United Way of Southern West Virginia First Annual Derby Day

RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) -The United Way of southern West Virginia celebrated their first ever Derby Day!

The event was held at the Glade Springs Resort. Community members came out in their best Kentucky Derby gear from colorful suits to big hats! The event featured great food, music, contests and throughout the event, several silent auctions were held to help raise money. Guests even got the chance to watch the Kentucky Derby as it was played live on the jumbo screen. This first-ever event was in honor of Rita Corley the mother of United Way’s Executive Director Michelle Rotellini.

“My mom was a community member and business owner in Southern West Virginia for 48 years and she passed away 13 years ago and I’ve always wanted to do something to honor her memory because a lot of community members always tell me how proud she’d be that I was involved with the United Way,” said Rotellini.

The United Way of southern West Virginia has a campaign goal of $860,000 and events like these help get them one step closer! Rotellini adds, that they have plans on making this an annual event.

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Jonathan Chance grew up in Birmingham, AL where he experienced many different types of weather. The storm that is remembered more than any other is the 2011 Super Outbreak. The tornadoes passed within 20 miles of his home and affected the lives of many people around him.