POINT PLEASANT — Peoples Bancorp Foundation, a non-profit corporation formed to make donations in Peoples Bank market areas, recently awarded $2,500 to the Mason County Fair. The grant will assist in replacing and renovating the fair’s stage.
“4-H is often a life-changing educational organization for youth. It grows confident, capable, and caring kids with the life skills to thrive and succeed,” said Sharon Stapleton, Peoples Bank branch manager. “Events like the Mason County Fair provide a local outlet for 4-H students to shine. We’re pleased to help renovate the space.”
The Mason County Fair is billed as West Virginia’s largest county fair. The annual event features 4-H exhibits, contests, professional entertainment, livestock exhibits, carnival and more. Peoples Bank has supported the event for 50 years through scholarships, livestock sales, and more.
“We are very happy for the support given to us by Peoples Bank,” Brian Billings, Mason County Fair first vice president said. “I have been involved with our fair since 1978. Myself and grounds keepers over the years, along with fair members have worked to paint, replace boards and to see that our fair stage is ready each year. Now we are on our way to give the fair stage its much needed renovations. We hope to have everything completed by May 1, 2016.”
Billings said Shawn Paugh, fair president and Teddy Thomas, fair secretary, also serve on the Fair Stage Committee.
Peoples Bancorp Foundation contributions focus on charitable giving in four major areas: community investment and economic development, youth and education, human services programs that improve the social needs of low-to moderate-income communities and individuals, and the arts and culture. Organizations receiving grants meet those requirements and serve the markets where Peoples Bank currently has office locations.