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Tacos, Trucks and Tunes make difference

As summer slowly begins to turn to fall, many of us find our attention turning to sporting events, bonfires and autumn festival. For those in our community who are working hard but continuing to fall short, the start of fall is just the continuation of life’s hardships. When you find yourself living in the gap, the perpetual cycle is consuming, overwhelming and full of despair. What should be a simple joy in life is often overlooked simply because you are dealing with the day to day struggle. The United Way Alliance of the MOV is working hard to help address some the critical issues that many members of our community are facing. No matter how successful our campaign efforts are, it seems the pressing needs continue to outgrow our resources. So we continue to work harder, push further and think outside the box when it comes to fundraising. We are working hard to address those most critical needs in the MOV and as always we look to our supporters and advocates to help.

Next week there is a great way to get involved in our fundraising efforts and have a great time in the process. We are kicking off our inaugural fall fundraising event-TACOS, TRUCKS & TUNES! On Friday, Oct. 19, we are bringing this evening of merriment to downtown Parkersburg. Point Park Marketplace is graciously hosting the outdoor event in the area behind the market. There will be an evening overfilled with live music and delicious food & beverage vendors available. It’s an opportunity for the community to come together to support the work of the United Way, support local business all the while having a great time!

The gates will open at 5 p.m. and the live music will kick off at 6 p.m. with The Thorny Flat Mountain Boys. The Thorny Flat Mountain Boys, a local favorite, are named after the second highest point in the state of West Virginia- Thorny Flat on Cheat Mountain. The bands vocals are accompanied by guitars, a banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and an upright bass. We are excited to grab them up for the show before their winter season playing at Snowshoe resort gets underway.

At 8 p.m., OYO will take the stage. Born on the banks of the Ohio River, Oyo began as a weekly jam session at the justAjar print shop in Marietta, Ohio. Their music is fed by many influences – American folk music, bluegrass, old school country, and rock & roll. They are a crowd favorite in both Marietta and Parkersburg and we think they are a fabulous addition to the event.

At 9 p.m., our headline act will come to the stage and rock us out until midnight! We are so excited to welcome Cherry on Top to our event. Coming out of Cincinnati, they have been hailed as the Midwest’s hottest party band. Cherry on Top brings the party with an energized, classy stage show full of your favorite dance songs. Cherry on Top prides themselves on pleasing crowds young and old, leaving them no choice but to get out of their seats and dance. Their schedule stays full as they play stops from Key West to Put-In-Bay and stages all in between. We are over the moon to bring their danceable high-energy music to downtown Parkersburg.

Every day our United Way team fights against the very real struggles in the MOV. Dedication, collaboration, compassion, conversation and steadfast determination are all key factors to drive change and make lasting impact. Yet none of those things make a difference without the funding behind the energy. Funds are always needed to address these struggles. United Way fights for the health, financial stability and education of every person in our community. Funding is the power behind that fight. Supporting events like TACOS, TRUCKS & TUNES is a perfect way to join the fight.

Gather your friends and come out for a fabulous night in downtown Parkersburg. Your attendance and support of this event will not only create A memorable and fantastic experience for you but it will help us to continue the work we are doing to make the Mid-Ohio Valley a better place for all of us to live, work and play!

Tickets to TACOS, TRUCKS, & TUNES are available by going to our website uwamov.com/events or calling our office. 304-580-0570 or stopping by ~935 Market St.

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Stacy DeCicco is the executive director of the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

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