POINT PLEASANT — The work of not one individual, but many, is being honored by recognizing the Point Pleasant Junior Senior High School Athletic Facility Committee which has been chosen as one of this year’s Spirit of Our Community Award Winners in the category of Recreation.
The Mason County Community Foundation (MCCF) and Point Pleasant Register announced the winners in September. Winners are being honored at the “Mason County Spirit of Our Community Event” held at 6 p.m., Nov. 10 at the Point Pleasant Moose Lodge.
Those who nominated the committee said it’s widely felt the committee changed the culture of PPJSHS and community by their sacrifice and vision for a better tomorrow for local children. The committee’s official nomination form states, years ago, student athletes would go to other schools and wonder why they didn’t have the same resources and facilities those other schools possessed. This committee then took it upon themselves to develop the vision of an athletic facility at PPJSHS that would be second to none. Though, according to the nomination form, many thought they were crazy, the committee were persistent in their dream and passionate to meet their goal, working night and day to earn the monetary funds to make the over $3 million project possible. The facility was completed in 2008 and this Friday, the Point Pleasant Big Blacks will take on Ritchie County in high school football playoff action and Saturday night the Wahama White Falcons will use the same facility to take on Pocahontas County, also as a part of playoff action. Teams will take the field at Ohio Valley Bank Track and Field which came into existence thanks to the committee’s vision.
That committee’s vision included a state-of-the-art facility to host football, baseball, softball and tennis games as well as track meets and band competitions. A new press box, concession stands, restrooms and locker rooms also became a reality for students and community members, the operative word being “community” when it comes to describing the committee’s vision. Though the complex belongs to PPJSHS, it’s also a showcase for the community and its needs.
The nomination form for the committee explains: “The Athletic Facility Committee instilled pride in every student at PPJSHS and gave them an example of what hard work and dedication can do for a community.” The form also goes on to say the committee changed many lives and gave the school and community a sense of self-worth, which in turn has changed the lives of those who will follow in the future.
In addition to the PPJSHS Athletic Facility Committee, also being recognized by the MCCF and Point Pleasant Register at the upcoming event are: Dr. Jack Buxton for Health; Donna Jean Sharp for Human Services; Gerry Enrico for Arts and Culture; Charles Lanham for Economic Development; and Suzanne Dickens for Youth and Education.
“These folks have made significant contributions to the quality of life in our community and we are happy to honor them for their outstanding community support,” commented Jane Winters, Our Community’s Foundation Regional Manager of Affiliates.
Thursday’s event is open to the public with individual tickets on sale for $50 per person, half tables (4 tickets) for $500 and full tables (8 tickets) for $1,000. Tickets can be obtained by contacting the Mason County Community Foundation at 304-372-8588 or by email at jane.winters@ pacfwv.com. Proceeds from the event go to the MCCF.