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GSC Students Help Raise Funds for the American Red Cross

GSC students help raise funds for American Red Cross Disaster Relief Services in Gilmer County.

Pictured from left to right: (first row) Darrel Ramsey, Sharon Kesselring (Red Cross Director of Finance and Development ), Niki Ramezan, Nicole Riffle, Roxane McAtee, (back row) Wayne Cottrell (Red Cross Volunteer), Ryan Tomblin, Justin Brown, Buck Stevens (Red Cross Volunteer), Trenda Overbay, Meredith Gillett, Lindsey Estep, Tim Swiger

For Immediate Release:
April 18, 2011
Glenville, WV– Five Glenville State College Nonprofit Leadership and Management students joined several local residents to organize a grassroots “Heroes Campaign” for the Mid-Ohio Valley Chapter of American Red Cross which serves eight counties including Gilmer. The Heroes Campaign enables the American Red Cross the ability to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support, and assistance in response to disasters by raising funds to support them.

Roxane McAtee the student project chairman, Justin Brown, Trenda Overbay, Tim Swiger, and Ryan Tomblin from the Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations course at Glenville State College engaged in the Service Learning Project assisting local volunteers that included: Gilmer County Commissioner Darrel Ramsey, Niki Ramezan, Lindsey Estep, Nicole Riffle, Meredith Gillett, and Tim Swiger. The committee raised $7,100 through personal solicitations and various fundraisers.

The fundraising efforts began with a kick off on Thursday, March 10 at the Gilmer County Court House and ended on Saturday, April 2 with a Recognition Dinner at the Gilmer County Recreation Center. A bake sale was held on March 18 at United Bank and Dollar General. The sale culminated two days of work making and baking 185 dozen pepperoni rolls at the Recreation Center.

On March 24, a Premier Designs Jewelry Party was held at Glenville Elementary where Sharon Jones, local Premier Designs Representative, donated all of her proceeds from the sale towards the campaign.

On Saturday, March 26 a car wash and donation drive was held in the Glenville Foodland’s parking lot. Although it was only 33 degrees, campaign committee members and students spent four hours washing cars to raise money in support of disaster relief services.

On April 2, major donors were recognized at a dinner at the Recreation Center to celebrate the end of a very successful campaign. The Gilmer County Heroes Campaign Committee, the GSC Service Learning Project Committee, and the Mid-Ohio Valley Chapter of American Red Cross thanks everyone who provided donations, goods, and especially their time to support the Glenville community and the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Services.
For more information about the GSC Nonprofit Leadership and Management minor contact GSC Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Coordinator Meredith Gillett at or (304) 462-6260.
Media contact:
Bob Edwards
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462-6390
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