ELKINS - United Way of Randolph County has teamed up with local media and sponsors to produce the fourth annual LIVE UNITED telethon Saturday, at the Beverly Elementary School.
Headline sponsors of the telethon are Citizens Bank of West Virginia and Davis Medical Center. Bringing the talent to the stage is Woodford Oil Company, and hosting the agency/partner interviews is Elkins Fordland.
The theme for the 2014 telethon is a continuation from last year's telethon - "Randolph Roundup: A Live United Production." With a goal of $30,000 - the amount needed to achieve their campaign target - the United Way Board of Directors is counting on citizens "saddling in" for several hours of TV viewing this Saturday to "pony up" some donations.
"Every dollar raised in this telethon will have a direct impact on individuals and families right here in Randolph County through programs and services United Way supports," Kathy Leombruno, United Way telethon chairman and board member, said. "This event gives potential donors who may not be a part of a United Way's more traditional workplace campaign a chance to help their community. By calling in a pledge to the United Way telethon, no matter what dollar amount, your generosity is helping others in need."
Leombruno said the United Way is extremely grateful that so many businesses, volunteers and entertainers have made a commitment to support this telethon.
"We saw firsthand how caring Randolph County is about friends and neighbors last year when we hit our goal - and United Way was fortunate to fund all of its agencies for another year. We hope that phones ring and donors pledge their support again in 2014 so we can continue to help people in need in our county."
AT&T is providing United Way with cellular phones and service so that viewers may make a pledge by calling a (local) telethon number at 304-642-9933. The telethon boasts 12 hours of performances, interviews, lock-ups, an auction and entertainment by on-air emcees, co-hosts and those on the phone banks.
New to the telethon is "Get Gored for the Good!"
"This is a fun activity that we added to our telethon since we have a couple of bulls already on our production set," Leombruno said. "Envision a few community leaders making a run from our bull, only to get gored for the good, and land in a makeshift United Way hospital. They get their release papers, once they have raised their United Way deductible. Board member Kate Reed is chairing this telethon event."
Participating in "Get Gored for the Good" is Ray LaMora III, Kate Barger, Andy Burns and five people, Delegate Bill Hartman, Becky McClung, Margaret Beckwith, Delegate Denise Campbell, Rogers Earl and Sen. Clark Barnes.
The entertainment extravaganza airing live center stage from the telethon is sponsored by Woodford Oil Company. Area performers and groups are scheduled to appear Saturday including:
10:30 a.m. - West Virginia Highlanders of Davis & Elkins College
11:15 a.m. West Virginia Highland Dancers
12 p.m. - Seth Maynard and JB Tenney
12:45 p.m. - Axis Training - Zumba
2:15 p.m.- Old Brick Playhouse Apprentices
3 p.m. - WVWC Jazz Ensemble
3:45 p.m.- Gracie Metheny
4:30 p.m. - Johnny Cochran and the Trailblazers
5:15 p.m. - Jessie Wanless and Rachel Franks
6 p.m. - Rocky and Nina Hebb and the Gandy Dancers
United Way sponsored agencies as well as supporting businesses will be showcased in interviews and are being sponsored by commercial partner Elkins Fordland. Interviews will be conducted by United Way campaign chairman Gary Clay as scheduled:
9:15 a.m. Children's Advocacy Center
10 a.m. Girl Scouts Black Diamond Council
10:45 a.m. Homeless Shelter
11:30 a.m. Youth Health Services Options Program
12:15 p.m. Meals on Wheels
1 p.m. Senior Companion Program
1:45 p.m. American Red Cross
2:30 p.m. Women's Aid in Crisis
3:15 p.m. Humane Society
4 p.m. Youth Health Services Home Ties Program
4:45 p.m. Catholic Charities Food Bank
5:30 p.m. Employee Giving Campaign
The jail is sponsored by Performance Motors and Dominion. Jailbirds being locked up for the cause by United Way Sheriff Merllene Yorkey are: Greg Harper, Randolph County Commissioner Chris See, Pam Johnson and Larissa Fowler, Scott Harris, Paul Zickefoose, Elkins Mayor Van Broughton, Robbie Morris, Lisa Preusch, the Rev. Peter Vial and Todd Price.
