United Way Telethon set for Saturday

ELKINS – Throw on your cowboy hat, pull out your checkbook and get ready to enjoy lots of quality, local entertainment Saturday as the United Way of Randolph County works to rustle up $30,000 to meet their $170,000 fundraising goal.

“We are still going to have the jail, where local folks will raise money to be released,” Board Member Gary Clay said. “A new feature this year will be our gored for the good. More detailes are coming up about this.”

In addition, Clay said another new segment of the telethon will make for a win-win situation for donors.

“We have hourly sponsors, and those making donations of $25 or more will be eligible for special discounts at local businesses,” he said. “Additional information about those sponsors is forthcoming.”

Executive Director JoBeth Agnor said the group will be offering television grams during the telethon, too.

“We will offer Valentine poems for $25 and $50 for a Valentine song,” Agnor added. “We will call the person you are sending the television gram to and let them know what time their television gram will run.”

Clay noted that talented folks will be on hand to perform the Valentine poems and songs.

The telethon features local entertainment all day long, including Seth Maynard, the Seneca Trail Band, Johnny Cochran and the Orange Blossom Special, the Highlanders, the Highland Dancers, the Gandy Dancers, Nina Sharp and Rocky Hebb.

Partnering agencies of the United Way of Randolph County will be interviewed throughout the day. Agencies receiving support through the United Way of Randolph County include the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, Catholic Charities West Virginia, Energy Express, Foster Grandparent Program, Girl Scouts Black Diamond Council, Helping Hand Clearinghouse, Elkins/Randolph County Library, Helvetia Library, Pioneer Library, Tygart Valley Library, Valley Head Library, Literacy Volunteers of West Virginia, Meals on Wheels, North Central Community Action (Homeless Shelter), Randolph County Cancer Support Group, Randolph County Children’s Advocacy Center, Randolph County Domestic Training & Referral, Randolph County Emergency Squad, Randolph County Family Resource Network, Randolph County Humane Society, Randolph County Senior Center, Randolph County Sheltered Workshop (Seneca Designs), Senior Companion Program, Women’s Aid In Crisis, Elkins-Randolph County YMCA and Youth Health Services.