Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina partners with businesses across the region for Proceeds for Land Protection fundraising event June 1

On Saturday, June 1, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina is partnering with businesses in Morganton, Hickory, and Marion for the conservancy’s second annual Proceeds for Land Protection fundraising event. Participating businesses will donate a portion of their sales from June 1, Land Trust Day, to the conservancy.

Foothills Conservancy staff and board invite the public to join them in supporting the participating businesses, which (as of May 22) include: Benjamin’s and Libba’s, Breathe Yoga & Wellness, Catawba Brewing Company – Morganton, Craft Beer Cellar Hickory, Fonta Flora Brewery, Gregory Jewelers, The Grind Cafe, Hamilton Williams Gallery & Studio, Homer’s, Kathryn’s Custom Framing, The Nook Tavern, Patterson’s Amish Furniture, and root & vine.

Last year, during the conservancy’s first Proceeds for Land Protection fundraiser, 19 participating businesses raised over $2,800 on Land Trust Day.

“The support we received last year from local businesses during the inaugural Proceeds for Land Protections was so inspiring,” said Beth Willard-Patton, associate director of Foothills Conservancy. “We’re thrilled that so many have signed on to be part of the fundraiser again this year. It really showcases the supportive and collaborative nature of our community.”

In addition to the day-long Proceeds for Land Protection fundraising event, Brown Mountain Bottleworks in Morganton is also hosting the Sixth Annual Acres and Ales, a fundraising drive to benefit Foothills Conservancy, on the same day, June 1, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Acres and Ales is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome and new supporters are encouraged to make a first-time gift. Brown Mountain Bottleworks will also be donating $1 of every pint of beer purchased during the fundraiser to Foothills Conservancy.

“We are always beyond ecstatic to team up with our friends at Foothills Conservancy for the Acres and Ales event,” said Kory Suttles, owner of Brown Mountain Bottleworks. “This crucial organization helps protect and preserve some of the most beautiful and essential areas around Morganton and beyond. Therefore, it is our hope that each year this event can help bring more awareness and more supporters to their cause. Seeing the work they have done over the past several years has been awe inspiring to say the least and we are thrilled to be a part of their continuing efforts by hosting this event.”

Businesses interested in participating in Proceeds for Land Protection can contact Beth Willard-Patton at 828-437-9930. For the most up-to-date list of participating businesses, visit