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Lion’s Club co-hosting fundraiser

ELKINS — In a normal year, the Tygart Valley Lion’s Club sponsors many community events and co-hosts the annual Rifle Rally fundraiser to sponsor its programming and scholarships. This year, things have had to be done differently.

“Every year, we partner up with the Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation to host this annual fundraiser. We made the decision this year to have it as a virtual event,” noted Jonathan Kyle, treasurer of TVLC. “COVID-19 numbers are going down, but we’re not taking any chances. We aim to give back to the community — and that includes keeping them safe.”

Since 1966, the Tygart Valley Lion’s club has been striving to improve the quality of life for people in Randolph County. In addition to providing eye exams and eyeglasses for those in need, the organization has also provided funding and maintained a playground at the 4-H Camp in Beverly (Camp Pioneer) provided funding for the residents of the WV Children’s Home in Elkins, and sponsored the annual Essay Contest for 5th graders, college scholarships for High School Seniors, and many other community projects. The Rifle Rally event helps fund these and many other community projects.

For their part, the Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation is hoping to erect new signage up at the Battlefield as well as to inaugurate a 2-mile hiking trail between two sites of historic importance.

“Vandalism is a major problem up there,” Arden Swecker, treasurer of the organization, said, “so every year there is a lot of maintenance work that needs to be done keeping it in good condition.” A community trash pickup is scheduled at the Rich Mountain Battlefield for April 25, at 1 pm.

Tickets for the Rifle Rally are still available at www.tygartcommunity.com or can be purchased in person at the Beverly Heritage Center. Winners will be announced May 1.

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