“I have been a proponent of the Mountain Goat Trail, and of what I think will become its positive economic impact, since the beginning. I hope that others will join me in supporting the trail by matching my two-to-one challenge gift and donating $24,000 to take this campaign to the top,” Ferris said.
This is the second major challenge gift of this type, following the Cammack Family Foundation’s $10,000 donation earlier this year. Both donations are for the Alliance’s Phase III Capital Campaign, in collaboration with the Land Trust for Tennessee. The campaign is attempting to raise $83,000 for property acquisition between Monteagle and Tracy City as well as for ongoing programs of the MGTA.
“We are honored and thrilled by Doug’s challenge gift to the Mountain Goat Trail. We are sure that it will move others to express their support for the Trail and its mission – to bring economic and recreational benefits to all the communities of the South Cumberland Plateau,” said Janice Thomas, MGTA board president.