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Friends of the Cheat has been diligently working to “restore, preserve, and promote the natural outstanding qualities of the Cheat River watershed” since 1994. FOC works with local citizens, government, agency and industry partners to clean up local streams and rivers, provide river access, monitor in-stream water quality, and protect the watershed for the community and everyone downstream.
The organization has grown over the last 20 years from a small group of volunteer whitewater enthusiasts dragging tires out of the river to a full-time staff of seven. Staff and volunteers work on a variety of initiatives including acid mine drainage remediation, baseline data collection, river access development, brownfields revitalization, and rail-trail projects—just to name a few!
The cost of running Friends of the Cheat greatly exceeds available project funds. Members pay to keep the office open including funding staff that write grants and implement projects. FOC cannot survive without grassroots support. Join us today!
An annual membership for an individual or family is only $30. This base level earns you a FOC sticker and electronic or printed Into the Canyon newsletters for one year.
Students and seniors can become members for $20.
For those who can give more, additional donor levels and associated perks are outlined below. Every donor receives a FOC sticker and year-long subscription to the Into the Canyon newsletter.
Become a FOC member or renew your membership at any level by May 2nd (Cheat Fest) and you will be entered in a drawing* to win a Jackson kayak!
*Online membership contributions must be received by May 1, 2015 to be entered in the Jackson kayak drawing. The winning Friends of the Cheat member will be drawn on stage at the 2015 Cheat River Festival on Saturday, May 2, 2015.
For those who can give more, additional donor levels and associated perks are outlined below.
Five Forks Friends - $50 level: Standard membership perks plus a coupon for $5 off FOC merchandise
Confluence Crew - $100 level: Standard membership perks plus a coupon for $5 off FOC merchandise & a color photo print of the Cheat River Canyon by FOC friend Kathy Jenkins
Narrows Navigator – $250: FOC sticker, Into the Canyon newsletter, acknowledgement in 1 newsletter and on FOC website, short-sleeve FOC map tee or FOC hat, invitations to special events including donor mixers and Cheat Fest VIP party, & 2 VIP Cheat Fest passes* (includes Fest entrance, on-site camping, & access to Volunteer Café)
Canyon Contributor – $500: Major donor perks above plus 1 more tee or hat & 2 standard Cheat Fest passes & on-stage festival banner highlighting your commitment to FOC
Stream Steward – $1,000: Major donor perks above plus a booth at the 2015 Cheat River Festival for your business or family
Cheat River Sponsor – $2,500: Major donor perks above plus 2 more standard Cheat Fest passes (2 VIP, 4 standard)
Cheat Watershed Sponsor – $5,000 or more: Major donor perks above plus 2 more standard Cheat Fest passes (2 VIP, 6 standard)
Click VIP link to become a FOC Major Donor & earn Cheat Fest perks!
For sponsorship levels of $500 or more: Up to 50% of the total amount of sponsorship may be contributed in goods or services valued at fair market value; or you can give all as in kind, but the total retail value would have to be increased by half the amount of the level you wish to donate (e.g. For $500 level you would donate $750 of in kind).
Gift Acceptance Policy: Friends of the Cheat (FOC) is a not-for-profit organization organized under the laws of the State of West Virginia. FOC encourages the donation and acceptance of monetary and other gifts only for purposes that will help FOC further and fulfill its stated mission, “To restore, preserve, and promote the outstanding natural qualities of the Cheat River Watershed”. Gifts that create a potential conflict of interest, either perceived or actual, may be respectfully declined at the discretion of the Board of Directors.