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.
We interviewed Sharon Rotenberry, Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Association – WV Chapter and Nikki Kinder, Special Events Coordinator.
Sharon, who is relatively new in her position, talked about the WV Chapter and the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association. The West Virginia Chapter is one of over 70 Alzheimer’s Association chapters serving communities across the United States.
The Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter is the only voluntary health organization in West Virginia solely dedicated to providing education and support service to individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, to their families and caregivers. The chapter serves all 55 counties in West Virginia and six counties in eastern Ohio.
The mission of Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
She also discussed research and support programs for caretakers. For any support 24/7, contact them at 800-272-3900.
Nikki talked about their big fundraiser, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, scheduled for October 21, 2017 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Appalachian Power Park.
Or call them at 304-343-2717.
We also interviewed Debi O’Dell, Director of Elk River Backpack Blessings.
She discussed what they were all about. Their mission is to provide food to elementary students whose main source for food is their school. They provide a back pack of nutritious, kid friendly food at the end of each school week. Students take the back packs of food home at the end of the week and return the bag at the start of the next week. When there is a long school break, they send home a box of food to help feed the students while not in school. Their goal is to help ease the hunger of the child so that they attend school regularly, have better health, and are successful. The program began in October 2014 with 19 students in two schools.
Now they are at 400 students per week in 7 different schools on the Elk River.
She also spoke excitedly about their upcoming 3rd Annual Elk River Backpack Blessings Fundraiser. It is scheduled for Monday, October 16, 2017 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Bricks & Barrels on Smith Street in Charleston, WV.
Delicious food, spirited drinks, wonderful silent auction items, live music, amazing live auction items, and the opportunity to help a worthy cause awaits you at this event. Contact them at 304-389-0393 to reserve your $25 ticket. Tickets will also be available at the door.
We hope you can join them.
If you would like to learn more about the Highlights TV Show, contact Host and Executive Producer Jim Strawn at 304-541-4756.