22nd annual Sleighbell Ball to return


Beth Sergent - bsergent@civitasmedia.com



POINT PLEASANT — The 22nd annual Sleighbell Ball returns Saturday, Jan. 30 for a night of music, food and supporting Main Street Point Pleasant.

The annual event starts at 8 p.m. at the National Guard Armory. Music will be provided by the Gary Stewart Quintet.

Main Street Point Pleasant’s Sleighbell Ball is the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

“We use the money to run our program,” Darlene Haer, treasurer and member of the economic restructuring committee for Main Street Point Pleasant, said.

Despite being founded in the late 1980s, some people are still unclear on all of what Main Street Point Pleasant does.

The organization developed Riverfront Park at a cost of $6 million, with an additional $1 million for the sound system and murals. The park is home to multiple festivals, concerts and events throughout the year. Also, each of the stainless steel statues at the park and the Mothman Statue, which the group purchased, cost around $10,000 each, Haer said.

Then there is the restoration of the historic Kisar House which will one day be a museum for the county and open for tourists. Last year, Main Street Point Pleasant received a grant for $29,715 from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History to replace at least half of the 39 windows to restore them to their original appearance.

This grant is just a small drop in the bucket compared to the money that has been spent on the home’s restoration in recent years. The slate roof was replaced, as were the gutters. The exterior brick was cleaned and filled where needed. The exterior stucco was painted, a handicapped-accessible ramp was built and masonry work was done on the side and front entrances. An addition was removed, exposing the original front entrance with the porch rebuilt around that entrance and the original front door was restored. Railing will be placed along the front entrance and ramp to complete a phase of work on the house that began last spring.

Then there was the streetscape project downtown, a grant for paving Main Street, creating the annual Krodel Park Christmas Fantasy Light Show, storage for the Christmas lights, trams to transport tourists around downtown, matching grants for facades and awnings for downtown business owners, and more. An upcoming project is to work on placing signage downtown for visitors, directing them to various locations of interest.

It’s estimated, since Main Street Point Pleasant was founded, it has poured at least $10 million back into the city with its projects funded through a relentless pursuit of grants.

Tickets to the Sleighbell Ball are $40 per person, $350 for a table of eight. Tickets are available at Main Street Point Pleasant’s office at 305 Main St. or from any of the directors of the organization. Also, call Haer for tickets at 304-675-6002.

Main Street Point Pleasant board members are President Sandy Dunn, Vice President Mario Liberatore, Secretary Georgianna Tillis, Treasuer Darlene Haer.

Beth Sergent

bsergent@civitasmedia.com

Reach Beth Sergent at bsergent@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.

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