PARKERSBURG - The Children's Home Society of West Virginia held its fourth annual benefit for runaway and homeless youth programs Saturday night at the Ohio Valley Rowing Club.
Missy Storey, program coordinator, said local musicians come to the event to donate their time, and organizers have children's games to promote family activities. Around 300 people attended the event last year, Storey said.
Jimmy Clinton of the Jimmy Clinton Band said he likes to donate his time to play for the event because it's fun and he has family ties to the organization.
Jesse Smith of Jesse Smith and the Holy Ghost perform at the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia Saturday night. (Photo by Mandi Cardosi)
"Last year it was the (most fun) show we'd played all year," he said. "I'd call it an Americana-style band."
Storey said the children's home partners with the North End Tavern, McGuffey for tents, United Bank, Ron Lucas of Lucas Productions donated the stage and hot dogs and food were being sold to benefit the children's home programs.
Ashley Nutter of Parkersburg said she has volunteered for the fundraiser for years because it's a good organization. She works at a bike shop but likes to help out because it's a good fundraiser and for a good cause.
"The Children's Home Society is a good organization," she added. "My best friend has worked there for 10 years, I always help out here."
Nutter said she has three children of her own, 5,11 and 12 and brings them for the games and fun.
Stephanie Humphrey of Parkersburg brought her daughter to attend the show and play some games. She said it was the first time they had seen the inflatable toys and her daughter Bell, 5, was excited.
"We've never seen the inflatable here before but she will be happy know," Humphrey said of her daughter.
She said it was a good surprise and would give their family more to do during the fundraiser.
Local bands that contributed to the show included the Hank Poole Tribute Show, Urban Shocker Duo, Jesse Smith and the Holy Ghost, The Jimmy Clinton Band, Mike Lutz, The Greens and Dead Rabbits.
Jeff Fox and Bill Poole donated their time and energy for the sound, Storey added.