Local Musicians Will Entertain for YSS Virtual Wheeling SleepOut
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Contact: Terra Crews, firstname.lastname@example.org
WHEELING — Several local musicians, a storyteller and none other than jolly old St. Nick himself comprise the entertainment lineup for the virtual Home for the Holidays-Wheeling SleepOut 2020 on Friday, Dec. 4. The entertainment begins at 7 p.m. on the Youth Services System Inc. Facebook page, www.facebook.com/youthservicessystem.
The 10th annual SleepOut benefits the YSS Transitional Living Program to prevent homelessness and provide life skills for youth ages 17-21. The program served 100 youth last year in the community and at its two residential facilities, McCrary Center in Wheeling and Tuel Center in New Martinsville.
The event typically takes place in early November, which is National Runaway Prevention Month, and is held at the Miracle League Field in the I-470 Complex. This year’s event is virtual because of COVID-19 and is taking place in December with a Home for the Holidays theme — a play both on the fact many are staying home because of the pandemic and that YSS provides a home for the holidays to all its residential youth.
In a normal year, several local bands would volunteer their time to entertain at the ballfield while event participants construct their cardboard structures for the Boxed-In Design Contest. This year, participants build their structures at home, and many entertainers recorded videos that will be shared on Facebook.
The entertainment lineup includes New Age Adenas, Bob Gaudio, Gregg Molnar, The Muddle, Adrian Niles, the L’Ecuyer family, the Dobson family, Sarah Hays and Clay Bethel, and an original story presented by Judi Tarowsky.
Last but not least, Santa Claus will read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
Also as part of the evening’s events Terra Crews, YSS special events coordinator, will announce winners of the fundraising contest, the Boxed-In Design Contest, and the inaugural merchant window display contest.
“The turnout for our first Home for the Holidays window contest took us all by surprise. We had 10 local businesses sign up to participate and received over 700 votes!” Crews said.
Crews invites the public to visit the YSS Facebook page Friday night and enjoy the entertainment.
“We’re so grateful to all those who support our youth, including our sponsors, donors and entertainers. We live in a truly wonderful community,” Crews said.
The premier sponsor of the event is Abraham & Co. PLLC in Moundsville, and major sponsors are BB&T West Virginia Foundation, Troy Group, and Wayne and Carolyn Smith. Additional sponsors include Wayne and Karen Hardy, Kennen & Kennen Realtors, Northwood Health Systems, Wheeling Board of Realtors, Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration, Citywide Insurance-Doug Clatterbuck, Kiwanis Club of Wheeling and Valley Hospice.
For more information, visit www.youthservicessystem.org.