The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 29, 2013

YMCA, RGH partner again to offer international dinner

By Carra Higgins
Register-Herald Reporter

BECKLEY — Get ready to go on an around-the-world food tour and celebrate local diversity April 28 during the YMCA of Southern West Virginia’s 34th annual International Dinner, sponsored by Raleigh General Hospital.

Executives from the YMCA and RGH announced Thursday the third annual partnership between the two entities that strive to help the community be healthy, and, to offset the cost of the International Dinner, RGH Chief Operating Officer Reba Celsor presented YMCA Chief Executive Officer Jay Rist and Health and Wellness Director Reginia Thomas a $2,500 check.

“They’ve been a tremendous partner for the YMCA of Southern West Virginia,” Rist said of RGH. “We’re also working to help the residents of our area live a healthy and productive life, and that’s the common ground that brings us together.”

The International Dinner enables residents to celebrate the diversity of the area, which is contributed to by the staff of RGH.

“Raleigh General Hospital always enjoys partnering with our community, and the International Dinner is just a fun way for us to partner and support our local YMCA,” Celsor said. “We have many different nationalities represented within our employee-physician base, and it’s always exciting to bring these people together and enjoy time together and enjoy time with our community.”

The International Dinner will be from 1 to 3 p.m. April 28 at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center. Advanced tickets for the dinner will be available beginning Monday at the YMCA of Southern West Virginia. The all-inclusive tickets for adults are $10 each in advance and $15 at the door and admission for a child between 6 and 18 years old is $5 in advance and $10 at the door. There is no charge for children 5 and younger. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Y’s healthy living programs and the YMCA’s International Fund, which provides support to YMCAs in other countries.

The buffet-style dinner will feature a variety of food prepared by volunteers, area restaurants and YMCA staff and members. Rist says the Italian table and RGH Senior Friends dessert table are always among the most popular; however, attendees can also expect to find Polish, American, Middle Eastern and several other cuisines from around the globe.

Rist said the International Dinner is one of the YMCA’s most popular fundraising events and several hundred people are expected to attend. Door prizes will also be given away during the event.

“It’s right after church on a Sunday afternoon,” Rist commented. “It’s a good time for families to come out and spend a little time together.”

There is still time to sign-up host a table or donate a dish, and interested individuals or restaurants may contact Thomas at the YMCA at 304-252-0715. The YMCA is located at 121 East Main St., Beckley.

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