Sponsors, Business Members & Partners
The Orchard at Altapass is proud to acknowledge the support of our sponsors, business members, and partners. These organizations provide funding through grants, sponsorships, and memberships, or donate professional services, allowing us to achieve our Mission and enhance the Orchard experience. Your business can become a Member or Sponsor.
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IBM, the former employer of Orchard founder Bill Carson, has been a significant contributor since Kit Trubey and Bill and Judy Carson acquired the Orchard.
In 2013 the Altapass Foundation received a grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area (BRNHA) for upgrades to the music venue. The funding was used to expand the dance floor to allow us to accommodate large school groups, and to improve seating in terms of comfort and capacity. The BRNHA provides funding in the form of matching grants, and in this effort, the AF portion was contributed by Universal Equipment Corporation, who sold the new chairs to us at cost, and Columbia Forest Products, who sold the plywood to us at cost. We are grateful to all three organizations for their contributions.
The Eric L. Gressel Memorial Trails, completed in 2012, were funded by a combination of grants from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area and Progress Energy, and donations from the Gressel Family. We also partnered with Kids in Parks to incorporate their Track Trail program, which encourages kids to get out into nature. We are indebted to all of our partners for their generous contributions and their efforts on behalf of the Orchard at Altapass.
We are proud to acknowledge the support of The Parkway Playhouse! Their sponsorship helps to further our mission to preserve the heritage of the Altapass area.
We would also like to extend special thanks to the following organizations for their financial contributions:
The George M. Cohen Foundation
The Oak Foundation
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.
New Business Sponsor Opportunities!
When you become a Program Sponsor your company becomes a part of preserving the land, history, and culture of the Altapass area and of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. As a public nonprofit, the Altapass Foundation depends on the generosity of donors and sponsors to fund programs that support this mission. Over 50,000 visitors come to the Orchard at Altapass each season. By sponsoring an Orchard program, you will reach an engaged audience who value community.
Our newest partner is Apple Advertising, Inc. in Asheville. George Self and the rest of the Apple team are in the process of developing a marketing plan for the Orchard, so that we can better use our resources to reach out to the community. We are very appreciative of all their hard work!
We are now partners with the North Carolina Consumers Council (NCCC). NCCC members are eligible for a free scion (branch that can be grafted onto your tree) with the purchase of a hayride.
Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) is a long-time Orchard partner. Altapass Foundation Board member Terry McKinney is very active in TRAC, and TRAC Director Denise Cook provides continuing support for our mission and our programs. In May of 2013, the students in the Traditional Appalachian Program for Students (TAPS), a TRAC program, performed at a special concert at the Orchard.
By becoming Business Members of the Altapass Foundation, the organizations listed below have shown their support for preserving the heritage of the southern Blue Ridge. Our mission is a community effort, and we are grateful for their generosity!
Apple Advertising, Asheville
Blue Ridge Bridge Club, Bakersville
Briarwood Studios, Burnsville
Dellinger Grist Mill, Bakersville
Don Smith Ford Subaru, Spruce Pine
JNL Communications, Franklin TN
Mountain Farm, Burnsville
Parkway Playhouse, Burnsville
Slight Departure Band, Morganton
Sourwood City Apiaries, Black Mountain