Highland Highlights is a 30 minute weekly TV show featuring organizations, events, grass-roots efforts and people who move our state and community forward in a positive way.
The show is a collaboration with Highland Hospital, Kanawha County Schools and Suddenlink Communications.
The show airs daily at 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Suddenlink’s channel 17.
We interviewed Gina Joynes, Deputy Treasurer, WV Treasurer’s Office along with Stephanie Adkins, Ambassador for the Smart 5.29K Run/Walk.
Gina talked about the role of the WV Treasurer’s Office which is to act as the chief financial officer for the state of WV and is responsible for overseeing the state’s operating funds, monitoring the state’s debt and performing additional banking and accounting duties as prescribed by state law. The Treasurer also serves as a member of the major financial decision-making boards throughout state government.
Over the years, the office has widened its scope of duties beyond basic treasury functions. The State Treasurer now advocates for citizens’ rights through several programs mandated by state code and other valuable initiatives.
One of their most popular programs is the Smart 529 College Savings Plan.
The SMART 529 college savings plan provides an opportunity for every citizen to invest in the future – at every stage of life.
The plan provides an opportunity for all West Virginians to save for their education goals. To this end, the SMART 529 college savings plan, administered by The Hartford, is not limited to universities, but also may be used to finance higher education at vocational and technical schools, culinary schools, worker retraining classes, community colleges and many others. SMART529 savings can also be used for other approved educational expenses.
Stephanie talked about their upcoming 2nd Annual Smart 5.29K Run/Walk scheduled for May 14, 2016 beginning with registration at 7:00 a.m. with the race beginning at 8:00. The event will be held at Appalachian Power Park in conjunction with Walk With Me sponsored by Mission WV.
Stephanie discussed how her adoptive son Ethan received a $1200 scholarship from the WV Treasurer’s Office last year as a results of the 5.29K. The event earmarks monies for deserving West Virginia children.
Gina added how they have partner with Mission WV’s Frameworks program to assist foster children in getting started in the Smart 529 Plan college savings plan.
Click here to register for the race/walk. Or call the Treasurer’s office at 304-558-5000.
We also talked with Keith Tyler, Executive Director, FCA of WV. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is planning their 2nd Annual Night of Champions. Their Night of Champions is scheduled for May 17, 2016 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center. This is a fundraising dinner featuring Coach Jayson Gee as the keynote speaker. Coach Gee is a 1988 University of Charleston graduate who has coached at Ohio University, University of Charleston, Cleveland State, St. Bonaventure and is currently the Head Basketball Coach at Longwood University.
Coach Gee has a heartfelt and inspirational story to share about his son, Brandon. You can learn more about his story by clicking here.
The touching story has been made into a documentary.
Coach Gee will talk about his family’s remarkable journey, Brandon’s diagnosis of schizophrenia and treatment in and out of behavioral health facilities.
Call 304-344-9005 for sponsorship and ticket information.
If you would like to learn more about the Highlights TV Show, contact Host and Executive Producer Jim Strawn at 304-348-1417.
Special thanks to Ayla Santos our Assistant Producer.