IMPACT REPORT 2021 - Oglebay Foundation

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IMPACT REPORT 2021 - Oglebay Foundation
IMPACT REPORT 2021 - Oglebay Foundation
Dear Friends,
            Community involvement has been the chief factor in the development of
                    Oglebay as a self-sustaining enterprise and is one of the finest                                                                     As 2021 nears its end, we are filled with gratitude to you,
               examples of what can result if we put the American Ideals to work.                                                                        Oglebay Foundation’s generous and steadfast donors. Year-end
                                                             – Courtney Burton, Jr.                                                                      giving accounts for 50% of the total number of gifts we receive
                                                                             Grandson of Earl & Sallie Oglebay                                           each year and our final push to cross the finish line is critical.
                                                                                                                       ERIKS E. JANELSINS
                                                                                                                       President & CEO                   Your response is inspiring. We’re seeing increases over 2020, a
                                                                                                                       DAVID M. WEAVER
                                                                                                                                                         record year in total gifts and in the number of first time donors.

                                                                                                                       LISA ALLEN
                                                                                                                                                         The impact of your continuing philanthropic support is realized
                                                                                                                       Vice Chair                        in the Oglebay Foundation’s ability to invest $7 million into the
                                                                                                                       CARTER A. KENAMOND, M.D.          parks this year. The love for your parks demonstrated through
                                                                                                                       Secretary/Treasurer               your donations will enable us to do even more in 2022. This
                                                                                                                       D. LYN DOTSON                     positive trajectory embodies how “the park” becomes “my
                                                                                                                       JOSEPH C. EDDY
                                                                                                                                                         park/your park/our park.”
                                                                                                                       SUE SEIBERT FARNSWORTH*
                                                                                                                                                         In another positive milestone Oglebayfest returned from last
                                                                                                                       CHRISTOPHER C. FREEMAN            year’s cancellation with record numbers of people gathering
                                                                                                                       SUZANNE ROHRIG GAISER             and celebrating (safely) the importance of the park to our
                                                                                                                       JOSEPH N. GOMPERS
                                                                                                                                                         community. And now Festival of Lights is here. We asked Frank
                                                                                                                                                         O’Brien, Executive Director of the Wheeling/Ohio County
                                                                                                                       WILBUR S. JONES, JR.*
                                                                                                                                                         Convention and Visitors Bureau what our spectacular holiday
                                                                                                                       R. GREGORY MCDERMOTT              light display means to the community. His insights are featured
                                                                                                                       DAVID H. MCKINLEY                 in this report.
                                                                                                                       CHAD H. REMP
                                                                                                                                                         The parks celebrate connections, honor traditions, protect
                                                                                                                       CHERYL DEAN RILEY
                                                                                                                                                         the land along with its flora and fauna and provide value as a
                                                                                                                       JOAN C. STAMP                     place of friendships. Your investment makes the parks we love
                                                                                                                       G. RANDOLPH WORLS                 possible and is key to the Foundation’s impact for current and
                                                                                                                       Chairman Emeritus                 future generations.
                                                                                                                       Emeritus Board Members:
                                                                                                                       ROLAND L. HOBBS*
                                                                                                                                                         Wishing you Happy Holidays!
                                                                                                                       G. OGDEN NUTTING*
                                                                                                                       GARY E. WEST

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                                                                                                                        the Oglebay Foundation in 1996
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Eriks Janelsins – President & CEO -
Randy Worls – Chairman Emeritus -
Michael Hires – Director, Annual Giving & Communications -
Kathryn Kelly – Director, Grants & Proposals -                                                                                                                          Read about our exciting
                                                                                                                                                         David Weaver       Eriks Janelsins          renovations starting in 2022
Cathy Voellinger – Office Manager & Executive Assistant -                                                                                                          in an upcoming issue!
                                                                                                                                                         Board Chair        President & CEO
The Oglebay Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation devoted to inspiring donors to invest in Oglebay and
Wheeling Park. The foundation raises strategic support through donations from private individuals, corporations, and
foundation giving. Over the last five years, the Foundation has provided $25 million supporting ongoing programs and
                                                                                                                                                         PS: Please stop by the Hilltop and say hello.
projects in the parks. For more information, visit
                                                                                                                                                         We welcome every opportunity to thank you personally.
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            Oglebay Through The Years

                                              VICTORIAN ANGEL
                                              ONE OF THE ORIGINAL
                                              5 DISPLAYS that debuted
                                              in 1985. The angel used
                                              to welcome drivers to the
                                                                                    We know our
                                              Festival of Lights at the Zoo

                                              entrance before Snoopy
                                              replaced her in 2001. Now
                                              found along the drive behind
                                              Wilson Lodge.
                                                                                    donation is an
                                                                                    investment in the park
                                                                                    we love. That’s why
                                                                                    we make an annual
                                                                                    gift every year.

