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The following is a press release that I had written as partial fulfillment of my Strategic Communications 459 course. It covers a fundraising event held by Christian Help, a non-profit organization our class was working with throughout the semester. Pictures I had taken are also attached.

Members of Christian Help show their Irish charm. The two checked people into the event as they arrived.
Members of Christian Help show their Irish charm. The two checked people into the event as they arrived.

It was an evening filled with entertainment as Christian Help hosted their annual St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser on March 18 at Lakeview Resort. The event is a testament to how Christian Help has been in the Morgantown community for 41 years, as approximately 200 people attended to show their support.

With Queen City Funk & Soul providing music, the fundraising event was also a celebration for Christian Help and their mission.

The organization held both live and silent auctions that had a variety of trips and packages up for grabs. Thousands of dollars were raised from live auctions, which consisted of trips to Clearwater Beach, a Rocky Mountain summer vacation, and Beaver Creek Ski Resort. Silent auction packages included stays at various hotels, tickets from both Carmike and Hollywood Theaters, a puppy spa gift card, automotive care gifts, and a tour of all the local breweries, among other things.

Other fundraising items included an Irish kissing booth and a wine ring toss. The Irish kissing booth put an Irish twist on old fashion booth pictures. The wine ring toss provided attendees an opportunity to win at least one of the over 75 bottles of wine that were donated.

With Christian Help’s goal to support those in the community who need their services, the fundraiser was a way for sponsors and donors to show their support towards Christian Help. The donations raised will help Christian Help to serve the community throughout the next year.

For more information on Christian Help and how to volunteer or donate, please visit their website or Facebook page.

Jim Roderick warms up before Christian Help's annual fundraiser. Roderick is the lead guitarist for Queen City Funk and Soul
Jim Roderick warms up before Christian Help’s annual fundraiser. Roderick is the lead guitarist for Queen City Funk and Soul
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