New York, NY (November 2, 2011) – Dave Levey, Season 6 winner of Hell’s Kitchen, is scheduled to speak during the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s (ATC) membership drive on November 12, 2011 in Time Square, NYC at the AMC Empire 25 movie theater. Dave not only succeeded in Chef Gordan Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen, he also conquered hiking the entire estimated 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail.
During this membership drive, the ATC will be showcasing the National Geographic film – America’s Wild Spaces: the Appalachian Trail along with featuring several guest speakers.
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to present this film on the big screen,” stated Steve Paradis, Chief Operating Officer of the ATC. “This event provides the public an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Appalachian Trail and how to get involved with the Conservancy through our membership and volunteer programs.”
This National Geographic film highlights the beauty and splendor of the Appalachian Trail as viewers discover the remote and often unknown corners of this 5-million-step journey.
Guest speakers for this event include: Dave Levey, 2005 thru-hiker of the Appalachian Trail and season 6 winner of Hell’s Kitchen, Gail Neffinger, New York New Jersey Trail Conference (NYNJTC) and ORATC Chair, and Jane Zagajeski, 1998 thru-hiker.
In 2005 Dave completed his journey hiking across the entire Appalachian Trail. In describing his journey, Dave stated, “…I ditched my chef knife for a titanium spork...after years of culinary warfare I was feeling kind-of well done. My decision was to emurse myself in the wilderness, the one and only Appalachian Trail. Once mentally committed things moved fast and I was standing atop Springer Mountain (the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia), petrified, humbled and starving. With my epicurean dreams in peril, and a very skeptical girlfriend the adventure soon began. 2000 miles of steep, dank & mossy trails blew our minds, these are the best times of my life...”
He continues to say, “A couple years later I temporarily turned in my trailrunners for hope and possible humiliation - Gordan Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen. What's more satisfying, winning in battle against crazy chefs on network TV or surviving the green tunnel??”
During this charity event, not only will Dave be speaking about his journey across the Appalachian Trail, he will also be announcing his new light-weight cookbook scheduled to come out next year called, Daves From slop to Salvation, A recreation of trail food.
- Admission to view the National Geographic film - American’s Wild Spaces: Appalachian Trail
- Guest speaker, Dave Levey, 2005 thru-hiker and Season 6 Winner of Hell’s Kitchen
- Guest speaker, Jane Zagajeski "Chunky", 1998 thru-hiker
- Guest speaker, Gail Neffinger, NYNJTC and ORATC Chair
- 1 year new membership or gift membership to the ATC
- Subscription to A.T. Journeys, the official magazine of the ATC
- ATC decal and patch
Date, Time, and Location:
234 West 42nd Street
New York, NY
November 12, 2011 from 11:00am - 12:30pm
Every dollar raised goes to support the ATC and maintainer club efforts to conserve the footpath, viewsheds, and environmental and cultural resources along the A.T.
With a suggested donation of $30.00, attendees can reserve their seats by visiting www.appalachiantrail.org/discover - which includes a new membership or gift membership to the ATC. Tickets will also be available at the door (space permitting).
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Email: [email protected]