Ohio County Residents Honored With Governor’s Service Awards

Three local people and one business will be honored this week in Charleston with the 2014 Governor’s Service Award.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will honor Emma Brannare, Greg Smith, Mitch Anthony, and Bordas and Bordas Attorneys for their commitment to service in their Wednesday at the annual Governor’s Service Awards Banquet at the Charleston Civic Center.

The banquet is held as part of Faces of Leadership, the annual state volunteerism conference.

Mitch Anthony has volunteered many hours at Helping Heroes in Moundsville serving his fellow veterans. Anthony has dedicated much of this time to renovating the property of Helping Heroes into several apartments to house homeless veterans in need.

In addition, Anthony serves as vice-president of Helping Heroes Board of Directors and regularly attends meetings and events for the organization.

“It was extremely easy to make the decision to nominate Mitch for this award,” Jeremy Harrison of Helping Heroes said. “Mitch has been all about helping veterans in any way he can. We would be in no way operational without his help. This is a really good way to recognize him.”

Anthony will receive the award in the adult category.

Also in the adult category, Greg Smith, described as a dedicated volunteer in the Wheeling community, will be recognized at the banquet.

Smith is known for his extensive work on historic preservation in the area. He has overseen the outside renovation of The Friends of Wheeling home quarters, the Robert W. Hazlett House, was appointed as a historic landmarks commissioner and was instrumental in launching the Historical House Plaque program, in which home owners can research the history of their home, have it documented and receive a plaque to display.

Smith is also a committee member of Downtown Wheeling and has worked on beautifying two gateways in the downtown area.

In the business category, Bordas and Bordas will be honored for the firm’s various contributions to the community.

In addition to donating money to many charities, Jamie Bordas, managing partner, said the firm’s staff also spends many hours volunteering their time including serving with Catholic Charities West Virginia, YMCA, Youth Services Systems and Ohio County Breast Cancer Awareness.

Bordas said the firm is guided by its principle of community, one of the four quadrants of the firm’s symbolic shield of community, experience, family and results.

“All of our partners and attorneys hope to give back to the community not only in a financial way, but with their time as well,” Bordas said. “It’s certainly a tremendous honor for our firm to be recognized in this way. The fact that our governor in our state has chosen to recognize us among the many worthy businesses and organizations something we truly appreciate.”

Emma Brannare of Wheeling will be honored in the youth category. Brannare planned and orchestrated a program to help the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling as a fifth-grade student at Steenrod Elementary School.

Brannare organized a school-wide service project to collect items for the soup kitchen and arranged for students to deliver them and tour the soup kitchen. Brannare delivered four large boxes of school supplies and more than 700 food items.

The Governor’s Service Awards are administered by Volunteer West Virginia, the state’s Commission for National and Community Service.

A volunteer review committee reads and selects the recipients on the basis of achievement, community needs, continuing involvement, innovation and impact of service.