                                                                                                        Make Your 2021 Gift Today!
                WELCOME TREE                                                                            Scan the QR code with your
      The power of technology!
              Our new 70-foot-tall                                                                      phone’s camera.
            Welcome Tree at The
      Hilltop features thousands
      of dancing high-resolution
   lights with the infinite ability
        to combine color, music,
    light and animated imagery
           all while soaring seven
        stories into the night sky.

                                                                                    Information about specific support options is available at
Oglebay continues to be the crown jewel of municipal parks anywhere in the world.
 Your investments in the Oglebay Foundation ensure that Oglebay will be here for
                                                                              • 304-243-4166
 generations to come. Submit your family photos to
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“Having just experienced our first
  Oglebayfest, now we know why everyone
  wanted it back!”

                                 IS BACK!
                                                      Above - Bob and Jennifer
                                                    Peckenpaugh admire one
                                                    of the many craft booths at

                                                    Right - Oglebayfest parade

Oglebayfest makes a triumphant return in 2021
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Thanks to the community's love of
this 44 year tradition, the park saw
more than a 30% increase in total
operating revenue over last year!
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                                                                                                     As the park movement took shape different        “NTC schools and continuing education
                                                                                                     organizations were created to advocate           meetings present an amazing opportunity
                                                                                                     for public land use and the education of         for Oglebay to partner with organizations
                                                                                                     park employees. The American Institute           that prioritize professional development,
                                                                                                     of Park Executives (AIPE) was one of those       staff training and membership growth,”
                                                                                                     organizations, headquartered here at
                                                                                                     Oglebay Park.

                                                                                                     AIPE was one of five founding organizations
                                                                                                     that merged to create the National Recreation
                                                                                                     and Park Association (NRPA). NRPA created
                                                                                                     the Revenue Development and Management
                                                                                                     School which has been offered at Oglebay
                                                                                                     since 1960. A popular school that is the
                                                                                                     cornerstone of our National Training Center
                                                                                                     (NTC) programing that today offers 11 schools.

                                                                                                     In the 1980s Oglebay's NTC and NRPA

                                                                                                     partnered with North Carolina State
                                                                                                     University to streamline continuing education         Candace Goode-Vick, North Carolina State
                                                                                                     opportunities for park professionals. As              University and Diane Sauer, Director Supervisors’
                                                                                                     an accredited college, NC State provides              Management School work with Oglebay's
                                                                                                                                                           DiMuccio to prepare for students in 2021.
                                                                                                     continuing education credits, a major draw
                                                                                                     for students and certified professionals.

National Training Center                                                                             Under the leadership of Herb Faulkenberry,
                                                                                                     Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the
                                                                                                                                                      Faulkenberry shared. “Oglebay is well placed
                                                                                                                                                      to address the current needs for business

Annual 7,200
                                                                                                     Wheeling Park Commission, Sherry DiMuccio        meetings and conferences. We have ample
          $1.3+ million in total revenue                                                             (NTC Executive Director) and Tamara Rohl         meeting space and first rate technology.
                room nights                                                                          (NTC Coordinator) manage the logistics for

