Party on the Plaza Nets $30,000 for WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital | News, Sports, Jobs

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Major sponsors and Saints and Sinners officials presented a ceremonial check for $30,000 to benefit WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital. The funds were raised at the 2nd Annual Circus Saints and Sinners Party on the Plaza Music Festival. Pictured, L-R, are Jeremy West of WesBanco, Daniel Young of Edward Jones Investments, Party on the Plaza Chairman Paul Smith, Tony Martinelli of WVU Medicine, Bob Contraguerro, Jr. of title sponsor Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration , Jamie

The second annual Circus Saints and Sinners party on the Plaza Music Festival in July resulted in the civic organization donating $30,000 to WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital.

The donation is part of a $150,000 pledge the group made last year to build the brand new 150-bed specialty hospital in Morgantown.

Event chairman Paul Smith said the new festival has received strong support from the community in its first two years.

“We had over a thousand attendees and 40 corporate sponsors last July,” Smith said. “Launching a brand new festival in 2021, coming out of the pandemic, we weren’t sure what to expect. But in two years, we managed to make the Party on the Plaza one of Wheeling’s premier summer events and raise $65,000 for a very worthy cause. We are extremely pleased with the response.

Bob Contraguerro, Jr., of presenting sponsor Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration, said WVU Medicine Children’s mission is critical to the health and well-being of women and children in the region and throughout the region.

“When families in and around Wheeling need specialized maternal, infant and pediatric care, they turn to Children’s Hospital,” Contraguerro said. “So many of our friends and neighbors in need are enjoying state-of-the-art healthcare so close to home, and we are committed to helping support that.”

The new WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital will open to patients on September 29. A ribbon cutting and tour of the facility will take place on September 24. In recognition of the organization’s support, the diagnostic and imaging floor waiting and reception area has been named for Saints and Sinners Circus.

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