It’s that time of year again, when organizations come together to launch cleanup and beautification efforts and celebrate the LGBTQ community’s contributions to the city. For the third year in a row, Orrick is hosting its “Pride in Wheeling” day.

A group from Orrick has teamed up with the City of Wheeling and Ohio Valley Pride to bring folks together around several community improvement projects. In 2018, there were 75 volunteers from Wheeling-area businesses such as Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Oglebay, WesBanco, Williams Lea and Ziegenfelder. The volunteers, in collaboration with the Orrick team, contributed a combined 150+ service hours.

This year’s event will include projects such as painting a mural at Grand Vue Park, painting stencils at the Grand Vue water tanks, gardening in Centre Market, and trail cleanup and painting in East Wheeling. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 7. Rain date is June 14.

Pride in Wheeling is not only an effort to enhance community engagement, but a forum for celebrating and promoting conversations around LGBTQ topics.

For the past two years, Mayor Glenn Elliot Jr. has proclaimed the date of Pride in Wheeling event as “Pride in Wheeling Day” citywide. The City is again supporting the event.

“I’m excited to see our participation in the event continue to grow. We already have over 100 volunteers this year. The LGBTQ community deserves our support to help end discrimination and promote equality and this is just one small step towards that goal,”  said Nick Roxby, head of the Pride in Wheeling planning committee.

To participate or for more information, send an email to Nick Roxby at nroxby@orrick.com or Sarah Clark at sclark@orrick.com.

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