IMPACT: 5,100 CEU awarded                                                                            all schools. No small undertaking, the schools
                                                                                                     generate $1.3 million in total revenue each
                                                                                                     year. The schools generate an average of
                                                                                                                                                      As we consider the future, combining in-
                                                                                                                                                      person training with virtual capabilities,
                                                                                                                                                      the program’s current success is just the
Professional development, best practices, and   farmers, agriculture professors and students,        7,200 room nights annually.                      beginning.”
the exchange of ideas are part of Oglebay’s     as well as breeders. Oglebay encouraged
DNA. Earl Oglebay leveraged his beloved         these gatherings and funded the creation of
Waddington Farm in a major experiment to        associations and clubs including 4H.
improve soil quality and agriculture yields.                                                                                                          Supporting the professional
At its peak, Waddington Farm employed 75        The turn of the last century began the great
full-time employees. Farm operations were       park movement that was pivotal in preserving                                                          development of the people in
divided into 15 departments, each with its      large tracks of land for public use, but it wasn’t                                                    our industry is a priority for
own manager and accounting system.              until the late 1920s that thoughtful design,
                                                planning and maintenance of parks and                                                                 The Toro Company.
The farm produced everything from dairy         recreation facilities became a critical part of
products to asparagus and cut flowers. It had   community responsibility. Earl Oglebay’s gift                                                PAULA SLIEFERT,
                                                                                                                                             Senior Manager, Sports Fields and Grounds
pigs, chickens and sheep as well as orchards    of Waddington Farm to the City of Wheeling
                                                                                                                                             The Toro Company
of peaches, pears, plums and apples.            in 1926 (accepted in 1928) was really ahead
Waddington became a gathering place for         of its time.
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                                                                                                     “The incredible part of the NTC experience                     Michael Hires (Director of Annual Giving and
                                                                                                     as a whole is that the schools, the students,                  Communications).
                                                                                                                                  and the instructors
                                                                                                                                  are so energetic.                 The next school to join the roster is the
                                                                                                                                  They’re passionate                Playground Maintenance Technician Program
                                                                                                                                  about what they                   which is slated to begin in September 2022 in
                                                                                                                                  do in the field and               cooperation with Indiana University’s
                                                                                                                                  are excited to share              Eppley Institute for Parks and
                                                                                                                                  their stories and                 Public Lands, a new partnership
                                                                                                                                  experience with the               for NTC.
                                                                                                                                  rest of the group,”
                                                                                                                                  DiMuccio offered.                 The concept for NTC was straight
                                                                                                                                  “They are subject                 forward: offer accommodations
                                                                                                         Sherry DiMuccio,
                                                                                                                                  matter experts and                to organizations looking to
                                                                                                         NTC Executive Director   come from all over                bring large groups together for
                                                                                                                                  the world. Having                 training during low occupancy
                                                                                                     the opportunity to witness this diverse group                  periods at Wilson Lodge. By
                                                                                                     of industry leaders is really inspiring to me.”                leveraging resources, sharing
The schools cover a wide range of topics,         The Toro Company. By aligning the company                                                                         expertise, and staying open
everything from Event Management and              with the Maintenance Management School’s           In 2019 the NTC launched the Park                              to every possibility, the NTC
Sustainability to Medical Transport Leadership    50th anniversary, we saw an outstanding            Foundation School. An exciting two year                        team continues a rich history of
and Association of Zoos and Aquariums             opportunity to connect to our customers            curriculum focused on the development and                      education and enlightenment
                                                                beyond our bottom line. These        implementation of best practices for park                      at Oglebay. History repeats
                                                                  scholarship dollars are well       support and advocacy, with none other than                     itself. We believe Earl Oglebay
                                                           placed to ensure that our industry        our own Eriks Janelsins as one of a dozen                      would be pleased that his
Professional Development. This year marks         continues to innovate and invest in the            instructors. This past August, the first graduates             beloved farm continues his
the 50th Anniversary of Park and Recreation       industries that support our corporate mission      included Oglebay Foundation’s Kathryn                          tradition of excellence.
Maintenance Management School. As one             providing tools to help with the beautification    Kelly (Director of Grants and Proposals) and
of the most popular schools that NTC offers,      and sustainability of the land,” Paula Sliefert,
Maintenance Management has a 28-30                The Toro Company’s senior manager, sports
person waiting list every year.                   fields and grounds shared.

The Toro Company is an industry leader in         This year as the exclusive sponsor of the
the turf, landscape and construction space.       Maintenance Management School, The Toro
Covering everything from design and               Company, along with The Toro Foundation,
manufacturing to marketing and support, The       is providing scholarships to 2nd and 3rd
Toro Company provides innovative equipment        year MMS students. The Toro Company’s
and solutions that keep thousands of
parks, public spaces and stadiums
in pristine shape. In 2010, The Toro
Company joined the NTC group
of partners to support the people
who use their equipment everyday
with       continuing      education

“Supporting the professional development          commitment is scheduled through 2024 with          The Toro Company's first foray with NTC resulted in the Green School, now the Sustainability Institute. First year class
of the people in our industry is a priority for   the option to renew.                               photo – professors in the front row include: Eriks Janelsins (first left) and Paula Sliefert (6th from left), 2012.
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                                          Thanks to the help of
                                         our generous donors,

