Amazing Turnout

Friday night, “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips wowed locals with a stellar performance that will not soon be forgotten.

The high-energy star played to a packed house at the Harper-McNeeley Auditorium on the campus of Davis & Elkins College. Nary a parking space was available as the campus – and city – was abuzz in anticipation of the show. Many concertgoers walked from the college’s entrance and beyond just to catch a glimpse of this rising musical virtuoso.

The much-anticipated show went off without a hitch, thanks to the college staff and a host of volunteers.

Elkins Fordland, Yuengling and Allegheny Insurance deserve a great deal of praise for serving as sponsors for the event, which was postponed earlier this year because of an ailing Phillips.

Thanks to these great sponsors and unwavering community support, the Elkins-Randolph County YMCA will receive a considerable influx of funds as all the proceeds for the event will go to support this generous service organization.

The YMCA will use these funds for operational expenses to better serve area residents.

At the beginning of the year, the YMCA will begin raising funds to completely revamp and remodel its swimming pool.

The pool was closed earlier this year after officials discovered structural insufficiencies in the popular swimming spot’s roof. Upon further inspection, corroded beams were found to also be sagging and bent.

The organization will kick off a $500,000 fundraising drive on Jan. 1 that will provide monies to completely replace the pool’s roof, decking and gutter system and redo the girls and boys locker rooms.

Although this is a huge undertaking, we have no doubt the community will come together to aid the YMCA, just like they flocked to Friday’s rock show at the college.

Historically, and especially through recent events, our community has proven time and time again that it is willing to band together to provide assistance for those in need.

The YMCA’s upcoming fundraiser, undoubtably, will be yet another example of generosity for those in need.

This organization has been a key part of our community for more than a century. The YMCA has been there for the community in good times and bad. Now it’s time that we all show our appreciation for those many years of unwavering service.