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Ohio Valley Helping Wounded Warriors

December 16, 2012
Martin Kimball, Exalted Ruler Wheeling Elks Lodge No. 28 , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Editor, News-Register:

This is an open letter to the citizens of Wheeling and the Ohio Valley:

The Wheeling Elks Lodge No. 28 recently sponsored our first annual fundraising breakfast that benefitted the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior Project was founded by veterans and is an organization which provides critical services that help our wounded veterans rebuild their bodies, minds and their lives after being injured serving our country. They start helping almost immediately after a service member is injured and they continue assisting them as long as their help is needed. I encourage you to check their website to see for yourself. It is WoundedWarrior.Org.

The event was a huge success. We served breakfast to over 200 people and held a Chinese auction as well. I am grateful to the many Elks members and especially my wife Rosalie, who volunteered many hours to help put this event on. It was time well spent. The Wheeling Elks Lodge has a long tradition of helping those in need for over 100 years.

I knew the people of the Ohio Valley always support worthy causes but your response was beyond my expectations. We were able to send a check to the Wounded Warrior Project for over $4,100, which will help many of our brave veterans. Once again you showed that the generosity of the people of the Ohio Valley is second to none. As I thank the following sponsoring businesses and individuals, please remember to patronize them this Christmas season and all year long. Plans are already being made for next year's breakfast, which with your support will be even bigger and better. Thank you everyone who donated or came to our breakfast!

A special thanks goes to Frank Corolla and Perkins Restaurant and Bakery and also Jerry Simoncic of the Bethany Pike Convenient Food Mart, who immediately stepped up to generously donate the food that was served. I also thank the following people and businesses who donated to help make this event such a success.

Major sponsor Wheeling FOP Lodge No. 38, WV/Ohio Motor Sales Inc., Kalkreuth Roofing, Riverbridge wealth management, O'Briens Rent All, Lee C. Paull III, McKenn Security, Altmeyer Funeral Homes, Kepner Funeral Homes, Main Street Bank, Wheeling Eagles Aerie No. 1891, R.M. Wilson Co., Panhandle Cleaning Co., Lowes Home Improvement, DeFelice Care Inc., Tony DiCarlo & DiCarlos Pizza downtown, Denny Magruder, Robinson Auto Group, BB&T Bank, Columbia Sales Inc., United Bank, 1st Choice America Credit Union, Quaker Steak & Lube, Wheeling Nailers, Advantage Pre-owned cars, Colden LLC, Spic & Span Cleaners, Joe John Law office, Jacob Robinson Law office, Petroplus & Gaudino Law office, Assaro's Towing, Glatz & Obecney CPA's, Progressive Bank, Kathy Hoffman, Riverfront Mini-storage, Pete Holloway, John Gompers, Tom Burgoyne, Randy Wharton, Orphy Klempa, Carl Carenbauer, Jack Cisney, Rich Miller, Gloria Delbrugge, Frank Bonacci, Ted Hess, United Dairy, Hall of Fame cafe, Steve Novotney & WKKX Radio Station, Rich's Quick Print, Sharpsky Printing, Just Right Gifts, Krogers, Eat-N-Park restaurant. These Center Market merchants also jumped at the chance to show their support: Casa Da Vino wine store, Valley Cheese, Market Vines restaurant, Oliver's Pies, Wood-n-Stiches, Papas beef House.

Thank you again to Wheeling and the Ohio Valley!

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