Color Me Au-Some

Dear Editor:

On your mark, get set, GO! That was the phrase one of our students used to start the 1st annual COLOR ME AU-SOME 5K last Saturday at Heritage Port. 1100 Runners and walkers decked out in white t-shirts, sunglasses, and even some tutus showed up to participate in Wheeling’s 1st ever color run. However, this was not your typical 5K! Runners and walkers were pelted with clouds of bright colors at four stations throughout the race. Runners also enjoyed the scenic views of Wheeling at they ran and walked across the Wheeling Suspension Bridge. There was a rainbow of colors as participants crossed the finish line, as well as a sea of smiles.

COLOR ME AU-SOME was a huge success for the Augusta Levy Learning Center, the event’s sponsor. Augusta Levy is West Virginia’s first and largest center for young children with autism. Using evidence based treatment, the Levy Center helps young children overcome the challenges posed by autism, a neurological disorder that affects 1 in 68 children today.

Treating children with autism requires a team effort, and the city of Wheeling became a part of that team last Saturday. That is why the parents and therapists at the Levy Center wish to thank the Wheeling Community for the tremendous support provided to make COLOR ME AU-SOME a success. Many thanks to the City of Wheeling, the Wheeling Police Department, the Wheeling Fire Department, Wesbanco Arena, Carl Kondrach, Jessica Kondrach, and Robert Scatterday. Thank you to our title sponsors: Zambito Family Dentistry, Lion Industries, Woodbine House Book Publishing, Paramount Support Services, Lamar, BRACS Media Brokers and WTRF. We would also like to thank our other sponsors: Yarman Contracting, Staley Communication, Quaker Steak and Lube, Subway, Papa Johns (Bridgeport), DiCarlos, Miller Chiropractic, JLG Rental Properties, R.M. Wilson, Ye Olde Alpha, Pepsi, United Dairy, Emergen-C, Chapz Bar and Grill, Wheeling Nailers, Jebbia’s Market, Niebergall Ice Co., Riesbecks, Ziegenfelders, First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union, WesBanco Bank, Advantage Auto Sales and Service, Approved Motors, Mt. Pleasant Building Supplies, Nasser Enami, D.M.D., D.D.S., Buckeye Pest Management, Fellows Insurance Agency, CONSOL Energy, Bayer Federal Credit Union, OV Crossfit, Oglebay Resort and Conference Center, Grand Vue Park, Valley PT and Fitness, Wal Mart, Sam’s Club, Wood Fitness, Centre Town Fitness, Anytime Fitness, Ernie Els, and Verizon. A special thanks to our volunteers from Kohls, Olive Garden, Cimmaron, Cardinal Health and all of the many more whose hard work helped make this event a success!


Kathy Shapell

Executive Director

Augusta Levy

Learning Center