Beckley-Raleigh County
Chamber of Commerce
245 North Kanawha Street
Beckley , WV 25801

Permanent Miners Legacy Fund Now Established

Beckley Area Foundation Permanent Endowment Level Reached
for Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial
with Check Presentation to Miners Legacy Fund

Endowment for Raleigh County Miners’ Memorial

— The Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce is building a new permanent endowment at the Beckley Area Foundation in conjunction with the installation of a memorial to the miners who lost their lives in the Upper Big Branch mine disaster. The memorial marker is located on Main Street near the Raleigh County Courthouse in Uptown Beckley, WV.

 Income from the Beckley Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce – UBB Miners’ Legacy Fund shall be used to enhance and maintain the memorial honoring miners involved in local mine disasters, or for other projects that either preserve the history or educate the public about local mine disasters and the role miners and the mining industry have played in Raleigh County.

Existing memorial markers for the Eccles mine tragedies of 1914 and 1926 and one relating the history of Beckley have been mounted on granite bases beside the newly purchased marker for Upper Big Branch. The community is invited to attend the unveiling.

The BRCCC has donated $2,900 toward the creation of this permanent fund at BAF. As 29 miners died at Upper Big Branch, the number holds special significance in building the endowment. While anyone may make additional contributions in any amount to the fund, it would be particularly appropriate to donate $2,900 or $290 or $29 or 29 cents.

The goal is to reach the Foundation’s $10,000 required minimum for a named fund as quickly as possible. All contributions will be invested and generate income year after year. This will ensure that there will be money available to maintain the memorial marker in perpetuity as well as underwrite education efforts dealing with mining in Raleigh County.

Mick Bates, a past chair of BRCCC, initiated the Chamber’s efforts to raise money for this project. He noted, “The dedication ceremony and the creation of the permanent endowment will honor the fallen miners and recognize those who continue to mine coal and provide electricity for the nation.”

Those who wish to make contributions to the endowment should make checks payable to BRCCC-UBB Miners’ Legacy Fund, and hand deliver or mail to Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main St., Suite 203, Beckley, WV 25801.

Donations made in memory of specific individuals will be listed in the Foundation’s annual report.

Contact the BAF office at 304-253-3806 or if you need further information.

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Have You Been to New River Park Lately?

BRCCC Raleigh County Make it Shine Committee, City of Beckley, other area businesses and organizations are in the process of discussing / planning upgrades, renovations, new additions to the New River Park complex in Beckley. Some new developments that you may have already noticed have been made in and around the New River Park City Pool area. You might have even seen the new playground area near the pool.

Cutting the ribon, left, to open a the new Big Toy at New River Park in Beckley were representatives of the organizations responsible for the project. Pictured from left, are, Denise Southern Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce; Dawn Dayton, Mac’s Toy Fund; Lynn O'Brien, Ellen Taylor president and CEO of the Beckley Chamber; Sherrie Hunter, Co-Chair Raleigh County - Make It Shine; Susan Landis, executive director of Beckley Area Foundation; Mayor Bill O’Brien, Matt Durnan; Jeremiah Johnson, co-chair Raleigh County Make It Shine; Leslie Baker, New River Park director; Bill Richmond, Beckley Area Foundation; Mike Cavendish, Beckley Area Foundation; and Kip Buchanan, Chamber of Commerce.

Officials unveil new ‘big toy’ at New River Park
By Jessica Farrish Register-Herald Reporter

High spirits, sunshine and blue skies made for a perfect summer day Thursday at New River Park, where Beckley Mayor Bill O’Brien, Beckley Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ellen Taylor and others dedicated a new piece “big toy” on the playground.

“It’s an honor to be dedicating this wonderful set of equipment here,” said O’Brien, holding his scissors. “The kids are going to love it.”

A festive red ribbon was cut in several places by various members of the Chamber and volunteers from its Raleigh County Make It Shine Committee, including Mac’s Toy Fund President Dawn Dayton; Beckley Area Foundation Executive Director Susan Landis; Margaret O’Neal, executive director of United Way of Southern West Virginia; Sherrie Hunter, co-chair of the Make It Shine Committee, Cindy Worley, Kenny and Marcia Dunlap and several others.

“They’re all partners in this effort,” Taylor said of Raleigh County Make It Shine (RCMS), BAF, Mac’s Toy Fund, the Carter Family Foundation, the City of Beckley and other organizations involved in the project.

The Dunlaps’ visiting grandchildren, Molly, 6, Mitchell, 5, and 3-year-old Meredith Dunlap, all of the Huntington area, wasted no time in trying out the new equipment.

“I like it,” Molly announced, adding that “the screws” for skipping were her favorite.

Mitchell pronounced the rock-climbing wall the best feature.

“And you can go under it,” he informed reporters.

Meredith enjoyed “the two slides,” she said.

Designed by architect Bill Mechnick of Landscape Design in Charlottesville, Va., the big toy features a rock-climbing wall, slides, monkey bars and “screws” in the ground for hopping. It’s the first piece of a community effort to beautify the park for tourists and for locals.

BAF’s Landis reported the new playground, located adjacent to the pool concession building, started as a vision of Make It Shine. BAF, the Carter Foundation and Mac’s Toy Fund donated monies to purchase the equipment, and BAF donated more money for the building of the toy.

Dawn Dayton, president of Mac’s and a member of the RCMS committee, said the 80-year-old Mac’s organization focuses primarily on collecting and distributing toys for needy children at Christmas.

Mac’s board members decided to use surplus funds to give Beckley children the summertime gift of the new playground.

“It’s important that they get out in the fresh air,” she said, adding that the park is a free recreation that the children may enjoy. “This was a good idea, we thought, to help children have a nice, safe place to play.”

Landis added that Mechnick did much of the work as a gift and that City of Beckley came on board with workers who prepared the site and assembled the equipment.

Landis added that plans are also in place to add picnic tables to the area of the park close to the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and to build additional playground equipment across from the pool.

Plans are also in place to build a deck with umbrella tables across from the concession stand building and to change the fence around the pool so that parents who are supervising their kids may have some shaded areas while still being inside the fenced pool area.

Umbrella tables are on the horizon for the pool area, too, she said.

Hunter, education director of the Raleigh Solid Waste Authority, said her organization will be partnering to create a “state of the art” rain garden for the hilly area of the park.

A beautification and renovation plan is under way, but a timetable has not yet been set, Landis said.

A renovated New River Park isn’t just good for locals who enjoy the pool, playground and trails, but it also sends a positive message to tourists who are visiting the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine at the park, Landis reported.

“When tourists come in, we want to project a good picture of our community,” said Taylor.

The event was organized by Joe Guffy, information coordinator for the Chamber.

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Congratulations First Response Restoration, Beckley Office
Grand Opening Celebration

Welcome to the neighborhood. Very interesting learning about all of the services you can offer those in need of restoration services. thank you for inviting us to be a part of your celebration.

more info on First Response Restoration, Beckley Office
1514 South Kanawha Street, Beckley WV 25801
304-894-8534 / 866-320-3785 / fax 304-894-8535

Congratulations West Virginia Sleep Center on your Grand Opening

You have one of the most relaxing offices that we have ever seen. Kinda made us sleepy...
Thank you for your hospitality & the invitation.

Make sure to go by to see how the center can help you at
West Virginia Sleep Center
24 Mallard Court, Beckley WV 25801

Congratulations Beckley Running Supply on your
Grand Opening in Uptown Beckley WV

Thank You Beckley Running Supply for your Supporrt

Beckley Running Supply
118 Main Street, Beckley WV 25801

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