The Region contributed over $11,500 to Western Carolina organizations to help those in need to deal with the hardships of the pandemic.  With the addition of matching funds the total came to $17,500 for these organizations.

 Members also contributed 284 volunteer hours at the MANNA Foodbank.

The Region’s contributions included helping the blind, the hungry and kids throughout Western North Carolina through these individual efforts: 

These efforts contributed over $11,500 by members of the Appalachian Region.  If you then take into account matching funds that were provided by an anonymous Appalachian Region donor’s donation to MANNA, the Region helped to raise over $17,500 for those in need throughout Western North Carolina.

The financial contributions made to MANNA Foodbank alone, provides for over 46,880 meals in the region.  The Eblen Toy Drive, led by Dave White, helps make Christmas a memorable event for over 50 children through the Region’s contributions.

The Region also contributes to Public Service efforts through a monthly effort organized by David Butler at MANNA Foodbank. Members gather on the first Tuesday of every month to help sort and pack boxes of food that are distributed throughout Western North Carolina. If you would like to participate in this effort, drop me an email ( and I will provide your name to David to be added to the volunteer group. 

Thank you to everyone for the contributions made in 2021 and watch for an even more enhanced effort in the Region in 2022.

David Butler summed it all up nicely by saying: “You meet the nicest people in a Porsche.” 

Jim Moore – Vice President & Events Chair