'High Heel Hike' against autism
CHARLESTON, 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 www.highheelhike.com, 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 vali...@childrenstherapyclinic.com.
5K 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.