Mountain Loggers Cooperative Association pledges $500K to new WVU Medicine Children’s tower

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Mountain Loggers Cooperative Association (MLCA) has pledged $500,000 to name the cafeteria in the new WVU Medicine Children’s tower.

Log-A-Load Auction
Auctioneer Dallas Heldreth (second from left) and Mountain Loggers Cooperative Association member Mark Shreve auction a load of logs at the Log-a-Load for Kids Log Auction on Oct. 4.

The MLCA presented a check for $68,000 to WVU Medicine Children’s on Oct. 4 following the annual Log-A-Load for Kids Auction, held in conjunction with the 82nd Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins.

“This year’s Log-a-Load for Kids Log Auction represents the 22nd consecutive year of our Association supporting WVU Medicine Children’s,” Curt Hassler, Mountain Loggers Cooperative Association board member, said. “We are honored to have the opportunity to support the construction of the cafeteria at the new WVU Medicine Children’s tower and to name the cafeteria in memory of our dear friend and colleague Tim Pahl.”

At the auction, loads of logs and other donated items were sold under the names of the contributors. Proceeds from the auction are donated to WVU Medicine Children’s on behalf of the participating forestry and wood-products companies.

To date, the MLCA has donated more than $1.7 million to WVU Medicine Children’s. Funds from this year’s sale will go toward naming the cafeteria.

“The Mountain Loggers Cooperative Association has been a long-time supporter of WVU Medicine Children’s, and we’re very grateful for everything its members have done for us over the years, including their support of our new tower project,” Cheryl Jones, R.N., WVU Medicine Children’s chief nursing officer, who accepted the check at the auction, said. “The Association has helped numerous patients throughout the course of our relationship, and we’re so glad they will have a permanent spot in our new home.”

The 155-bed, eight-story facility is scheduled to be completed in 2020. In addition to the cafeteria, the tower will include:
•    Diagnostic imaging and a laboratory
•    Two connections to the Southeast Tower (the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute)
•    Operating rooms, cardiac catheterization, and endoscopy facilities
•    A 25-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and sedation unit
•    A Pediatric Cancer Center
•    A 61-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
•    A 39-bed pediatric acute care unit
•    A 30-bed obstetrical unit with potential for expansion
•    A medical office building, including pediatric subspecialty and Maternal-Fetal Medicine clinics

All of the inpatient rooms will be private, except for 11 NICU rooms for twins. The tower will also include inpatient and outpatient pharmacy facilities and the Antoline Family Lobby.

The gift was made through the WVU Foundation, the non-profit organization that receives and administers private donations on behalf of the University.

Individuals and businesses interested in joining the Mountain Loggers Cooperative Association in supporting the expansion of WVU Medicine Children’s should contact Janette Gidley, director of development, at 304-598-4346 or [email protected]. Additional information on the capital campaign can also be found at

WVU Medicine Children’s – currently located on the sixth floor of J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, WVU Medicine’s flagship hospital – provides maternal, infant, and pediatric care for West Virginia and the surrounding region, giving care to high-risk mothers, premature infants, and children with life-threatening conditions through adolescence to adulthood. In 2020, WVU Medicine Children’s will move into a new tower and ambulatory care center to be attached to Ruby Memorial. For more information, including ways to support the $60-million capital campaign for Children’s new home, visit