United Way introduces 2020 Campaign at Community Leaders’ Breakfast

MORGANTOWN – This year’s United Way Community Leaders’ Breakfast centered around the idea of creating partnerships to better the community.

Held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at Mon Health Conference Center, the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties’ annual breakfast brought together about 100 local business leaders to have some coffee, listen to West Virginia sportscasting legend Tony Caridi, and learn more about this year’s United Way campaign.

This annual summer event precedes the kickoff of the fall United Way campaign, and it has been sponsored by Mon Health for more than 30 years. This year marks the 82nd annual workplace campaign.

The breakfast gave the local United Way the opportunity to unveil its 2020 Media Campaign, including the theme “Invest in Your Community,” marketing materials, and how businesses and individuals can use these tools to help raise funds to meet community needs. The members of the Media Embracing the Community initiative, a collaboration of local media outlets, helped create those marketing materials.

Caridi spoke about his experiences in the community and how he’s invested in the area. Those in attendance at the breakfast were also introduced to Bankers United, the seven area bankers who will serve as Campaign Chairs this year. The bankers are Dena Clutter of BB&T, Herman DeProspero of MVB Bank, Harry Hayes of Clear Mountain Bank, Jim Karinshak of United Bank, Chris Morris of First United Bank & Trust, Jill Pazerski of Huntington Bank, and George Petroplus of WesBanco. Petroplus and United Way Director of Development Macall Speaker unveiled this year’s campaign goal: $1,345,000.

Twelve companies were announced as Pacesetters for this year’s campaign and will begin raising funds immediately to build momentum. They are Bowles Rice, BB&T, Clear Mountain Bank, FirstEnergy, HealthWorks, Huntington, Jackson Kelly, Monongalia County Schools, MVB Bank, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, The Dominion Post and WesBanco.

Those who attended the breakfast got a sneak peek at the 2020 Campaign, which will officially kick off Monday, Sept. 9. United Way Day, as it’s been dubbed, will feature events in both Mon and Preston counties and an online contest. Community members are encouraged to wear “LIVE UNITED” shirts that day.

The money raised during the annual United Way campaign stays in Monongalia and Preston counties, providing support to 46 programs at 24 agencies. For more information, visit http://www.unitedwaympc.org.