Asheville, North Carolina (October 4, 2012) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will be showing the National Geographic film America’s Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) at the Charlotte Crownpoint Theater in Charlotte on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 7:30p.m. and at the Raleigh Grande Theater in Raleigh on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 7:30p.m. as part of their 2012 membership drive. All proceeds will go towards the protection and management of the Trail. This limited engagement is in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the completion of the A.T.
Stretching from Maine to Georgia, the A.T. is approximately 2,180 miles in length, making it one of the longest, continuously marked footpaths in the world. The film explores the natural beauty and splendor of the Trail and provides viewers the opportunity to discover the remote, and often unknown, corners of this 5-million-step journey.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear real-life stories from the people who have hiked the Trail as well as those who volunteer to protect and maintain it.
Guest speakers at the Charlotte, NC showing include Trevor “Zero Zero” Thomas, accomplished blind long-distance hiker, author and motivational speaker. His trail name, “Zero Zero”, refers to his eyesight and was given to him by companions he met during his 2008 thru-hike. Thomas became the first blind person in history to complete an unassisted thru-hike of the A.T. Since then, he has continued to accomplish various long-distance hikes, including completing the Pacific Crest Trail, Tahoe Rim Trail, and sections of the Colorado Trail. He plans to complete the Continental Divide Trail in 2013.
Richard Daileader, ATC Board Member and thru-hiker, will also speak at the showing in Charlotte, NC. Daileader completed his thru-hike in 2009. Since then, he has made it his lifelong goal to give back to the Trail in order to preserve it for his children and future generations. He is a member of the Carolina Mountain Club, Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoe Club, Appalachian Mountain Club and Maine Appalachian Trail Club.
Guest speakers at the Raleigh, NC showing include Randal Inman, A.T. section-hiker and Javier Folgar, marketing and communications manager for the ATC.
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to present this film on the big screen,” stated Mark Wenger, executive director/CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. “This event provides the public with an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Appalachian Trail and how to get involved with the Conservancy through our membership and volunteer programs.”
Raffles and prizes will be awarded throughout the event. In addition, the winning submission from the ATC’s “Why Do You Love the Appalachian Trail?” summer video contest will be revealed.
With a suggested donation of $30.00, attendees can reserve their seats by visiting www.appalachiantrail.org/discover. Each ticket includes a new membership or gift membership to the ATC. Children 12 and under will receive free admission.
The organization hopes to gain 750 new members in honor of 75 years of the Trail’s completion. The ATC will be visiting a total of 10 theaters across the country to raise awareness and garner support for the Trail. Every dollar raised will help the ATC’s efforts to preserve and manage the A.T., ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow and for centuries to come.
Discover the Appalachian Trail 2012 Membership Drive
Venue: The Charlotte Crownpoint Theater
Location: 9630 Monroe Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28270
Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Time: 7:30p.m. – 9:30p.m.
Venue: The Raleigh Grande Theater
Location: 4840 Grove Barton Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27613
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Time: 7:30p.m. – 9:30p.m.
– $30 suggested donation per ticket
– Free admission for children 12 and under
Featured Film: National Geographic’s America’s Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail
– Admission to view the National Geographic film America’s Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail
– Hear stories from the men and women who hike and volunteer on the Trail
– View the winning submission from the ATC’s “Why Do You Love the Appalachian Trail?” video contest
– Free membership or gift membership to the ATC
– Win great prizes
This event is sponsored by the Walkabout Outfitter and Salazon Chocolate Co.
For more information about the ATC’s 2012 membership drive or to reserve your seat, visit: www.appalachiantrail.org/discover. Enter PROMO CODE: PRATC12 to receive $5 off your reservation.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s 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
Tel: 304.535.2200 ext.117
Email: [email protected]