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Youth celebrate New Year’s on skates

Jan. 01, 2014 @ 09:04 AM

HUNTINGTON — While many spent Tuesday night toasting to 2014, Huntington’s younger residents rang in the New Year on roller skates.

Roll-A-Rama and Skateland were both packed with families wanting a safe and fun way to celebrate the holiday.

At Roll-A-Rama, owner Levi Hogan welcomed many of his regulars for one of their bigger events of the year that included a night of music, games and giveaways. With a room full of kids, he said it made him feel good that so many wanted to spend their night at the roller rink.

“This is one of the last places where kids can go to stay off the streets,” he said. “They’re coming here to have fun with their friends.”

From 5-year-olds to adults, the rink was filled with people looking to have fun.

Brittney, a 16-year-old from Ceredo, said she comes to the roller rink every week to hang out with her friends.
“We always come,” she said. “Stuff like this is really fun.”

Teri, 10, of Huntington, agreed.

“I like to come here because I get to hang out with some of my friends that I don’t get to see a lot anymore since I transferred schools,” she said. “They’re here tonight and they come to the late skates a lot.”

The New Year’s Eve party started at 7:30 p.m. and continued until 1:30 a.m. Starting at 10 p.m., the roller rink started giving away prizes, which included a new bike, skates, head phones, a VIP room party, t-shirts and cash.

“These are things these kids wouldn’t normally be able to have,” Hogan said. “We try to hook them up and take care of them.”

The kids aren’t the only ones who benefited from the party. The skating rink uses the event each year to give back to the community with a portion of proceeds going toward the Huntington City Mission. Hogan noted the rink’s roller derby and roller hockey teams both donated $100 to the mission and the Covenant Christian School, which hosted a party at the rink earlier in the day, donated $330.
 

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