The Scholars Program ensures that the future of West Virginia coal communities will be as vibrant as the pass, advancing the status of coal workers and improving their quality of life as they perform such difficult and important jobs.
(PRWEB) April 15, 2014
The 3rd Annual Bob Huggins Fish Fry Presented by Little General Stores, Inc. was an overwhelming success, Remember The Miners reports.
The event, held January 31st at Mylan Park in Morgantown, WV, brought together supporters of the coal community for two charitable causes close to Coach Bob Huggins, WVU’s beloved Men’s Basketball Coach and Honorary Chairman of Remember The Miners: The Scholars Program, Remember The Miners’ flagship program that provides scholarships to miners, dependents of miners, and students pursuing higher education in the coal industry, and the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund at WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, named in honor of the coach’s late mother.
The Fish Fry attracted nearly 1000 guests, and raised just over $100,000.
Bill Danoff, singer and songwriter of the official West Virginia state song, “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” wowed attendees with a performance of his famous song. Jimmy Rose of America’s Got Talent performed his hit song, “Coal Keeps The Lights On.”
“Every year, we make the Bob Huggins Fish Fry bigger and better, to attract new supporters, new ideas, and new ways to tell the story of the coal miner, “ began Jason Parsons, President of Remember The Miners. “The Scholars Program ensures that the future of West Virginia coal communities will be as vibrant as the pass, advancing the status of coal workers and improving their quality of life as they perform such difficult and important jobs.”
Remember The Miners will contribute $50,000 to the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund in the coming weeks as a result of the Fish Fry fundraiser.
“We are extraordinarily grateful to have the opportunity to support cancer research and we share Coach Huggins’ commitment to supporting WVU’s tireless work on cancer research in the hopes that someday we’ll be able to spare people from the terrible disease of cancer. We couldn’t do it without our supporters and we look forward to continuing these efforts,” Parsons said.
The Remember The Miners Scholars Program was created in 2011 to provide financial aid to miners, dependents of miners, and students pursuing higher education in the mining industry. Remember The Miners and the West Virginia Coal Foundation created the Scholars Program to support families of the West Virginia mining community. Awardees of the scholarship are miners, dependents of miners, or students pursuing higher education in the mining industry.
Admissions to the Scholars Program are on a rolling basis. Apply here.
About Remember The Miners
Remember The Miners is a public awareness campaign dedicated to telling the story of America’s real source of energy: the coal miner. Remember The Miners builds valued partnerships to tell the story through events, media, and Remember The Miners Scholars Program.