The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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August 9, 2013

Golf tourney will ‘Remember the Miners’

Event set for Monday at The Resort at Glade Springs

BECKLEY — Scattered throughout the green rolling hills of West Virginia are small communities, some no bigger than a few families, who all share a rich, deep history that connects one to another like the veins through a body.

Coal.

Remember the Miners exists to make sure those communities, and the people who make up those communities are not forgotten.

“Remember the Miners is an organization that was founded after the Upper Big Branch disaster and in the last couple of years, we’ve become an organization that is a tribute to all miners,” RTM president Jason Parson said.

Monday Remember the Miners, along with Little General Convenience Stores, will host the 2nd Annual Tribute Golf Classic at The Resort at Glade Springs, to raise awareness for their cause.

While coal and other natural resources like wind, solar and natural gas are helping to keep America’s lights on, Parsons says it is much more than that.

“America’s real source of energy is the miners — the people who do it everyday,” Parsons said. “We go out and try to tell that story of what it means to our state and our country. It’s a way for us to give back to the mining communities.”

Parsons says money raised at the golf outing will go to help fund scholarship programs in the coalfields, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Little General Stores.

“Little General Stores has been the most unbelievable supporter of Remember the Miners,” Parsons added. “You know, it’s a chain of stores and restaurants all through the coalfields and so many of their customers are miners. It says so much about Greg Darby and Little General that they’re committed to do business with these communities.”

Registration for the golf outing will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday morning with a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. Following the event will be a supporters appreciation reception at 4:30 p.m.

West Virginia University basketball coach, who serves as the honorary chairman for Remember the Miners will be on hand for the event, as well as Fairmont State coach Jarrod Calhoun, Little General Stores president Greg Darby and West Virginia Coal Association’s Chris Hamilton.

Parsons couldn’t say enough about the good work that Little General does in the area.

“They’re invested in the coalfields,” he said. “Little General Stores is the reason why we come here.”

A select number of foursomes for the event are still available. The cost is $1000, which includes the golf, reception, breakfast and Remember the Miners golf gear. Anyone interested may contact Jason at jasonp@remembertheminers.org

“We’re here to help those who want to pursue a career in the industry,” Parsons said. “We’re a grassroots organization who are trying to shine a light on these heroes.”

On top of scholarships, Remember the Miners also helps raise money for cancer research at WVU. For more information on their efforts, Parsons invites people to visit www.remembertheminers.org

— E-mail: jrollins@register-herald.com and follow on Twitter at @JDanielRollins.

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