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Annual ‘Day of Hope’ event set for Saturday

The Herald-DispatchMay 19, 2019

HUNTINGTON — Huntington will mark its 13th “Day of Hope” during a celebration Saturday that spreads hope for a brighter future for community members.

The 2019 Day of Hope will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Erma Ora Byrd Clinical Center parking garage at 1249 15th St. in Huntington.

This year’s event theme is a call on the River Cities to “Awaken.”

The keynote speaker will be Pastor Steven Little, a City Church equipping and sending pastor and recovery coordinator for AmeriCorps VISTA.

For more than a dozen years now, churches and organizations have come together across the city of Huntington to observe a citywide Day of Hope on the third Saturday of May.

The ceremony began in 2006, a year after four teenagers were killed on the night of Huntington High School’s prom in a shooting on May 22, 2005, outside a home at 1410 Charleston Ave.

The Neighboring Initiative Charitable Trust (NICT), a faith-based community organization created to oversee the event, is the annual sponsor of the prayer and memorial service.

No one has been arrested or prosecuted for the killing of Eddrick Clark, Michael Dillon, Megan Poston and Donte Ward, but the Huntington community continues to come together in the hope that one day their deaths will be solved.

But as the years have gone by, the event has gradually grown to encompass aspects of encouragement for the community. In addition to a keynote speaker address to encourage and comfort, the Steven L. Ferguson Award was created to honor successful leading men in the African American community.

The event also features testimonials from individuals in recovery from substance use disorder to inspire others. This year’s recipient of the Steven L. Ferguson Award will be Del. Sean Hornbuckle, a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates representing District 16, for his extensive work serving the region.

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