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Photo provided by EJ Schodzinski, Director of Marketing and Development at Crittenton Services; Lorri Schodzinski, Mary Jo Guidi and Kathy Antonucci had a wonderful time at Paint the Town Pink on Saturday 18th June at the Heritage Port.

WHEELING – Crittenton Services couldn’t have picked a better evening for their signature event, Paint the Town Pink: Wild and Wonderful Women.

Over 200 people attended the elegant fundraiser honoring the many amazing women who made a difference in West Virginia from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday at Wheeling’s Heritage Port. The special evening featured spectacular views of the Ohio River, heavy hors d’oeuvres, local craft beer and wine, live music from Huntington-based band Cypress, a silent auction and multiple raffle prizes.

The waterfront has been transformed into an elegant al fresco ballroom with delicate floral arrangements, mesmerizing lighting and depictions of women past and present who have transformed the lives of countless children, women and families across the state.

“We provide services to local elementary schools through our TIES (Trauma-Informed Elementary Schools) and Willow Tree Learning Academy programs, to the larger community through Wellspring Family Services, and to at-risk teenage women and young mothers through our residential program.” said Jasmin Ilovar, Coordinator of Public Communications and Events. “It makes perfect sense that this year’s theme would spotlight the women who make this state so special. We hope that these women will not only inspire our guests, but also inspire our customers to know that they too can achieve great things despite their traumatic history of abuse and neglect.”

Ilovar commended the Ohio County Public Library for generously researching West Virginia women who were and were influential in their respective times and fields in the Mountain State.

EJ Schodzinski, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, welcomed the large crowd and thanked the community for their support.

“Crittenton Services has been transforming the lives of women, children and families since 1895” he said. “Our mission has been faithfully sustained by the good people of the Ohio Valley for 128 years, and that loyalty is demonstrated by the number of donors, business partners, community leaders, schools and volunteers celebrating with us tonight.”

Schodzinski noted that the Wade House renovation, one of the largest capital projects completed in Crittenton that year, was made possible entirely by donations from the community, allowing the agency to serve more young women and vulnerable children. The project was also raised by a volunteer construction team from the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky. Led by Sister Luke Boiarski, the volunteers from five different states came to Wheeling and spent a week on site to help complete the renovation.

President and CEO Richard Royse echoed Schodzinski’s comments in commending Crittenton’s employees for their excellent overall performance. “Crittenton is synonymous with quality and our employees do an outstanding job every day as a team to help the women, children and families who need it most.” he said. “As a result, we were recently recognized by the Accreditation Council, the national benchmark for meeting high performance standards and committing to our stakeholders to deliver the very best quality services.”

Paint the Town Pink: Wild and Wonderful Women was made possible through the generous support of local sponsors: Aetna, Bordas & Bordas, Christian Fellowship Foundation, Commonwealth Financial Services, Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, The Health Plan, WesBanco, Phillips, Gardill , Kaiser & Altmeyer, Belmont Savings Bank, Costanzo & Associates, DiCarlo’s Pizza, The Glessner Group, Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal, Kingery & Company, Liberty Distributors, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliff, Preferred Legacy Trust, Raymond James Financial Services, Sam’s Club , Schaeffer & Madama, West Virginia Kids Count, West Virginia Northern Community College, Ziegenfelder, CMS Bank Card Services, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia, County Line Tree Service, Gompers Pharmacy, Main Street Bank, McDonalds, Ohio County Public Library and youth welfare systems.

All proceeds from Paint the Town Pink benefit residential and behavioral health services for children and families throughout West Virginia.

If you would like to make a gift to Crittenton Services, contact Ilovar at

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