Our video profile of University of Charleston President Ed Welch was the highlight of the Spirit of the Valley luncheon Aug. 15 at Embassy Suites in Charleston. Judging by the standing ovations from the hundreds of business leaders in attendance and the announcement that the annual fund-raiser generated a record $234,200 for the YMCA of the Kanawha Valley, the program and the video were a rousing success.
The annual award is presented by the YMCA to the person whose life personifies the spirit of giving. With his many contributions to the community and leadership skills that have taken his school to new heights, Ed Welch was selected as this year’s winner.
MotionMasters was proud to once again be part of this wonderful community event, and we are pleased that we have been able to produce the video for the program since 1999. The showing of the 10-minute profile at the luncheon marked the completion of a several-month project. Our crew spent plenty of hours this summer writing the script, gathering art and video and setting up interviews. Diane Dimoff produced this year’s video, which was edited by Wesley Poole. Jeff Morris wrote the script.
As she has the past several years, MotionMasters’ President Diana Sole served on the leadership team that spearheaded Spirit of the Valley fund-raising efforts. Kudos to all of the community leaders who helped the YMCA surpass its previous fund-raising record by more than $18,000. And three cheers for Dr. Welch — this year’s deserving recipient. He’s definitely the Ed of his class!