walkclcCHARLESTON, W.VA.— On Friday, June 30, the eighth annual Childhood Language Center Firecracker 5K Walk/Run will take place on the Kanawha Boulevard in Charleston. Last year’s race raised $22,000, which provided a year’s worth of speech language therapy to 8 children.

This event raises money and awareness about the Laurance Jones, III Childhood Language Center, which is a free speech and language therapy center for children in ten different West Virginia counties.

This year, the race will begin at 6p.m. prior to Live on the Levee. The goal for this year’s race is to raise $25,000, which will sponsor ten children at the Center for an entire year. Individuals and organizations interested in sponsoring the run or participating in the race should contact Ashley Noland, Executive Director.

The Childhood Language Center will be hosting their 11th Annual Elimination Dinner on March 14, 2015.

The tickets are $100 per couple, which includes dinner and a chance to win the Grand Prize. There will also be various donated prizes given away and a 50/50 drawing.

To purchase a ticket or for additional information, please contact the Childhood Language Center at 304-342-7852 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The SugarBowl Foundation of St. Albans will host a WVU at Alabama Game Watch Party at Buffalo Wild Wings Nitro to support the Childhood Language Center.

Table sponsorships at the Aug. 30 event benefit the Childhood Language Center, a nonprofit clinic providing free speech, language, feeding and swallowing therapy to children in southern West Virginia.

Limited table sponsorships include reserved seats, WVU memorabilia, wings and beverages.

Thank you to all runners, walkers, volunteers and sponsors of this year's race. With your help, we raised $23,500 to support therapy for West Virginia children!

We had a great turnout of 130 runners and walkers on the evening of July 3 at the University of Charleston.

We were honored to have special guests U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito with us, along with a representative of U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller's office.

In addition, more than 30 volunteers, along partners City of Charleston and Tallman Track Club, helped make this event a success.

Click here to view photos!

Thanks for a GREAT race! See you next year!
The City of Charleston has scheduled its annual Celebrate Independence 5K for 7 p.m. Thursday, July 3 at the University of Charleston to benefit the Childhood Language Center, a free clinic for children.

Red, white and blue attire is encouraged, and the team with the most spirit—attire or costumes— will receive 20 tickets to West Virginia Power baseball.