Dwight and Cheryl Werts, owners of Werts Welding and Tanks, are this year’s Circle of Care honorees at the River Bend Head Start and Family Services’ annual dinner Thursday, May 8, at Lewis and Clark Community College Commons.
WOOD RIVER − Caring about the community is second nature in the Werts family.
It is fitting that Dwight and Cheryl Werts, owners of Werts Welding and Tanks, are this year’s Circle of Care honorees at the Riverbend Head Start and Family Services’ annual dinner Thursday, May 8, at Lewis and Clark Community College Commons.
Dwight’s parents Robert and Verna Werts brought him up in the Werts Welding and Tanks business and always instilled in him to give back.
“My folks and I grew up in the community and they found a lot of success in giving back to the community,” he said. “We figure a lot of these people we have grown up with. We try to help the community we live in. It is a work of joy, and you get a lot of payback.”
Kristen Gosling said the Circle of Care award is a chance to honor someone in the community who shows what caring is all about.
“Dwight and Cheryl are wonderful people and deserve it,” she said. “We very much appreciate they were able to accept the honor and know they really believe in our mission.”
Funds through corporate sponsorships, program ads, reservations, silent auction, raffles and donations from the Circle of Care event support the programs of Riverbend Head Start and Family services. Business and political leaders who are shown to be community advocates are selected each year to be the honoree or honorees at the dinner.
Bill and Vicki Schrimpf are good friends of Dwight and Cheryl initially persuaded them to get involved with Head Start. After a tour of the facility, the couple wanted to help in any way they could.
Dwight grew up in the business and was constantly exposed to his parents working in different charities, so it stuck with him. The businessman has been heavily involved with Lewis and Clark Community College, serving on the college board and as LCCC Foundation president.
Cheryl also has a knack for decorating at charity events and was the first person to run the St. Ambrose Dinner Auction. She has also been involved in the Marquette Dinner Auction.
“I love being involved and giving back to the community,” Cheryl Werts said. “I have always been very active with my kids.”
Those being able to use Riverbend Head Start and Family Services’ meal program must qualify and for some they might not have any other meal throughout the day, Dwight said.
“Some families struggle to provide food for their kids,” he said.
Tickets for the Circle of Care event are $75. This includes admission to a live and silent auction as part of the evening. For more information, contact Head Start at (618) 463-8913.
Dwight and Cheryl Werts are starting to hand the torch for the community service aspect of their business over to their children.
“We have carried on my parents’ way of thinking and doing the same things my parents did for me,” Dwight said. “It is a work of joy and you get a lot of payback when you see good things happen.”