Where's the Beef? It's in Rural Retreat

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Rural Retreat Depot Foundation caps busy December with raffle winner announcement

"The Depot Foundation is indeed fortunate to have strong local supporters like the Black Lick Cattle Company" --Dr. Michael Spraker

The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation announced the winner of its benefit raffle today in a ceremony held at the office of its President, Dr. Michael Spraker. Mr. Terry S. Cregger of Rural Retreat was the winner of an Angus Beef, donated by the Wagoners of the Black Lick Cattle Company. “We were extremely pleased to donate this beef to benefit the depot”, said Ed Wagoner, “and we were delighted to see Mr. Cregger emerge as the winner.” The beef raffle raised over $5,000 for the depot. The photo below shows Dr. Spraker (l), Mr. Cregger (c) and Mr. Wagoner (r).

While the Depot Foundation was selling raffle tickets in December it was busy with other activities as well. The first Open House in over 40 years was held in mid-December and drew over 400 residents from Rural Retreat and nearby communities. Foundation volunteers also attended all local sporting events to take donations and provide T-shirt and sweatshirt recognition gifts. Local artist Susi Lawson provided prints of her photo of the Depot in Snow that were also given for donor recognition and generated over $1,000 in donations. A new donor incentive, the music of local folk artist Elizabeth LaPrelle kicked off in January. Donations have come in from the community, across the country and even the U.K., providing the funds needed for expenses.
The Foundation also concluded its Usage Survey, with hundreds of citizens voicing their choices for uses of the restored depot. The community would like to see the depot become a viable meeting location in general, and a local/regional farmers’ market was favored in particular. With this information in hand, the Grants Committee is hard at work identifying potential sources of major funding and writing proposals.

The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that is seeking tax deductible donations and support to restore the historic Rural Retreat Depot, made famous by O. Winston Link photographs. Private contributions and a variety of grants are being sought for the restoration complementing the commitment of local contractors and artisans to donate their services. To make a donation please visit the Foundation website at http://www.theruralretreatdepot.com, or send your check to The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation, P.O.Box 843, Rural Retreat, VA 24368. Follow our progress on Facebook at The Rural Retreat Depot and Twitter @SaveRRDepot.

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