Hourly sponsors include Mountain Valley Bank, the Law Offices of David Sims, Bialek Insurance, Davis & Elkins College, Huntington Bank, Pioneer Insurance Agency, Inc., Elkins Fordland, Davis Trust Company, Tomblyn Funeral Home, LaMora Insurance Agency and Innovative Investments.
Some of the items that will be up for bid throughout the event include a $500 gift card/Elkins YMCA; one day/night "Mountain Getaway for Two" to Canaan Valley with extra amenities; two tickets to the Durbin Greenbrier Railroad; a night stay at the Hampton Inn; gift certificate for two to the American Mountain Theater; two-night "Vacation Getaway" at the Isaac Jackson Hotel for two people with breakfast and dinner included at the 1863 Grill; "Prom Package" from Che' Bella Boutique; "Prom Package" from Tammy's Floral & Bridal Gallery; tuxedo rental by Peter Pan Cleaners; brunch for two from Graceland Inn and The Mingo Room; dinner certificates from the Dailey Grill Restaurant & Fudge Shop; a one-year subscription to The Inter-Mountain; a tiger print and tiger figurine; and an Elkins High School sports package.
Technology support and computers are provided by the Randolph County Board of Education. Media sponsors are The Inter-Mountain, WDNE and WELK and WETV. The production site is courtesy of Beverly Elementary School, with set support from Tractor Supply, Crazy Harry's Country Market, JoJo's Floral and Peter Pan Cleaners.
There will be special offers throughout the day from telethon sponsors, but you have to watch the event for those details. For example, during Elkins Fordland's hour, for every $50 pledged to United Way, you will receive absolutely free, courtesy of Fordland, "The Works" - which includes an oil change, tire rotation and pressure check, brake inspection, fluid top-off, multi-point inspection, filter check, belts and hoses check and battery test.
For a $25 pledge during featured hours, viewers will have the opportunity to receive the following discounts for their donation to United Way:
Other incentives will be announced throughout the telethon.
Emcees include 9 a.m. -1 p.m., Bill Johnson; 1 p.m. -5 p.m., Reid Thrush and Stacie Roberts; 5 p.m. 9 p.m., Kenny Sexton.
Co-hosts are 9 a.m . noon, Tom Meader and Scott Goddard; noon 3 p.m., Robbie Morris and Randolph County Commissioner Mike Taylor; 3 p.m. 6 p.m., Cliff Marstiller and Gene Cowgill; 6 p.m. -9 p.m., Bill and Bev Johnson.
Those manning the phone banks are 9 a.m. noon, Randolph County school teachers; noon 3 p.m., Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce; 3 p.m. 6 p.m., Mountain State Forest Festival; 6 p.m. 9 p.m., Elkins Fire Department.
The 27 benefiting United Way of Randolph County agencies are American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, Catholic Charities (Food Bank), Energy Express (West Virginia University Extension Office), Family Resource Network, Foster Grandparent Program, Girl Scouts Black Diamond Council, Helping Hand Clearinghouse, Elkins/Randolph County Library, Helvetia Library, Valley Head Library, Pioneer Memorial Library, Tygart Valley Library, Literacy Volunteers of WV, Meals on Wheels, NCCA Homeless Shelter, Randolph County Cancer Support Group, Randolph County Children's Advocacy Center, Randolph County Training & Referral, Randolph County Emergency Squad, Randolph County Humane Society, Randolph County Senior Center, Randolph County Sheltered Workshop, Senior Companion Program, Women's Aid in Crisis, Elkins/Randolph County YMCA and Youth Health Service.
The 2014 telethon committee members are Robbie Morris, Merllene Yorkey, Kate Reed, Laura Simons, Becky Smith, Matt Scott, Jess Arbogast, Cindy Hammer, Tracy Fath, Shellie Burda, Carolyn Capelli, Jerry and Anita Gibson, Kevin Shreve, JoBeth Agnor, Gary Clay and Leombruno.