It’s been twenty-two years since the movie, “Pay It Forward” came out. That tearjerker inspired people all over the country to do just that, to acknowledge their own blessings and to pay them forward. Inspired, the Chamber began our event to offer local business partners the opportunities to stand up and support area non-profit agencies for all that they do for so many.

The last time that we held Pay it Forward was in 2019 due to COVID-19 restrictions. We are delighted to be able to resume this event in 2022 on August 25th at Klug hall in New Martinsville.

We are still looking for businesses who are willing to add to the pot of prize money. For your donation, you will receive recognition in our event program, your name on the voting ballots, an acknowledgment in our press release, and any advertising that we do. In addition, you’ll get a warm fuzzy feeling knowing that your business or agency is helping our communities! For those interested in making donations, please call (304) 455-3825.

For participants, the award distribution starts as follows:

  • 1st Place $1000.00
  • 2nd Place $500.00
  • 3rd Place $250.00

These are starting amounts only. The more area businesses and sponsors donate, the higher the amounts!

It’s sure to be a real “feel good” evening for all in attendance. We have Jess Rine, Executive Director of the United Way Upper Ohio Valley, moderating (thank you, Jess!).
We’ll be serving light snacks and beverages. Those who attend are asked to make a donation of $5 or more (limit 1 per person) in exchange for a ballot to vote on which project will receive funding. All these donations will also go to the winner.

So please come out and support this worthwhile event, and take a moment to say "thanks" to all those dedicated workers and volunteers who do so much for so many!

If your non-profit group would like to participate, please look over the rules and fill out an application (both are linked below). But hurry! The deadline to enter is August 22nd.