Because                                children in Ohio County,
                                           regardless of family     2020 Year-End Giving from Nov. 1 – Dec. 31

of you
                                          income, have access
                                          to the many activities   $715,000 raised in matching grant funds supporting:
                                        Oglebay and Wheeling
                                             Park have to offer.

is more                                                                  +     Good Zoo Expansion

fun.                                                                     +
                                                                               Trees and Trail Maintenance
                                                                               Garden Improvements
                                                                         +     Access to the Parks

                                                                    Cumulative Unrestricted Giving
                                                                     made the following possible:

                                                                      2017     Aerial Challenge Course
                                                                      2018     Celebrating 90 Years of Oglebay
                                                                      2019     Swan Paddle Boats
                         Make a gift to your park.
                                                                      2020     32-Foot-Tall Climbing Wall
Make Your Gift Today!
Scan the QR code with your                                            2021     70-Foot-Tall Welcome Tree
phone’s camera.        
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“I discovered a passion for food
 I didn’t realize I had.”

                                                               Building the
                                                 TEAM                              Ashley Olesnevich
                                                                                   Executive Sous Chef

                                                                                   Spoiler Alert: We LOVE Ashley.
Food and Beverage (F&B) is an incredible
revenue generator for the Wheeling Park                                            Ashley grew up helping her great grandmother
Commission. Beginning in 2019, the Oglebay                                         and grandmother cook meals for the family. She
Foundation began a multi-year renovation                                           enjoyed baking cakes for family celebrations. While
                                                                                   studying to become a paralegal, the Pennsylvania
plan to update all the event and meeting
                                                                                   Culinary Institute (now part of the Culinary Institute
spaces throughout Wilson Lodge.                                                    of America) held an open house to gauge student
                                                                                   interest. “I discovered a passion for food I didn’t
Leadership gifts from donors including Jeremy                                      realize I had,” Ashley mused.
McCamic, Joan and Fred Stamp, and Flip
and Gary West were leveraged to make the                                           The course work that sparked her interest was
beautiful upgrades we see today possible.                                          “Garde Manger” the technical term for cold
                                                                                   food display such as salad plating, making Pâtés,
                                                                                   sausages and charcuterie. Ashley loved building
These investments have paid off handsomely.      F&B IMPACT: 28% increase          tallow sculptures and canapés.
Comparing calendar year 2020 to calendar         year to date with our strongest
year through October 31, 2021, F&B total         months still to come!             As part of her studies, Ashley had to intern as an
revenue is 28% higher and our two strongest                                        apprentice which she did at Oglebay starting on
months of the year are just under way.                                             July 1, 2002 – we’re glad she did! Upon graduation
                                                                                   in February 2003, she was hired full-time as Third
                                                                                   Cook. Ashley’s hard work, attention to detail and
Beautiful spaces and décor create the                                              overall positive can-do attitude saw her through
ambiance for incredible dining experiences,                                        the ranks to Second Cook, Garde Manger and
but it always comes down to the food. The                                          Banquets, First Cook – supervising an entire
following profiles give you a glimpse into the                                     department of up to four cooks depending on the
F&B team that make our taste buds sing.                                            season.
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In November of 2011 Ashley was promoted to Sous        including the opportunity to visit the Smithsonian
Chef and Garde Manger overseeing breakfast. By         and see Julia (Child)'s kitchen.”
2019, Ashley was overseeing all banquets and this
past October Ashley was made Executive Sous            Exploring Ashley’s Oglebay experience she
Chef, overseeing the entire kitchen.                   shared, “The first time I came to Oglebay was in
                                                       the fall, the park took my breath away, the trees,
When asked to describe her role Ashley explained,      the colors, everything. I look for opportunities
“Chef Mirko sets the standard. He creates the          to get out and see the park every day. Everyone
menu and directs how food is to be presented.          always asks what keeps me here. While there have
My job is to make sure Chef’s standards are            been opportunities for me to go elsewhere, I love
implemented.”                                          the park and the people I work with.”

