VIENNA - The PM Co.'s sixth annual Spirit of Giving Night will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Grand Pointe Conference Center.
Eight charities from the area will benefit from the fundraiser organized by the Vienna-based real estate development and management firm founded by Pat Minnite Jr.
Minnite said he learned through his parents about the importance of giving back to the community.
"My mom was always preparing food for the less fortunate around us, especially at the holidays," Minnite said. "Before dinner, my brother, sisters and I delivered meals in the neighborhood."
His parents also gave coats, gloves and jackets to children in their community near Clarksburg.
After moving to Vienna in the 1960s, Minnite launched The PM Co. in 1968. As the company flourished, Minnite did not forget the lessons his parents had taught him.
If You Go
* What: The PM Co. Spirit of Giving Night.
* When: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday
* Where: Grand Pointe Conference Center, Vienna
"Every Christmas, we at The PM Co. gave our tenants thank-you gifts like nuts and chocolates," Minnite said.
The company forgoed the the nuts and chocolates in 2007 for a Christmas party to turn the thank-you gifts into a fun event to help the needy of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Minnite said.
"We knew there was a lot of need out there," said Karmyn Minnite Conley. "The community has been very good to us, so we decided to give back to the community."
Since 2010, The PM Co. has matched the amount donated by tenants, employees, vendors, local businesses and residents.
Staff at the company choose the beneficiaries.
"We touch more people by selecting multiple charities," Jason Minnite said.
Food, shoes, money, hygiene items and small tools are requested.
The 2013 charities are Old Man Rivers, the Family Crisis Intervention Center, the Robert E. Fouss Memorial Fund, Belpre Area Ministries, Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg, the Arthur N. Gustke Child Center and the Strecker Indigent Patient Fund.
The Fouss Memorial Fund, which provides grants to children who need shoes for school and new shoes, has been a recipient for three years. The fund was established in memory of Fouss, who owned Fort Pitt Shoes in Parkersburg.
"It's very heartening to see the toys on children's faces," said Judy Sjostedt, executive director of the Parkersburg Community Foundation and its regional affiliates, which manages the fund. "So many children are used to getting hand-me-down shoes, so it's the thrill of having something brand new."
Eckels Orthodontics has participated in the Spirit of Giving Night for four years. Staff collected items such as scarves, gloves and long underwear.
Patients got involved last year, donating food for senior citizens, cleaning supplies and tools for Habitat for Humanity.
"It's a win-win for everybody, especially at the holidays," said Ginny Powers, Eckels Orthodontics treatment and marketing coordinator. "Patients and their parents get really excited about giving, so it's really fun to watch."
More than $100,000 has been raised by the Spirit of Giving Night for local charities.
"Dad has touched so many in the business community," Pat Minnite III said. "It takes a community leader to nudge others to open the door and inspire movement in the community."