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White Linen Night party to benefit Children's Home Society

Aug. 30, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- An old Southern tradition celebrating the last day of donning summer whites before Labor Day will commence Saturday evening at Heritage Station.

The Children's Home Society of West Virginia will host a White Linen Night party from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday. New Orleans native and Children's Home Society volunteer and events specialist Jennifer Hill wanted to bring the party she'd experienced in New Orleans to downtown Huntington.

"In New Orleans, White Linen Night is a wonderful annual event that allows participants to pull out their summer best for the last time and showcase a vibrant downtown and community," Hill said. "Heritage Station, with its wonderful shops, is a perfect backdrop for the event here and a great setting to celebrate our community and how much the local community helps support Children's Home Society's mission. It will be a great party with a purpose that we envision growing every year."

Children's Home Society of West Virginia is a private, non-profit child welfare organization founded in 1896. In 2012, the agency served more than 13,000 children and families statewide from 13 primary locations. The agency assists with statewide adoption services, foster care, emergency shelter care, respite, mentoring and more.

Locally, Children's Home Society operates Hovah Hall Underwood Children's Home, which provides short term emergency care for youth in crisis, foster care services and the WE CAN mentor program which pairs community children with positive adult role models.

Saturday's event will honor local community leader Marie Miley, and will include a buffet catered by Sweet Blessings, drinks, live jazz performed by Dale Jones and the Backyard Dixie Jazz Stompers and a silent auction featuring original artwork of local artists. Shuttle transportation to the Marshall University football game will also be provided.

White Linen Night is sponsored by Eagle Distributing, Bagby, Johnson and Associates, Marshall University Office of Multicultural Affairs and City Linen.

Tickets for White Linen Night are $40 per person, $75 per couple and $275 for a table for six. All proceeds benefit Children's Home Society's local emergency shelter, Hovah Hall Underwood Children's Home, local foster care services and mentoring program, WE CAN.

For more information, contact Hill by calling 304-743-2344 or emailing jhill@childhswv.org. For more information about Children's Home Society of West Virginia and its services, visit www.childhswv.org.