Ashley’s favorite style of cooking is the hearty       Her typical day starts between 6 and 7 am ensuring
home cooked meals of her childhood. She has            breakfast is going smoothly. Depending on how
been influenced by many chefs including Gordon         busy the restaurant(s) is she’ll work the omelet
Ramsay – “his direct, to the point cooking” and        station. She then does the ordering for the coming
Anthony Bourdain, as well as strong female chefs       days, inventorying the store room. Her office is just
including Giada De Laurentiis, Rachel Ray and of       off the line, so she can tell when the pressure is on
course Julia Child. “Honestly, you have me with        and her team needs her to jump in.
any dish that profiles roasted garlic and parmesan
cheese.”                                               Ashley’s food philosophy, “Follow your gut. If
                                                       you think it will taste good, go for it! Tweak the
“In 2007 we attended a CIA cake decorating class       seasonings until you get the results you’re looking
in Washington D.C. It was a wonderful experience       for. If it doesn’t work out order a pizza and try
                                                       again tomorrow!”
                                                                                                               Mirko Loeffler
                                                                                                               Executive Chef
                                 Jonathan Story
                                 Director Food & Beverage                                                      Chef Mirko started his career as an apprentice
                                                                                                               chef in southern Germany in 1974. His
                                 Jonathan Story        watched myself stammering,                              culinary experience has taken him across
                                 comes          to     red-faced and sweating,                                 Europe, the United States, China and
                                 Oglebay     from      I knew I needed to force                                the Caribbean. He has owned and
                                 Atlanta where he      myself to be in front of                                operated restaurants, taught in culinary
                                 held the position     people. So, I got a job in a                            schools and served as the Executive Chef
                                 of Director of        restaurant knowing nothing                              for multiple 5 star properties around the world.
                                 F&B at Callaway       about wine or liquor and                                                                                          “Oglebay is a unique property, with a great
                                 Gardens.              very little about food. I                               Most recently, Mirko was the Executive Chef at            team. They’re very upbeat, always smiling. It’s
                                                       didn’t know the difference                              Bedford Springs. While in the final discussions           clear they work hard, regardless of how busy we
                                     When asked to     between         vodka       and                         about an opportunity in North Carolina, a friend          are; the team gets the job done. They’re able to
                                     describe how      whiskey. I instantly fell for the                       and former colleague, Wes Perry, (Oglebay’s               accomplish so much. I’m proud to be the chef of
he came to Oglebay, Jonathan explains, “My             industry. The whole experience                          director of maintenance) called him about an              this family.”
preference was to stay in the south east, but my       of dining, the camaraderie of the                       opportunity here.
recruiter kept bringing the Oglebay opportunity        people, it all fell into place.”                                                                                  2021 Light Up Night, showcased some of Chef
to me – like three or four times – telling me just                                                             After a marathon week of interviews, cooking and          Mirko’s talents and 2022 will demonstrate his
take a look. When I got here, I was blown away by      Fast forward 23 years, Jonathan                         conversations, Mirko accepted the position of             and the entire culinary team’s talents with a new
the beauty and the mountains. After speaking with      and his wife Sonja are living at                        Executive Chef at Oglebay.                                dining option on the lake view patio in the works,
Bob (Peckenpaugh, Wheeling Park Commission             Oglebay. The couple is often spotted                                                                              updates to the Garden Bistro and more.
President & CEO), I knew right away I wanted to        wandering the park with their dog,                      Talking to Chef, his love of food is clear. “I love any
be a part of the Oglebay team. Bob’s enthusiasm        Stella, or exploring their new                          kind of ethnic cuisine that honors the flavors, taste
for the parks as we experience them today and his      community.                                              and traditions of that culture,” Chef
vision for their future really sold me.”                                                                       offered. “The most important
