iBELIEVE to hold benefit dinner in Vienna on Nov. 1

VIENNA — The iBELIEVE Foundation will celebrate five years in the Mid-Ohio Valley month at the organization’s annual benefit dinner.

The fifth-annual Mid-Ohio Valley iBELIEVE Benefit Dinner will be held Nov. 1 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center in Vienna.

Reservations can be made online at theibelievefoundation.org or by emailing smurray@theibelievefoundation.com. Businesses can sponsor entire tables for the event.

Stefani Murray, assistant director of programming for The iBELIEVE Foundation, said the event gives everyone a chance to come together and hear the success of the program, which seeks to bring 21st century skills to Appalachian youths.

“This year, we’re going to have a panel of student speakers, so guests will get to hear first-hand experiences,” she said. “We want to spread awareness, so the community can know what we are doing and the kinds of opportunities we are providing.”

The summer of 2017 set a new standard for The iBELIEVE Foundation. The organization hosted eight summer workshops across six college campuses in three Appalachian states.

In total, 829 young people were provided with this opportunity this summer, bringing the total number of Appalachian students impacted by iBELIEVE to more than 2,000.

Workshops focus on teaching students skills such as leadership, communication and problem solving. The goal is to encourage post-secondary education and college retention in Appalachian communities in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.