“Rebuild West Virginia” Telethon airs Friday

Staff Report

A “Rebuild West Virginia” telethon for flood relief originating from West Virginia will air nationally on television stations across the USA and stream online this Friday, July 1st, from 7-9 p.m. Proceeds will go directly to Red Cross relief efforts across all affected areas of West Virginia. The telethon will also air statewide in West Virginia, including all areas directly affected by the flooding, with the assistance of the West Virginia Broadcasters Association.

Viewers will be encouraged to make donations directly to the Red Cross West Virginia flood relief efforts at www.rebuildwestvirginia.com; to text the word “WVFLOODS” to 909999 to make a $10 donation; or to call 1-800-273-0511 during the telethon to assist with the effort.

Entertainers, athletes, and others with strong ties to West Virginia who have agreed to appear on the Rebuild West Virginia telethon Friday, originating from the WVVA television studios in Bluefield, W.Va., and/or the live concert event Sunday in Charleston, include America’s Got Talent winner and Logan, W.Va., resident Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., who is also donating all profits in the month of July from his new song “Come Home To West Virginia” to flood relief; Billy Ray Cyrus, country superstar and star of the new CMT series “Still The King;” actor and Princeton, W.Va., native Kevin Sizemore (Fear The Walking Dead: Flight 462, NCIS, Resurrection, Under The Dome, Rizzoli & Isles); Leonard Coleman and Blunt, the former lead singers of legendary groups the Temptations, Platters, and Drifters; Beckley, W.Va., resident Cody Wickline from Season Eight of “The Voice;” Mike Estes, formerly of Lynyrd Skynyrd; “Rocket Boys” New York Times No. 1 best selling author and Coalwood, W.Va., native Homer Hickam; Princeton resident Dreama “Mrs. Gilligan” Denver; Charleston, W.Va.’s The Carpenter Ants; actor Chad Lindberg (Fast and the Furious, October Sky); Lewisburg, W.Va., resident and former NBA star Bimbo Coles; major league pitching sensation and Charleston native John Kruk; Kenova native and Contemporary Christian superstar Michael W. Smith; and John Fogerty pianist/solo artist Bob Malone who has composed an original song for flood relief called “The River Gives.” More are expected to be added soon.

West Virginia was devastated by historic flooding June 23rd and 24th, causing the deaths of 23 residents, forcing thousands of residents to flee from their homes and businesses, and hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage. National Guard and FEMA are on site, along with tens of thousands of volunteers. Clean up efforts are expected to take many months.

The Friday evening telethon is airing from the studios of WVVA TV Bluefield WV from 7-9 p.m. ET, will air across the USA and online, and is available for free for broadcasters to carry courtesy of the West Virginia Broadcasters Association.

The Sunday evening July 3rd live concert event headlined by Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will include a huge fireworks display and will be held at The Levee in downtown Charleston starting at 8 p.m. It will be a free event, with monetary and cleaning supply donations for the Red Cross being accepted on site.

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