Never Alone rally set

WEIRTON – Never Alone West Virginia will be bringing its drug-free message to the community with a rally for area residents.

The fourth-annual event will take place beginning at 4 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Weirton Event Center.

“We’ll have entertainment and things throughout the day,” Never Alone founder Patti Barnabei said.

A variety of vendors, crafters, civic and school organizations and other groups are expected to take part, according to Barnabei.

Among the events featured is an appearance by former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Dwayne Woodruff beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m.

“He’s now a judge in Allegheny County for juveniles,” Barnabei said.

Joining Woodruff will be Joey DelSardo, former wide receiver for the University of Pittsburgh, who will speak about some of his own experiences with drugs.

Barnabei explained the motivational speakers will be followed by a candle lighting and a walk by rally participants from the Event Center down East Street, along Cove Road, up Main Street and then returning to the Event Center via Lee Avenue and East Street.

The day also will include prize drawings, balloon art, a balloon launch and other entertainment.

Never Alone was founded by area residents in an effort to raise awareness of local drug issues.

It provides support group meetings every Monday at 6 p.m. at 149 Preston Ave. in Weirton, and every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Old New Cumberland City Building.

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