“Cast Down Your Bucket Where You Are."
Booker T. Washington, Sept. 1895, Atlanta
101st Booker T. Washington Bucket Challenge
We are the Friends of Booker T. Washington National Monument (BTWNM) and want to thank you for being such a committed leader of the Smith Mountain Lake Community. Your business is a cornerstone to the success and vitality of our neighborhood, and we wanted to include you in a new local opportunity that the Friends of Booker T. Washington National Monument are starting – the 101st Booker T. Washington Bucket Challenge.
In honor of the 101st anniversary of the National Park System and the 62nd anniversary of BTWNM the Friends Group is inviting 101 local leaders and businesses to start a tradition of sponsoring the park through the Friends Group by joining the 101st Booker T. Washington Bucket Challenge with an annual donation gift of $100. This leadership gift will preserve this piece of history right here in Moneta and will help it continue, so that future generations can discover the legacy of Booker T. Washington and the richness of Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.
As you know, the Booker T. Washington National Monument is just down the street from you. What you may not know is that it brings in over 30,000 visitors per year to Moneta and has been running continuously as a part of the US National Park system since 1956. The park is open 363 days a year and hosts events year-round like an Olde Fashioned Virginia Christmas in December, Harvest Time Festival in September, and the Juneteenth Celebration in June. What you may not know is that BTWNM’s budget has been by reduced by over $100,000 in the past two years and is now on a National Park list for possible future closing. The Friends of BTWNM want to ensure the future and vitality of the park through this fund-raising effort and the park needs your support and involvement.
Booker T. Washington understood the importance of community and local leadership. In his book My Larger Education, he emphasized the necessity of local support when he stated; “The happiest people are those who do the most for others. The most miserable are those who do the least.”
We need your support. The Park needs your support. The community needs your support. Will you join you 100 neighbors in fill our Bucket Challenge?
The SML Chamber of Commerce