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Friends of the Hocking Hills State Park Celebrate Another Milestone

Nelsonville, OHThe Friends of the Hocking Hills State Park is pleased to announce theestablishment of an endowment fund with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. Thenew fund serves as a permanent source of funding to advance environmentaleducation, preservation, and community involvement in Hocking Hills State Park.

The announcement comes on theheels of several recent successes led by the Friends of the Hocking Hills StatePark, including the re-routing of State Route 664 to improve visitor access andsafety, creating a new archery range, and enhancements to safety equipment andeducational resources within the parks.

“As our organization hasgrown, we’ve been able to successfully complete numerous projects in HockingHills State Park,” shared Jerry Jividen, President of the Friends of theHocking Hills. “Creating this fund ensures we are able to engage newopportunities for growth and preservation in a place we all hope to visit andshare for generations to come.”

The new endowment creates apermanent source of funding to foster partnerships between outdoor enthusiastsand Hocking Hills State Park that ensures a better place for nature education,while setting high conservation standards and raising a strong sense ofresponsibility for future generations. Distributions from the fund will beadvised by the Friends of the Hocking Hills board and used to improve andpreserve Park features.

“The investments of the Friendsof the Hocking Hills have made a huge difference for visitors of the Park,”said Cara Dingus Brook, president and CEO of the Foundation for AppalachianOhio. “We are honored to help them build on their success by creating apermanent fund to forever support their mission.”

If you would like to make agift to the Friends of the Hocking Hills State Park Endowment Fund, please, clicking on the “Donate Online Today” in the upperright corner of the screen, and designating the Friends of the Hocking HillsEndowment Fund. To discuss additional giving opportunities, including how yourlegacy can support the Friends of the Hocking Hills State Park’s mission andwork – through gifts of bequest, charitable remainder trust, stocks, bonds,real estate, or life insurance, please call the Foundation for Appalachian Ohioat 740.753.1111.

Please visit the Friends ofthe Hocking Hills website at where you can learn more about the organization, theparks they serve, and how to become a member.

Aboutthe Foundation for Appalachian Ohio

TheFoundation for Appalachian Ohio is a regional community foundation serving the32 counties of Appalachian Ohio with the mission of enriching the region’scurrent and future quality of life. A 501(c)(3) public charity, the Foundationattracts contributions for programs and endowment, makes grants for charitableand civic purposes, and supports local efforts for positive change. For moreinformation about FAO, call 740.753.1111 or visit