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WV Hot Dog Festival organizers donate $10,000 hospital

Jan. 03, 2013 @ 11:43 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Organizers of the West Virginia Hot Dog Festival recently made a donation of $10,000 to the Hoops Family Children's Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Since the festival began in 2005 to benefit the pediatric oncology program at Cabell Huntington Hospital, more than $130,000 has been raised for the children's hospital project fund, which has reached more than $12 million. The festival is organized by John Mandt Jr., owner of Stewart's Hot Dogs, and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment in Huntington.

"This is one of the most anticipated events in downtown Huntington and it is a day that we are proud of because of the awareness and money it raises for the Hoops Family Children's Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital," Mandt said in a release. "The Hot Dog Festival involves so many people in our community and it brings attention to this great cause."

The festival draws hot dog vendors from across the region and state to Pullman Square. This year's event is scheduled for July 27.

"We greatly appreciate the support from those who attend the festival and the commitment of the team of individuals that works all year to organize the West Virginia Hot Dog Festival," David Graley, vice president and chief operating officer of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation, said in a release.

The Hoops Family Children's Hospital is a 72-bed children's hospital within a hospital located at Cabell Huntington Hospital, a 303-bed academic medical center in Huntington.