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Warwood Lions Club Roars for Education

WHEELING — The Warwood Lions Club lives up to the name they share with a close-knit, active Wheeling neighborhood. Their work is seen everywhere but especially within the boundaries of the Warwood community that lies north of downtown Wheeling.

Warwood Lions Club members strive to aid the needs of those less fortunate. Even more prevalent is their dedication to youth. Whether it’s the annual Santa and Mrs. Claus fun event in the park or a festival, many of their activities favor the youth of the community.

To that end, the Warwood Lions Club recently awarded six college scholarships totaling $3,000. The recipients were high school seniors and all reside in the Warwood community.

The scholarships are a one-time award based on a number of eligibility criteria including being active in extra-curricular and community activities and references from their school principal, guidance counselor or teacher.

The recipients must have plans to attend a four-year degree granting institution.

The winners of a $500 scholarship for 2020 are:

Jacob Estep — Central Catholic High School graduate attending Franciscan University of Steubenville; Career goal — Physician.

Faith Mealy — Wheeling Park High School graduate attending West Virginia University; Career goal — Physical Therapist.

Braden Cox — Wheeling park High School graduate attending Marshall University; Career goal — Pediatric Anesthesiologist.

Austin Smay — Central Catholic High School graduate attending West Virginia University; Career goal – Biomedical Engineering.

Isabella Anderson — Wheeling Park High School graduate attending West Virginia University; Career goal — Exercise Physiology.

James “Marshall” Taylor – The Linsly School graduate attending Centre College in Danville Kentucky; Career goal — Pre-Law.

The Warwood Lions Club has been serving the community since Nov. 11, 1944. Through its dedicated volunteers, the club collects eyeglasses for reclamation and distribution; provides financial contributions to various organizations, individuals and families; sponsors LEO clubs for middle school students; collects for Easter Seals, hosts the Christmas “Light-Up Wawood” night in Garden park; and provides eyeglasses to those in need.

Warwood Lions Club President Tom Dailer said the COVID-19 pandemic has put a crimp in the club’s ability to hold fundraisers.

“Our fundraising is very limited right now. We were not able to have our spaghetti dinner in April or our festival in Garden Park we normally do in August,” Dialer said. “We have to be careful … and very frugal with our funds.”

Despite these things, Dailer said the club will continue some of its projects such as erecting its Flags for Heroes display in Garden Park for Veterans Day and placing holiday lighting displays in the park at Christmastime. However, the holiday event with Santa and local children will not be held.

The club is considering holding a take-out spaghetti dinner in the near future.

Anyone wishing to donate to the club’s causes can send donations to the Warwood Lions Club, P.O. Box 4173, Wheeling, W.Va. 26003.

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