Thank you to those who originated the idea of the benefit: Cinnamon Kennedy, Marina Raye, George LeRoy, and Tracey Schmidt, for coming to us and saying, “We want to help. Let us do a fundraiser!”
Thank you to John VanArnam, whose passion and vision is grand and who led the benefit team. Thank you to Beth Murphy and Courtney Smith who took decisive action to provide such incredible results.
Thank you to Linda, Pat, and Katie who gave hours and hours of their time to take care of the many details, and to the entire Source team.
Thank you to Heidi Blozan and the owners of The Orange Thing, Danny & Karen Leonetti, who showed up on the day of the event unexpectedly to help set up.
Thank you to the musicians & artists: BJ Leiderman, Richard Shulman, Joshua Messick, Marina Raye, Rita Hayes, Daniel Barber, Bob Hinkle, Tracey Schmidt, Jimmy Landry, Matthew Cox, Sara Moor and Majo Madden who shared their gifts, time, & energy with our amazing crowd.
Thank you to the Whitehorse who hosted this event so beautifully and is a beacon in this town as a gathering place to build community.
Thank you to the 16 restaurants who donated food. Thank you to over 180 Black Mountain Business’ and individuals who gave products & services to the Silent Auction. Thank you to the corporate sponsors and to the online donators. Thank you to St. James Episcopal Church, Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church and 5/3rd Bank for supporting the event.
Thank you to over 300 people who came out for an incredible night, coming together as a community to create a healing space in Black Mountain.
Thanks to all of you, after expenses, $12,874 was raised, a huge portion of the $17,874 in legal fees we’ve incurred thus far, with an expected $5,000 more estimated if we go to trial. We do, however, continue to hold out hope for the opportunity to sit down with our elected officials to discuss a solution that would spare us and other citizens further disharmony.
Our hearts are rejuvenated and we look forward to being able to continue to serve and support our beautiful community.
In Overwhelming Gratitude . . . THANK YOU Black Mountain.
Whitney & Blake Madden