Remember The Miners Declares Inaugural Bob Huggins Tailgate a ‘Tremendous Success'

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Governor Tomblin, state leaders attend celebration of West Virginia’s miners

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It was a great night to celebrate West Virginia and raise money for two wonderful causes that mean a great deal to me.

Remember The Miners, the non-profit public awareness campaign dedicated to telling the story of America’s real source of energy – the coal miner - is excited to announce it eclipsed its fundraising goal of $40,000 for the event. Proceeds of the event benefit both Remember The Miners Scholars Program and the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund at West Virginia University.

The event, which was held at the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1444 in Charleston, WV, attracted many folks to celebrate coal mining in West Virginia and pay tribute to Remember The Miners' Honorary Chairman and WVU Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Huggins. Among those attending were West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, members of the state House and Senate, and former Mountaineer standout John Flowers.

“It was a great night to celebrate West Virginia and raise money for two wonderful causes that mean a great deal to me. It’s great to give our fans, coal mining supporters, and West Virginians the chance to come out, have fun, and raise money. We’ve had two great events and we’re going to keep going,” said Huggins.

The event featured West Virginia musical talent Taylor Made, who performed their signature song, “West Virginia Underground.”

“The Huggins Tailgate was a great success,” began Jason Parsons, President of Remember The Miners. “With the support of Coach Huggins and community partners like Little General, we exceeded our fundraising goal. We’ll use these funds to continue providing scholarships and raising awareness for the good the mining industry does for West Virginia and America."

The Bob Huggins Tailgate netted $50,000 for Remember The Miners and the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund.

For more information and updates about Remember The Miners, please visit Remember The Miners on Facebook or visit http://www.remembertheminers.org.

About Little General
Beckley, West Virginia-based Little General Store, owned by Greg Darby and Cory Beasley, operates 85 convenience stores and 15 freestanding restaurants. The company is a franchisee for 28 Subways, 15 Godfather's Pizzas, 11 Sam's Hot Dog Stands, seven Burger Kings, six Arbys, four Taco Bells, three Krispy Krunchy Chicken Stands, two Steak Escapes and the 79er Restaurant in Burnsville, West Virginia. For more information, see http://lgstores.com/.

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 raise awareness through events, media, and the Remember The Miners Scholars Program.

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