RiverRocks distributes $100,000 to conservation organizations in the Chattanooga area

RiverRocks distributes $100,000 to conservation organizations in the Chattanooga area

April 29th, 2013 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Board Chairman Paul Brock with RiverRocks founders Stormy and Mike McGauley and Rick Huffines, Executive Director of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust.

Photo by Contributed Photo/Times Free Press.

Many local conservation organizations have received quite a boost from RiverRocks Chattanooga.

In keeping with the vision of RiverRocks founders Mike and Stormy McGauley to raise money and awareness for local land trusts and conservancies, recent fund distributions to eight local organizations bring the total contributions to $100,000 over the first three years of the festival, according to a news release.

The Tennessee River Gorge Trust, along with the Trust for Public Land, Lula Lake Land Trust, Friends of the Cumberland Trail, North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy, Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center, Friends of Moccasin Bend and the Lookout Mountain Conservancy all received checks from the RiverRocks festival board, the release stated.

While the McGauleys recently rotated off the RiverRocks board, new board members include Ron Harr, President and CEO of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Bob Doak, President and CEO of the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau and Jason Taylor, President of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Returning board members include Paul Brock, Joe Jacobi, Tom Griscom, Randy Whorton, Joe Ferguson, Dawson Wheeler and Cindy Todd.