$2,000 Raised for Water For People in WV-AWWA Auction

HNN Staff

CHARLESTON, WV (HNN) - Artists and businesses from across West Virginia donated works of art and other items for a silent auction hosted by the West Virginia Section of the American Water Works Association (WV-AWWA)

 over the weekend. The auction raised $2,030 for Water For People, a nonprofit international development organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in the developing world by supporting sustainable drinking water, hygiene and sanitation projects.

The items up for bid at the event included watercolors by well-known Beckley-area artists Barbara Daniel, Mary Anne Hodson and JoAnn Byron; an acrylic from Brenda Kincaid, also of the Beckley area; photographs from Charleston amateur photographers Mark Kirkpatrick, Beverly Bisbee and Dawn Combs; a drawing by professional photographer and pastel artist Richard S. Lee, also of Charleston; a vase and water pitcher from Blenko Glass in Milton; blackberry wine from Daniel Vineyards of Crab Orchard; an autographed copy of coffee table book “West Virginia Beauty: Familiar & Rare,” with photos by Steve Shaluta and text by Jeanne Mozier, that was donated by Taylor Books of Charleston; and a gift certificate for a two-night stay at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs.

“On behalf of AWWA, I want to express my sincere appreciation to everyone who donated items for this event,” said WV-AWWA Chair Gary Facemyer of Hatch Mott MacDonald Consulting Engineers. “This auction featured some of the incredible talent we have in West Virginia while also helping out a very
worthy cause.”

The auction, the theme of which was “The Best of West Virginia,” was held during an AWWA regional officers meeting in Charleston attended by 50 drinking water utility professionals from nine states and the territory of Puerto Rico.

Water For People was established in 1991 by members of the AWWA and is endorsed by many of the leading water-related associations in North America — including the Water Environment Federation (WEF), National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), Water Quality Association (WQA), Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), and others. The mission of the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization is to help the 1.1 billion people — one in six worldwide — who do not have access to safe water and the 2.6 billion — a third of the world’s population — who lack adequate sanitation. It is estimated that approximately 6,000 people, mostly children, die each day in those countries from waterborne illnesses such as dysentery and cholera. For more information about Water For People, go to

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AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. AWWA advances public health, safety, and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the entire water community. Through our collective strength, we become better stewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment.

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