Several local benefits set for October
There’s a ton of interesting ways to help out local nonprofits through a wide variety of events being hosted in the region. Here’s a look at just a few of the events for some great causes on the calendar this weekend and throughout October.
Levels for the United Way
The United Way of the River Cities hosts its annual Levels fundraiser at the Marshall University Visual Arts Center, 927 3rd Ave., Huntington.
Levels: A Gala on the Next Level is presented by Moses Automall Huntington. Levels takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, with multiple levels of themed floors with art, music and dancing, a silent auction and specially paired drinks and food.
Tickets are $100 per person or $175 per couple. Cocktail attire. Go online at https://www.unitedwayrivercities.org/events/levels/for more info or call 304-523-8929.
All proceeds from Levels go toward United Ways of the River Cities’ programs that benefit our local communities.
Roll out to Heritage Farm Museum & Village, 3300 Harvey Road in Huntington, where they are playing host to the annual fundraiser, Mountain Games for the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital.
Mountain Games is a competitive festival designed around letting you try your hand at the things your ancestors did to survive. At Mountain Games, you can experience fun events like tomahawk throwing or completing an obstacle course.
After the hearty outdoors workout, get a taste of what’s cooking during the 8th annual Cast Iron Cook-off.
Admission to watch and enjoy the other Way Back Weekend festivities are $12, $10 for seniors, $8 for kids and free for those under 3.
Go online at mountaingames.chhfoundation.org for more info.
Honor Flight Huntington
The V Club, 741 6th Ave., is hosting a Honor Flight Huntington benefit set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, featuring a slew of local music acts.
There’s a suggested donation of $10 at the door for those 18 and up for the fundraiser organized by Don Duncan. Bands include: The Settlement, a reunion of Sasha Colette & The Magnolias, Dinosaur Burps, Scrounge-Hound, Feverwar, Cumberland, Chocolate 4-Wheeler, Flip-on-it and Tony Harrah & the Fly Over States.
Honor Flight Huntington, |part of the Honor Flight Network, is a nonprofit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. The group of volunteers transports our heroes to Washington, D.C., to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans, World War II and Korean War survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.
Go online at http://www.honorflighthuntington.org and go online at www.vclublive.com for more info on the event.
A musical benefit deemed Wade Stock was organized to help with Wade Smith’s medical bills. Smith is a 14-year-old who recently had heart failure caused by a virus, and is in for a long road of recovery.
Wade was treated at Nationwide Childrens Hospital in Columbus, and was on a ventilator for a while because of his sudden heart failure.
His brother Gabe Smith, who fronts the regionally touring rock band Scroungehound, organized the fundraiser for Wade.
The benefit concert is set for Thursday, Oct. 18, and takes place at the V Club. Bands include: Black Garlic, Scroungehound, The Settlement, Nic Allen, Friendly Fire, Hurl Brickbat, Hawkins, Nowhere’s and Pocket Socks.
Donations of $10 or more suggested at the door. You can go online at https://www.gofundme.com/smith-gami-ly-medical-expenses to also help out.
River Cities Bully Buddies
The V Club, 7416th Ave., will host a benefit concert for the River Cities Bully Buddies at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.
River Cities Bully Buddies is a small, volunteer-run, foster home-based organization located in Huntington. They are dedicated to the rescue of death row shelter dogs who have been labeled “pit bull.”
There’s a suggested donation of $10 or more at the door for this fundraiser organized by Don Duncan.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show at 7 p.m. for those 18 and up.
Bands include: Sean Knisely, Friendly Fire, Luna and The Mountain Jets, Ducain, Signals, Laid Back Country Picker, Zero Dark Thirty, Sean Whiting and A Story Told.
Go online at https://www.facebook.com/rivercitiesbul-lybuddies/and vclublive.com for more info.
Freak or Treat Festival
From noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, the band Moonshine Crossing has organized the Freak or Treat Festival at the Caldwell Family Farm on the left fork of Little 7 Mile Road (near Barboursville).
The festival will raise funds for the educational support center for the Golden Girl Group Home in Ceredo. Golden Girl Group Home is a nonprofit group home for girls. Founded in 1983, the home is licensed to serve 24 girls from ages 12 to 21. The home specializes in working with dependent, neglected and pre-delinquent girls who are not able to make a successful adjustment in their natural homes or foster care homes.
Bands playing the fest include: Moonshine Crossing and friends, Three’s Company Blues Band, Luna and The Mountain Jets, The Karpet Dabs, Kayla Massie and Barefoot Boys, Blues Crossing, Mutual Admiration Society, The Nolan Brothers, Zack Sovine and Tyler Brown.
Organizers are looking for additional event sponsorship, gift basket donations as well as donations to help finish out the learning center which needs desks, whiteboards and school supplies.
You can call Nikki Thomas, the advancement director at Golden Girl, for more information at 304-453-1401, ext. 111. For donation of festival items call Bob “Zilla” Wilson at 304-710-1992, Michelle Caldwell at 304-208-5270 or Thorn Boggs at 304-638-8123.
Go online at http://gggh.org/for more info on Golden Girl.