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Help Out: Aug. 19, 2012

By Staff reports
Lawrence Pierce
That's a very high heel prop used to advertise the High Heel Hike, which takes place Aug. 24. Valicia Leary (left), executive director of the Children's Therapy Clinic, and volunteer Dawn Combs were promoting the fundraiser at Charleston Town Center Mall earlier this month.
'High Heel Hike' against autismCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Stylish, successful and sassy advocates for autism awareness are being recruited for the second annual High Heel Hike at 5 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Mound in South Charleston.All proceeds benefit the Autism Socialization Program at Children's Therapy Clinic, in Cross Lanes.Special events include a happy hour and silent art auction, starting at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Vandalia Grille, 212 Hale St. Included in the auction are works by artists Jeff Fetty, Lynn Payne, Joe Bolyard and Heidi Richardson Evans. Darren Sodaro and Mark Davis of the Voodoo Katz will provide live music.Jules Burt originated the event that combines glamour and generosity as a fun way to raise money and awareness about autism. The High Heel Hike features a parade of teams dressed in different themes featuring high-heel shoes. The biggest fundraisers are crowned Queen, King, Teen Queen, Prince and Princess.Hikers may take part as teams or individuals. Jeff Jarrell and his daughter Naomi are teaming up to help raise money. Jarrell has pledged to hike in a pair of neon green heels if his team raises $2,500. Nine-year-old Naomi Jarrell is donating paintings of her own for the silent art auction. Jeff's son and Naomi's brother, Noah, has autism.Visit, click on Locations and select High Heel Hike Charleston. Registration is $30. For more information, contact Valicia Leary at 304-342-9515 or by emailing for language center CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Independence Day 5K, which was postponed from June 29, has been rescheduled for 8 a.m. Aug. 25 by the city of Charleston. The starting line is at Virginia Avenue and 31st Street, behind CAMC Memorial Hospital.The race benefits the Childhood Language Center, a nonprofit organization that provides critical services to children in West Virginia who have autism, Asperger's, speech and language challenges and hearing impairments, said Executive Director Holly Martin.For more information, visit the Childhood Language Center on Facebook or call Charleston Parks and Recreation at 304-348-6860.Registration costs $20 before Aug. 20. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. and costs $25. For a registration form, email or
Giving backpacksCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Huntington Bank is donating 250 backpacks filled with school supplies to needy children in Charleston.The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club had distributed 165 of the backpacks before school started this past week.
In all, Huntington Bank will deliver 1,300 backpacks filled with school supplies to children who need them throughout West Virginia this year.Big Lots sold the backpacks to Huntington at a significantly reduced rate and donated items for the backpacks."Our schoolchildren in West Virginia need supplies so that they can begin the school year with the tools they need to learn," said Andy Paterno, Huntington Bank's West Virginia regional president. "Huntington strives to be a partner to our communities. What better way to do so than to help our children obtain a good education."Haircuts for animalsCROSS LANES, W.Va. -- The Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association is taking part in the second annual "50 States Tour," a nationwide fundraiser coordinated by master stylist and animal activist Patrick Lomantini.Lomantini will be stopping in West Virginia to cut hair for one day as part of his cross-country trek, with proceeds going to the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association's spay/neuter program.
Lomantini will cut hair beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 24 at the My Shoppe salon, 132 Goff Mountain Road, Cross Lanes. Organizers are asking for a minimum $25 donation to KCHA. Because of time constraints, cuts will consist of basic clipper or trim techniques."We were thrilled to help Patrick reach his goal last year and are so happy he's coming back," says Kimberly Hutton, KCHA board president. "We not only want to fill up those 50 appointment slots, but far surpass what we achieved last year."Appointments are necessary. Call the salon at 304-776-3266.
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