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News Community Benefit for Cowee heritage center this Saturday

2nd annual Moonlight Moonshine 10K and Fun Run.

This weekend will mark the second annual Moonlight Moonshine 10k & Half Pint Fun Run benefit for the Macon County Heritage Center at the Historic Cowee School.

The event, which is expected to register more than 100 runners from all over the region, is sponsored in part by the Cowee Community Development Organization (CCDO). Eric Moberg with the CCDO, is excited about the event and the chance to raise some funds for the heritage center. “We started this event to help raise money for all of the community activities that go on at the heritage center at Cowee school,” said Moberg. “From the concert series, to the classes, to the fitness opportunities we schedule, the center is a great resource for the community and the county as a whole.”

According to Moberg, one main project that needs help with financing at the center are renovations to the kitchen so it will pass inspection and be opened for public use. “We want to be able to rent out the kitchen space for canning and classes like cooking for the community, but some improvements need to be made first,” said Moberg.

The 10K and Fun Run will both take place on the Tassee Shelter side of the Little Tennessee Greenway and along the Little Tennessee River. While both events are open to all ages, event organizers hope that the fun run will give children and older individuals an opportunity to enjoy the physical exercise and support the community center.

After completing the 10K, which is a 6.2 mile run, or the fun run, all racers will receive a sweet slice of southern tradition, an RC Cola and a Moon Pie. “We wanted to incorporate a little bit of southern heritage in the race, since that is what the benefit is really all about,” said event organizer Dave Linn of Bringing it to Life Productions.

With the focus on community, this year’s Moonlight Moonshine 10K event will feature a local business expo starting at 4 p.m. “The business expo will give our great community businesses from across the region a chance to showcase themselves and get their names out there,” said Linn.

“I think the business expo is one of the reasons why this event has had such a positive response in the region,” said Moberg. “We already have a lot of racers signed up, many of whom are coming from out of state so it is a great opportunity for local businesses.”

Southern Charm Traditional Wear located in Cherokee, signed on as one of the event sponsors to help raise awareness of the heritage center and its work to preserve mountain culture.

"The Macon County Heritage Center at the old Cowee school is not just important to Macon County, but to all of Western North Carolina,” said Scott Jacobs, owner of Southern Charm. “They are working to preserve our culture and heritage and anything I can do to help in that effort, I want to be able to do.”

Southern Charm will also be donating $90 worth of clothing and accessories to the event for a raffle to help raise additional funds for the center. "Any time Southern Charm can be a part of Macon County events it always ends up being a great time,” said Jacobs. “Macon County is a huge part part of Southern Charm Nation and we look forward to playing a small role in helping to raise money for the old Cowee school.”

Southern Charm raffle tickets will be sold at six tickets for $5, and tickets can be purchased at the race registration area and the winner does not have to be present to win. Hungry Bear Restaurant will also be set up to give patrons an opportunity for a local snack.

Race entry fees for Half Pint Fun Run/Walk is $15 and starts at 5:30 p.m. Registration fee for the Moonlight Moonshine 10K is $35 and starts at 6:30 p.m. Event shirts are limited so individuals are encouraged to come early and register starting at 4:30 p.m.





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