OVU will honor 3 local citizens

Ohio Valley University will honor three outstanding Mid-Ohio Valley citizens during the university’s Evening of Honor event, Tuesday, May 6.

Richard and Liza Adams have been tapped to receive the 2014 Mid-Ohio Valley Business Leaders of the Year Award. Richard is chairman and CEO of United Bankshares, Inc.

Felice Jorgeson, director of Smoot Theatre Corporation, will be honored as the Mid-Ohio Valley Citizen of the Year.

The evening’s celebration will take place in the Roberts Chapel located in the Stotts Administration building on the main campus in Vienna. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m. and dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Formal attire is requested (black tie is optional). Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased in advance by calling Brenna Smith at 304-865-6260.

A portion of the proceeds from the events ticket sales will go toward an OVU scholarship in honor of the Citizen and Business Leaders of the Year.

The recognition is a collaborative project of OVU and the cities of Parkersburg, Vienna and Williamstown. Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell, Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp of Vienna and Williamstown Mayor Jean Ford selected a committee of area business leaders earlier this year to develop a list of local citizens deserving of recognition. Each committee member nominated individuals within the region who lead or have led businesses and civic organizations and in general have contributed to the betterment of the region and its residents.

This marks the sixth Evening of Honor hosted by OVU. Previous Citizen of the Year recipients include: Pat Minnite, Ed Dils, Kiki Angelos, Dr. Robert (Bob) Stephens, and Judge Jeffrey Reed. Previous Business Leaders of the Year recipients include: Jim Oppe.

To make reservations for the Evening of Honor, call Brenna Smith at (304) 865-6260. Cost is $50 per person.