                                                       Jonathan sees a great deal                              part of my job is making people
Describing his entry to the F&B industry, Jonathan     of unmet opportunity with F&B in the park. He           happy. We want them walking in
confessed, “I was giving an oral report in a college   and the team are mapping out plans for 2022 and         and out with a smile while making
history class that my professor recorded. When I       beyond.                                                 their next reservation.”
PLANS Making a Difference IN THE PARKS
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Charitable planned gifts offer a tremendous
opportunity for you to provide valuable financial
support, receive a benefit in return, and leave a        Wheeling native, C.J. Kaiser is a law
lasting legacy.                                          partner with Phillips, Gardill, Kaiser &
                                                         Altmeyer, PLLC focusing on Corporate and
Wheeling Park was created through 170 leadership         Commercial Law. His wife, Debbie who
gifts made in December of 1924, and 97 years
                                                         was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey, is a
later the community continues to benefit from
the visionary philanthropy of civic leaders who          retired elementary school teacher. Debbie
purchased Wheeling Park and created the                  taught at Woodsdale Elementary for over
Wheeling Park Commission.                                30 years. The couple met at Wittenberg
                                                         University and will celebrate their 50th
Through a bequest, Earl Oglebay left a legacy of
                                                         Anniversary this summer.
750 majestic acres, gardens, historic farm buildings,
a tradition of quality hospitality, and a vision for a
future of first class recreational opportunities that    They raised their three sons, Perry, Chris
has grown into the park we all know today.               and Jeff, here in Wheeling, spending
                                                         many afternoons and weekends exploring
You don’t have to be rich to leave a legacy. There
                                                         Oglebay’s Good Zoo and walking the
are several giving strategies that can be used to
fund the things you love.                                paths and trails throughout the park.
                                                         Today the Kaisers enjoy exploring the zoo
An estate gift is one of many ways you can make a        and the park with their six grandchildren.
difference in the parks. At the Oglebay Foundation,
Eriks Janelsins can guide you or your financial
                                                         Last year, Debbie and C.J. saw firsthand
advisor on the giving vehicle that makes the most
sense for your circumstances.                            the challenges pandemic related closures
                                                         were having on the park and decided
       IRA ROLLOVER BENEFITS                             to make a generous donation using IRA
                                                         funds. The gift was used in part for a
  An IRA rollover allows people age 70½ and older        matching campaign that raised $715,000
  to reduce their taxable income by making a gift
  directly from their IRA.                               to support Trees and Trails, the Good Zoo
                                                         and Gardens – a great fit for the couple’s
  Benefits of an IRA charitable rollover                 interest and use of the park.
  •    Avoid taxes on transfers of up to $100,000
       from your IRA to the Oglebay Foundation           “When we made the gift we suggested to
  •    Make a gift that is not subject to the            Eriks (Janelsins) please use the gift wherever
       deduction limits on charitable gifts
                                                         the need is greatest, but if possible leverage
  •    Support an area of Oglebay or Wheeling            our donation for activities, so that when
       Park that you love.
                                                         vaccines are available, Oglebay will be the
  How an IRA charitable rollover gift works              center of the community getting back in the
  •    Contact your IRA plan administrator to make
                                                         swing of things,” C.J. explained.
       a gift from your IRA to support the Oglebay
       Foundation.                                       The Foundation exceeded its 2020 year
  •    Your IRA funds will be directly transferred       end goal. So with donor intent in mind,
       to the Oglebay Foundation (FEIN: 55-              some of Debbie and C.J.’s gift went to
       0750128) to ensure the park you love is here
                                                         fund expanded live music that was offered                                  For more information on ways your
       for generations.
                                                         in multiple venues 5-6 nights a week all                                   estate can shape the parks you love,
  •    Please note that IRA charitable rollover gifts                                                                               go to or contact
       do not qualify for a charitable deduction.        summer long. The Kaisers continue to             E A R L W. O G L E B AY
                                                         support the park in many ways... talk about         LEGACY SOCIETY         the Foundation at 304-243-4166.
  •    Please contact us if you wish for your gift to
       be used for a specific purpose.                   making a difference!

