'Walk Off The War' Veteran will Speak at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's Fundraiser in Cincinnati, Ohio

Date Published: Sep 16, 2014

Jesse Swensgard Walk Off The War participant

Cincinnati, OH (Sept. 16, 2014) – United States Air Force veteran and “Walk Off The War” participant Jesse Swensgard is the featured speaker at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s (ATC) fourth annual membership drive, “Relive the Legacy: The Appalachian Trail” at the Cintas Center, located on the campus of Xavier University at 1624 Herald Ave. in Cincinnati. The event, held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, will also showcase the never-before-seen film “The Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy,” which tells the history of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) using rare film footage and photography. All proceeds will benefit the ATC and its efforts to preserve the A.T.

Swensgard, who is originally from Cincinnati, enlisted in the Air Force as an aerospace maintenance journeyman in 2003. In 2007, he deployed to Afghanistan with the 176th Maintenance Squadron. Following his deployment, Swensgard joined Warrior Hike’s “Walk Off The War” program, which is a long-distance hiking opportunity for veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. Swensgard began hiking the 2,180-mile long A.T. in Georgia this year and completed his journey in Maine in mid-September.

In addition to Swensgard, other speakers include Sam Henegar, director and producer of the event’s featured film. Key leaders of the ATC, including Laura Belleville, director of Conservation, and Javier Folgar, director of Marketing and Communications, will also speak at the event.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to host this membership drive as it offers a unique opportunity to connect the community with this American icon—the Appalachian Trail,” said Folgar. “It offers participants a chance to hear the stories of the people who volunteer, maintain, hike and protect the Trail and interact with them in a new way.”

Limited-edition prizes like an ATC-branded ENO™ hammock and the new Thru-Hike: The Appalachian Trail board game will also be awarded throughout the evening.

Membership drive sponsors include Still Waters Imagery & Media, Inc.; ENO; Thru-Hike: The Appalachian Trail board game; Campmor; Hospitality Cover Plus+™ National Insurance Program; and Moon Shine.  

Event Overview:
“Relive the Legacy: The Appalachian Trail”
Date: Thursday, October 16
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Cintas Center at Xavier University, 1624 Herald Ave., Cincinnati, OH
Admission: Tickets begin at $30 at www.RelivetheAT.com. Children 13 and under are admitted for free.

For more information about the event, or to reserve a seat, visit www.RelivetheAT.com. Enter promo code PRAT14 to receive $5 off each ticket.

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC 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 x117
Fax: 304.535.2667
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ATHike
Web: www.appalachiantrail.org





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