10/17/2007

Mountaineer Idol teams up with WVU Children’s Hospital for special event Friday

Enjoy an evening of great entertainment and help Jessi’s Pals when West Virginia University’s “Mountaineer Idol Gives Back” takes center stage at 9 p.m. Friday (Oct. 19) at the Metropolitan Theatre on High Street.

This special event, presented by Mountaineer Week in partnership with WVU Children’s Hospital, is wrapped into Mountaineer Idol, the University’s popular student singing competition.

Everyone who attends is asked to bring a stuffed animal to donate to Jessi’s Pals, a program launched this summer by former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch. The mission of Jessi’s Pals is to provide patients at WVU Children’s Hospital with stuffed animals, which help them feel secure while they’re at the hospital and are something special kids can take home with them.

“We are grateful to Jessica for starting this campaign and helping us to add another special touch to our outstanding care here,” said Cheryl Jones, director of WVU Children’s Hospital. “Mountaineer Idol and other community events like it can really help to make the program a success.”

New stuffed animals will be collected at the theater entrance prior to the Mountaineer Idol competition. Financial contributions will also be accepted and given to the Jessi’s Pals fund at WVU Children’s Hospital.
Mountaineer Idol, modeled after the popular television series “American Idol,” will feature country music performances from the seven finalists Friday, and Lynch will serve as a guest judge.

In addition, former WVU student and Fairmont native Brooks Parker, a singer-songwriter, will return to Morgantown from Nashville, Tenn., to perform an original song called “Hometown” in keeping with the “Coming Home” theme of Inauguration Week at WVU.

The event is sponsored by Coca-Cola, American Idol, FOX-46 and Karaoke and More.

Mountaineer Week on the Net: http://www.mountaineerweek.wvu.edu

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For more information:
Sonja Wilson, (304) 293-2702
sonja.wilson@mail.wvu.edu
sw: 10-16-07

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