WVU Medicine Children’s Presents Iron Senergy CEO/Owner, Justin Thompson with 2024 Community Service Award

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The WVU Medicine Children’s Gala commemorated its 20th anniversary at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place on Saturday, February 10, with the presentation of the 2024 Community Service Award to Iron Senergy CEO/Owner, Justin Thompson.

As Thompson received the award, a video showcased individuals personally touched by his generosity, including Michelle James, a patient recently diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Michelle had the opportunity to attend concerts by Taylor Swift and Mariah Carey, courtesy of Iron Senergy. Reflecting on these experiences, Michelle shared, “It gave me something to look forward to in such a hard time, just getting to scream my favorite songs at the top of my lungs. It was an amazing little break from reality.” You can hear more of Michelle’s story, as well as that of Iron Senergy Plant Manager, Eric Gribble, who also benefited from Thompson’s kindness in the award video below.

Thompson’s dedication to philanthropy has left a permanent mark on countless lives. One notable initiative is his donation of $1 million to support the Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the new WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital. In honor of his donation Amy L. Bush, B.S.N., M.B.A., R.N., C.N.O.R., chief operating officer for WVU Medicine Children’s, said, “The Thompson family’s gift will help us build a top-notch facility and attract world-class neonatal experts to ensure that West Virginia families never have to leave the state for the care they need.”

The gala raised an astounding $1.45 million to support West Virginia children and their families, with over 1,200 attendees enjoying an elegant affair featuring a cocktail reception, silent auction, live entertainment, dinner, and more, all under the theme of “City of Lights.” A total of 90 sponsors contributed to the fundraising total, including top-level sponsors Iron Senergy, the Hayhurst Family, United Sound, Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place, CJL Engineering and HED Design, Friends of WVU Hospitals, Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration, Duke’s Mayo, Daniel’s Men’s Store, and WVU Medicine Garrett Regional Medical Center and Potomac Valley Hospital.

Through initiatives like these, Iron Senergy continues to demonstrate its commitment to supporting our community and helping those in need. By using the strength of kindness and working together we believe we can create a brighter, more hopeful future for all.