Long Distance Hiker will Speak at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's Fundraiser in Charlotte, North Carolina

Date Published: Sep 25, 2014

Hayne Hipp featured speaker at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy membership driveCharlotte, NC (Sept. 25, 2014) – Long distance hiker Hayne Hipp is the featured speaker at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s (ATC) fourth annual membership drive, “Relive the Legacy: The Appalachian Trail” at McGlohon Theatre, located at 345 North College St. in Charlotte. The event, held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26, will also showcase the never-before-seen film “The Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy,” which tells the history of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) using rare film footage and photography. All proceeds will benefit the ATC and its efforts to preserve the A.T.

Hipp, who, on the A.T., goes by the name “Reboot,” began section hiking the 2,180-mile long Trail in 2007. Throughout the next six years, he hiked portions until he completed the entire Trail in 2013 at age 73. “I talked about it so much that I had to,” Hipp said, when asked why he decided to hike the A.T.  

Hipp is a graduate of Washington and Lee with an MBA from Wharton Graduate School. In 2003, he co-founded Liberty Fellowship with his wife, Anna Kate. Drawing from the business, government and nonprofit sectors, this initiative identifies and sustains collaborative, values-based leadership among South Carolina’s young leaders. Previously, Hipp was CEO of The Liberty Corporation, an owner of insurance companies and television stations, including Liberty Life and WIS-TV in South Carolina, with additional investments in media, real estate and technology ventures. In South Carolina and beyond, Hipp was and continues to be engaged in community and civic endeavors. 

In addition to Hipp, other speakers include Sam Henegar, director and producer of the event’s featured film; Mark Hanf, creator of the new board game “Thru Hike: The Appalachian Trail”; and Gary Barrigar, president of the Friends of Roan Mountain. Key ATC leaders, including Ron Tipton, executive director/CEO; Javier Folgar, director of Marketing and Communications; and Rich Daileader, board member, will also speak at the event.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to host this membership drive as it offers a unique opportunity to connect the community with this American icon—the Appalachian Trail,” said Folgar. “It offers participants a chance to hear the stories of the people who volunteer, maintain, hike and protect the Trail and interact with them in a new way.”

Limited-edition prizes like an ATC-branded ENO™ hammock and the new Thru-Hike: The Appalachian Trail board game will also be awarded throughout the evening.

Membership drive sponsors include Still Waters Imagery & Media, Inc.; ENO; Thru-Hike: The Appalachian Trail board game; Campmor; Hospitality Cover Plus+™ National Insurance Program; Moon Shine; and Holiday Inn.   

Event Overview:
“Relive the Legacy: The Appalachian Trail”
Date: Sunday, Oct. 26
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: McGlohon Theatre, 345 North College St., Charlotte, NC
Admission: Tickets begin at $30 at www.RelivetheAT.com. Children 13 and under are admitted for free.

For more information about the event, or to reserve a seat, visit www.RelivetheAT.com. Enter promo code PRAT14 to receive $5 off each ticket.

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.

Contact: Javier Folgar                                                                    
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.2200 x117
Fax: 304.535.2667
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ATHike
Web: www.appalachiantrail.org

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