Pierpont President "Goes to Jail" to Raise Money for United Way of Marion County

Pierpont President "Goes to Jail" to Raise Money for United Way of Marion County

Pierpont President "Goes to Jail" to Raise Money for United Way of Marion County
 
FAIRMONT, W.Va. - Picture coming to school, trying to do the best you can and then realize the president of your community college is locked in jail. The only way he can get out is by your help!
 
"I had an officer show up, I was in the restroom coming out and he arrested me." said Dr. Johnny Moore, president Peirpont Community & Technical College.
 
Sounds too good to be true? It's not, but it was all for a great cause as Dr. Moore was "arrested" to help raise money for the United Way or Marion County.
 
"We don't have a set goal for the whole campaign for us, but for this particular event it's $500. It's $500 to get him out of jail. We were going to do a 'pie in the face' event, but we wanted to get more creative. My husband actually made the jail cell in our garage. We thought it was a nice and creative way to help push our efforts within the fundraising time that is left." said Jillian Sole, campaign coordinator for Peirpont.
 
Moore confirmed it was all for a great cause, as they continued to set their eyes on the community's needs.
 
"Part of our mission is to provide, respond to the needs of the community and that's what we do. So, if we have people in our community that have needs and they are struggling with you know just basic life needs part of our, we are obligated as an institution to do everything that we can to help out. Because we are a part of the community." said Dr. Moore.
 
United Way director Brett White told 12 News efforts like Peirpont and others show the type of connection that the City of Fairmont relies on 
 
"We're completely relying on them you know United Way, we rely on the community, we rely on our corporate partners to raise money for us, do special events like this. So without them we will not be here and so this is the kind of thing that really steps up the game when a campaign comes around." said White.
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