ELKINS - Those who love interactive comedy and good food can enjoy both while helping youth in need when Youth Health Service Inc. sponsors a Dinner Theater Benefit at 7 p.m. May 10 in Elkins.
The benefit will include comedy by Old Brick Playhouse, hors d'oeuvres and a special dinner prepared by Fine Food Catering. The event will be in the lower level of St. Brendan Church.
"We are excited to sponsor this event again this year," said Jean Jory, advisor to the YHS board of directors. "This is our main fundraiser for the year."
Jory said the event will include a small live auction and reservations for the benefit dinner will be accepted until May 5.
"Youth Health Service Inc. is not a state or federal agency," Jory said. "So programming is supported through grants, insurance payments and private donations. The services YHS provides are wonderful and helpful. They also offer services through the National Child Traumatic Stress
Jory said Bill Johnson will lead the auction, featuring donated food items, jewelry and art.
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.
Burns said the center offers many services, including a Pre-K program, after school services and Home Ties, as well as youth, adolescent and family sessions.
"Our building is more than 100 years old and requires lots of upkeep," Burns said. "We need to make sure our building is safe and welcoming for our staff and the families we serve. Those funds come from fundraisers like the Dinner Theater
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, Upshur 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.
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.
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.