The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 28, 2013

Public runs, walks, golfs and eats to support nonprofit

Fundraiser for Hospice of Southern West Virginia

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

BECKLEY — Hospice of Southern West Virginia hosted an entire day of fundraising events Saturday, starting with a 5K Memorial Walk/Run and wrapping up with Wing Night.

The 5K started at 9 a.m. at the YMCA Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex and public relations director Josh Jones said more than 130 participants registered.

“They got drenched, but it didn’t dampen their spirits,” Jones said.

Next up on the agenda was a golf tournament, a four-person scramble, at the Brier Patch Golf Links.

Both of these fundraisers had been held before, Jones said, but this year was a first for Wing Night.

“We thought Beckley has Chili Night, but never a Wing Night, and with all these wing joints coming into town, we decided to turn it into a fundraiser.”

Seven vendors were vying for the winning wings for the categories mild, hot, most creative and people’s choice.

Jones said other vendors were on site, including Dickey’s Barbecue and the Raleigh County Humane Society.

Live music, celebrity wing-eating contests and a Kids Zone with face painting and inflatable playhouses were also at the Crossroads Mall Saturday during Wing Night.

“Hospice has been in the community for 30 years,” Jones said.

Hospice of Southern West Virginia is a nonprofit that serves individuals needing end-of-life care in Raleigh, Fayette, Summers and Wyoming counties.

“We’re a nonprofit, so we rely on the community to help serve our patients. We take all patients, regardless of their ability to pay.”

For more information, visit www.hospiceofsouthernwv.org.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com