On October 15, 2011, nearly 1,200 people gathered at Pisgah's Outdoor Stage for the last outside show of the year: A Benefit Concert for Wild South Featuring Lucinda Williams! The result... $5000 raised for the non-profit and the successful collaboration of many local individuals and businesses including Hickory Nut Gap Farm, Flying Could Farm, The Green Sage Cafe, and Luella's BBQ. "We believe the team effort and working side by side with communities, to protect wild places and wild things in the south, is what made this such a big success," said Ben Colvin, Development Director at Wild South.
The benefits of this event go beyond raising funds for Wild South; the exposure from the concert helped to increase membership as well as provide an opportunity for Pisgah to utilize its outdoor venue for more than good music and great beer! "We decided to do the last show of the season with Wild South because of their important work protecting our public lands in the southeast. Anyone using and enjoying the vast amount of public land available to us should check out the great work Wild South is doing," said Jason Caughman, Pisgah Brewing Company's founder/owner and long-time supporter of the non-profit organization. Caughman said "having the benefit concert for Wild South on the new stage, which was built using locally sourced wood from within a few miles of the brewery, just 'felt right.'"
Collaborations like this one benefit the non-profit, the businesses joining together on behalf of the organization, and the individuals who get to enjoy great entertainment while learning a bit about the good things that are being done in their community.
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