After four local business made their pitches, The Pine Room Podcast secured the most votes making them the latest winner of Wheeling Heritage’s Show of Hands. The newly developed business took home more than $6,500 for its top-tier entertainment. With this Show of Hands, Wheeling Heritage surpasses the $100,000 mark of giving to small businesses and projects with this program.
Show of Hands is a community-supported crowdfunded event hosted by Wheeling Heritage. This round of Show of Hands included in-person presentations and voting, while incorporating live streaming and voting for those who were not able to make it to the Artisan Center. Each presenter had a one-minute video, produced by the Wheeling Heritage media team, that played before they gave their four-minute pitch.
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At Show of Hands on Wednesday, Brian Campbell and Jub Delbrugge introduced their production company which includes producing two podcasts per week, along with hosting live high school and regional sports shows on local radio. With funding from Show of Hands, The Pine Room Podcast plans to purchase production equipment to put on higher-quality live shows. Overall, their goal is to have the ability to provide internships and full-time opportunities for the surrounding high schools and universities.
“We had the opportunity to be a part of something so special. We wanted to give a huge thank you to Wheeling Heritage and all of the sponsors who were involved. The nine of us have worked countless hours over the last year to get this small production company off the ground,” said Brian Campbell of The Pine Room Podcast. “With all of our family, friends and the support of this community, we truly believe we can give back in a huge way. It’s going to be exciting to see what we come up with over the rest of this year and leading into 2023. We have a ton of ideas and we can’t wait to make this city and the state of West Virginia proud.”
Show of Hands wrapped up for this season with this last event but will continue next year with three events. Businesses in Wheeling can look for announcements to apply for next year’s Show of Hands by following Wheeling Heritage on social media or visiting Wheeling Heritage’s website. Since its creation in 2014, Show of Hands has awarded over $104,000 to projects and businesses that make Wheeling a special place to live.
Orrick, the program’s corporate sponsor, donates $1,000 for each event. The Friends of Show of Hands, which consists of community members and business owners, also contributes to each event. If you are interested in becoming a Friends of Show of Hands supporter, contact Cassie Minder at email@example.com.
About Wheeling Heritage: Wheeling Heritage is a catalyst for the revitalization of Wheeling. Through historic preservation, community development, and the arts, we help to tell Wheeling’s story and shape its future. We seek to improve the quality of life in Wheeling by preserving and investing in our city, collaborating with others, and engaging the citizens of Wheeling in our work.