University of Charleston

The West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute at UC Announces Winners for Program to Celebrate Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren (Glam-Maws)

Charleston, WV – December 5, 2019 – On December 2, 2019,  the winners were announced for a program designed to celebrate grandmothers raising grandchildren. The West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute (WV DII) at UC selected four lucky grandmothers who are raising grandchildren and were nominated by family and friends for a day of pampering.

The West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute at UC would like to congratulate Debby Williamson Boner (Marmet), Joyce Gillispie (Huntington), LouAnne Donahew (Huntington) and Stacy Reynolds (Barboursville), who have been chosen as “Glam-Maws.” These ladies will have the opportunity to enjoy a day of pampering and celebration on December 9, 2019.  The nominations for these grandmothers recognized their hard work and dedication to their families, homes and jobs.

Boner, Gillispie, Donahew and Reynolds will enjoy a day of celebration that will include a “spa day” and appetizers (courtesy of the WVDII and Salon Fresh in Barboursville) followed by dinner at Sunset Grille (courtesy of Murphy Media, Inc.) and tickets to Cirque Musica Holiday Dreams at the Keith Albee Theatre (courtesy of Derek Chapman at Clear Channel Radio).  Transportation during the evening will be provided courtesy of Moses Auto Mall.  Each winner is also receiving a day pass to Heritage Farm Museum and Village.

West Virginia is second in the nation in regard to the number of grandparents raising grandchildren and first in the nation in regard to children in state’s custody due to parental substance use.  “Grandparents are often working multiple jobs to support grandchildren children, playing chauffeur to sports practices and school events, and navigating many programs and services simultaneously,” said Dr. Susan Bissett, president of the WV DII. “We want to find small ways to celebrate these unsung heroes of the opioid epidemic.”