Highlights TV Show Features Covenant House & Fox Trot WV for Michael J. Fox Foundation


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Highlights: From the Heart of Our Community, is a 30 minute weekly TV show featuring organizations, events, grass-roots efforts and people who move our state and community forward in a positive way.
The show is a collaboration with Kanawha County Schools, Suddenlink Communications and Jim Strawn & Company.
The show airs daily at 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Suddenlink’s channel 17.
The show airing March 6, 2017-March 13, 2017 ‘highlights’ the Covenant House and their upcoming Chef’s Challenge & the WV Fox Trot for Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
We interviewed Ellen Allen, Executive Director, and Angie Douglas, Program Coordinator with the Covenant House.
Ellen talked about the mission and purpose of Covenant House. After 35 years, their core mission remains the same. Whether a person is homeless, facing eviction, or needs food for their table, Covenant House is a safety net, an advocate, and a safe haven in times of crisis. They are dedicated to working for justice by offering direct services for people in need while creating social change through advocacy and education . They are also dedicated to social justice through efforts to eradicate hunger, homelessness, and poverty. Their diverse faith, cultural, and belief traditions unite them in reaching out to those in need, irrespective of race, class, gender, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or national origin.
Angie discussed this year’s CanStruction details. The build this year is Friday, March 17, 2017 with Open House and public voting on Saturday, March 18th at the Clay Center.
She thanked this year’s companies participating: Alum Creek Elementary Student Leadership Team, Dow Chemical WIN Team, Pickering Associates, Carl Boyd Maxwell, AIA, Lighthouse of Learning Academy & Silling Associates, The Thrasher Group & Christ Church United Methodist, ZMM Architects, BridgeValley Community & Techical College, and Charleston Montessori School.
Ellen also discussed the federal Affordable Housing Analysis of 2016 and how that impacts the Charleston, WV community. She spoke about the new Secretary of HUD, Dr. Ben Carson and his role as a champion for those in need of affordable housing.
Ellen & Angie both excitedly talked about this year’s annual Chef’s Challenge, a 5-course meal prepared by 7 area chefs who donate their time and talent to help raise necessary funds for the Covenant House. The event is set for March 14, 2017 beginnining at 5:30 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center.
Chefs participating include: Rich Arbaugh, South Hills Market, Dennis Harris, Edgewood Country Club, Todd Jones, Charleston Civic Center, Paul Smith, Buzz Foods, Tim Urbanic, Cafe’ Cimino, John Wright, Bridge Road Bistro, and Evan Wilson, Ichiban.
The event promises good food, wonderful fellowship, nice music, spirited beverages, silent and live auction items and the opportunity to help such a worthy cause, the Covenant House.
Call 304-344-8053 x22 for ticket information or simply click here to secure your tickets.
Chefs challenge
We also talked with Connie Jones and Missy Spangler, both with the WV Fox Trot committee. This year’s WV Fox Trot is scheduled for March 18, 2017 beginning at 8:00 a.m. with registration and the walk/run starting at 9:00 at the Capitol Market in Charleston, WV.
The 5th annual event raises money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation which supports Parkinson’s Research.
Connie talked about her personal struggles with Parkinson’s. Having meet Michael J. Fox a few years ago, she is convinced that a cure for Parkinson’s is closer than ever.
Missy, whose father died from Parkinson’s, has dedicated her life to raising necessary funds to help find treatment and a cure for this disease.
They both encouraged people to become part of the event. Simply go to their web site or call the Manahan Group at 304-343-2800 for more information.
The goal is $50,000. Be sure to join them the evening before on March 17th at the Capitol Market for dinner and packet pick-up.
Fox trot
If you would like to learn more about the Highlights TV Show, contact Host and Executive Producer Jim Strawn at 304-541-4756.

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