CHANGE announces Paint the Valley Pink winners

East Liverpool Mayor Ryan Stovall presented a trophy to Robin Webster (left) at the Lou Holtz Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame for best decorated in East Liverpool for CHANGE, Inc.’s Paint the Valley Pink 2016 contest. Robin is a two year survivor of breast cancer and Rosemary Mackall (not pictured), a 10-year survivor, so this was a heartfelt win for them. (Submitted photos)

WEIRTON — For the past three years, CHANGE Inc. has hosted the “Paint the Valley Pink” event that encourages businesses throughout Hancock and Brooke counties in West Virginia and Jefferson County in Ohio to decorate their businesses in pink to raise breast cancer awareness during the month of October, which is dedicated to the cause.

In 2016, businesses in the East Liverpool area also were invited to participate. “Our mission with Paint the Valley Pink is to get our local businesses involved and to educate our residents about breast cancer and the importance of having annual screenings for early detection,” said Judy Raveaux, CEO of CHANGE.

Throughout 13 communities, 71 local businesses participated and took on the challenge of raising breast cancer awareness.

“CHANGE, Inc.’s Board of Directors, management and staff would like to thank the mayors for not only making the tough decision of selecting a winner, but agreeing to participate in their respective community,” Raveaux added.

The winners in each participating community were presented with a pink, handcrafted ribbon trophy made by Peggy Whitmore, clinical manger of CHANGE’s Weirton office.

Chester Mayor Larry Forsythe (back, left) presented a trophy to First Choice America for being the best decorated in Chester. Pictured (back, from left) Mayor Forsythe, Jolene Hines, Audrey Miller, Karen Krenn, and Jennifer Flowers; and (front) Victoria Russell and Lynn Stake.

Locally, the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame was selected winner in East Liverpool as 11 businesses participated. First Choice America CFCU won in Chester; the Hancock County Health Department was declared the winner in New Cumberland; and Hancock County Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram won in Newell.

Those local businesses taking part in East Liverpool included Assisted Living Ministry Services, East Liverpool City Hospital, Headlines Hair & Tanning Salon, Home Savings & Loan, Kent State Purinton Hall, Kent State Mary Patterson, Minor Insurance, Riverview Florist, The Carriage House, and The Review.

Newell Civic Council also participated, as did the following Chester businesses: A Cut Above, Clear & Full Enterprises, and Werkheiser’s Hardware.

Home Savings & Loan in Calcutta also took part in the event.

Linda McNeil (third, from left), New Cumberland mayor, presented a trophy to Chelsea Everly (from left), Jackie Huff, and Michelle Truax of the Hancock County Health Department for being the best decorated in New Cumberland.

Taylor Koper and Tracey Hall of Hancock County Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram accepted the trophy for best decorated in Newell for CHANGE Inc.’s “Paint the Valley Pink” 2016 contest.