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June 27, 2014

Ice cream social held to raise money for boy injured in shooting

FAIRMONT — MVB Bank held an ice cream social in its Fairmont office Friday afternoon to raise money for Carter Ciemania, an 11-year-old boy who suffered a traumatic brain injury two months ago in what police are calling an accidental shooting.

Customers, bank employees and members of the community were welcome to come in for their choice of a chocolate, vanilla or Superman-flavored ice cream cone or cup, said Lauren Ross, an MVB employee with ties to the Ciemania family.

“My daughter Bella took karate at Mushin Do Karate in Bellview, and (Ciemania) and his brother took karate there also,” she said. “It’s been awful. This family is amazing. They are wonderful people. They have four kids — three little boys and a little girl. I just felt like we needed to do something to try to help them.”

Pufferbelly’s donated the ice cream, which was free. There was a donation jar set up next to the ice cream booth for those wanting to support Ciemania’s cause.

MVB Bank also has an account in place for future donations, and employees donated funds to wear jeans Friday.

There will be a prayer vigil for Ciemania at 1 p.m. Saturday in Palatine Park. The MVB account will remain open for future donations.

Find the full story in Saturday’s Times West Virginian, available at newsstands or through home delivery by calling 304-367-2525 or 304-367-2527.

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