The Mast General Stores is a group of 9 stores in North and South Carolina selling old-timey merchandise, outdoor supplies, clothing, and old-fashioned candy. One Saturday each September the Mast General Stores host a Friends Day, donating a percentage of the proceeds from sales in the North Carolina stores to the Foundation.
Who We ARE
We’re the FOUNDATION.
And so are you.
As the primary private fundraising partner of the Blue Ridge Parkway, expectations of us run higher than the treetops. The National Park Service relies upon our commitment to fund programs and projects that enhance the visitor experience and have lasting value. With shrinking Federal funding, it’s more challenging than ever for them to maintain their high level of service.
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is a non-profit 501(3)c organization founded in 1997 through a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service to provide private financial support for the Blue Ridge Parkway. We receive no annual Federal funding, and our budget greatly depends upon people like you who cherish the grandeur and legacy of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Parkway.
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is your passage to the most visited unit in the National Park system. Join our community of stewards who want to create a solid future for the Blue Ridge Parkway and preserve it for future generations.
Share the journey with us. Since 1997, we have provided over $2.7 million dollars for projects and programs that benefit the Parkway. Learn more about what we do.
Designated by Congress in 2003, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area serves to protect, preserve, interpret, and develop the unique natural, historical, and cultural resources of 25 Western North Carolina counties and the Qualla Boundary (Cherokee) for the benefit of present and future generations and, in so doing, to stimulate improved economic opportunity in the region. Heritage Area staff and volunteers also have a significant role in providing visitor services at the new Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center (milepost 384).
The Tarheel Mini Motoring Club was founded in May of 2005, and is based out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The purpose of the Club is to allow MINI owners to keep in touch, join with other MINIots in great events all year long, and to just have fun. Each year they hold the Blue Ridge Parkway Tour, a 4-day journey from one end of the Parkway to the other, and donate a portion of the feeds to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
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