Give a gift continuing Lu’s legacy

Please join me by donating to the Founders Circle level at $1,000. Your annual gift provides operation funding and a stable future for the Friends. It is important to me that you continue your loyal support of Tryon – at whatever level is comfortable for you.

lu-beckIt has been forty-six years since Jean Siddall and I, along with a small band of supporters, founded Friends of Tryon Creek to promote a regional park in the Tryon Creek canyon. Pressure for development was imminent and it was clear that any hope for a park needed strong support from the community. Our public effort began with a fund drive on the first Earth Day in April, 1970.  Some 310 women from the surrounding neighborhoods went door to door, raising $27,000 from 1,400 donors. The money would be used to take options on properties. Local schools joined in, and the broader community became informed and supportive.

Today the Friends, along with State Park staff, support a flourishing community of park lovers caring for the forest. The Friends activate 1,300 volunteers yearly, dedicated to building and maintaining trails, removing ivy and other invasive plants, and connecting 5,000 children to nature annually through school field trips and day camp programs.

Our successful results are many.  I want to salute our talented Friends staff, our dedicated Board of Directors, and our wonderful volunteers.  We rely on the community to provide the resources to maintain and grow our effort to inspire and nurture relationships with nature – all of that at Tryon Creek State Natural Area.

I will be forever grateful for the park, the Friends, and the myriad ways they add health, value and connection to our lives.

Please join me by donating to the Founders Circle level at $1,000. Your annual gift provides operation funding and a stable future for the Friends. It is important to me that you continue your loyal support of Tryon – at whatever level is comfortable for you.

See you at the park,

Lucille Beck

Founder and Board Emerita

Give a gift continuing Lu’s legacy