MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Inc. and United Way of the Eastern Panhandle officials will distribute more than $26,880 to 30 nonprofit organizations in the Tri-County area on Friday.
Volunteers from the nonprofit agencies staffed various booths at the 2010 Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Air Show and Open House.
The distribution of money does not include about $100,000 in donations at the entrance gate that the United Way received from people attending the event, Jan Callen, executive director of United Way of the Eastern Panhandle, said Tuesday. Callen said he could not release the net proceeds from the gate donations because the United Way has not received all of the bills for air show expenses. Those attending the air show, to which admission was free, were asked to make donations to the United Way.
More than 80,000 people attended the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Air Show and Open House Sept. 4 and 5 at the West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing. Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Inc. organized the show with the air base in Martinsburg, which held its annual open house to coincide with the event.