West Virginia University alumni across the country will come together on Saturday, Feb. 27 for a special game watch and community service project.

The WVU Alumni Association’s nationwide game watch is held each year to both raise awareness about WVU and provide various non-profit organizations with much needed help.

As part of the event, chapter members and other guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, which will be donated to local food pantries designated by each chapter.

Nearly 30 chapters across the country will be participating in this community service project.

“The Mountaineer spirit is alive and well throughout the nation,” said Steve Douglas, WVU Alumni Association president and chief executive officer.

“Each year our alumni volunteers devote countless hours to helping make their communities better. This nationwide event is a great opportunity to showcase the wonderful efforts of our alumni while helping families who may be struggling during these difficult times,” he added.

The game watch will also kick-off another WVU Alumni Association community service project, as chapters begin collecting new and gently used books for children ages 1 to 13 years.

Donations will be accepted through July 25 when the WVU Alumni Association will present the books to the WVU Children’s Hospital as part of the annual Gold & Blue Weekend at Lakeview Resort.

Chapters participating in the nationwide game watch and food drive include: Boone County Alumni & Friends (Madison), Eastern Panhandle (Martinsburg) and the New River Mountaineers (Oak Hill) in West Virginia; the Greater Pittsburgh and Central Pennsylvania (Harrisburg) chapters in Pennsylvania; Low Country Mountaineers (Charleston) and Grand Strand Chapter (Myrtle Beach) in South Carolina; Central Virginia (Richmond), Blue Ridge Mountaineers (Lynchburg and Roanoke), Tidewater (Virginia Beach) and National Capital Area (Washington, D.C. metro area) chapters in Virginia; Charlotte and RTP chapters in North Carolina; New York/New Jersey Metro Chapter; Music City Chapter (Nashville, Tenn.); Bluegrass Chapter (Louisville, Ky.); Cincinnati/Dayton and Central Ohio chapters in Ohio; Peach State Chapter (Atlanta, Ga.); Baltimore and Greater Frederick chapters in Maryland; South Florida Mountaineers (Tampa, Fla.); and the Rocky Mountain Chapter in the Denver, Colo., area.

Earlier this week, the University Chapter in Morgantown hosted its watch in anticipation of the nationwide event and collected goods that will be donated to local pantries in the area.

Each year alumni chapters help to raise money for scholarships, serve as mentors, organize events and activities, recruit students and provide services to their community, including Adopt-A-Highway, Toys for Tots, food drives and others.

For more information, contact the WVU Alumni Association at 304-293-4731 or visit http://alumni.wvu.edu.



CONTACT: Tara Curtis, WVU Alumni Association
304-293-4731, tecurtis@mail.wvu.edu