Blowing Rock, Boone “Easter Saturday” Pledges Net $48k for Middle Fork Greenway

Blowing Rock, Boone “Easter Saturday” Pledges Net $48k for Middle Fork Greenway
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By David Rogers. April 23, 2015. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Supporting the Middle Fork Greenway project has become near dear to the heart of Brad Moretz, President of Appalachian Ski Mountain, so he decided to do something about it: defy the warming weather gods and keep the ski slopes open one more Saturday. The he and sister Brenda Speckmann — with the help of 55 businesses and seven individuals — took the idea to another level.

COVER IMAGE: Representatives of the Middle Fork Greenway project and its donors gathered to celebrate on Thursday. Photographic image provided to Blowing Rock News by Zika Rea, ZAP Fitness

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Lisa Stripling, center, of Inn at Ragged Gardens and Brenda Speckmann, right, of App Ski Mtn deliver checks to Middle Fork Greenway reps.

A “check collection celebration” was the cause celebre on Thursday as representatives of those businesses and individuals met on the Greenway between Mystery Hill and Tweetsie Railroad to tally the results of a very special campaign spearheaded by Moretz and Speckmann (App Ski Mountain Vice President).  After deciding to open for that extra Saturday and donate all ski ticket receipts from that day to the Greenway, they teamed up to contact the other businesses about the App Ski Mountain largesse and solicit the others to join the effort. The majority responded enthusiastically, pledging 25% of Easter Saturday receipts or making cash donations of $500 or more.  With nearly every contribution tallied, the benefit proceeds amounted to $48,350.

This response is overwhelming.

“We were touched by the generous and enthusiastic response from our many locally-owned businesses,” Moretz told onlookers at the celebration. “In our tourism-driven economy, local businesses rec
ognize the value the Middle Fork Greenway will bring to both residents and visitors.”

Middle Fork Greenway Executive Director Ann Browning explained to reporters that the proceeds from this Easter benefit will go towards matching funds required by outstanding grant requests for purchasing land and building the next segment of the Greenway.

“Investment from the local community is one of the most important criteria granting organizations consider when evaluating applications,” Browning noted. “This response by our local business community is overwhelming.”

Contributors to the Easter Saturday benefit include:

  • Yadkin Bank, Presenting Sponsor
  • ECR Software, Presenting Sponsor
  • Mast General Store, Presenting Sponsor
  • Alpen Acres Motel
  • Damon Anagnos, MD, Plastic Surgery
  • Appalachian Mountain Brewery
  • Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  • Basil’s Fresh Pasta and Deli
  • Black Cat Burrito
  • Blowing Rock Attraction
  • Blowing Rock Brewing Co.
  • Blowing Rock Inn
  • Blowing Rock Market
  • Boone Drug
  • Carolina Mountain Lodge
  • Cheeseburgers Grille
  • Chetola Resort
  • Comfort Suites of Boone
  • Dianne Davant Interiors
  • Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Boone
  • Farm to Flame
  • Foggy Rock Eatery & Pub
  • Jane Fonvielle
  • Footsloggers
  • Foscoe Rentals/Echota
  • French-Swiss Ski College
  • Gaines Kiker Silversmith
  • Grandfather Mountain
  • Green Park Inn
  • Hemlock Inn
  • Highland Hills Motel & Cabins
  • Adam E. Hill, DDS, PA
  • The Inn at Ragged Gardens
  • Jenkins Rentals
  • Kilwin’s of Blowing Rock
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites Boone
  • Lost Province Brewing Company
  • Magic Cycles
  • Makoto’s Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
  • Meadowbrook Inn
  • Melanie’s Food Fantasy
  • Mellow Mushroom (Boone and Blowing Rock)
  • Mountainaire Inn & Log Cabins
  • Mystery Hill
  • The New Public House & Hotel
  • Norwood’s Commercial Appliances
  • Jim and Suzie Parnell
  • Pepper’s Restaurant and Bar
  • Ray’s Weather
  • Recess Ridge Shop
  • Red Onion Café
  • Roots Restaurant
  • Xan Sanders
  • Jim and Suzanne Shaut
  • Sleep Inn Boone
  • Stick Boy Bread Company
  • Sunset Tee’s & Hattery
  • Super Eight of Boone
  • The Ethel and George Kennedy Foundation/The Herterich Fund
  • The TApp Room
  • Ed Winebarger

About Middle Fork Greenway

The Middle Fork Greenway (MFG) is a developing pedestrian and cycling greenway trail along the Middle Fork River and US 321 corridor connecting Boone and Blowing Rock.  It is being led by two non-profit organizations, Blue Ridge Conservancy and High Country Pathways, in partnership with local governments and many community partners.  For more information:  www.middleforkgreenway.org and www.blueridgeconservancy.org

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