Over 127 fearless and fun-loving souls, including local dignitaries and television personalities, braved the cold waters of Anthony Creek on Saturday, March 8 to raise awareness about child abuse as the 11th Annual Greenbrier Valley Polar Bear Plunge Club convened for its yearly meeting in the Monongahela National Forest.
Sunny skies brought out a crowd of over 1,300 who cheered on their favorite plungers – some who donned wacky costumes – as club members raised over $18,000 for the Child and Youth Advocacy Center of Lewisburg. As always, 100% of the proceeds benefited the 501-c-3, non-profit organization that interviews and counsels sexually abused children in Greenbrier, Monroe, and Pocahontas counties, so that offenders may be prosecuted.
Congressman Nick Rahall spoke words of encouragement to the plungers before they splashed into the 36-degree water, and he also gave out the “2014 Spirit of Polar Bear Award” to Michael Price, of Tennessee. The special award was in the form of a United States flag that Rahall brought from his Washington D.C. offices.
Zombies from Miller’s Nightmare Haunted Farm earn their Polar Bear membership cards at the 2014 plunge. The event raised over $18,000 for the Child and Youth Advocacy Center. Photo courtesy of Connie Manchester.
A letter of congratulations from West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was also presented to club President Christian M. Giggenbach by Tomblin’s special representative, Kimberly Gross. Gross became a Polar Bear member during the 2013 plunge.
Giggenbach began plunging in Anthony Creek 11 years ago to honor his late mother, Kay Sweet Giggenbach. In 2008, he asked the CYAC to become the fundraising arm for his club. His polar bear club now has about 300 members and has in total raised nearly $60,000 for the CYAC.
“I want to thank all of our sponsors, the CYAC, our club members and all the individuals from the community who gave donations for this year’s plunge,” Giggenbach said. “We promise to work even harder next year to raise funds to end child abuse in our community.”
Each year, club members ask citizens to sponsor them plunging into the water. This year’s top fundraisers were: Lewisburg Mayor John Manchester ($820); Mary Dale Cannon Lauterbach, of Athens, Tennessee ($810); Tammie Smith, of Alderson ($736); David Vest, of Covington, VA ($500) and Adam Criddle, of Lewisburg ($415).
WVVA again served as the event’s media sponsor with television personalities Kristen Conner and Jaime Baker plunging. Conner wore her favorite pair of pajamas and Baker wore a banana suit costume.
A Polar Bear first occurred this year as Eva McVey, of Alderson, sang the Star Spangled Banner during the presentation of the Color Guard by the Greenbrier East High School JROTC. Other highlights included a flyover by stunt pilot Scott Yoak, a performance by the Half Bad Bluegrass Band, and Penny the D.J. served as the M.C. of the event.
Also new this year was the introduction of Professional Security Services, of Lewisburg, which employed security guards to man the entrance gates, help with parking, and ease traffic flow and congestion. Previous issues with parking and traffic flow were greatly eliminated during this year’s event.
Special thanks goes out to U.S. Forest Service and the Greenbrier County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency for their help in staging the event.
“The outpouring of support for our mission to end child abuse is overwhelming,” Ann Weikle, CYAC executive director, said. “A special thank you goes out to all our sponsors, plungers and the 25 event staff that helped make this happen.”
The next annual meeting of the Greenbrier Valley Polar Bear Plunge Club is scheduled for March 7, 2015. For videos, roster membership, and a complete list of sponsors please visit facebook/greenbrierpolarbear.
Vintage Heartland to Build a Unique High Tech Green Apparel Factory in Nashville Tennessee.
Dedicating over three years to creating a business model and researching new technology to build an eco-friendly factory in Nashville, Tennessee, Vintage Heartland, a lingerie and apparel brand, plans to open their first facility this year. Owner of the brand, Kate Liegey, believes that the factory will help open the path to changing the apparel manufacturing industry in America – something that is long overdue. The Vintage Heartland factory plans to be environmentally-friendly featuring new, top of the line automated machinery, digital printing, and innovative technology in design and patternmaking that will reduce cost and time, allowing the factory to manufacture more products at lower price points.
Since meeting with Chinese officials to set up distribution in China last year, Vintage Heartland has garnered wide popularity within Asia. With over 60% of the Chinese consumer demanding products made in the U.S., Liegey set up a revenue stream with a Chinese distribution channel that will sell their product and will in turn be able to offer huge revenues to help fund more jobs and boost the American economy.
“There are about 500 factories that have made in America products and factories for apparel in the USA. There is only a 10%-20% price difference between manufacturing here than in manufacturing overseas-with the right business model.” Liegey said. The new factory will be part of a solution to offer news jobs for local Nashville “Wounded Warriors,” allowing them to learn new technical skills. “This factory can change the opinion of a typical factory worker job by giving them the chance to learn new high tech skills, with higher paid jobs and incentives to grow the business,” concludes Liegey. Vintage Heartland plans to hire over 100 employees who will be able to enjoy additional amenities such as an on-site wellness center, a garden with flexible hours and an energy efficient factory with clean air.
For local support, Liegey and the Vintage Heartland team have met with Bill Hagery, the commissioner of Department of Economic and Community Development for Tennessee, the Mayor’s office in Nashville as well as Start Up Tennessee who are all on board with this concept. The government officials of Tennessee and Vintage Heartland are all excited about this factory and the possibilities it can bring to Tennessee in the near future.
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Inspired by the romantic love stories sung in country music,Vintage Heartland took their two loves of country music and vintage style and fused them into creating the Vintage Heartland Brand for intimate apparel. So no matter where you live, north, south, east or west, in a big city or a small town, there is always a little bit of a Vintage Heartland girl in all of us.
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by Ali Cudby
I remember going to the store with my Mom and seeing the L’eggs plastic eggs containers on the shelf. Too young to wear “pantyhose” (as we called them back then) the eggs always beaconed to me, making me wonder about what treasures could be found inside something that so closely resembled an Easter morning treat. I wanted those eggs! By the time I was old enough to don the legwear inside, the eggs had long-since disappeared from the shelves.
Imagine the joy when I heard the iconic eggs would be making a glorious return for a limited run. “We’re excited to bring back a part of the L’eggs brand heritage that’s remembered and cherished by so many,” says Angela Hawkins, vice president, general manager of legwear at HanesBrands. Of course, the legwear itself has been around, in the form of Sheer Energy.
Do you have fond memories of the L’eggs eggs? (Or not.) Find out more about the celebrations planned for the eggs atwww.leggsluckyegg.com. Need a commemorative L’eggs egg for your lingerie collection? I do! The L’eggs eggs are now available nationwide, but only for a limited time.
Ali Cudby is the author of the book Busted! The Fab Foundations™ Guide to Bras That Fit, Flatter and Feel Fantastic (December 2011), and CEO of Fab Foundations™, an intimate apparel consulting company.
Ali can be found on Twitter @alicudby, and you can be a fan of the Ali Cudby’s page on Facebook. To learn more about bras that fit, download a free chapter of Busted!