Knoxville, Tennessee (September 27, 2012) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will be showing the National Geographic film America’s Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) at Halls Cinema 7, located at 3800 Neal Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 11:30a.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 include Captain Sean Gobin and Captain Mark Silvers, co-founders of Warrior Hike, 2012 thru hikers and US Veterans. During the summer of 2011, while deployed in Afghanistan, the two men attended numerous memorial services and made several hospital visits to see wounded Marines and soldiers. Struck by the number of service members going home with debilitating injuries, they wondered what they could do to help. In 2012, Gobin and Silvers decided to hike the entire A.T., hosting 38 separate fundraisers along the way to increase awareness and raise donations for wounded veterans.
Janet Hensley, commonly referred to as “Miss Janet”, will also speak. Hensley is a volunteer, speaker and A.T. Community Ambassador. She has been involved with the Trail for a number of years as the owner of a hiker hostel in Erwin, Tennessee. She is also the coordinator of A.T. Summit Seminars, a workshop designed to generate greater understanding and positive relationships between hikers and the local businesses.
Lenny Bernstein, ATC Board Member, 2,000-miler and trail maintainer will speak as well. Bernstein is a life member of the ATC, an active member of the Carolina Mountain Club and currently chairs the Stewardship Council’s Land and Resource Protection Committee, a group designed to advise the Board of Directors on trail management policies and programs.
“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
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Time: 11:30a.m. – 1:30p.m.
Venue: Halls Cinema 7
Location: 3800 Neal Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 37918
– $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 including special guest speakers Captain Sean Gobin, Captain Mark Silvers, Janet Hensley, Lenny Bernstein, and Javier Folgar
– 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]