Morgantown, WV (PRWEB) November 30, 2011
The leaders of a non-profit dedicated to telling the story of America's real source of energy - the coal miner - announced today their organization, Remember The Miners, is giving $40,000 to the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Fund at West Virginia University's Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. The gift qualifies for a matching funds allocation from the West Virginia Research Endowment Fund - bringing the total to $80,000. The Huggins fund is named honor of Norma Mae Huggins, the late mother of Remember the Miners Honorary Chairman Bob Huggins, WVU's Men's Basketball Coach and one of the winningest coaches in NCAA history.
"We are very excited to make this gift in honor of Norma Mae Huggins to aid in very important research that we hope one day will lead to a cure for cancer," said Jason Parsons, President of Remember The Miners, "We told Coach Huggins we'd divide the money raised at the Bob Huggins Fish Fry between our scholarship program for miners and their children and the Norma Mae Huggins Fund. It's our way of honoring him for all he's done to help us bring attention to the good work West Virginia coal miners do."
The Inaugural Bob Huggins Fish Fry presented by Little General Stores was held September 2, 2011 at Morgantown's Waterfront Place Hotel and Event Center. The event featured West Virginia native and former NFL star Randy Moss, the 2010 WVU Final Four team, and a musical performance by West Virginia's own Taylor Made and raised $80,000 in support of mining scholarships and cancer research.
Greg Darby, President of Little General Stores and Chairman of the Remember The Miners Advisory Board, said, “Little General is proud to support the great efforts of Coach Huggins and Remember The Miners. We are committed to the West Virginia community. As chairman, I urge everyone to join with us in supporting these causes dear to West Virginians.”
"Our commitment is to do work and support efforts that matter to the people of West Virginia. Every person is somehow affected by cancer; it's a horrible disease and we give this gift with the belief that our research is important to finding cures," said Erik Muendel, co-founder of Remember The Miners and CEO of Washington, DC-based digital media firm Brightline Interactive, "We are honored to stand with Coach Huggins as he leads the way in growing his family's research endowment and we are grateful for his work with Remember the Miners."
In a partnership with Little General Stores, Remember the Miners is planning a series of events across West Virginia in 2012 in the same mold as the Fish Fry: joint fundraising for the Remember the Miners Scholars Program and the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund. The first such event will be the Bob Huggins Tailgate on January 17, 2012 at the Moose Lodge in Charleston, West Virginia. This event again features a concert by Taylor Made and takes place on the evening prior to the WVU-Marshall Men's Basketball game at the Charleston Civic Center.
"We are so grateful to our corporate and community partner Little General Stores. They are a West Virginia company that understand the important work coal miners do and the importance of giving back to West Virginia," Parsons said, "In 2012, we look to raise even more money for the Scholars Program and partnerships like the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center."
"I'm very appreciative to Remember the Miners for this generous gift. I can't think of two causes more dear to West Virginians than fighting cancer and supporting our miners. I'm proud to serve as Honorary Chairman of Remember The Miners and I'm grateful to Little General and all of Remember the Miners' partners who make the work we try to do possible. I thank the Remember the Miners team from the bottom of my heart. We're going to keep going and do even more good for the state and people of West Virginia," Huggins said.
About Remember The Miners
Remember the Miners is a public awareness campaign dedicated to honoring the legacy of all miners and the mining industry, bringing the human element to the forefront of the energy debate, and remembering the miners who have fallen. Remember The Miners also raises awareness about the sacrifices that miners and their families make for our country. http://www.remembertheminers.org.