United Way hopes to lasso $30,000

The United Way of Randolph County’s telethon team was working vigorously Friday, putting the final details together for the upcoming Live United Telethon. The event is scheduled to air from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 9. The telethon is the United Way’s largest fundraiser of the year, and is supported by commercial partnerships with Allegheny Insurance Services, Citizens Bank of West Virginia, Colonial Motors and Davis Health System.

“Randolph Round-up: A United Way Production” is the theme of this year’s telethon that will air on WETV, Channel 3, with live streams on and The event airs live from Beverly Elementary School. Calls and texts will be accepted on the AT&T telethon phone number at 304-642-1334. The goal of the Live United Telethon this year is to raise $30,000.

“We are excited to bring the participants and viewers a varied and exciting new look to the telethon this year,” said Kathy Leombruno, United Way president and telethon chairman. “We are including all of the iconic telethon entertainment and events that happen in a fun, western-decorated venue. Hopefully our extra efforts will help ‘pony up’ contributions and make the phones ring next Saturday.”

The 2013 telethon committee members are Sherri Marstiller, Merllene Yorkey, Laura Simons, Robbie Morris, Cindy Hammer, Becky Smith, Tracy Fath, Tommy Powell, Linda Skidmore, Jerry Gibson, Shellie Burda, Gary Clay and Leombruno.