Morgantown, WV (PRWEB) June 11, 2012
Remember The Miners, a not-for-profit public awareness campaign dedicated to telling the story of America's coal miners, announced today it has exceeded $50,000 in contributions to the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund.
The Fund, created by WVU Men's Basketball Coach and Remember The Miners Honorary Chairman Coach Bob Huggins, is in honor of Huggins' late mother who was lost to cancer.
Remember The Miners has contributed nearly $52,000 since September 2011 and is committed to an additional $10,000 - bringing the total of gifts made and committed to $62,000.
The contributions stem from a series of events around West Virginia with Coach Huggins and Remember The Miners partner Little General Stores.
"We go around the state and give people a chance to meet Coach Huggins and pitch in whatever they can and we donate half of the proceeds to the Norma Mae Huggins Fund and use the other half to advance Remember The Miners' mission of public awareness, grassroots coalition building, and scholarships to coal mining families," said Jason Parsons, President of Remember The Miners, "We're excited to continue our work to make life better for our people in two critical areas: standing up for our coal families and fighting cancer."
"I'm very honored by the support of Remember The Miners and their partners - especially Little General Stores," Coach Huggins stated. "I've always been up front that I really enjoy giving back to our state and our people. I believe strongly in the work we are doing in memory of my mom and in the work we do with Remember The Miners."
"The Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center and, in particular, the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund, have received tremendous financial support and, as importantly, public awareness from this partnership with Remember The Miners,” stated Will Armistead, Director of Development at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. “Coach Huggins passion for these causes will have a lasting impact on the lives of many West Virginians for years to come."
The next joint fundraising event for Remember The Miners and the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund will be the 2nd Annual Bob Huggins Fish Fry on Friday, August 31, 2012 at the Morgantown Event Center. For ticketing information, contact Cameron Payne at cam(at)remembertheminers(dot)org.