       Winter, a lingering season, is a time to
gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental
        journey, and enjoy every idle hour.
                 – John Boswell
THE WEST SPA                  GOLF
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                                                                       1 MILLION+
                                                                       PAR 3 RANGE
                                                                       BALLS HIT
BY THE                                   MANICURES
                                         + PEDICURES
NUMBERS                                                           ROUNDS OF GOLF
                                                                  AT PARK COURSES
                                           3,485                      361
                                                                      JUNIOR GOLFERS
                    20,000+ HOURS        MASSAGES                     IN PROGRAMS

                    TO SET UP LIGHTS                                  LODGING
 2020                                                                    50,868

                         3,650+         9,739
                                                                         ROLLS OF
                                                                         TOILET PAPER

                         DOZENS OF
                                          ACCESS                       9,972
                         EGGS                                          BOXES OF
                                        TO THE PARK                    TISSUES
                         7,500+                                         971,365
                         POUNDS OF
                                                                        IN HANGING
                         BUTTER                                         BASKETS

                           GLASSES OF   2,470           20,470 12,641
                           TOASTED        HOURS OF
                                        INDOOR TENNIS
                                                           ICE RINK
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Forever Grateful
                                                           tradition of hospitality, a log fire was set in   easily from a ski lodge to a golf shop with the
                                                           the Pine Room to keep everyone warm with          change of the seasons.
                                                           refreshments offered.
                                                                                                             The OSC assisted with the purchase of

    Skiing opens up the world                              The Oglebay Ski Club (OSC) was organized
                                                           in early 1940. The club raised money and
                                                                                                             compressors that could manufacture
                                                                                                             enough snow for skiing in two days,
                                                           purchased a ski-tow consisting of one             provided the temperatures dipped below
                                                           thousand feet of rope that ran back and           28 degrees. The snow-making equipment
            Skiing at Oglebay had humble beginnings
                                                           forth from the No. 9 green to the No. 4 hole      and a 1,200 foot Pomalift (the first of three)
            back in 1939. It all started with two tracks
                                                           powered by a tractor.                             cost approximately $30,000.
            on the hill above the Crispin Golf Course,
            one was designated for skiing, the other for
                                                           The popularity of winter sports was               Several local families have multiple
                sledding and tobogganing. These tracks
                                                           apparent from the start. By 1962, a wood          generations of ski enthusiasts who have
                      welcomed winter sports to the
                                                           and stone clubhouse was erected on                enjoyed Oglebay’s slope. Bill Jones, Oglebay
                            park and with Oglebay’s
                                                           the opposite side of Route 88. Built to           Foundation Board Member and former
                                                           support both, the Par-3 golf course, and          Wheeling Park Commissioner, remembers
                                                           the newly-reoriented ski slope on the north       his father putting a snow suit on over his
                                                           edge of the park which now featured a             business suit to ski on his lunch break from
                                                           385 foot drop. The idea of combining              running Stone & Thomas Department Store.
                                                           the ski area with the Par-3 golf course           It’s incredible to think that the Ohio Valley
                                                                 streamlined operations because the          has a ski area within 15 minutes of downtown
                                                                       facility was designed to convert      Wheeling.
Thanks to the sport, my family and I have
       experienced so much. Skiing opens up the world.

                                                   Paul Exley and grandson                                                Paul and Hali Exley
                                                   Paul Perkinson hit the slopes.

                                                  Once bitten by the ski-bug, Paul was hooked.     One hiccup in the family’s Oglebay skiing
                                                  “As children we had to attend church and         saga is the period from 1997-2004. During
                                                  Sunday school weekly… unless it snowed.          this time, the park made the difficult decision
                                                  I prayed for snow.” Growing up, during the       to close the slope due to the increased costs
                                                  season, he skied at Oglebay after school         in making snow, but there was no greater
                                                  every chance he got. He went on to captain       champion about the power of the sport and
                                                  the WVU club team and was a competitive          its importance in the community than Paul
                                                  skier on the pro-circuit from 1975-1979.         Exley.
                                                  Measuring life by ski seasons, Paul says he’s
Paul Exley started skiing at Oglebay in 1956.     in his 65th ski-season, and it all started at    In 2004, technology improvements made             rental equipment. The 1962 clubhouse
The then three-year old skied with his family     Oglebay. “Thanks to the sport, my family and     snow making more affordable. Thanks               was then named the Nutting Winter Sports
and remembers the rope-tow crossing Route         I have experienced so much. Skiing opens         to the leadership and generosity of the           Complex. With the slopes re-opening, Paul
88 with the slopes going right into the Crispin   up the world.”                                   Nutting family and a group of enthusiasts         saw an opportunity to encourage interest in
Golf Course. “My mom and dad started                                                               spearheaded by Paul and Hali, the Oglebay         the sport by opening Alpine Skis & Boards, a
skiing in their 40s and it became a family        Paul and his wife, Hali, raised their two        Foundation raised more than $1 million to         local ski shop selling equipment from all the
passion. As their youngest, I would ride          daughters, Jessica and Christina, in their       bring skiing back to the park. Combined with      top brands.
between my mom’s skis. Their passion for          home near the park. Given their proximity        a grant from the National Park Service Land &
the sport was so contagious that in addition      to the slopes, Paul and Hali along with Paul’s   Water Fund, the park was able to purchase         Paul and Hali have made ongoing annual
to our entire family enjoying the sport, they     parents, Ben and Bonnie, made sure that the      and install a triple chair lift, a modern snow-   investments improving the skiing experience
started taking business associates out west       girls learned to ski – and at very early ages.   making system and make possible other             at Oglebay. “My dad always told me, ‘We
on ski trips to Aspen and Vail.”                  Jessica’s lessons started at 18 months!          improvements, including purchasing new            need to give back to the community.’” The

