‘Oscar Night’ benefit in honor of the late Doug Hylton

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV

Doug Hylton was Mr. Ronceverte. He was involved in everything coming and going in town! With the town now experiencing a renaissance for which he helped lay the groundwork, a benefit is paying tribute to one of Doug’s passions–classic movie memorabilia.

On March 9, the Sportsman Tavern is hosting ‘Oscar Night.’ It will display some of Doug’s favorite classic movie posters and items which he collected over the years.

“No cover charge,” says Dan Withrow. “There will be a cash bar and food from The Dawg House. All donations will go towards the new miniature golf course at the island park by Gateway.”

The Dawg House has a special menu planned to fit the evening’s theme.

“I was able to purchase his movie poster collection during his estate sale and I assured his niece Angie, that I would honor him in some way,” says Phyllis Cantrell of Gateway Industries. “Doug was a Ronceverte citizen who cared deeply for the community and used his talents to secure funding for a number of projects to start the revitalization. Doug and I are first cousins and our fathers were born in Hollywood, WV.”

All proceeds will benefit the new mini golf course on Ronceverte Island Park. Phyllis says, “To date, Gateway has raised half of the projected costs through the generosity of several local foundations and friends of Gateway.”

For folks wondering how they should dress, Phyllis says anything goes.  “Hollywood or Hillbilly formal or informal!”

The benefit begins at 4pm and runs throughout the evening. The Sportsman Tavern is located on Edgar Avenue across from the railroad tracks.

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