Concord College Students, Faculty and Staff Raise More Than $4,000 for Area United Way
Athens, W.Va. - Concord College students Adam Wolfe and Levi Bragg modestly accepted the accolades showered on them by President Jerry Beasley at a luncheon held at the College Monday, March 25. (Student Darshan Baldev also helped organize the fundraiser, but was unable to attend the luncheon.) Beasley thanked those who volunteered to raise money for the area United Way, including students representing several organizations on campus and numerous faculty and staff members. "I raise a toast to you on behalf of those who have been served by your efforts," stated the president.
The College’s faculty and students raised more than $4,000 with fundraisers on campus that culminated in a fun-for-all basketball game with the faculty taking up the challenge from the enthusiastic students.
"It is important to note the student’s involvement," stated Levi Bragg, from Tioga, in Nicholas County, who along with Baldev and Wolfe, helped organize the event. "We worked about two months on the fundraising efforts and conducted student, staff and faculty fund drives. The grand finale was the student-faculty basketball game—it may not have raised the most money, but it was certainly the most memorable event! This is my second year to help with the fundraiser and we were better prepared this year, because we learned from last year’s event."
Concord student Adam Wolfe, a social work major from Philippi, West Virginia, also helped coordinate the United Way drive.
Assistant Professor of Social Work, Ellen C. Darden and Assistant Professor of Political Science, James A. White headed up the faculty/staff fundraising efforts.
"Without the United Way, many local programs would just wither and disappear," stated Dr. Darden. "The United Way was the driving force behind the flood relief efforts in southern West Virginia, and I think the benefits are obvious. For some students I know, the United Way was the difference between having clothes and shoes and books—and not having them. Some students may have dropped out of Concord had the United Way not helped," she continued. "I am a real believer in supporting local programs, they are essential. It was really neat to have a collaboration of people helping with the fundraising, and that is the reason we were successful!"
Other students who volunteered included: ATHENS, WV, Darshan Baldev, Ina Cowen, Joni Honaker, Candice Moore; BLUEFIELD, WV, Jason Vickers; CRAIGSVILLE, WV, Levi Bragg; DAVY, WV, Shannon Heath; FAYETTEVILLE, WV, Jason Castle; FLAT TOP, WV, Gail Kade; GAITHERSBURG, MD, Leigh Faugust; JANE LEW, WV, Angela Lamb; JUSTICE, WV, Jada Simpson; MADISON, WV, Maggie Harless; PHILIPPI, WV, Adam Wolfe; PINEVILLE, WV, Miranda Tilley; POCA, WV, Emily Myers; PRINCETON, WV, Matt Freeman, Robert Michael; SEYMOUR, TN, Chris Hurley; SPANISHBURG, WV, Scott Maxell; VIENNA, WV, Becca Decker; WELCH, WV, Raeann Baker, Susan Thorn; WILLIAMSON, WV, Carolyn Dillard.
Other faculty and staff who volunteered included: Steve Barrett, Glen Blankenship, Charles Brichford, Sherry Brogan, Mike Cox, Steve Cox, Michael Curry, Debbie Curry, Kevin Garrett, Will Johnson, Rodney Klein, Dan Krider, Kathy Liptak, Doug Machesney, Nancy Meade, William Ofsa, John David Smith, and Mike Wimmer.