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The Land Trust Invites Community to Celebrate Once in a Blue Moon at Home

Nonprofit organization transforms largest annual fundraiser into month-long celebration

NASHVILLE TN – This October, you can support The Land for Tennessee and its work to protect farms, forests, and open spaces across the state from the comfort of your own home.

This year, the nonprofit conservation organization is reimagining its largest annual fundraiser into a month-long celebration and fundraising campaign called Once in a Blue Moon at Home.

“Gathering with 600 folks on the farm during our traditional Once in a Blue Moon celebration is always special,” said The Land Trust’s President & CEO Liz McLaurin. “But it’s not just the lights or tent that make the night – it’s our friends, supporters, and our collective passion for conserving Tennessee’s open spaces. This year, we ask you to continue celebrating and supporting this mission- just from the comfort of your own home, or from your favorite fishing hole, campground, or trail.”

Community members can take part throughout October by tuning into The Land Trust’s special bonfire playlist, sharing messages of support across social media, and making a gift to support its 100% donor-funded work at LandTrustTN.org/BlueMoon.

2020 Chair-Moons Mary Lee Bartlett and Robin Puryear

With a gift of $150 or more, donors will receive a special Once in a Blue Moon at Home Celebration Kit, complete with fixings for s’mores, an outdoor activity, wildflower seeds, The Land Trust’s first of-its-kind Statewide Conservation Plan, Forever Tennessee, recipe ideas, and other items that represent the signature moments of the event.

The new Once in a Blue Moon at Home format is led by Co-Chairs Mary Lee Bartlett and Robin Puryear, who have rallied a group of passionate committee members and key sponsors who are committed to raising needed funds for the organization – regardless of the format of the event.

“The land is too valuable, and The Land Trust’s mission is too important for any of us to take a year off,” said Mary Lee and Robin in a joint statement. “We’re excited to be engaging a committee that knows how much this work matters to the people of Tennessee.”

Conserved land in Southeast Tennessee

True to form, Jack Daniel’s is returning as the presenting sponsor for this year’s celebration, a title it has consistently held since the first Once in a Blue Moon in 2000.

“Connections to open space have never been more important and The Land Trust is doing its part to save places we can’t afford to lose,” said Larry Combs, Senior Vice President & General Manager for Jack Daniel’s Global Supply Chain. “This group is helping to protect the farms that that make Lynchburg special, forests on the Cumberland Plateau, and parks in West Tennessee. We’re proud to support them again this year.”

The Land Trust thanks its loyal partners who make this celebration possible: Jack Daniel’s, Haven Behavioral Healthcare, Andrews Transportation Group, LP Foundation, Morning Pointe Senior Living, Lipman Brothers, The Hermitage Hotel, McEwen Group, LLC, First Horizon Foundation, Pinnacle Financial Partners, FirstBank, Rock/Creek, and Tenn Hens Design.