I worked behind a bar for a few years, and I know how much I relied on tips to get me through.
So that’s why I am especially moved by the recent donation made by Justin Quinn and the entire crew at New Belgium Brewery and Taproom in Asheville. They donated $3,000 to Friends of Big Ivy from tips they had pooled. It was an unsolicited, unexpected act of tremendous generosity.
That kind of commitment is incredibly meaningful to us. It also shows how special and powerful the forests of Big Ivy are to so many.
This donation will help us to do a lot of important work—especially in this pivotal year for the future of Big Ivy and the entire Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest.
We are a small, grassroots, all-volunteer nonprofit, and yet we’ve achieved some major accomplishments protecting the forest—primarily because farmers, carpenters, teachers, and bartenders are giving and doing what they can to help.
On behalf of our 3,000 supporters, volunteers, and organizers, thank you immensely to Justin and all the folks at New Belgium. Raise a glass to some dedicated forest advocates.