MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – What do a 2014 Mercedes Benz, a 2014 Harley Davidson and a diamond ring all have in common? They’re among the dozens of prizes up for grabs during the West Virginia Grand Bash 2013, which will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Ruby Community Center at Mylan Park in Morgantown. Proceeds from the event will benefit WVU Children’s Hospital at Ruby Memorial.

Gates open at 11 a.m. The drawing starts at 1 p.m. with the Mercedes. Tickets will be drawn every five minutes until 7 p.m. with the exception of 4 to 5 p.m., when a WVU Children’s Hospital presentation will take place. The winner of the $100,000 grand prize will be the ticket holder with the number that exactly matches the West Virginia Daily 4 Lottery on that day. All other drawings will be selected on site. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

Tickets are $100 each. Only one ticket holder per ticket as only one person can claim a prize. A total of 10,000 tickets are available. The event will only take place if 8,500 tickets are sold. If an adequate number of tickets are not sold, the ticket price will be returned to the ticket holder. Each ticket holder is allowed to bring one guest per ticket held. Guest admission is $20 and is to be paid in cash at the gate upon entry.

The idea for the West Virginia Grand Bash came from John Throckmorton of Waynesburg, Pa., whose daughter, Meg, was treated at WVU Children’s Hospital following an accident last year.

Meg, who was 16 at the time, suffered a severe spinal cord injury. It was first thought that Meg was going to be a high level quadriplegic complete, which meant that she would have no hope of regaining muscle movement below the point of injury, and she would depend on a ventilator to breathe for the rest of her life.

John France, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon, performed surgery on Meg’s neck, and Jennifer Knight, M.D., surgeon in Ruby’s Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center, implanted a diaphragm pacemaker, which eventually allowed her to breathe without the use of a ventilator. Following surgery, Meg spent time in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at WVU Children’s Hospital before being transferred to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Ga.

At Shepherd, she began to slowly regain movement throughout her whole body.  Over the last year and a half, she has made an astonishing recovery. Meg now walks and breathes completely on her own.

“We will be forever indebted to WVU Children’s Hospital for all that they did during the days following Meg’s accident,” John Throckmorton said. “The medical procedures and treatments that she received during her stay sparked an amazing recovery. The hospital is a vital and integral part of this region. The West Virginia Grand Bash is our way of helping the hospital raise funds to provide critical medical services for our area and raise spinal cord injury prevention awareness, as well as treatments as they become available. Although Meg’s struggle for a complete recovery continues, we are so blessed and thankful for the possibility.”

“We are all so proud of everything Meg has accomplished since her stay at WVU Children’s Hospital, and we are very grateful that her family is coming up with new and exciting ways for us to raise money and awareness for all we do to help kids throughout the state and region,” Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said.

Information on registration, rules and a complete list of prizes for the event can be found online at
For more information: Angela Jones-Knopf, News Service Coordinator, 304-293-7087
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