The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 14, 2013

New River hosting fundraiser for water conservation projects


— To help raise funds for the National Committee for the New River’s Confluence Campaign, residents and visitors can enjoy dinner and a movie at 6 p.m. June 20 — West Virginia Day — at The Ritz theater in Hinton.

Tickets for the documentary, “Three Rivers: The Bluestone, Gauley and New,” are available by donation, which can be made in advance or at the door. The first 20 guests who donate at least $25 to the campaign will be guaranteed a reservation for dinner, catered by The Market, with filmmaker Russ Barbour.

The Confluence Campaign combines efforts of NCNR and Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River (FOLGR) to raise funds and awareness for conservation projects along the watersheds of the New and Greenbrier rivers. The campaign goal $18,000, which will be divided between FOLGR and NCNR. Two-thirds of the proceeds will go to FOLGR and 1/3 will benefit NCNR.  

“Three Rivers” is 90 minutes and was produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Filmmakers describe the documentary as one that “examines the historical and ongoing relationship between man and nature in the region and serves as both a travelogue and an examination of efforts to improve the environment, while promoting economic growth through tourism.”

George Santucci, executive director of NCNR says the June 20 event is a “great way to learn more about our rivers and support a great partnership that is working very hard to protect and clean up the New and Greenbrier rivers.”

Tickets reserved in advance are the best opportunity to reserve a seat at the dinner with Barbour. Reservations can be made by calling Anna Ziegler at 304-466-1224 or 304-660-6144. For more information about the Confluence Campaign, visit http:// www.lowergreenbrierriver.org/2.html.

Event sponsors include Ziegler and Ziegler, The Ritz, The Guest House, The Market and MountainPlex Properties.