Our hearts are bursting as we announce another gift-matching opportunity for the Blue Ridge Parkway. Yes. That’s right. WE HAVE TWO MATCHES!
We are continuing to gain ground toward meeting a grant challenge for the Trails & Views Forever Fund to rehab the outdoor recreation spaces you love. And now, two longtime members of our Community of Stewards are offering a match for renovations to The Bluffs Restaurant at Doughton Park, which is slated to open this summer.
With tens of thousands of dollars still needed to reopen The Bluffs Restaurant, Julie Hettiger and Ken Nelson have stepped forward to offer a matching challenge gift to ensure the renovations at the beloved coffee shop at Doughton Park are completed. Donations designated for the project will be matched dollar for dollar up to a total of $25,000.
“When I was growing up, The Bluffs Restaurant was the favorite destination for Sunday outings with my grandparents, my parents and many other relatives, and I have always cherished those memories,” Julie says. “My husband and I are very excited that the Foundation is so close to reopening the restaurant in the very near future, and we have created this challenge grant to get the project to reopen The Bluffs across the finish line.”
An anonymous donor is showing their love for the Parkway with a challenge gift of $300,000 to kick off this $3 million fund. We must raise $300,000 by June 30, or forfeit the matching gift.
The Trails & Views Forever Fund is an opportunity to restore and protect the outdoor recreation spaces on the Parkway you cherish—the special places where you spend time with family and loved ones, including picnic areas, overlooks, campgrounds, and hiking trails. Whether it’s a favorite mountain view you enjoy on every drive or a path to a gorgeous waterfall, the Trails & Views Forever Fund will provide for enhancements at these places of adventure up and down the Parkway.
Both of these matches were inspired by a love for the Parkway and a desire to see it flourish for decades to come. Please show your love too with a gift for the project that reflects your passion for this amazing park!