Sorry, an error occurred.
Sign up with
Thank you .
Your account has been registered, and you are now logged in.
Check your email for details.
Invalid password or account does not exist
Sign in with
Submitting this form below will send a message to your email with a link to change your password.
An email message containing instructions on how to reset your password has been sent to the e-mail address listed on your account.
Secure & Encrypted
Secure transaction. Cancel anytime.
Your purchase was successful, and you are now logged in.
A receipt was sent to your email.
Rain showers early with overcast skies later in the day. Morning high of 57F with temps falling to near 40. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%..
Cloudy. A few flurries or snow showers possible. Low 28F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
Updated: January 2, 2022 @ 1:57 am
Click here to stay informed and subscribe to Herald-Dispatch.
Click #isupportlocal for more information on supporting our local journalists.
Learn more about HD Media
HURRICANE, W.Va. — G.L.A.M. Gala, one of the biggest local fundraisers to benefit Mission West Virginia, is scheduled to take place in person Friday, Feb. 11.
A formal women-only charity event, G.L.A.M. Gala has become known as the “ultimate ladies’ night out that combines fun and philanthropy.” It features dancing, food, drinks, silent auctions and raffles. A large-scale event, G.L.A.M. Gala is typically attended by more than 200 women.
Now hosted by the Moms on A Mission group (formerly known as the MOMS Club of Teays Valley) in close partnership with the Mission West Virginia itself, the G.L.A.M. Gala will raise funds for foster care needs for the third year in a row. Although the 2020 event had to be canceled due to the pandemic, the group was still able to raise a record amount of $18,000 through donations and an online auction.
Mission West Virginia is a nonprofit organization that provides support and services to children in foster care, and was selected to become the permanent beneficiary of the G.L.A.M. Gala charity event in 2019.
Official data shows that there are more than 7,000 children in foster care in West Virginia, which is a more than 50% increase since 2016. West Virginia also has become the No. 1 state nationwide in child removals.
Organizations like Mission West Virginia, which rely upon grants and donations, work with local communities to recruit foster and adoptive families, helping them through the process, and serve the needs of children and their caregivers. Within their ability they provide the children with life-skills education and basic items, like luggage, clothing and school supplies. Programs that help children realize their talents and aspirations also exist.
But as the demand for foster care grows, so does the need for the community’s support.
“Now more than ever before, we need people to step up and help in their communities. Our kids and families are in crisis, and the donations permit us to respond to the challenges we see on a daily basis,” says Kelly Thompson, the Mission West Virginia executive director. “The Moms on A Mission members have demonstrated year after year just how big of an impact a small group of people can make in their community. They have touched hundreds of children and families through their hard work and generosity. We are happy to be working more closely alongside them this year as co-host of this event for 2022.”
According to Kylee Hassan, Mission West Virginia’s FrameWorks division marketing director, funds raised and donated from the G.L.A.M. Gala have helped answer the immediate needs of children in foster care and provide caregivers essential items for their home.
“We have been able to purchase personalized bedding for these children so that they can have something they love to bring them comfort while they are transitioning in foster care. The items we are able to buy thanks to donated funds bring children joy and a sense of safety,” said Hassan.
The funds also help provide enriching opportunities that many children otherwise miss out on, like dance, art and karate lessons, summer camps, field trips, sports and scouts.
For more information about the G.L.A.M. Gala event, go to www.facebook.com/GLAMgalawv. For donations and sponsorship, contact GLAMGalaEvent@gmail.com.
Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.
Click Today’s Obituaries to view all of the listings.