160th Anniversary Celebration

Reservations can be made by calling St. Johns Home at 304-242-5633 or emailing office@stjohnshome.net . More information can be found on Facebook.

An evening of F-U-N
Fun Food, Fun Prizes, Fun Entertainment with International Illusionist Bobby Borgia
Join us as we celebrate 160 years of the St. Johns Home/St. Vincent's Home for Children
Saturday, April 9, 2016
White Palace Wheeling, WV




Entertainment with International Illusionist Bobby Borgia

WHEELING, WV...St. John's Home for Children will host a fun evening celebrating 160 years in ministry to West Virginia’s underprivileged children on Saturday, April 9, 2016. The evening is presented by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, BB&T Bank, Fitzsimmons Law Firm, and an Anonymous sponsor.

The casual celebration at Wheeling Park’s White Palace promises to be an evening of delicious food and fun beginning at 5 p.m. with an open bar and appetizers. Guests will enjoy various food stations served by Chef Rocco Basil, Avenue Eats, Food By Jane, Undos, Stone Cold Creamery, and a full dessert station by pastry chef Trista Rager. Games and raffles will also be a part of the celebration hosted by local Disk Jockey, Jim Conner. Reservations can be made by calling St. Johns Home at 304-242-5633 or emailing office@stjohnshome.net. More information can be found on Facebook or on the website at stjohnshomeforchildren.org.

International Illusionist Bobby Borgia will highlight the evening. Borgia’s groundbreaking presentation is an interactive family magic show combined with live video feed and state of the art interactive illusions. He has performed for Disney, on cruise ships around the world, as well as appeared in several movies and television programs and performed on stage with entertainers such as Boys 2 Men, Brian McNight, Destiny’s Child, Peabo Bryson, and Snoop Dog. “We are excited to bring Bobby Borgia to Wheeling explains St. Johns Home Executive Director, Terry McCormick. “I have seen his show personally and it is a incredible show, and people should come prepared to be amazed,” McCormick exclaims.

“We will also be honoring the Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph for their century of ministry to West Virginia’s orphans. Today, our wonderful staff continues the Sisters' legacy of caring for vulnerable children in a loving, homelike environment,” continues McCormick.
Opened in 1856 as an orphanage by Bishop Richard V. Whelan, the first Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, and the Sisters of St. Joseph, the St. John’s/St. Vincent’s Home for Children has been home to thousands of orphaned boys and girls over the past century and a half. According to records kept by the Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph, St. John’s Home for boys was established first on 13th Street in Wheeling and then was moved in August of 1887 to Key Avenue in Elm Grove. Mary Jane Carney purchased the Cracraft property in Elm Grove and donated it to the Catholic Diocese for use as an orphans home. At the same time, a bequest from John Bruce for the support of orphaned children enabled the Diocese to purchase additional property on Marshall Avenue to move the girls from Wheeling Hospital to the St. Vincent’s Home for girls. The move was considered a great benefit to the children and sisters alike. When opened, there were 45 girls and 35 boys in the Sisters’ care and 122 Sisters of St. Joseph whom worked in the orphanage throughout their ministry, which ended in the 1970s.

“Today, St. Johns Home is an established licensed residential program that serves boys ages 8 to 14 with behavioral or emotional difficulties, and/or are victims of abuse and neglect. We are also nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation. The St. Johns Home is funded in part through a contractual arrangement with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Children and Families. Every dollar raised at our 160th Celebration will go directly to the boys in our care,” adds McCormick. “We hope the public will come out and celebrate this milestone with us in a fun relaxed casual atmosphere. There will be a lot of food and prizes. Tickets are $60. Not too many organizations get to boast a 160-history. There are many changes that the state is planning for residential care. We plan to be around for many years to come. We will need the public’s support for our future and the future of vulnerable children in West Virginia.”