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Barn party sets Smokies fundraising record

Friends of the Smokies raised more than $400,000 for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during its 25th annual Greenbrier Barn Party Friday, May 12, setting a fundraising record for the event.

More than 500 guests attended the event in Pittman Center, Tennessee, at the barn of Jim Ogle, former Friends of the Smokies board member. Funds raised will be used to support signature park projects including the renovation of entrance signs, trail rehabilitation, historic cabin preservation and education programs.

“Greenbrier Barn Party is one of the oldest fundraisers for Friends of the Smokies. It’s a celebration of the park and the long history of its support by the people of this region,” said Dana Soehn, president and CEO of Friends of the Smokies. “It’s also a celebration of generosity — many individuals and businesses contribute their time and their resources to make this evening special each year.”

In the event’s 25-year history, over $3.4 million has been raised for park programs and projects.

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