The PM Company announced their 12th annual Spirit of Giving fundraiser received $60,650.00 this year. PMC is matching those dollars raised in the community, bringing the total to be given to local charities to $121,300. .
For the twelfth year in a row, the PM Company and Minnite family have elected to forego traditional gifts to tenants and vendors with whom they do business, giving the money instead to area non-profits.
PMC created the Spirit of Giving Fund at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, and they invite businesses and friends to join them in raising funds and awareness for the designated charities. The PM Company then matches the money raised. “This is the perfect way for us to come together with those we work with, to celebrate the season in the best possible way,” said Karmyn Minnite Conley, one of the Managing Partners. “We look forward to giving these gifts, because we get to learn more about how local groups are helping those in need.”
Spirit of Giving has donated in excess of $700,000 in the last 11 years, and they plan to continue to grow their efforts.
Student, business and civic groups were also invited to participate by collecting items from Wish Lists provided by the charities. Hundreds of pounds of food, hygiene and baby items were collected to benefit the recipients.
In addition to PMC and Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center, major sponsors for the event also include Eye Doctors/Dry Eye Clinic, Family Carpet, Gen Spring/Sun Trust, Mondo Building & Excavating, MPH Hotels, Peoples Bank & Insurance, and United Bank. Each company donated $5,000 toward the effort.
2019 Recipients of the Spirit of Giving Fund are as follows:
Artsbridge – Very Spectacular Arts Festival for kids with disabilities
Faithlink – Senior feeding program
Old Man Rivers Mission – Providing meals for homebound
CASA/Voices for Children – Travel for advocates for foster children
Downtown Bethel – utility assistance, gas cards, food, clothing for families in crisis
High on Hope – Addiction treatment
Family Crisis Intervention Center – Domestic violence shelter remodel
iBelieve Foundation – Leadership program for Appalachian high school students
House to Home – Homeless day shelter
O’Neill Senior Center – medical transportation
MOV Multi-Cultural Festival – hotel rooms for performers