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, invitation to the 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

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

Margaret Walbridge

Eliza Walbridge

Stephanie Timmermeyer

Lisa and Patrick Ward

Thomas & Hope Covey

Sunrise Sanitation

Community Foundation for a greater Richmond

Vince Luzentales & Michelle Salter

The Reed Foundation

The Szilagyi Family Foundation


Stream Stewards

Dave Brisell

Robert Uram

Toddi Steelman & Joe Sinsheimer

Stratford Douglas & Jodie Jackson

John & Emy Hinnant

Don & Susan Sauter

Paul & Betty Connelly

Healthberry Farm

Jen Sass & Michael Graham

Robert Moore

The Oakland Foundation

Meredith Pavlick

Giles Wright

Keel-Haulers Canoe Club


Canyon Contributors

Richard Volkman

Christina Parrish

Shelley Mitchell

Nicholas Brittingham

Todd Fedak

Thomas Hungar

Bradley Nichols

Todd Ensign

Tyler Mayhew & Mary Luckini

Bill Pennington

Jennifer Sass & Mike Graham

Darren Tanner

Don Millard

White Grass Ski Center

Downstream Strategies

Don Millard

Ann & Jack Clough

Ann & Cecil Tickamyer

Gregory Edwards & Judy Stapel

Anne Kibler

Miriam & Robert Miller

Justin & Joelle Cameron

Jay Mullen

Bill & Megan Carlson

Jessie Douglas

Pamela Schwer

Jerry Spence

Lisa Dailey

Randy Robinson

Mykl Messer & Terri Brink

Heather Lukacs & Kyle Doerksen

Judith Cronauer & Gerard Lechowick


Narrows Navigators

Joseph & Lois Knecht

Shelia Shurina

Evan Mirapaul

Ryan Radtka

Shaina Waddell

Nancy Abrams & Stan Einzig

William Connelly

Jeff Macklin

Peter Bernstein

Edward Hughes

William Durr

Rich & Bettina Dennis

Scott & Maureen Patton

Mike Strager

Christopher Niemeyer

Mowry Smith, III

Joan Pitzer

Jeff Mitchell

Brent Bailey

Roger Calhoun

Don & Martha Ferguson

John Kobak


Visit Mountaineer Country Convention & Visitors’ Bureau

BioMost, Inc

Alyeska, Inc

Tim & Connie DeBerry

David Keers

Theo, Colette, Sera, & Nico Zegre

Bob & Alice Vernon

Frank Jernejcic & Martha Korona

Ryan Kuehn

Eric Lee

Kelly Miller & Brent Laubaugh

Richard Best

Ned Egan

Charles McDaniel

Three Rivers Paddling Club

Allan & Millie Karlin

Eileen Paquette

Kelley Burd-Huss

Larry Pethick

Art & Erin Barket

Dave Bassage

Carl & Connie Ervin

Book Exchange

Jesse Pitzer

Jenny & Andrew Woodworth

Brucy & Cynthia Wiley

Susan Ramey

Adrian Piechowicz

Arkley Forestlands

Donald & Jane Martin

Samuel Liston

Robert Vagnetti

Connie Miller

Kathy DeWitt

Charles & Kathryn Lilly

Sarah Hinnant

Dave Hough & Cyndy Graves

Susan Gordon

Kelli & Justin Reedy

Sam Stewart

Glenn Larew

Fred Glotfelty

Ben & Kendra Hogan

Alicia Pingley

Christopher White

Matthew McMillian & Chelsey Greaser

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