Mountaineer Idol Gives Back to benefit Jessi’s Pals

Provides stuffed animals to WVU Children’s Hospital patients

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Mountaineer Idol Gives Back campaign is again partnering with Jessi’s Pals at West Virginia University Children’s Hospital to provide new stuffed animals to every child admitted to the hospital.

Since 2007, the partnership has collected more than 800 new stuffed animals for WVU Children’s Hospital.

Mountaineer Idol is WVU’s version of the television show “American Idol.” The event, which began in 2003, features the singing talents of WVU students. One of the six elimination rounds includes Idol Gives Back Night. During this event, audience members are asked to bring a new stuffed animal to donate to WVU Children’s Hospital for the Jessi’s Pals program.

Jessi’s Pals was established in 2007 by former prisoner of war and West Virginia native Jessica Lynch, who started the program as a result of the hundreds of gifts she received from children while recovering from injuries sustained as a POW in Iraq in 2003. The program began with 50 stuffed animals and a $1,000 pledge from the Jessica Lynch Foundation.

This year’s Mountaineer Idol Gives Back Night will be held at 8 p.m. Friday (Oct. 2) in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.

In addition to the stuffed animal collection, a silent auction will also be held. Items up for auction include a football signed by the 2009 WVU Football Team, a basketball signed by WVU Basketball Coach Bob Huggins, two tickets to an upcoming RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles show, gift baskets and other prizes from local vendors.

Used stuffed animals or those that have been sitting on display shelves for an extended period of time cannot be accepted. Stuffed animals must come from the store to the event or to WVU Children’s Hospital’s Child Life Office, preferably with tags still attached.

For information on Mountaineer Idol see www.mountaineerweek.wvu.edu/mt_idol.

For information on WVU Children’s Hospital see www.wvukids.com.


For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
asj: 09-28-09

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