Highlights 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.
We interviewed Chelsie Rankin, Chair of the Daymark Gala. She talked about the importance Daymark has on our community and the youth they serve. They operate 3 programs: New Connections, Patchwork and Turning Point.
New Connections offers its 9 week Fast TRACK program, focusing on preparing students for the TASC exam, for post-secondary transition into CTC (Community and Technical College) and 4 year colleges. Brush up on academic skills, explore careers, and participate in field trips to local post-secondary institutions. Classes run Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and are open to anyone in the community who is 17-24 years old.
Patchwork, licensed by the State of West Virginia is a runaway and homeless shelter for youth ages 12+ and offers crisis support services for the WV Department of Health and Human Resources. Patchwork is never closed providing free and confidential services on a voluntary basis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Patchwork’s mission is to respond to the needs of youth and families in crisis and to provide youth in high-risk situations with a safe alternative to the streets.
Turning Point accepts male and female youth, ages 15 – 21 in the custody of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. Youth work towards independence, moving through a four phase system where they earn increased freedom with increased responsibility. Youth who “graduate” from the Turning Point program go on to college, military service, independent living, or return to a family unit.
On May 4th they are having their annual gala, The Gatsby Gala at Berry Hills County Club beginning at 6:00 p.m.
They will have live entertainment provided by the amazing Santa Cruz Band, decorations provided by Simple Moments Event Designs LLC, Open Bar, “Speak Easy” and a Silent Auction. Burns Exposures Photography will be present, taking incredible pictures of the event, as well as a selfie station by SnapTap, for you and your friends.
A whole host of local restaurants will be providing food for the evening including Mi Cocina de Amor, Sam’s Uptown Cafe, Ichiban Pan-Asian Cuisine, Berry Hills Country Club, Wellington’s Cafe’ & Catering, Chef Paul, and of course Nosh Catering & Carryout.
If you are interested in Tickets, they can be purchased on the Gala websitewww.daymark.org.
We also interviewed Major Brooks Gilliam of the Salvation Army. He talked about the blessing that the Salvation Army is to this community.
The Salvation Army is a worldwide evangelical Christian church with its own distinctive governance and practice. The Army’s doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasize God’s saving purposes. Its religious and charitable objects are ‘the advancement of the Christian religion … and, pursuant thereto, the advancement of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole’.
Their mission is The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
They have numerous programs to assist those in need.
Their annual Army of Hope Gala is set for Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the Charleston Convention Center beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Questions call be anwsered by calling the Salvation Army at 304-343-4548.
If you would like to learn more about the Highlights TV Show, contact Host and Executive Producer Jim Strawn at 304-541-4756.