 Campaign that will kick-off on September 3rd. Craig Behr led the event as the new Campaign Chair and announced the campaign goal of $1,540,000. This year marks the 78th annual workplace campaign.

Media Embracing the Community, a collaboration of local media, unveiled the 2016 campaign theme, “What This Place Needs” and led the first viewing of the new United Way Campaign Video, produced by Park Street Productions.

Twelve companies are serving as Pacesetters this year and running early campaigns to build momentum. Those companies are: Clear Mountain Bank, Dominion Post, First Energy, HealthWorks, Jackson Kelly, JS Walker & Associates, KLM Properties, Monongalia County Schools, MVB Bank, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Preston Memorial Hospital, and United Bank.

The dollars raised through the annual United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties fundraising campaign provides funding to support 49 programs at 27 local health and human service agencies in Monongalia and Preston Counties. For more information on United Way, visit