CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A commemorative 3-D ornament that benefits the Gazette Charities Christmas Fund and the Neediest Cases Appeal has sold out.The $15 ornaments were all sold by Thursday afternoon, said Susan Shumate, vice president of the Daily Gazette Co.The 100 ornaments sold provided $750 each to the Gazette Charities Christmas Fund and the Charleston Daily Mail's Neediest Cases Appeal, which "is a wonderful tribute to our community," Shumate said.The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing used its 3-D printer to create the limited-edition ornaments.
The ornament recalls the state Capitol – and the sky adorned with fireworks – amid the Sesquicentennial celebration in June."It'll be a reminder of this year," Shumate said of the state's 150th birthday.Continued donations to the Gazette Charities Christmas Fund are most welcome, Shumate said.When you make a donation to the Gazette Charities Fund, every penny goes to the agencies and people who need help.The Gazette covers the administrative costs of the fund. All donations to Gazette Charities are tax deductible. To donate online, go to wvgazette.com and click on the Gazette Charities Christmas Fund logo.