Top of WVa Convention and Visitors Bureau receives award

WEIRTON — Dan Greathouse, executive director of the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau of Weirton, has been selected to attend the West Virginia Governor’s awards ceremony and reception at the Charleston Cultural Center to receive the “Arts Patron of the Year for 2018”

Each year, individuals and organizations are selected from around the Mountain State whose work promotes, supports, and grows the arts. The awards have been given since 1999 for commitment to the arts that make our state a more wonderful place to live.

“It was Mr. Greathouse’s continued support of the Hancock County Arts Council’s many community art projects, the Holiday Home Tour, Homer Laughlin’s annual children’s plate painting event and the creation of the Summit Art Gallery that sparked the idea of submitting an application on his behalf for this award,” a release states.

Randall Reid-Smith, commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History said “The Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau is a joint project of Brooke and Hancock counties and the city of Weirton, dedicated to promoting tourism in the “Top of West Virginia.” An independent non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors, it advertises local communities as a destination to the recreation, business meeting and convention markets, and has excelled in promoting the arts to increase tourism, cultural awareness and community engagement. In 2008, The Hancock County Arts Council became a division of the Top of WV and the creation of two major development projects, the Weirton Event Center and the Summit Art Gallery, has brought over 20,000 tourists to the area annually.”