Community Foundation challenge a success

Mark Hawk of Superior Toyota Hyundai is right when he says these are “times we’ve never seen before.”

For more than 8 months, in fact, Mid-Ohio Valley residents have been navigating a surreal set of challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has affected all aspects of life, and in many ways left those who were already struggling in even greater need.

But for those who participated in the Marietta Community Foundation’s annual nonprofit challenge, sponsored by Superior Toyota Hyundai, that need provided greater motivation to do good, especially as we approach the holiday season.

“This is one reason Superior Toyota Hyundai continues to sponsor this event each year,” T.R. Hathaway, owner of Superior Toyota Hyundai, said. “Marietta Community Foundation adapts this competition for the maximum benefit of our nonprofits who serve our community. They are kind of an ‘all-terrain vehicle’ in that way.”

In fact, the foundation raised more than $10,000 in toys to be distributed as Christmas gifts, according to Heather Allender, president and chief executive officer of the community foundation.

More than $87,500 was raised for nonprofits, with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation partnering with the MCF and Superior Toyota Hyundai.

Challenge winners were The O’Neill Center, receiving $7,000; Washington County 4-H, receiving $5,000; and Building Bridges to Careers, receiving $3,000. As Connie Huntsman, director of the O’Neill Center, put it, “That is something to celebrate.”

In fact, the generosity of the Mid-Ohio Valley and those willing to step up and make such a challenge possible even in this most unusual year are something not only to celebrate, but for which we call can be grateful.

Thank you, folks.


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