August 19, 2013

James Wherry, a stroke survivor and community servant, will be honored on Oct. 3 at the New Castle Community YMCA’s annual Salute to Courage dinner. The event is open to the public and will be held at the Villa Banquet Center. A reception begins at 5:15 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are $65/person or $550/table of 10, and may be purchased at the YMCA Downtown. The event is sponsored by PNC Bank. Other sponsorship opportunities are available, and interested businesses may contact Bill Lutz, 724.658.4766, for information.

About the Award

The Salute to Courage award is given annually to a neighbor in our community who has demonstrated great courage in recovery from an accident, injury or illness, in living with a disability or through an act of heroism.

Event planner, Lynise Massella, said, “One might expect Jim to be bitter for the things he has lost: control of his right side, independence, and to some degree his active lifestyle. On the contrary, he laughs, loves, dreams and continues to inspire his family and community. He is living proof that you can’t keep a good man down.”

About the Recipient

James “Jim” Wherry suffered a major stroke in July 2005 just three years into his retirement. His son Jeffrey recalls the attending psychiatrist telling the family that Jim had suffered the most damaging type of stroke and the least likely to be rehabilitated. His family was hopeful yet discouraged about the outcome that may follow, but Jim surprised them with his resoluteness to get better and desire to live a full, active life.

Prior to retirement, Wherry worked as controller at Pecor Manufacturing, Vice President for Finance at Lockley Manufacturing in New Castle and as a payroll administrator for Interstate Chemical Company in Hermitage. He was an active biker, golfer and tennis player and had plans of traveling the world with his wife Elaine before the stroke.

With his attention to detail and financial background, he spent over 30 years of his life volunteering as “the money man” and supporter for many local charities, including: The Lions Club, The Blind Association, The Red Cross, The Boy Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, United Way of Lawrence County, and Neshannock High School Boosters clubs.

Wherry counts his blessings instead of his limitations and continues to travel locally, enjoys cruises and travels across the country in support of his grandchildren who are college athletes. He is active in the Lawrence Club and his church, First Presbyterian, and plays bridge weekly with friends. You can learn more about our courageous neighbor at the Y’s Salute to Courage dinner on Oct. 3.

We help families learn, grow and thrive

Event proceeds benefit the Y’s Youth Scholarship program, which will provide our life-changing programs and memberships to over 1000 youth, adults and families in 2012-2013. The Y counts on the generosity of our members and partners to keep our doors open to whoever needs a place to go to help them be more healthy, confident, connected and secure.  No young person is ever turned away from the Y because of inability to pay for a membership or program.

About the Y

At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.