Dinner set to benefit Youth Health Services

A unique opportunity to enjoy an interactive comedy club and dinner while helping support youth is coming up next month.

Youth Health Services Inc. is sponsoring a Dinner Theater Benefit May 11 in Elkins that will include comedy by Old Brick Playhouse, hors d’oeuvres and a special dinner prepared by Fine Food Catering.

“We are excited to sponsor this event again this year,” said Pat Schoonover, vice president of the YHS board. “This is our main fundraiser for the year.”

Schoonover said the event will include a live auction. Reservations for the benefit dinner will be accepted until May 3.

“The event is the day before Mother’s Day, and we think it would make a wonderful evening for those celebrating Mother’s Day, and those looking for a fun and entertaining event,” Schoonover said. “(The) crew is ready for the show, and we are all excited for the event.”

Margy Burns, executive director of Youth Health Services, said she is grateful for the community support.

“We are honored to provide services for the youth of the area,” Burns said, adding she wants to thank the community for continued support of the agency’s many programs.

Youth Health Service Inc. was established in 1978 by the Family Health Service Inc., to serve the health needs of children and adolescents who live in Randolph, Tucker, Barbour and Pocahontas counties. In 1989, the agency received a licensed behavior health center and began providing mental health and social services to children ages birth through 17 years.

In 1997, YHS established the first nationally accredited child care and development center known as Home Ties. Today this center serves 86 to 100 children each day and includes two sites, one of which is a Randolph County Universal Pre-K program for 4-year-old children.

The Strength Builders Child & Adolescent Trauma Center was added in 2005, as Youth Health Service Inc. responded to a growing community need to accurately assess and treat childhood trauma. The program is funded by a grant from the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

In Randolph County, about 1 in 4 children experience a serious traumatic event before the age of 16 that can result in emotional upset, aggression, depression, anxiety, behavioral changes, difficulty learning in school, problems maintaining relationships, difficulty eating and sleeping, aches and pains, withdrawal, substance abuse, dangerous behaviors or unhealthy sexual activity among teens.

Reservations for the fundraiser are available by calling Youth Health Service Inc. at 304-636-9450. Additional information is available about Youth Health Service and their programs online at www.youth-health.org.