The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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May 17, 2013

New River students surpass service dog fundraiser goal

The Beta Zeta Delta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at New River Community and Technical College surpassed its goal of $5,000, raising $6,584 in a raffle held May 10.

Proceeds will go to Bethany McFerrin, a student at the Greenbrier Valley Campus in Lewisburg who is wheelchair-bound from cerebral palsy and is in need of a service dog. 

The raffle was coordinated by PTK members at New River’s campuses in Princeton, Beckley and Summersville in addition to the Greenbrier Valley Campus.

“On behalf of Bethany and the other members of Phi Theta Kappa, we sincerely thank each and every community member who devoted their time, energy and resources to help us reach our goal,” said PTK President Joanna Post.

Post said that the money will not only cover the $5,000 purchase of the service dog, Koby, but will also help cover the cost of the four-day trip for Bethany and her family to travel to Ohio to train with him.

“It will be a life-changing moment for her,” Post said.

The winning raffle numbers can be found on the website

Chapter members are grateful to the following for their generous assistance and/or donations of raffle items: Andrea Martin Photography, US Cellular, Camera One, Brown’s Photography, Magic Mart, Cornerstone Christian Bookstore, Greenbrier Valley Theater, Edith’s Health and Specialty, Bella Casa, Cecilia’s Bridal and Formal Wear;

Walmart, Hill and Holler Bicycle Works, Apricot Lane, Lewisburg Diamond and Gold, Yarid’s, Aggie’s, Wolf Creek Gallery, Stop In Gas Station, Sarah McFerrin, New River School of Cosmetology, Simm’s Exxon, Visions of Beauty, Styles Unlimited, Handy Place;

Jim’s Drive In, Watts Roost Vineyard, Honahlee, Mullens Post Office, The Pack Family, The McCrory Family, The Ernest Clark Family, Tankersley Funeral Home, Tracy Evans of the New River CTC Office of Enrollment Services, The Terene Stiltner Family, Jimmy and Christy King, Dr. Lucie and Mr. Ron Refsland, Mike Williams and all the individuals who purchased raffle tickets or made anonymous donations.

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