West Virginia University will kick off the holiday season with the 22nd annual lighting of historic Woodburn Hall on the Downtown Campus.

The lighting ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The University community and public are invited to celebrate with WVU first lady Beth Clements and Student Government Association President Jason Zuccari.

WVU Children’s Hospital patients and siblings Jay, 17, and Cheyenne Bowman, 3, will assist in turning on the lights. Jay and Cheyenne’s siblings Kristen, 16, Logan, 14, Charles, 12, and Madison, 9, will also be present with parents Jay and Tracy.

The lights will remain on until Jan. 18.

Mountaineer Idol participants and 2009 Mountaineer Idol winner AJ Warne will sing Christmas carols at the event.

A reception, with Santa Claus as the special guest, will be held following the ceremony in the Vandalia Lounge in the Mountainlair. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided.

The event is open to the public. Anyone who attends is encouraged to bring a toy for WVU’s Students Helping Other People/Toy Mountain program. The toys will be donated to the Salvation Army and Christian Help.

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CONTACT: Gretchen Hoover, University Events
304-293-8029, Gretchen.Hoover@mail.wvu.edu