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                                                                                                     Given the success of skiing in particular,        Paul and Hali Exley have made a five year
                                                                                                     the Wheeling Park Commission has made             commitment to investing in skiing at Oglebay.
                                                                                                     a commitment to invest in ski updates             When asked about their investment, Paul
                                                                                                     again this year. The park is continuing the       offered, “I’m forever grateful to the sport and
                                                                                                     momentum by focusing on: maintaining              the community. That little ski area shaped
                                                                                                     equipment; expanding and maximizing our           my whole life. Of course I’m going to make
                                                                                                     snow making capabilities – growing the            sure that skiing is available for generations to
                                                                                                     number of snow guns and increasing our            come.”
                                                                                                     electric capabilities, as well as maximizing
                                                                                                     water efficiency; training staff on best snow
                                                                                                     making practices to ensure an increased
                                                                                                     efficiency in snow making; investing in new
                                                                                                     rental equipment; and working on a 5-year
                                                                                                     plan to ensure the future of skiing at Oglebay.

                                                                                                     Technology improvements and park
The Exley family                                                                                     investments still have to reckon with
                                                                                                     Mother Nature. All of these investments
                                                                                                     are changing the dynamic. The current
fire pit and patio outside the clubhouse was       want to drive two-plus hours, fighting big        snow making system will be enhanced with
funded with a gift in 2006 and the pit was         crowds at the next closest ski area.              additional portable snow guns and hydrants
converted to gas a few years later.                                                                  allowing for better coverage on the main
                                                   Along the way the Exley family grew. Jessica      slope. These improvements will increase our
In 2020, the couple donated money to make          and her husband Joe Hoover have two sons,         snow capacity, especially during warmer                             Oglebay's snow machines
Oglebay NASTAR (NAtional STAndard Race)            Brayden (7) and Easton (4). Christina and her     periods.                                                                  are ready to assist.
certified. Bringing NASTAR to Oglebay,             husband, Kyle Perkinson have a son, Paul (3).
means that not only can skiers of all ages         Paul shared that skiing was a requirement to      The investment in local year-round                Skiing returns to
perfect their racing strategy but also qualify     joining the family for both sons-in-law. As       recreational      opportunities  for   the        Oglebay (2004)
to race nationally. Paul has been NASTAR           with so much of life, Paul and Hali love having   community is driving the decision. Paul
racing for 40 years and believes that this         the opportunity to teach their grandsons not      Exley offered, “Wheeling is fortunate to
added dimension will create a new dynamic          just to ski, but to love the sport; everything    have local skiing available. We have to
in the park – keeping our little hill feeling      comes full circle.                                invest in its future to make sure we can
fresh and relevant.                                                                                  keep it going.”
                                                   2020 was a tough year on many fronts, but
“I can’t tell you how many parents express         Oglebay was a safe haven. The park saw            The community continues to rally around
their gratitude for the ski area. They can bring   an amazing influx of golf and tennis play,        skiing. The sport can do so much for
their kids up to Oglebay after school or on a      lots of people on the hiking trails, people       so many people. Skiing is part of the
blessed-snow day, drop them off knowing            just wanting to be outside. Skiing was no         Access to the Parks program, so cost
the kids will have a great time without any        exception. “People who may have tried a           is not an obstacle for any child in our
problems. Mom and dad can watch from the           sport in the past gravitated to those sports      community to participate. Skiing
lodge or set a pickup time to collect them,”       again last year,” Danny Ackerman, General         builds friendships, it fosters a love
Paul said. Additionally, some of their older       Manager of Golf and Ski at Oglebay and            of the outdoors, it brings people
neighbors and friends shared that they don’t       Wheeling Parks observed.                          together.


             FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS • 2020 IMPACT:
             85,000+ visitors stayed at least one night in Wheeling
             generating more than $4 million in room revenue plus another
             $2.8 million in visitor spending, clearly demonstrating the
             positive economic impact of Oglebay's Festival of Lights.

                          Frank O'Brien
                          Executive Director
                          Wheeling/Ohio County Convention and Visitors Bureau

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