WV Hot Dog Festival organizers donate $10,000 to Hoops Family Children’s Hospital

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(From left to right) Judy Eaton of TCR Country; Kym York-Blake, senior marketing consultant for Clear Channel Media + Entertainment in Huntington and the festival’s event coordinator; John Mandt Jr.; Tia Fletcher of the WKEE 100 Morning Show; David Graley, vice president and COO of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation; Bunny Smith, vice president and chief nursing officer at Cabell Huntington Hospital and Dave Roberts of the WKEE 100 Morning Show

Since the West Virginia Hot Dog Festival began in 2005 to benefit the pediatric oncology program at Cabell Huntington Hospital, more than $130,000 has been raised for the children’s hospital project fund, which has collected almost $12 million for the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital.

“This is one of the most anticipated events in downtown Huntington, and it is a day that we are proud of because of the awareness and money it raises for the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital,” said John Mandt Jr., owner of Stewart’s Hot Dogs. “The Hot Dog Festival involves so many people in our community and it brings attention to this great cause.”

Each year, dozens of hot dog vendors from across the region and state come to Huntington’s Pullman Square to showcase their sauces and specialties. It is an annual event that is already set for July 27, 2013 with plans to expand even further, said Kym York-Blake, senior marketing consultant for Clear Channel Media + and the festival’s event coordinator. Clear Channel promotes and provides staffing for the event each year.

“It is an honor for Clear Channel and our employees to be involved with this event,” York-Blake said. “Everyone volunteers their time and we are thrilled to have a role in providing something unique for families that is fun and that supports a local cause for local children.”

Following their check presentation at Cabell Huntington Hospital, on-air talent Judy Eaton of TCR Country, Ryan “Zip’ Zipperian of WAMX-FM and KEE 100 Morning Show hosts Tia Fletcher and Dave Roberts toured the areas that will be reconstructed during the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital project. Clear Channel Media + Entertainment includes KEE 100, TCR Country 103.3, Oldies 97.1, X106.3, 800 WVHU, FOX Sports 1230, and the new 24/7 Comedy 107.1.

“We have so many wonderful donors like John Mandt and Clear Channel who have helped us get to where we are with the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital project,” said David Graley, vice president and chief operating officer of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation. “We greatly appreciate the support from those who attend the festival and the commitment of the team of individuals that works all year to organize the West Virginia Hot Dog Festival.”

  • Last updated: 01/24/2013
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