Enjoy an evening of great entertainment and help Jessis Pals when West Virginia UniversitysMountaineer Idol Gives Backtakes center stage at 9 p.m. Friday (Oct. 19) at the Metropolitan Theatre on High Street.

This special event, presented by Mountaineer Week in partnership with WVU Childrens Hospital, is wrapped into Mountaineer Idol, the Universitys popular student singing competition.

Everyone who attends is asked to bring a stuffed animal to donate to Jessis Pals, a program launched this summer by former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch. The mission of Jessis Pals is to provide patients at WVU Childrens Hospital with stuffed animals, which help them feel secure while theyre at the hospital and are something special kids can take home with them.

We are grateful to Jessica for starting this campaign and helping us to add another special touch to our outstanding care here,said Cheryl Jones, director of WVU Childrens Hospital.Mountaineer Idol and other community events like it can really help to make the program a success.

New stuffed animals will be collected at the theater entrance prior to the Mountaineer Idol competition. Financial contributions will also be accepted and given to the Jessis Pals fund at WVU Childrens Hospital.

Mountaineer Idol, modeled after the popular television seriesAmerican Idol,will feature country music performances from the seven finalists Friday, and Lynch will serve as a guest judge.

In addition, former WVU student and Fairmont native Brooks Parker, a singer-songwriter, will return to Morgantown from Nashville, Tenn., to perform an original song calledHometownin keeping with theComing Hometheme of Inauguration Week at WVU .

The event is sponsored by Coca-Cola, American Idol, FOX -46 and Karaoke and More. For more information, contact Sonja Wilson, Mountaineer Week adviser, at 304-293-2702 or Sonja.Wilson@mail.wvu.edu .

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