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Museum to hand off autographed pigskin

By Staff | Apr 22, 2009

FOR THE HOME TEAM — Museum volunteer and Paden City resident Rodney McWilliams (left) and New Martinsville native and museum volunteer Terry Estep (right) display the WVU football autographed by Head Coach Bill Stewart (N.M.) and Def. Coord. Jeff Casteel (P.C.) to be raffled by the Paden City Museum on May 25.

The Paden City Museum and Cultural Center is undertaking two fund raisers in the next several weeks. The volunteers of the museum are currently selling raffle tickets for an autographed West Virginia University football.

The ball bears the autographs of Head Coach Bill Stewart, a New Martinsville native, along with Paden City native Jeff Casteel, the defensive coordinator for the Mountaineers. The football was donated by the university for the museum to use in its fund-raising endeavors. Chances on the football can be purchased from many of the museum volunteers as well as at the museum located at 108 W. Main Street in Paden City.

Tickets prices are $2 for one tickets or $5 for three tickets. The volunteers will also be located at various businesses throughout Paden City and New Martinsville in the coming weeks to offer the raffle tickets for sale.

Ticket orders can also be taken by phoning 304-337-9102. The date of the drawing is May 25 at 1 p.m. Ticket holders do not need to be present for the drawing.

The football raffle is spearheaded by museum volunteers Michelle and Terry Estep.

The museum is also planning another Second-Hand Sale and Silent Auction of new and slightly used items. The sale is scheduled for May 1 and 2 at 508 N. Fourth Avenue in Paden City. There is a large variety of quality items including highly collectible first quality Fenton Art glassware and items produced at Dalzell-Viking. Some of the items available for the silent auction will be a vintage metal porch glider and a White brand treadle sewing machine. The hours for the sale and auction are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 1 and 9 a.m. to noon on May 2.

The Second Hand Sale and Auction is being organized by museum volunteers Ruby McWilliams and Michelle Estep. “We are holding the sale on Fourth Avenue in hopes of drawing more attention to the sale and raising more funds for the museum,” Estep commented.

The Paden City Museum and Cultural Center is a project of the Paden City Foundation, Inc. It was established in 2000 and moved to its present location in 2001. Admission to the museum is at no charge. The operating budget of the museum is funded solely through the generosity of its patrons.

Information about the museum, to make a donation or get information concerning the Paden City Foundation, Inc. can be obtained by writing to P.O. Box 233, Paden City, WV 26159.