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 May 1, 2017 – May 8, 2017 ‘highlights’ Susan G. Komen West Virginia and their upcoming Race for the Cure & Forks of Coal State Natural Area Foundation and their upcoming Discover Forks of Coal Day.
We interviewed Steve Bishop, Team Captain for V100 and Amanda Barren, WSAZ and Master of Ceremonies for the 17th Race for the Cure scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the WV State Capitol Complex beginning at 8:00 a.m. The race is set to begin at 9:00 with the walkers following in behind about 9:10.
Both Steve and Amanda talked about the power of the day and shared some stories of ladies diagnonsed with breast cancer. So moving and inspirational.
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen West Virginia is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen West Virginia Race for the Cure®, Komen West Virginia has invested over 1.5 million dollars in community breast health programs in West Virginia and has helped contribute to the more than $800 million invested globally in research.
Call 304-556-4808 for more information or visit their web site at KomenWV.org.
We also interviewed Kim McCluskey, President and Diana Green, Treasurer of the Forks of Coal State Natural Area Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to maintain, conserve, protect and enhance the Forks of Coal State Natural Area by providing leadership in communication, funding, advocacy and conservation education for children and the community. This includes helping to raise the funds to build the new Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Education Center, which is already in the planning and design stages.
To help raise awareness and funds, they are having a Discover Forks of Coal Day on May 6, 2017 from 9-3:00 at the site. Join them for a FUN, family-friendly outside event at the beautiful Forks of Coal State Natural Area located at 50 Rocky Branch Road, Alum Creek, WV.
Admission is FREE!
An agenda for the day includes an early morning Birding Hike, presentations from West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center -Birds of Prey and Doug Wood’s History Alive, and an Interpretive Nature Hike in the afternoon!
Other activities and interactive vendors include:
Children Passport Books will be available, get your passport stamped by at least 6 booths and be entered to win a door prize!
Educational Hands-On Booths we have confirmed to attend are as follows:
•Andy Sheetz with the West Virginia Division of Forestry will discuss how to identify trees and threats facing some of our local tree species.
•Tom Aluise with the WV Department of Environmental Protection will have an interactive game where you turn into a water molecule and make your way through the water cycle!
•Bill Curry with the Coal River Group will discuss history of the Coal River and kayaking tips when floating your way down the water trail!
•Megan Hannah with West Virginia American Water will have a water truck and talk about water conservation!
• West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will have a live exhibit of snakes found in West Virginia. Don’t miss this booth!
• Boone Career and Technical Center has paired with WV Save Our Streams to display live macroinvertebrates to show you how to identify them and what their presence or absence means for stream quality!
• Trout Unlimited will have a fly-tying station, as well as their popular catch and release book for sale!
•Tomi Bergstrom with the WV Department of Environmental Protection will have an interactive West Virginia Project WET where you turn into a brook trout as it heads away from its headwater streams into new territory!
Watch and Learn! Ask Questions.
FREE PARKING & ADA accessible.
Raffles to support Forks of Coal State Natural Area Foundation will be going on throughout the day to raise money for the Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Education Center!
Call 304-982-2008 with any questions.
If you would like to learn more about the Highlights TV Show, contact Host and Executive Producer Jim Strawn at 304-541-4756.