ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Riesbeck Food Markets recognized Child Abuse Prevention Month recently by presenting donations and offering partnership to four child advocacy agencies within the corporation's service area in West Virginia and Ohio.
Richard L. Riesbeck, company president, and Judy Riesbeck-Wright, company human resources director, made the presentations to agency representatives at the Riesbeck's corporate headquarters in St. Clairsville.
"We are partnering with these area agencies to create additional awareness of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month," Riesbeck said. "The donations and other forms of communication support are being made all with the aim to create awareness in our community and help identify this as a need in society. We are so fortunate to have these child advocacy centers."
The Child Abuse Awareness Month signature pinwheels are on display at the Riesbeck’s Food Markets corporate headquarters following a check
presentation to four area child advocacy agencies. Taking part in the presentation are, from left: Judy Riesbeck-Wright, human resources director; Leslie Vassilaros, executive director, Harmony House; Maryann Donnelly, director advocate, A Caring Place; Jennifer Westfall, executive director, Guernsey County Children’s Advocacy Center; Jim Pennybacker, executive director, Comfort House; Richard L. Riesbeck, president.
Riesbeck noted that the company's efforts to raise awareness about child abuse follow the groundwork established by his grandmother Margaret Riesbeck, the company founder.
"For a person in her era, our grandmother was so sensitive to children," Riesbeck said. "She worked to meet their needs by promoting a sound family and community network."
The agencies are: A Caring Place Child Advocacy Center, Wintersville, represented by Maryann Donnelly, director advocate; Guernsey County Children's Advocacy Center, Cambridge, represented by Jennifer Westfall, executive director; Harmony House, Wheeling and St. Clairsville, represented by Leslie Vassilaros, executive director; Comfort House, Weirton, represented by Jim Pennybacker, executive director.
The Caring Place is a member of the United Way of Jefferson County and Harmony House is a member of the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley.