CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- You could call Allen Baria a heavy supporter of Ronald McDonald House charities.
On Saturday, the Charleston resident set a national power lifting record and helped raise more than $1,500 for the Southern West Virginia chapter of the non-profit.
Baria bench-pressed 860 pounds, exceeding the previous record of 810 but falling short of his goal of 903.
"(I was) about 40 pounds shy," Baria said after the attempt.
The event was held at the Charleston YMCA.
Baria agreed to the fundraising event after RMHC committee member Mike Jarrouj approached him as the two were lifting.
"I know families who have lost children and who have had to stay at Ronald McDonald houses," Baria said. "It's a great thing."
And the event drew attention to power lifting which is not as prevalent in Charleston as it used to be, Baria said.