Highlights TV Show Features The Buddy Walk & Guys Night Out


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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.

The show airing September 2, 2019 –  Septemeber 9, 2019 highlights the 18th Annual Buddy Walk to benefit the Down Syndrome Network of WV and the 14th Annual Guys Night Out to benefit the YWCA’s Sojourner’s Shelter.

We interviewed Ashley Orndorff, President Down Syndrome Network WV and Kristy Stowers, Secretary DSNWV. Hannah joined her mom Ashley, while Kaden joined his mom Kristy. They were all there to talk about the upcoming 18th Annual Buddy Walk to benenit DSNWV. Ashley talked about the mission of DSNWV; to enhance the lives of individuals with Down Syndrome by providing information, resources and support to families and professionals and by promoting awareness and acceptance of individuals with Down Syndrome.


Kristy talked about her son Kaden and his progress since birth. The Birth-to-Three comes into their house to work with Kaden.

She also said this is Kaden’s 3rd Buddy Walk. The Buddy Walk support individuals with Down Syndrome. If you would like to join Team Kaden, simply click here.

The Buddy Walk is more of an event. Fun, games, entertainment, music, food, dancing, face-painting etc.


Please join us on September 21, 2019 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the WV State Capitol Complex. Sponsorships and teams are still being accepted.

Ashley talked about her 5-year journey since Hannah was born. She too receives treatment from Birth-to-Three.

Hannah certainly enjoyed being interview on the TV Show! Full of life and curiousity.

If you would like to join #Hannah Team, click here.

If you cannot join us for the walk or provide a sponsorship, a donation of any amount is appreciated. Thank you.


We also interviewed Margaret Taylor, Program Director, Sojourner’s Shelter and Doug Skaff, Co-chair Guys Night Out event.

The Guys Night Out committee strives to make this event the best it can be while keeping in mind what’s most important — raising funds to support YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter for Homeless Women and Children.

Margaret talked about the Sojourner’s Shelter.


YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter for Homeless Women & Families provides emergency shelter and supportive services around the clock, every day of the year for homeless single women, women with children, men with custody of their children and intact families. This 75-bed facility offers a secure, healthy environment with crisis intervention, case management and counseling to help individuals achieve long-term self-sufficiency. They maintain a successful recidivism rate of about five (5) percent annually, well below the national average of individuals returning to shelters. Children’s programs include computer and art classes, tutoring, drug-free education, supportive counseling and field trips. Recovering from and preventing future homelessness is the  goal for all who take shelter with them.

They also operate the YWCA Sojourner’s Job Education/Readiness Center to provide education and job-readiness training for any and all homeless adults, regardless of their place of refuge.

Doug discussed the Guys Night Out event.

Guys Night Out is the biggest tailgate south of the Blue Lot and all the proceeds benefit the YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter for Homeless Women and Families!
Guys from all over the Kanawha Valley will have the opportunity to cheer on the Mountaineers while enjoying brews, BBQ, cigars, wings and much more! The game will be shown on big screen TVs under a large tent at Oakes Field in South Charleston.
This year the event is scheduled for September 21, 2019. Imagine watching the WVU Mountaineers take on Kansas Jayhawks in a Big XII matchup with 400 of your closest friends. The event starts 2 hours prior to kickoff. Pork is served. Spirited beverages are poured. Games are played. Items are auctioned off. Big screens TV’s abound.
Or call 304-205-6044.
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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