Martinsburg seeks 'Downtown Winners'
By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg
Hoping to capitalize on the popularity of a television game show, Main Street Martinsburg officials are organizing a May 5 fund-raising event called "Who Wants to Be a Downtown Winner?"
Businesses have agreed to sponsor teams and tickets are being sold for the event at Martinsburg High School.
Sponsors hope to clear $5,000 to help in downtown development efforts, said Becky Linton, board president of Main Street Martinsburg.
The game will be patterned after ABC-TV's "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?," with individuals competing to answer questions so they can sit in the "hot seat" and play the game. The event will be professionally run by Howard Entertainment from Rockville, Md., Linton said.
"They've done this many times before, but always for entertainment, like for big companies," she said. "This is the first time they've done it for a fund-raising event. It will have the lights and the music, everything, just like the TV show."