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So many worthy causes

March 4, 2013 - Betsy Bethel
Despite the weather forecast, spring has just about sprung, and it is bursting with a myriad of events that support local and national worthy causes. To attend all such functions would put you at risk for having to throw a fundraiser for yourself ... to pay the mortgage. But surely there is one event on the following list (in no particular order) that you will find it in your heart to support.

Semi-annual Moms Helping Moms community sale — This large indoor yard sale will be at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16. The sale is organized by Erin and Toby Bachman, whose daughter was born a micropreemie at 24 weeks. All proceeds go to the Children's Miracle Network.

Fifth annual Victim of Crime steak fry — The steak fry, from 5:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Italian American Club in Elm Grove, Wheeling, benefits victims of crime in the Upper Ohio Valley. Tickets are $20 single/$35 couple. Call 304-234-3631 or email

Stilletos & Steel fundraiser for Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center — The event takes place from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at the Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino, Racetrack showroom. Tickets are $50. Call 304-242-1390.

Spaghetti dinner benefit for Sarah Czapp — The dinner will be from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Corpus Christi Parish Center, Warwood, Wheeling. Proceeds will benefit the family of 18-month-old Sarah, who was born without a left leg. She has had numerous surgeries and is in the process of being fitted for and learning to walk with a prosthetic hip and leg.

Generation Pink — Fundraising event for YWCA Wheeling sponsored by Mary Kay, at Generations Pub, 336 National Road, Wheeling, from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 14. The YWCA operates a shelter for domestic abuse victims and their children, as well as offers support for victims, parenting programs and more.

Night at the Races — This annual event benefits the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley, at Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack, 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 15. The United Way provides funding for 30 local charities/agencies, from Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling to Harmony House Children's Advocacy Center and the Sexual Assault Help Center. For info on agencies, visit

Pasta dinner benefit for Sam Decrease — The dinner is from noon-6 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Monument Place, Kruger Street and National Road, Elm Grove, Wheeling. $15 donation at the door. Donations also are accepted at any WesBanco branch. Sam is well-known throughout the Ohio Valley as the co-proprietor and event-decorating mastermind of Masterpieces of Old Town and an advertising sales representative for The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register. He has stage 4 non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and he is receiving costly ongoing treatment at the James Cancer Center at Ohio State University.

Walk for Addy — This walk is being organized by the family of Addy Grace, a local 3-year-old with an infectious smile who has been diagnosed with autism, epilepsy, mitochondrial dysfunction, thyroid dysfunction, hypotonia and failure to thrive. Proceeds will benefit Addy's therapy that is not covered by insurance. The event will take place at the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville at noon on Saturday, Mary 4. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. The $10 walk fee includes a bracelet, pizza and bottle of water. A "Team Addy Grace" T-shirt can be purchased for $12. For info, visit

St. Baldrick's Day — This popular head-shaving fundraiser to help the fight against childhood cancer will be Saturday, March 16, at the Wheeling Park Stone Room. To join the team or find out more, call Dave Parsons, 304-905-8906.

The Soup Kitchen Craft Show — The Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling will host a craft show fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 9. The kitchen serves more than 100,000 meals a year. For information, call 304-232-2992.

Fundraising Extravaganza to help fund the legal battle of Ryleigh Boles — This event features Premier Jewelry and doTERRA essential oils and takes place from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at the Boles home in Clearview. An additional doTERRA fundraiser will take place from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at the Barrick home in Springdale. Ryleigh is 6 and is not allowed to attend school because of a vaccination requirement that her family says she received but authorities say it was at the wrong time. She is receiving court-ordered homebound instruction from Ohio County Schools. Her parents are fighting to get her back in school. For more on her story and the events, visit

Wheeling Jesuit University Fifth Annual Walk for Autism — Sponsored by the WJU Teaching Club, the walk benefits Augusta Levy Learning Center and focuses on autism awareness. It is set for Saturday, April 20 at the university campus.

Paint the Town Pink — This gala fundraiser benefits Crittenton Services, which offers a residential program for troubled young pregnant women and young moms, as well as counseling services and a day care center. It takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Wheeling Artisan Center, 1400 Main St., Wheeling.

Ogden Newspapers Half-Marathon Classic — The proceeds from the annual event at Wheeling Heritage Port will benefit Wheeling's Augusta Levy Learning Center for children with autism. The half-marathon and 5K run and walk take place on Saturday, May 25. The mile, Fun Run and Tiny Tot Trot are Friday, May 24. For information, visit


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