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November 19, 2012

Leadership group aiding United Way

Generation Greenbrier Valley, a young professional leadership group, is teaming up with the United Way of Greenbrier Valley to help raise funds.

Community businesses and organizations are decorating the Greenbrier Valley Visitor’s Center with Christmas trees and wreaths, which will be auctioned Dec. 7 to benefit the United Way.

Participating businesses include Bluebell Garden Club, First National Bank, Greenbrier East High School, Greenbrier Episcopal School, Gillespie’s Flowers and Productions, Jim’s Drive-In, State Fair of West Virginia, Howe’s Things, Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Generation Greenbrier Valley, Gateway Industries, MWV, The Greenbrier, and ReMax.

A silent auction for the decorative items will be Dec. 7, along with a live auction for the larger trees.

Fans can vote for their favorite tree for a $1 donation to benefit the United Way. Each $1 vote will enter participants in a drawing to win an iPad.

Holiday trees can be viewed at the Visitor’s Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 during Business After Hours.

Refreshments will be provided by Carol Spencer of Taste of Heaven Bakery.

Generation Greenbrier Valley’s mission is to retain and attract young people in the region through networking opportunities, social events and community outreach, such as co-hosting the Nov. 29 Business After Hours and presenting Dancing with the Stars of the Greenbrier Valley in April.

GGV recently hosted its first 5K in conjunction with the Freshwater Folk Festival to benefit the WSS Food Pantry. GGV is a regional partner of Generation West Virginia, a statewide young professional program.

For more information or to become involved, call 304-645-2818 or e-mail ggvevents To register for Business After Hours, go to and click on upcoming events.

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