(PRWEB) October 31, 2012
Remember The Miners is proud to announce the successes of this year’s Bob Huggins Fish Fry, held August 31st at the Waterfront Place Hotel. This was the second consecutive annual event of its kind, with presenting sponsors Friends of Coal and Little General Stores, Inc. The event benefited Remember The Miners and the Norma Mae Cancer Research Endowment Fund.
The event netted over $275,000 in donations and commitments. The Fish Fry itself, which featured both live and silent auctions and raffles, raised $127,892.10. In addition, special guest Jerry West surprised guests by pledging $25,000 each to Remember The Miners and the Norma Mae Huggins Fund. Friends of Coal also announced a challenge to the West Virginia coal industry to raise additional donations to match Remember The Miners’ contributions to the Norma Mae Huggins Fund over the past year.
As a result from Mr. West’s pledge and the proceeds from the event, Remember The Miners representatives Erik Muendel, Jason Parsons, and Cameron Payne will present Huggins’ with a check for $88,946.05 for the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Fund.
Additionally, Greg Darby, President of Little General Stores, Inc. and Chairman of the Board of Remember The Miners, announced a contribution of $50,000 each to the Norma Mae Huggins Fund and Remember The Miners in 2013.
“My involvement with Remember The Miners is something I am very, very proud of. Little General Stores is so grateful to have the opportunity to partner with Coach Huggins on these two extraordinary causes. Personally and on behalf of our company, I am deeply committed to seeing Remember The Miners and the Norma Mae Huggins Fund continue to grow,” said Mr. Darby.
Joining Coach Huggins and Jerry West for the Fish Fry were West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, former Mountaineer standouts Da’Sean Butler, Mike Gansey, Darius Nichols, and Rob Summers as well as the NBA Portland Trailblazer’s Nolan Smith. Remember The Miners was also pleased to welcome a partnership with Friends of Coal.
“We’re proud to join Remember The Miners and supporters of the coal community for this event,” stated Chris Hamilton, Vice President of the West Virginia Coal Association, “It’s an honor to join in the energy created by West Virginia’s own Coach Bob Huggins and Remember The Miners to bring continued and focused attention to the issues the coal industry is facing today and to pay tribute to the men and women of our industry.”
The Remember The Miners Scholars Program – the organization’s flagship program – is funded in large part through signature events like the Huggins Fish Fry. Daniel Brummage, a WVU student and Fall 2012 Pritchard Mining Scholar, read his scholarship-winning essay to the overflow Fish Fry crowd.
“The Scholars Program is one of the primary reasons we started Remember The Miners. We believe it is of utmost importance to support both our current coal miners as well as the future of the industry through education. We look forward to continuing to help open the doors of opportunity for mining families,” said Erik Muendel, a Remember The Miners co-founder and CEO of Washington, DC based Brightline Interactive, LLC, a main corporate partner of Remember The Miners.
For more information about Remember The Miners, see remembertheminers.org.
About Remember The Miners
Remember The Miners is a public awareness campaign dedicated to building valued partnerships to tell the story of America’s real source of energy: the coal miner. Remember The Miners raises awareness through a series of signature events, media pieces, and Remember The Miners Scholars Program.