10/23/2006

WVU Hospitals to Hold 20-hour

'Unite-a-thon' Oct. 26-27

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Ghosts, goblins, witches and vampires will be hanging out in the Ruby Memorial Hospital lobby Oct. 26-27, collecting money for the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties.

For 20 hours starting at 6 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, West Virginia University Hospitals will hold its annual “Unite-a-thon.” 

The event, being held in the hospital’s East Lobby (near the Friends Gift Shop), will promote the United Way and the agencies that it supports. It also provides employees and members of the community the opportunity to make a donation.

There are two ways to contribute - monetary donations and personal care items will be collected. Pledge cards will be available for those wanting to make a cash donation and there will be large boxes for individuals to drop off personal care items.

The personal care items will be distributed to area agencies as part of World Kindness Week (Nov. 13-19). Items being collected include toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash, deodorant, disposable razors, soap, lotions, shampoo, conditioner, combs, brushes, Q-tips, cotton balls and laundry detergent.

In addition to collecting donations, the Unite-a-thon will feature sales, raffles, games, prizes and more.

From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 3:30-5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., employees and members of the community can swing by and get a hotdog, chips and soda for $1. All proceeds will benefit the United Way.

The WVUH volunteers will hold a bake sale in the lobby beginning at 10 a.m., and free popcorn will be available throughout the day. The Cold Stone Creamery will sell ice cream in the lobby with 50 percent of the proceeds benefiting the United Way.

At the event, chances will be sold on a super-sized gift basket, and games will include the wheel of prizes and putt-putt golf. There also will be a pet costume contest.

Celebrate Halloween a little early this year by stopping by Ruby Memorial Hospital to play a game, grab a bite to eat, and support the United Way!

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
bovinost@wvuh.com
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