The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 12, 2012

Huggins Tailgate slated for Tuesday

Remember the Miners event will feature concert performance

From staff reports
The Register-Herald

— Remember the Miners has announced its first event for 2012, the Bob Huggins Tailgate Presented by Little General.

The Bob Huggins Tailgate will take place Tuesday at the Charleston Moose Lodge benefitting the Remember The Miners Scholars Program and the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund. The event begins at 7 p.m.

The Tailgate will be held the night before the WVU-Marshall men’s basketball game, and will feature a concert performance from local West Virginia music artist Taylor Made.

“I’m looking forward to joining with Remember The Miners and Little General at the Charleston Moose Lodge for the Tailgate,” said Huggins. “It’ll be a great time to celebrate the miners of West Virginia and raise funds for two causes very important to me.”

“We encourage everyone to come join us,”Jason Parsons of Remember the Miners said. “It’ll be an event that is fun for the entire family. We are grateful to Little General and the Moose Lodge for making it happen. It’s the place to celebrate all that is great about West Virginia the night before the WVU and Marshall’s men’s teams face off.”

For more information about this event, see the Remember The Miners Facebook page.

The Remember the Miners Scholars Program was created in 2011 to provide financial aid to miners, dependents of miners, and students pursuing higher education in the mining industry. Scholarships are awarded twice annually during spring and fall semesters. In its first year, the Scholars Program awarded $25,000.

The Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund is named in honor of WVU Coach Bob Huggins’ late mother, Norma Mae. Coach Huggins serves as Honorary Chairman to Remember The Miners, and has long been a supporter of the hard work of the men and women of the coal mining industry.

Beckley-based Little General Stores, owned by Cory Beasley and Greg Darby, operates 85 convenience stores and 15 freestanding restaurants. For more information, visit http://lgstores.com.

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. For more information, visit www.remembertheminers.org.