Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce Dinner Set for Tonight

Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce President Erikka Storch sets up a banner at the Wheeling Park White Palace for the chamber’s annual dinner.

WHEELING — Since helping the Pittsburgh Steelers will four Super Bowls in the 1970s, Mel Blount has worked as an advocate for troubled youth by establishing boys’ homes in Georgia and Claysville, Pa.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame member will deliver the keynote speech at the annual Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce dinner, set for 6 p.m. today at the Wheeling Park White Palace. Cocktails are at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:45 p.m.

Blount played for the Steelers from 1970 to 1983, gaining a reputation as one of the greatest cornerbacks in the history of professional football. During his career, he intercepted 57 passes and recovered 13 fumbles, returning two for touchdowns.

His son, Akil Blount, played football at The Linsly School and at Florida A&M University. He was signed by the Steelers as a linebacker in February for the 2017 season.

However, chamber President Erikka Storch said even those who are not Steelers fans should enjoy the festivities.

She plans to honor the Junior League of Wheeling with the 2017 Kathy Fortunato Service Award, which is bestowed upon a person or group who devotes a significant amount of time to making the Upper Ohio Valley a better place.

The Junior League of Wheeling has been dedicated to serving the area’s children since its inception in 1940. The group has raised thousands of dollars for the Janie S. Altmeyer Playground at Heritage Port.

“Additionally, this year, we will be presenting a Community Commitment Award to a company we would like to recognize for their substantial contribution to the Wheeling business community,” Storch said.

This award will go to Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal, Storch said. The company employs about 500 workers, and opened a new facility at The Highlands measuring 60,000 square feet. The firm also opened a showroom allowing homeowners to meet with a roofing professional and see all the options available.

Tickets are still available by calling the chamber office at 304-233-2575.

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