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CHANGE planning annual St. Paddy’s Fest

Steve Fournier, left, of CHANGE Inc., is pictured with Rob Cellini, of Hancock County Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, preparing for this year's St. Paddy's Fest, to be held March 13. Attendees will have a chance to win a 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport, provided by the car dealership. -- Contributed

WEIRTON — CHANGE, Inc. is preparing to go green, once again.

Plans are under way for the organization’s 18th-annual St. Paddy’s Fest, scheduled for March 13 in the HARV at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the event set from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $50 each, and sponsorships are still available.

Judy Raveaux, chief executive officer of CHANGE, proposed the event following the death of her father, inspired by St. Patrick’s Day events she would attend while visiting her parents in Arizona.

“My father, Jim McBride, loved his heritage and enjoyed the festivities surrounding the day,” Raveaux said. “Our agency needed a fundraiser and I approached our board with the concept and agreed to give it a shot.”

Raveaux said, in the past 18 years, St. Paddy’s Fest has become an event people look forward to attending.

“We turn the HARV into the Emerald Isle, and have plenty of food and entertainment while raising match money for our programs,” Raveaux said.

The evening includes hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert, with entertainment from DJ Jonathan Mihellis, the MacDonald Pipe Band and 7% Superstar.

There also will be a 50/50 drawing, and attendees have a chance to win a 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport, compliments of Hancock County Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

CHANGE offers a variety of programs for area residents, including its domestic violency shelter and advocacy programs, monitored visits, child abuse center, non-medical transportation, affordable housing, housing counseling, home weatherization, summer and after-school meals for children, VITA, WV Saves, medical, behavioral health and the 340B discount drug program.

For more information, call (304) 797-7733.

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