As everyone knows by now, the state of West Virginia suffered devastating flooding last month. Many people all around the country, including singer Brad Paisley, have been going out of their way to help provide aid and donations for all of those affected.
In Charleston, South Carolina the WVU alumni group, the Low Country Mountaineers, are no different. Last week the Low Country Mountaineers teamed with their local Marshall alumni group for a fundraising benefit in order to give back to those affected by the floods. The event took place in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina at My Father’s Moustache and brought together the two alumni groups for a night of food, drinks, silent auctions, 50/50s and raffles. The two alumni groups reached out to all of the Charleston area for donations and spread the word about the event; with the event even making the local news multiple times.
The two alumni groups raised a total of over $4,000 from the event; all of which will go toward the West Virginia flood relief. The donated funds are being sent to the WVU Extension Office, where donations up to $500,000 are being matched by fellow Mountaineer alum and owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Ken Kendrick. The donations, like those of others, will be distributed to those in need throughout southern West Virginia. While the Low Country Mountaineers are just one of many Mountaineer alumni groups across the country, this particular group is more than a nine-hour drive from Morgantown. The Low Country Mountaineers do several events throughout the year to raise money and donations to give back to the university, so their habits of fundraising are not new to the group.
The donations and events for the flood relief do not stop in just the Charleston, South Carolina area. This week, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, a minor league team for the Chicago Cubs, had a promotional night on July 13. The night was called “West Virginia Night” and the Pelicans also had a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and a dunk booth. The Pelicans also donated a portion of ticket sales to the American Red Cross disaster relief fund for flood victims. Present at the game in Myrtle Beach was associate head coach Tony Gibson to throw out the first pitch of the game.
With the amount of devastation that the state of West Virginia saw it is truly amazing to see how many people have bonded together, including West Virginia and Marshall alumni together, to give back to the great state of West Virginia that so many love and hold near to their hearts. As many people continue to rebuild and start over throughout the state of West Virginia, donations can continue to be made through the West Virginia University Foundation website here.