‘Tis the season for concerts for a cause.
Here’s a look at some of this week and next’s concerts that help area kids have a great Christmas.
Christmas Toy Drive
A Christmas Toy Drive concert featuring Chocolate 4-Wheeler, Shenanagram, James Horan and an all-star holiday unit, St. Ho Ho and the Jingle Bell Boys, is set for 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the Press Club, 1212 4th Ave., Huntington.
Come bring in a new toy – or pay $ 5 at the door – and jam out knowing your fun night out is helping kids have a Christmas. All door money and donations from this all-ages concert are being donated to kids in need. Go online at https://www.facebook.com/pressclubwv/ for more information.
The Honky Tonk Heroes Christmas Concert
The third annual Honky Tonk Heroes Christmas Toy Drive concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is a $ 10 donation.
In coordination with the local charity Kids Need Christmas, Honky Tonk Heroes raises funds that go directly to buying presents for local kids who would otherwise not have a Christmas. This project fills more than just toys under a tree.
Many kids need warm clothes, new socks and underwear, coats, shoes, gloves, blankets and more, so this show has a lasting impact long after Christmas morning.
On the bill is Arlo McKinley, Bryan Minks and the Kentucky Sons, Justin Wells, Flat Tracker, The Dividends, Patrick Stanley, Jon Bassin, Bad Decisions, McGlone/Sovine and Jen Tackett. Last year the project raised about $ 5,000.
“This year we are hoping to eclipse that number between cash donations, ticket sales, and donations of toys and clothing,” J.J. Waters, one of the event’s organizers, said in a release.
The 15th annual Sounds of Christmas
Sounds of Christmas is the largest event the Sounds of Christmas Children’s Charities Foundation conducts each year. It has been offered anual to support the children’s charities in our area since 2003, bringing in more than $ 250,000.
This year’s event is set for Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Bellefonte Country Club. Corporate tables are available; individual tickets are $ 100. The reception is set for 6 p.m., with a gourmet dinner is set for 7 p.m.
Entertainment will be country singer, Larry Pancake. The Christmas music and dance follow dinner. There also will be a celebrity emcee – Kathryn Robinson of WSAZ – as well as a silent auction.
Some of the groups supported in the past include Friends of the Children, Partners in Pride, CASA, Hope’s Place, Ironton City Mission, For Jamie’s Sake, and many more.
Mosh For Tots
A new rocking fundraiser – Mosh for Tots, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at The V Club, 741 6th Ave. – is set to rock out to help raise funds for the annual FOP Children’s Christmas Party.
This annual event, organized and funded by Fraternal Order Of Police Goldstar Lodge 65, goes back more than 40 years.
First-, second- and third-graders, chosen by their teachers from around the community, are treated to a Christmas party with Santa where they get to have lunch and interact with local police officers. They also get to take their picture with Santa and go home with a gift to open with their families. Funds raised also help to buy warm clothes for the children.
Admission is $ 10 to see such acts as FeverWar, Signals, Left Behind, Crown the Witch, Skin Carver and Not One is Up Right.
The Toy Train
The 20th Annual Toy Train party is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Black Sheep Harley-Davidson at 408 4th St., Huntington.
The Toy Train is a local non-profit group that sponsors a party each year and all proceeds go directly to children in Cabell and Wayne counties. Admittance into the party is $ 25 at the door or a new, unwrapped toy of equal value. Entertainment is by Bravo Live DJ and the event is catered by Texas Roadhouse. Adult beverages are included.
The Herald-Dispatch is happy to run announcements of donations, projects and events designed to give back to our local community.
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