Major Donors


Major donors are individuals and families giving over $250 and businesses giving over $500 annually to the organization.  These supporters provide cash and valuable in-kind services in support of Friends of the Cheat’s mission.

FOC thanks these key donors with various perks ranging from complimentary tickets to the Cheat River Festival to promotion of businesses through the organization’s website, newsletter, and advertising.  Major Donors also receive invitations to special events including an invite-only VIP shindig the Friday evening before Cheat Fest and donor mixer events held throughout the year.

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 customized FOC merch

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)


In addition to standard member perks, Major Donor VIPs earn  full Cheat  Fest access including:

VIP Fest admission for you & a guest

Access to Fest grounds for on-site camping

Backstage access including Volunteer Cafe featuring  complimentary food & beverages

Your choice FOC classic map t-shirt or hat




Thank you to our current Major Donors!


Cheat River Watershed Sponsors


Charlie and Sandy Walbridge

Walbridge Family Foundation


Cheat River Sponsors



Stream Stewards


Dave Brisell

Robert Uram

Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Patrick & Lisa Ward

Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival

Thomas & Hope Covey

Canyon Contributors

Kingwood Eagles AFOE #2391

Stratford Douglas

Don Ferguson

Randy Robinson

John & Emy Hinnant

Goose Creek Farms & Winery

Ridgetop Pottery

Cheat Canyon Brewery

Black Bear Burritos

Green Rivers

Hartley Insurance Agency

Keelhaulers Canoe Club

Morgantown Energy Associates

Old Colony Realtors

Bill Pennington

Peter  Smith

Jim Snyder

Run for It!  (Tucker Community Foundation)

Carey Butler


Narrows Navigators


Glenn Larew

Mary Wimmer

Wilderness Voyageurs

Stephen Campbell

Larry Pethick

John Kobak

Kingwood Pharmacy

Tom McCloud

Kathy DeWitt

Tina Lachowski

Evan Mirapaul

Jim & Patrick Murtha

Alyeska, Inc.

Charles Ferguson

SJ Szabo

Peter Bernstein

Justin Cameron

Green Rivers

Gary & Karen Conner

Eric & Kayley Lee

Dr. Daniel B. Herring


The Book Exchange

Cheat River Outfitters

Complex Creations, Gabe Dewitt


Bob Gedekoh


Kroger “Eat for the Cheat” Contributors (quarterly


Mary Luckini & Tyler Mayhew

Connie Miller

James Murtha

Larry and Mary Pethick

Preston Memorial Hospital

Stewed Mulligan

Peter Smith

Upper Mon River Association

John K. Victor



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