November 28, 2013
The LEAD Community Organization held their annual Volunteer and Community Appreciation Dinner November 15, 2013, at the Word of Life Church at Mt. Gay with more than 100 volunteers and guests attending.
Awards were given for various service and leadership projects including the Above and Beyond award presented to Chad Story for his fundraising work during the Shoe Drive and Robin Weiner for work and dedication to the children of Logan County.
Other awards presented included the award for Youth Volunteer of the Year to Trent Orso, the Golden Tire award to the Logan Day Report, and the Distinguished Service award to Larry Rogers, Rudy Varney, and Andrew Clark.
Richard Ojeda presented several Distinguished Mountaineer Awards on behalf of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to Kay Tomblin, Steven Hall, Stephanie Preece, Donna Pratt, Larry Rogers, Shawn Wolford, and Tracy Wolford.
A special award was presented for Community Collaboration to Pride Community Services in Logan. The final award of the evening was presented to the 2013 LEADer of the Year — Marcella Kelly of Stollings. Stollings has volunteered with the organization throughout the year and has delivered more than 1,500 meals to homeless families and those in need throughout the community.
“Kelly is a dedicated volunteer who has made a difference in so many lives throughout Logan,” Ojeda said.
After the award ceremony concluded, Ojeda announced that the LEAD Community Organization has been invited to be a United Way partnering agency. LEAD is now officially operating as an official United Way agency and the United Way of Central WV will once again be able to serve the people of Logan County through support of the LEAD programs.
Mr. John Ballangee, President of the Central United Way of WV, served as the keynote speaker for the event and spoke about the exciting opportunity to expand services throughout Logan County.