Today at the beautiful Patrick Henry ballroom in downtown Roanoke, Kent and his wife Boska delivered the #50Kfor50K matching grant check to our friends at Junior Achievement Southwest Virginia. Here are a few shots from this exciting day.
In response to the recent devastating floods in West Virginia, Foot Levelers’ employee Ernestine Critzer wanted to help. Foot Levelers is just an hour and a half’s drive from the heart of the tragedy, after all, but for Ernestine, it’s even more personal. She grew up in White Sulphur Springs, WV, located Greenbrier County, the area hardest hit. Statewide, 23 people were killed, and 14 of those were from Greenbrier. More than 1,200 homes were destroyed.
Ernestine has made several trips to her hometown since the June 23rd disaster, each time packing her car with supplies for the displaced. Foot Levelers contributed over a hundred pairs of new shoes for men, women and children and about 40 therapeutic pillows to help out.
Ernestine describes the scene at the Relief Center: “A lot of people getting helped, lots of people helping, including those who had lost everything themselves. …The man who runs [the relief center]… he has been sleeping there with his dog Matilda, because they were homeless, too, his home completely destroyed.”
Ernestine’s elderly parents still live in the area, and for many hours, she was unable to reach them. “… It took us a long time to find them; we had the state police out looking for them… We finally found out they were safe at the Wal-mart, who had opened the doors to let people in.”
It will take a long time for these communities to recover from the flooding, and help is still desperately needed. Please consider a donation of money or supplies if you can. Dozens of organizations around the nation are collecting donations and holding fundraisers–here’s a great article listing some of the main ones. You can also donate to the Red Cross and designate your funds for the West Virginia flood victims.
This just in: Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia has selected Foot Levelers’ Chairman and CEO Kent S. Greenawalt to induct into its Business Hall of Fame! The event is marked by a special awards dinner November 1, 2016 in Roanoke, Virginia, Foot Levelers’ hometown. Community business leaders are selected by a committee of their peers to recognize “their significant contributions to the Southwest Virginia region.”
If you’re in the area and want to attend the region’s “biggest night in business,” you can buy tickets here. The dinner takes place at the historic Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center downtown.
We’ll be counting down until the big day! And in the meantime, thanks Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia and congratulations Kent!
Behind the scenes at Foot Levelers… Here are a few shots from yesterday, when team members loaded up our truck with donations for the Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter and more serving Foot Levelers’ hometown of Roanoke, Virginia. All told, we gave the Mission 16 15-lb. turkeys, 20 lbs. of hamburger and 49 of our therapeutic pillows.
Giving is an important part of Foot Levelers’ culture. To learn more, visit http://www.FootLevelers.com.