The Mountain Newsletter

Volume 11 | October 27, 2018
Fall Updates & Opportunities
This issue focuses on the ways that everyone who loves The Mountain can contribute to help it flourish, now and in the future. Don’t miss several great “Spirit of The Mountain” Silent Auction item being previewed for early bidding opportunities!

40 Years of Gifts from the Heart!
The Mountain is reaching its 40-year anniversary, with our 40th Thanksgiving Weekend coming right up. Imagine! Four decades of enriching thousands of people’s lives, creating a strong & supportive community, and caring for our precious natural setting. The Mountain has a bright future, thanks to you. Your financial and volunteer support make a huge difference…Continue reading…We hope to reach our year-end Annual Funding goal of $260,000 with your help. Click HERE to Donate.

Stable to Classroom–Let’s Faithify it, and make it happen!
Imagine this rundown stable being converted to a dynamic classroom space we are calling the Living Learning Laboratory…Some funds have already been donated, and we are crowd-funding another $2,800+ to be raised via Faithify.  Continue reading…

Ring Road is Like New!
Thanks to a special grant from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock to the UU Alliance of Camps & Conference Centers (UUACCC) for its member organizations, we received over $9,800 for the repaving of Ring Road. With supplemental gifts from two other generous Mountain Donors, we were able to get the paving done this week. This will make the roadway around the cabins, bunkhouses, Tree House, and the Dining Hall much safer and easier to drive. It is a smooth and beautiful sight!

Spirit of The Mountain Silent Auction is now underway!
You can help us reach and exceed our $3,000 goal by donating and bidding on items. There are a variety of vacation property rentals and hosted B&B get-aways up for active bidding on The Mountain’s Facebook pageContinue reading…

A Week at a Blue Ridge Mountain Cabin
Value: $1,200    Minimum bid: $700
Spend a week in a passive-solar cabin on the South Toe River, near Burnsville, NC & Pisgah National Forest. A deck looks out on South Toe River, Blue Ridge Mountains & valley, woods & fields, with Mt. Mitchell in the background. NOTE: No expiration date. Advanced reservations required & added housekeeping fee of $75. Continue reading…

Asheville B&B Getaway
Value: $450    Minimum bid: $225
Spend 2 or 3 nights in East Asheville, just 10-minutes to Downtown Asheville, with its great restaurants, breweries, arts, music & theater. Hiking trails & waterfalls in a 1-2-hour radius. This hosted B&B features guest room with queen bed & private bath across the hall. Continental breakfast. Continue reading…

Fort Lauderdale B&B Getaway
Value: $1,200    Current bid: $850
Deluxe Fort Lauderdale getaway, with 4 days/3 nights twin room w/private bath. A full American breakfast, cocktails w/heavy hors d’ouvres evenings. Winning bidders MUST use during high season January 3, 2019 thru March 31, 2019 when owner in-residence. Continue reading…

5-Night Stay at Ormond Beach!
Value: $800    Minimum bid: $400
Spend 5 nights at a resort condo at The Cove on Ormond Beach, from December 16-21, 2018*. Start your day with an ocean sunrise, then relax in the sand with family or friends. The Cove on Ormond Beach is the place you want to be–on the beach! Continue reading…

A Week at North Myrtle Beach
 Value: $1,100   Minimum bid: $550
You’ll be staying for a week at the popular Windy Hills section of North Myrtle, right on the beach. This resort features a heated indoor pool & hot tub, oceanfront outdoor pool & kiddie pool, and a large sundeck. Two bedrooms with King beds and a third with 2 twins, sleeps 6-8 people. Continue reading…

Giving Tuesday is November 27th
This will be the 3rd year of The Mountain’s participation in #GivingTuesday, the global movement that promotes charitable giving in the midst of the holiday spending season. This year, we can mark the occasion of #Giving Tuesday to celebrate our gratitude for The Mountain’s 40th Thanksgiving! Even if you already made a gift this year, please consider a $40 gift in honor of this special anniversary on #GivingTuesday, Nov 27th. DONATE

Corporate Giving, Stocks & Planned Giving Opportunities
A number of corporations match their employees (active or retired) charitable gifts to eligible nonprofits. Other corporations have charitable giving programs, such as Amazon Smile and Facebook fundraisers. The Mountain is an eligible nonprofit recipient. Continue reading…

2019 40th Anniversary Calendar
Hot off the presses! This 40th anniversary calendar featuring photos, dates & honorees from The Mountain’s 40-year evolution-only $15 each and available through our Mountain Store! OR, get a complementary calendar in appreciation for your gift of $1,000 or greater donated to The Mountain’s Annual Fund in November. Thanks to Joey Kyle, who created this calendar, and Tanner Czonka for his Seasons of The Mountain poster designs, featured on the cover.

Be Part of The Mountain’s Legacy
The Mountain’s 40th anniversary year seems like a good opportunity for us to update our planned gift records. Please let us know if you are planning a bequest or legacy gift to The Mountain or Mountain Endowment Fund, so that we can express our appreciation as part of our 40th celebration year. If you are a UU donor, this could include a pledge to the Wake Now Our Vision Legacy Matching Challenge. Be part of The Mountain’s Legacy and next 40 years by planning a gift today!

The Mountain’s Wish List
The Mountain benefits greatly each year from In Kind Donations of needed new or used-in-good condition equipment, camp supplies, furnishings, and farming tools that often are beyond our annual operating budget capacity. Check out our updated Wish List to see if there are any items that you may have to donate!

UUWomenspirit Funds White Oak Renovations
UUWomenspirit has been bringing their Fall and Spring Retreats to The Mountain for over 30 years! In celebration of this long and positive relationship, UUWomenspirit raised over $4,400 in a matching challenge for the renovation of the White Oak meeting space. Here is a photo of some UUWomenspirit Fall Retreat attendees in the new White Oak!

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