JACKSON COUNTY - Constellium Rolled Products Ravenswood, LLC will take a lead role with community support this year for Our Community’s Foundation ’s Charity Challenge Matching Program and elementary school reading program. The company is serving as a platinum sponsor of the Foundation’s annual Charity Challenge Program  -  providing $5,000 for matching funds as well as employee volunteer support for the September 20th Run & Walk and serving as Dynamic Readers for the Henry Winkler “Hooked on Hank” Reading Program in the county’s elementary schools this fall.    
Our Community’s Foundation – Jackson County annually produces the Charity Challenge 5K Run & Walk and Matching Program to support 20 local community projects and programs. Selected charities raise funds for a specific community program. The 20 participating charities will receive $1 for every $2 raised during the challenge. Grant checks will be presented at the Foundation’s Community Celebration event on October 16th with nationally acclaimed author and actor Henry Winkler as the guest of honor. The matching grants will benefit a wide variety of local programs and projects.

“Residents throughout Jackson County, from its youth to its senior citizens, benefit from this challenge program,” said Jane Winters, Regional Manager of Affiliates. “With one donation to Our Community’s Foundation matching fund sponsors support 20 local charities and help us improve Jackson County. We are thrilled to have Constellium’s support this year. As one of the county’s largest employers, it is fitting to have the company and its employees take a lead role in the county’s largest collaborative matching fund effort. We are grateful for Constellium’s matching fund donation as well as the volunteer support. Constellium’s volunteers will help us on race day at the Charity Challenge Run & Walk and join the  Dynamic Readers Team to share the story of Hank Zipzer, Henry Winkler’s beloved children’s book character who despite his learning challenges, finds unique and funny ways to conquer life’s obstacles. I know Constellium’s volunteers and our county’s students will have fun learning life lessons from Hank Zipzer together.”   

Constellium Rolled Products Ravenswood, LLC, is a rolled aluminum products plant employing more than 1000 people. The Ravenswood plant is one of the world’s largest rolled products facilities, offering customers the most powerful plate stretcher in the world, and one of the largest cold rolling mills, as well. Built in 1957, the Ravenswood Plant houses 82 acres of production facilities on a 514 acre site. It is the largest employer in Jackson County. Today, the Ravenswood plant produces plate, sheet, and coil products for aerospace, defense, transportation, marine, and other industrial uses.

“We are excited to support this years’ Charity Challenge as a platinum sponsor. We are very privileged at Constellium and are honored that we can participate in this program which supports so many services in our communities.  In addition to our financial support, the employees of Constellium look forward to actively participating in many of the projects the Foundation has planned,” commented Buddy Stemple, CEO, Constellium Rolled Products - Ravenswood, LLC.    

The participating non-profit organizations and sponsors will be honored at the Foundation’s Community Celebration which will be held on October 16th at the Armory in Millwood. Qualifying sponsors are also invited to a private pre-reception with Henry Winkler.  Winkler will be spending time earlier in the day with local 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students in a special “Hooked on Hank” Reading Program and will serve as the community event guest speaker later that night at the Foundation’s Community Benefit. Winkler’s appearance builds on the landmark celebrations hosted by Our Community’s Foundation. Tickets to the Community Celebration Benefit with Henry Winkler, which is sponsored by the Dickirson Corporation, can be purchased by calling the Foundation office at 304-372-8588; Jenny Parsons at 304-372-5189 or emailing jane.winters@pacfwv.com.  Seating for the event will be assigned in the order of ticket date purchase.     
Our Community Foundation – Jackson County is an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates and as such is a non-profit public charity.