NEW CUMBERLAND - The dark skies and sudden rain didn't put too much of a damper on the spirits of the ladies taking part in Saturday's Weirton United Way All-Women's Golf Challenge.
Rain hit just as the 11 teams hit the greens of Mountaineer's Woodview Golf Course Saturday morning for the 13th-annual event, but that didn't keep the charity fundraiser from taking place.
Patty Filak and Sheila Robinson served as co-chairs of this year's tournament and welcomed the participants before sending them out to play.
"I want you to have a great day," Robinson told the golfers.
The day of golf included a variety of skill contests, as well as special prizes for holes in one, including a diamond ring from R.E. Saxon Jewelers and a 2012 Jeep Compass from C. Hackett Chrysler Dodge Jeep.
Robinson and Filak, while explaining the rules of the day, also gave credit to United Way Executive Director Kristin Bowman Cross and Linda Stear for putting the event together.
"Kristin and Linda have worked very hard to put this together," Robinson said. "They deserve a special thanks."
First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union served as the host sponsor for this year's Golf Challenge, with other sponsors including DeFelice Brothers Pizza, Wine and Beverage Merchants, Steel and Wolfe Funeral Home, R.E. Saxon Jewelers, Gals On and Off the Green, Steel City Distributors, Mainstream Physical Therapy and the Weirton Wendy's restaurant.
The Golf Challenge was part of a series of events taking place in the coming days to kick off the Weirton United Way's campaign season. This week features a variety of activities, including a My 31 party and cookbook sale, as well as the annual school walk-a-thon events taking place at several of Weirton's schools.
The Weirton United Way raises money each year to benefit 15 member agencies, including the American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Club of Weirton, Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council, Boy Scouts of America, Camp Fire USA, C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc., Dunbar Recreation Center, Healthways Inc., Hancock-Brooke-Ohio-Marshall Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, Hancock County Sheltered Workshop Inc., Hancock County 4-H Foundation, Weirton Medical Center Hospital Charity Fund, Mary H. Weir Public Library, the Salvation Army and Weirton Christian Center.