WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) – One of the more unique fundraisers in the area took place Wednesday night at the Wheeling Artisan Center.
Show of Hands is a community-supported crowd-funding event.
Community members are presented with projects that would positively impact Wheeling and vote on which they want to support with donations from the door and community partners.
In a twist, this edition featured four businesses owned and operated by women.
Corey Kidd started Bakery 49 in her garage and pitched her plan to expand her commercial bakery business to a wider market.
Now, she’ll have that opportunity.
To see a city come together and support, not just small businesses but this one in particular, women-owned small businesses, is amazing. When I looked out there and saw the record-number of people, I’ve been part of this city for almost 40 years and to look out there and see everyone support you meant a lot. It’s really cool.Corey Kidd, Bakery 49
Kidd earned $11,350 towards her business for winning this year’s Show of Hands.
There were 600 votes cast, which is a large increase from years past.
Sponsors, including 7News, raised $8,000 for a portion of the prize money.
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