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Boosters Approach Commissioners

By Staff | Jul 15, 2015

Miranda Corcoran and Kelly Schultheis of the Paden City Wildcat Boosters requested financial help from the Wetzel County Commission at the commission’s regular meeting, held Tuesday, July 8.

Corcoran said the boosters have literally given back millions since their beginnings in the 1950s. Corcoran said the boosters have paid for ACT testing, college courses, supplies, the elementary school’s playground, cleats, graduation costs, and calculators.

The boosters’ main fundraiser was bingo, which ended up plummeting in terms of individuals coming to play. Corcoran blamed the decline on a few different factors, including the passing of older players and as well as the development of small gambling facilities in the area.

Combined with the decline and subsequent end of its main fundraiser, the boosters have also encountered issues with funds that were promised allegedly promised to them from a foundation.

The booster has reinvented itself in several ways, one being new members. Furthermore, since the decline of bingo, Corcoran explained the boosters is using the Matt Barker Complex for different uses.

The building has been rented out for craft shows, as well as rented out to different organizations for different trainings and other events.

The commission did not make any decision on the boosters’ request at the July 7 meeting.

In another matter, Carolyn Gatian requested the use of the Mollohan Center for the Women of the Moose’s yearly large fundraiser.

Gatian explained the fundraiser would be a quarter auction, which would include vendors. Food would also be provided.

She said the fundraiser is open to the public. Proceeds would go to support the Moose’s charities, Moose Heart and Moose Haven.

Furthermore, the Moose supports the community whether it donates to Helping Hands, Paden City Boosters, Bags of Bounty, or clothing closets for the local schools.

The commission approved of the use of the Mollohan Center for the event, which will be held Sept. 27.

Also at their meeting, the commission approved the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office’s request to acquire a P-Card. The office would acquire two cards, which could be used by four individuals, including the sheriff, chief deputy, senior deputy, and the office’s secretary.