Highlights TV Show Features South Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau and The Foundation for Thomas Health


Highlights fb cover photoHighlights 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 May 13, 2019 –  May 20, 2019 highlights the South Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau and their upcoming 60th Annual Armed Forces Day Parade and the Foundation for Thomas Health.

We interviewed Vicki Vaughan, Executive Director of the SCCVB and Mr. Harold Swisher, a WWII Army Veteran who will serve as the Grand Marshall for the 60th Annual Armed Forces Day Parade presented by Thomas Health.

Vicki discussed her excitment for her new role, as she has only been in the ED position for a few months.

Vicki discussed all the exciting things and events the South Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau has going on.

Below is a listing a some of their upcoming events:

May 18

60th Annual Armed Forces
Day Parade
D Street (Noon)

Armed forces 60th

June 8

North South Football Game
South Charleston High School

Aug. 14 – 17


Aug. 17

Mound Car Show

Sept. 7

Arts & Crafts Mound Festival

Oct. 13

SC First Nazarene Block Party
Spring Hill Area

Oct. 19 – 20

Rock & Gem Show
So. Chas. Community Center

Dec. 7

Christmas Parade
D Street (Noon)

Their next big event is their Armed Forces Day Parade set for May 18th on D Street in South Charleston, WV beginning at noon.

Mr. Harold Swisher who served in WWII with the Army, will be this year’s Grand Marshall.

Mr. Swisher grew up in the Lewis County, WV area graduating high school in 1941. Was drafted and served in the Army during WWII.

He shared some fascinating stories with us. On May 21, 2019, he will turn 96 years young.


We also interviewed Sally Barton, Executive Director of the Foundation for Thomas Health & Shelly Kelley, Development Director.

Sally gave us an overview of the foundation. The Foundation was founded in 1989 to support Herbert J. Thomas Jr., Memorial Hospital and later Saint Francis Hospital.  Collectively, these hospitals have been serving the community for over 170 years.  At the Foundation, they strive to ensure that all donations are stewarded directly toward the greatest needs of the hospitals and the patients they serve.

As a non-profit foundation, they partner with individuals and corporations who share their vision and support their philanthropic efforts.

Right now the need for the community is an expanded Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Special Care Unit.

Click here to learn more about this specialized unit.

Shelly announced their upcoming 25th Annual Golf Tournament to support The Foundation and the NAS Special Unit.

The event is set for June 3, 2019 at Berry Hills County Club. Special thanks to Coca-Cola for being the Signature Sponsor.

Plenty of opportunity to support this cause through sponsorships, teams, players, ads etc. Call Shelly to learn more at 304-766-5610.

Thomas foundation golf

Simply click here to learn more and to register.

There will be 2 shotgun starts: 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to accomodate all schedules.

Please join them as we raise monies for this incredibly necessary special unit.

Sally also reminded us that this NAS Unit has naming rights available. For more information contact her at 304-766-5415.

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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