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WVSU Black & Gold Gala slated for April 5

The seventh annual West Virginia State University and West Virginia State University Foundation Black & Gold Gala will be held April 5 at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center. The event will begin at 6:15 p.m. with a reception and silent auction, followed by dinner and the program recognizing honorees at 7:30 p.m.

The black tie event recognizes the generosity of donors while raising funds to further support educational programs and students at the university.

This year’s honorees include the American Electric Power Foundation, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s Center for Advancing Opportunity, the John L. Dickinson Family, Dr. Michael A. Harpold, the Maier Foundation Inc., and the Helen Wood Poffenbarger and Perry S. Poffenbarger Foundation.

In addition, the Gala honors community and business leaders who have made a lasting impact on the state of West Virginia and beyond. This year’s honorees include Commerce Secretary C. Edward Gaunch, Georgette Rashid George and Otis Laury.

Following the program and dinner, the gala will continue with an evening of dancing to live music provided by Santa Cruz. Tickets are on sale now at a cost of $150.

For information or tickets, call 304-766-4121, email or visit

Funerals for Saturday, August 24, 2019

Barron, Dennis - 11 a.m., Airborne Church, Martinsburg.
Baylor, Elizabeth - 1 p.m., Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.
Bonds Jr., Patrick - 1 p.m., King of Glory International Ministries, Charleston.
Burgess, Corey - 5 p.m., Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
Burns, Helen - 11 a.m., Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville.
Caldwell, Gary - 6 p.m., Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville.
Casto, Carroll - 1 p.m., Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor.
Casto, Roger - 2 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield.
Duty, Fred - 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.
Fisher, Bernard - 2 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.
Gwinn, Lloyd - Noon, Church of Christ, Craigsville.  
Habjan, Nathan - 1 p.m., Wilson-Smith Funeral Home, Clay. 
Hall, Daniel - Noon, Witcher Baptist Church.
Hinkle, Ethel - Noon, Church of Christ, Craigsville.  
Hoffman, Bruce - 2 p.m., Foglesong - Casto Funeral Home, Mason.  
Kinder, Siegel - 1 p.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.
Kyler, Virgil - 11 a.m., Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Reedy.
Palmer, William - 1 p.m., Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston. 
Raynes Sr., Steven - 1 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.
Truman, James - 2 p.m., Newton Baptist Church, Newton.
Turner, Keith - Noon, Full Gospel Assembly,  Huntington. 
Webb, Antoinette - 11 a.m., SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Oak Hill.
Wilson, Greg - Noon, Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.
Withrow, James - 1 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Cedar Grove.