The charitable fund set up to help the Sago Mine disaster families has grown by over a third, to more than $3 million.International Coal Group, the mine’s owner, pledged $2 million to start the fund shortly after the mine blast, which killed 12. Since then, more than $1 million more has come in, the company announced Monday.
Among big contributors is the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the charitable arm of the big bank company that includes 30 Bank One branches in West Virginia. It gave $10,000 to the fund Monday.Also this week, ICG chief Wilbur Ross named Buckhannon accountant Donald Nestor as administrator of the fund. Nestor is a partner in the Toothman Rice PLLC accounting firm in Buckhannon.
Gov. Joe Manchin recommended Nestor for the post, according to a statement from ICG. He is former president of the West Virginia Society of CPAs and of the Buckhannon Upshur Chamber of Commerce.