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We're excited to announce our 10th Annual Bluegrass & BBQ New York City Benefit for the Appalachian Community Fund! This year's event will be better than ever as we celebrate the important work happening around the region thanks to your support. It will also include a special presentation honoring West Virginia native Scott Widmeyer with the 2014 National Appalachian Hero Award for his substantial contribution to social justice in Central Appalachia and for his commitment to educational development in his home state of West Virginia.


We hope you can join us Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at The Sky Lounge on 635 West 42nd Street from 6:30 -9:00 p.m. on the scenic rooftop for what promises to be a wonderful event. There will be good food, good people and good music all supporting a great cause.

The Sky Lounge

635 West 42nd Street

New York, New York   

October 16, 2014

6:30 PM to 9:30 PM


Ticket Price
$80 per person

Young Professionals Under 30: $30 per person 


BBQ and all the fixins will be served.
Featuring music by Hope DeBates & North Forty.


To Charge by Phone or for More Information: Please 865.523.5783 or contact Margo Miller margo@appalachaciancommunityfund.org 



Please RSVP by October 14

to Brandon J. Thomas

Via email: bjrthom@aol.com 



If you are not able to attend the event, you can make a donation in Scott's honor.

Buy a Ticket, Become a Sponsor, or Make a Donation online. 


To Charge by Phone or for More Information, please call 865.523.5783 or 
contact Margo Miller margo@appalachaciancommunityfund.org


Please make checks payable to:
Appalachian Community Fund
507 S. Gay Street, Suite 1120

Knoxville, TN 37902

865.523.1896 fax



National Appalachian Hero Award Scott Widmeyer


Founding Hosts  
Kevin Jennings and Jeff Davis



Song Catcher $2,500

Scott Eckas

Ross Hamachek


 Root Digger $1,000

Ron Ansin
Victoria Clarke
Scott Widmeyer and Alan Yount

Fiddler $500

Martha Brantley
Kevin Jennings & Jeff Davis
Peter Finn
Geri Mannion
Tory Mast and Leander LeSure
Stevenson Munro and Sean Kelly

Quilter $250

Michael Hirschhorn and Jimena Martinez
Tom Sabroe
David Sherman
Stephen Skinner
Loretta Ucelli
John Wells
Bruce Whipple and Michael Ward
West Virginia University, Reed College of Media

Host Committee
Martha Brantley
Scott Eckas
Peter Finn
Ross Hamachek

Tory Mast and Leander LeSure
Dena Merriam
Emily Roof
David Salisbury
R. David Smith
Brandon Thomas
Loretta Ucelli
John Wells
Bruce Whipple
Scott Widmeyer and Alan Yount 

The Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) is a publicly supported, non-profit grantmaking organization that provides resources and support to grassroots organizations working to overcome the underlying causes of poverty and injustice in Central Appalachia (East Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and West Virginia).


We pool resources from a range of sources including individuals, businesses, and foundations to support community-led efforts and movement for social change, to support the training and leadership development necessary to strengthen the work in our region, and to cultivate the conditions for lasting, long-term change to be possible.


ACF awards grants to community-based organizations working for social, economic, racial and environmental justice. We support communities with little or no access to other financial resources and grassroots groups which are often too small, too new, or working on issues that are too controversial for traditional funding sources. ACF also funds long-term strategic efforts to address the long-term problems of Central Appalachia.


Celebrating over 25 years of 

Change, not Charity in Central Appalachia!


I hope to see you there!   


Peace, love and light,


Margo Miller

Executive Director

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