Second annual United Way event features family fun, education


The Herald-Dispatch (Huntington, WV)

HUNTINGTON - Pack up the kids and prepare for some educational fun as United Way of the River Cities hosts the second annual Kids Fest, a celebration of healthy families and children, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at Ritter Park.

This event will feature free family fun including inflatables, performances, games, and prizes, and aims provide free education on how to keep the mind and body healthy as children prepare for their future, according to a news release.

The event will also feature the mobile medical clinic of the West Virginia Children's Health Project, led by Dr. Isabel Pino. As part of Children's Health Fund, this program helped West Virginia children through provision of more than 4,500 clinical and community health education encounters last year, according to the release. Children's Health Fund, Save the Children, and United Way are all organizations that are part of the Children's Budget Coalition, led by the nonprofit advocacy organization First Focus, which is dedicated to making children and families the priority in federal policy and budget decisions.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with Children's Health Fund and Save the Children organizations this year. It's going to be a wonderful event for the families and children in the greater Huntington area," Lena Burdette, director of education initiative at United Way of the River Cities, said in the release.

Sponsors for the festival include Hoops Family Children's Hospital, The Herald-Dispatch, Cabell County Schools, and B97 FM.

Other organizations participating in this year's Kids Fest include Cabell County Library, Huntington Museum of Art, Cabell-Huntington Health Department, Peachtree Center, Goodwill Industries, Wayne County Schools, Cabell County Schools, Playmates Child Development Center, Pressley Ridge, H & H Enterprises, Health of Appalachia Educational Opportunity Center, Branches Domestic Violence Shelter, The Health Plan, MedExpress, CCSAPP, The WV Housing Authority, WV American Water mobile hydration station, Office of the West Virginia Attorney General, YMCA Kids in Motion and more.

If interested in participating or for more information, contact Burdette at 304-523-8929, ext. 102 or or visit