Cumberland Gap National Historical Park has a helping hand for funding and events.
The organization Friends of Cumberland Gap National Park helps to raise money and awareness for things happening within the park.
The most recent fundraising event by FOCGNP was a formal movie premier for Kent Masterson Brown’s film, Daniel Boone and the Opening of the American West. The evening included finger foods, a red carpet, socializing and a showing of the movie.
“This was our first formal fundraiser and I honestly feel like it was a great success. We all had a great time and it was really special to have something like that happen here,” said FOCGNP member John Brown.
Corporate and local sponsors donated money to the sold-out event.
The group was started by former park superintendent Mark Woods to give the park a way to build a strong financial foundation for events at the park.
It has grown to include not only fundraising events, but has since expanded to help keep trails cleared and staffs events in the park with volunteer help.
“We can only help the park. It actually says that in our bylaws, but I don’t want to confuse anything with the positive things we’re doing there. I think that has really helped us help them,” said Brown.
FOCGNP is also funded through grant monies which are given locally, state-wide and on a national level.
A new web-based store was also recently completed to help fund efforts of the friends group. The store is found online at www.cumberlandgapfriends.org.
More information and volunteer opportunities can be found by searching for the Friends of Cumberland Gap page on Facebook.
Kelsey Gerhardt may be reached at 606-302-9093 or on twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.