Hospital Donates to Park Project

WHEELING – Fundraising for the J.B. Chambers Recreation Park in East Wheeling reached the one-third mark today after Wheeling Hospital contributed $250,000 to the project.

The total project is expected to cost almost $3.3 million. The hospital’s donation – one of four major contributions acknowledged in the past year – was announced during an 11 a.m. news conference in City Council Chambers at the City-County Building.

Hospital officials said supporting the project makes sense for an organization that has been part of the community for more than 160 years.

“As part of our Catholic hospital mission, and as one of the region’s largest employers, we try to assist endeavors on both sides of the river that benefit area residents and strengthen communities,” Ron Violi, Wheeling Hospital chief executive officer, said. “We are pleased to contribute to the East Wheeling project, one that will benefit the city for many years to come.”

The city recently received $50,000 for the project from the Bordas & Bordas law firm and another $50,000 from the Roy and Dorothy Chambers Foundation, of which Jim and Linda Bordas are trustees. And last summer, city leaders revealed the J.B. Chambers Foundation had donated $750,000 to the project, earning it the naming rights for the park.

The gifts from Wheeling Hospital, Bordas and the foundations bring the total of publicly announced contributions for the project to $1.1 million.

City officials expressed appreciation for the donation, noting that support from the hospital and others will be critical to the project’s success.

“Wheeling Hospital is a significant supporter of our community, both as an employer and as a generous sponsor,” Mayor Andy McKenzie said. “They are actively involved in local youth activities and a leader in providing a better environment for our citizens, so this partnership is a natural fit.”

Staff Writer Ian Hicks contributed to this report.