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Segment For ‘Amazing Raise’ Shot At Francis Arts Center

By Staff | Jan 22, 2014

Community Foundation of the Ohio Valley Director Susie Nelson paints a portrait of Renee George Monday during a taping of a segment for the Amazing Raise Ohio Valley video that will help promote the one-day fund raising endeavor to be held May 6. (Photo by Amy Witschey)

Monday morning a crew from the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley filmed a segment at the Francis Creative Arts Center in New Martinsville for the upcoming Amazing Raise Ohio Valley.

A take off of the popular Amazing Race television show, the video will highlight “tasks” at non-profit organizations in nearly every county served by the foundation. The local segment includes Donna Earley, ArtsLink’s administrative coordinator.

At the New Martinsville stop, the team of Community Foundation Director Susie Nelson and Renee George had to paint an acceptable portrait before advancing to the next stop. After a couple tries Earley accepted Nelson’s effort, presented her with a clue for the team’s next stop, and accepted a donation for ArtsLink.

The video, shot by Vicki Smith, will be available online as early as next week at www.cfov.org. “The video will be extremely cheesy and shoddy,” joked George, who added that it should make it fun to watch. They hope the video can add some comic relief and interest for a very serious subject-fund raising.

During The Amazing Raise Ohio Valley-an exciting, online giving event that will empower the people of the Ohio Valley to come together and raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in just 24 hours-people are encouraged to give to area organizations. The event is in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the community foundation movement and communities across America will be participating in this day of giving.

The event begins at midnight on May 6 and ends at 11:59 p.m. During these hours, all dollars raised through the Community Foundation’s giving website (GiveOV.org), will be amplified through matching funds from a national pool. The Community Foundation has committed $20,000 for a pool of incentive dollars and hopes to raise more through community partnerships by May 6.

“Our goal for The Amazing Raise Ohio Valley is to reach new donors and show them how important it is to give to local causes. We want to use this opportunity to build a new generation of philanthropists for our community,” said Nelson.

Earley said she hopes word of the event will spread through social media and people across the country will be moved to donate to ArtsLink, the arts council of Wetzel and Tyler counties.

To be eligible to benefit from The Amazing Raise Ohio Valley, a nonprofit must be a 501(c)3 organization. The Community Foundation staff will perform due diligence to ensure all organizations are in good standing with the IRS. Interested organizations may contact the foundation, info@cfov.org or 304-242-3144.

Updates about The Amazing Raise Ohio Valley can be found on the Foundation’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CommunityFoundationOhioValley).

Since 1972, The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley has connected people who care with causes that matter by making grants to organizations working to improve the Upper Ohio Valley. With assets of more than $30 million, the foundation assisted in making more than $1.7 million in charitable grants last year. From strengthening community schools to assisting local arts programs, from building health centers to helping lives affected by violence or natural disasters, the foundation continues to enhance our region. To learn more, please visit the foundation online at www.cfov.org.

More information about ArtsLink is available at the website, www.artslinkwv. org, by emailing artslink@artslinkwv.org, or by calling 304-455-2278. ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible.The Francis Creative Arts Center is handicapped accessible. Persons with special needs may call the center at the above number.

Funding for ArtsLink’s programs made possible with financial assistance from City of New Martinsville Parks & Recreation Commission, West Virginia Northern Community College, Williams, EQT Foundation, WETZ/ WYMJ/ WNRJ Radio, Ohio Valley Online, and the Wells Inn.