Greetings from Friends of Connect Buncombe
Message from the President
Dear Friend,

As we enter summer and our annual sponsorship and giving drive, Friends of Connect Buncombe would like to thank the community for their overwhelming support.  We also want to thank our wonderful board and all the people who are helping our completely volunteer-led organization make a difference.  

Just a few years ago, I remember when a small group of "avid" greenway enthusiasts decided to launch this organization. We knew this couldn't happen overnight. Each of us threw in a few hundred dollars, insane amounts of time, and personal dedication to start the journey. Our dream was big. We wanted to "Make Greenways Happen."  

We understood there needed to be a vision to connect all of Buncombe county via greenways and trails.  Due to an often changing political environment and the cost of building greenways, we knew that we needed to not only be advocates, but also raise funds to serve as a catalyst and help move projects forward in all of our community. Simply put, we wanted to make Buncombe County a better place for the people who live and work here. Having graduated from high school here over 30 years ago, I can say, we have made some progress; yet, to truly have a community connected with bike and pedestrian infrastructure that makes it easy for people of all ages and abilities to get around, we all have to join in this mission and help out. Only by working together can we create change. 

To date, we have directly funded over $65,000 in assistance to local projects or partner organizations as well as starting creating tools for outreach and advocacy. We've built momentum and this year have set goals to keep moving forward. As we continue to emerge as a solid nonprofit, we are committed to:
  • Moving forward greenway projects by leveraging dollars raised and directly funding projects in Buncombe County (the more we raise, the more we can do!);
  • Expanding our membership, outreach, and education events including greenway walks, educational talks, and volunteer opportunities; 
  • Developing strategies and programs to help all of our collaborative greenway partners. 
Please join us in our vision by supporting Friends of Connect Buncombe.  Below you will find information about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, matching donations, and ways you can help spread the word about Friends of Connect Buncombe.  At the end of this email, you will find our recently release Benefits of Greenway video.

Wishing you all a wonderful summer.  Enjoy!

Suzanne Molloy
President, Friends of Connect Buncombe
Double Your Donation with Matching Donor Gift
Annual Membership Renewal/Giving

If you haven't already renewed your membership, please do. This year,  Gentry Heating and Cooling  has graciously offered to match any donations between $100 and $500. 

"Our purpose is to provide a vast improvement in the quality of life and comfort of our customers, co-workers and community by being the preferred and most progressive HVAC provider in the Western North Carolina. One of the ways we can improve the life quality of our community is to support development of greenways here in Buncombe County, thus enabling people to come together and enjoy our beautiful mountains and city." Duane Gentry, owner, Gentry Heating Inc.
Join us for a GREENWAY WALK
Farmers' Market  & Greenway Walks
This summer, Friends of Connect Buncombe will be at some of the local farmers' markets to raise awareness about our mission, grow our membership, and share the enjoyment of greenways or future greenways by hosting walks near the markets. We hope you will stop by our booth or join us for a walk. 


July 9th  - Asheville City Market  (161 S. Charlotte Street)
July 18th - 10 a.m. Beaucatcher Greenway Walk (meet at Memorial Stadium)
August 6th - North Asheville Market   (1 University Heights)
August 13th - 10 a.m. Reed Creek Greenway Walk  (meet at Luella's BBQ/ Merrimon Ave )
September 24th - Black Mountain Tailgate Market (130 Montreat Road)
October 2nd - 10 a.m. Black Mountain Greenway Walk  (location TBD)
Save the Date ...Next Brewing for Greenways,  August 13th
Next Brewing for Greenways
August 13, 2016
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Highland Brewing Co. are teaming up for the next collaborative beer release to bring awareness to the need for greeenways in our community.

Mark your calendar for the evening of Saturday, August 13th for the event to be held at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Details about the beer and event will be coming out soon! 

This event is open to the public and will be hosted at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company located at 100 Sierra Nevada Way in Fletcher. 
Swing by on Sunday, August 28th 5-8 p.m.
August 28th, 5 - 8 p.m.
Sunday Live at Aloft Asheville
to benefit Friends of Connect Buncombe
Swing by on Sunday, August 28th to enjoy live music by the Juan Benavides Group, signature sips, and snacks while taking in spectacular Asheville mountain views on the Air Level (3rd floor) at the Aloft Hotel in downtown Asheville. 

Event is open to the public and pet friendly. The $5, suggested donation, at the door will benefit Friends of Connect Buncombe. 

The 2016 Live@Aloft series will feature a raffle fundraiser, and $5 raffle tickets will be on sale at each event. The grand prize is a package donated by Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort that is valued at $600 and includes a one night stay at the resort, dinner for two at Chef's Stage Buffet, and breakfast for two at Selu Garden Café. The winner will be announced at the last Live@Aloft event in October.

For more information about Sundays Live@Aloft, visit www.aloftashevilledowntown.com/live-at-aloft  or call the hotel at 828-407-4302.
Volunteers Needed for Race to the Taps at Pisgah Brewing Co., September 24th
Volunteer for Race to the Taps at Pisgah Brewing Co. on September 24th and 25th. 
Volunteers are needed for packet pick-up, water stations, and to serve as course marshals. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and beer ticket. 

Upcoming Conference
5th Annual NC Bike Summit, September 16-17, 2016
Join cycling experts and advocates from the Southeast region at the 5th Annual NC Bike Summit. The event will be held from September 16-17th at the Asheville Renaissance Hotel.  
Get Involved
Open Streets Asheville 
Join your neighbors as they walk, bike, shop and skate through the streets of downtown Asheville on September 18, 2016.  It's a whole new way to experience the City with your friends and family.   
For more information on event and how you can help, click on following link:   How You Can Help
Volunteers Needed for Sandy Mush, Cycle to Farm, October 1st
Volunteers Needed 
Sandy Mush Cycle to Farm,
October 1st
This year the Sandy Mush ride will start and finish at the New Belgium Tasting Room in West Asheville. Should be a wonderful event.  
Proceeds from the event, will benefit Friends of Connect Buncombe. We need to help out with volunteers for this great event.  There are many great volunteer activities to choose from: startt/finish crew, marshals, farm helpers, pick up...and more.   
If you are interested in volunteering, follow this LINK If you are interested in riding, follow this LINK .
Opportunity to Share Our Message
Host a FoCB Outreach Event
Thanks to a Community Recreation grant from Buncombe County Recreation Services, we have a new  Benefits of Greenway   video!  We are ready to share our message. If you would like to host a Lunch and Learn   event or want to invite us to be a  Guest Speaker  for you, your workplace, or other organization, please let us know. Contact us at info@weconnectbuncombe.org and let us know you are interested.



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