WEIRTON - C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc. has grown since it was formed by the Weirton Ministerial Association in 1983 to help employees laid off by National Steel.
The community action council has expanded its services to include people throughout the Northern Panhandle, and each year it holds a St. Patrick's Day celebration to raise funds for its programs.
C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc.'s seventh-annual St. Paddy's Day fundraiser, scheduled for March 11 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort's Grand Ballroom.
In addition to assorted food, green beer and other beverages, the event will include entertainment will include disc jockey Anthony Bailey and Movin' and Groovin' Productions, the Celtic music of the Macdonald Pipe Band of Pittsburgh and the classic rock and roll sound of Legend.
Tickets are $35 each and are available by calling the main office at (304) 797-7733.
Judy Raveaux, executive director of C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc., said a block of rooms has been reserved at Mountaineer for $89 per night plus tax and can be obtained by calling the hotel and referencing the event.
According to Programs Manager Donna Gialluco, several programs operated through C.H.A.N.G.E. require local matching funds. The proceeds of the event, she said, will help support the many programs that require those matching dollars.
"The major programs include weatherization, domestic violence, monitored visits, advocacy, community health, breast and cervical cancer screening, housing, counseling, home repairs and job access, as well as summer and after-school food programs," said Gialluco, who added in 2010, approximately 12,078 people received help through the agency with more than 118,000 units of service.
Raveaux said last year's event raised $15,000 to support the Lighthouse Domestic Violence Shelter.
Once again serving as a major sponsor for the event is Waldorf Distributing, the Beech Bottom-based Budweiser distributor.
"Jim Rosso of Waldorf Distributing has been a major sponsor of the event since its beginning and is wonderful to work with," Raveaux said.
The agency welcomes additional sponsorships, ranging from $100 to $2,500.