WV Hot Dog Festival Organizers Present $10,000 Check to HFCH

Each year, dozens of hot dog vendors from across the region come to the West Virginia Hot Dog Festival at Huntington’s Pullman Square to showcase their sauces and specialties. The Hot Dog Festival was founded by John Mandt Jr., owner of Stewart’s Hot Dogs, and his friends at Clear Channel Media + Entertainment. With their recent presentation of the $10,000 raised during the 2013 Hot Dog Festival, donations to the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital from this event now total more than $142,000.

“This event has done exactly what we had hoped it would do by raising awareness of the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital and for children battling illness, while also raising money to help,” Mandt said. “The community’s involvement and support continues to grow, and we see more families bringing their pets to downtown Huntington to celebrate with us. All we ever wanted was to benefit the children’s hospital and to provide an event that showcases our community.”

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Shown at the check presentation from left to right: Velma Workman, development outreach coordinator for the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation; Clint McElroy, 103.3 TCR Country morning show host; Bunny Smith, executive director of the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital; Kym York-Blake, Sr. Marketing Consultant/Event Coordinator for the annual WV Hot Dog Festival; Mark "Woody" Wood, OLDIES 97.1 morning show host/personality; John Mandt Jr., owner of Stewart’s Hot Dogs and founder of the WV Hot Dog Festival; David Graley, vice president and COO of the CHH Foundation; Jim Davis, KEE 100 FM, on-air personality and Kristi Arrowood, director of development for the CHH Foundation.


With the festival approaching its 10th year, Mandt and Kym York-Blake, senior marketing consultant for Clear Channel Media and the festival’s event coordinator, said their hopes for next year’s event are higher than ever. Clear Channel organizes, promotes and provides staffing for the event each year.

"It is an honor for our Clear Channel Radio stations and employees to bring this event each year to the Tri-State and to see the great turnout and the volunteer and sponsor support from throughout the community," York-Blake said. "KEE 100, 103.3 TCR Country, Oldies 97.1, NewsTalk 800 WVHU, 106.3 The Brew, 24-7 Comedy 107.1, FOX Sports Radio 1230 & 1420, and iHeart Radio welcomes all families and their family dogs to enjoy all the delicious food, live entertainment, contests and the fun of the 10th Annual WV Hot Dog Festival scheduled for Saturday, July 26, 2014, in downtown Huntington at beautiful Pullman Square. We look forward to seeing everyone there."

“The Hoops Family Children’s Hospital is fortunate to have a generous and passionate community that is committed to helping us provide the best care and facilities for our children,” said Kristi Arrowood, Director of Development for the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation. “This event is always one of the most anticipated for our wonderful volunteers because it is a fun celebration with people dedicated to helping others. We greatly appreciate the hard work and dedication of John Mandt Jr. and everyone at Clear Channel for making this longstanding event successful.”