As you know, the Embrace A Stream Challenge ended at midnight.  We knew we were doing well in the standings, but until this morning we didn’t know just how well we were doing.

There’s great news today for everyone who lives in or visits western North Carolina and enjoys her beautiful streams, rivers, woods, mountains and trails; for everyone who cherishes wild places and wants to ensure that they’re there for many future generations to enjoy.

The Cantrell Creek Project received close to 130 gifts — none of them huge, but each and every one of them a game-changer, a difference-maker.

Working together, with help from Orvis and TU, we turned $3,905 into $14,505 for the Cantrell Creek Project.

Total of Donor Gifts:  $3,905
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EAS Prize for Most Money Given:  $2,500
EAS Prize for Most Unique Donors:  $5,000
EAS Prize for Most $25+ Gifts:  $1,500
EAS Prize for Most $10-$24.99 Gifts:  $1,000
EAS Random $10 Drawing:  $100
EAS Random $50 Drawing:  $500
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EAS Challenge Total:  $14,505

Without your personal gift none of this would have happened.

We are amazed and humbled by your generosity, and your willingness to step up big and come through for Cantrell Creek, the south Mills River and all of the wild places in western North Carolina.  You’ve done it so many times before, and we knew we could count on you again.

Take some time to savor your victory. You’ve earned it.

We’ll talk more in over the next few days but for now, while we all take time to let it soak in, we couldn’t pass up this chance to say a heartfelt Thank You.

Your friends at Pisgah and Land O’ Sky TU.