As part of WCU Night on Dec. 2 at the Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries celebration, Dillsboro merchants donated a percentage of their sales to CARE, a humanitarian organization fighting poverty in more than 70 countries around the world, in support of the WCU Poverty Project. The amount raised totals $555.
Casey Queen, co-owner of The Queen’s Junque, and John Miele, co-owner of The Golden Carp, recently presented the donation for CARE to Susan Belcher, wife of Chancellor David O. Belcher, and Jennifer Cooper, interim director Center for Service Learning and co-chair of the WCU Poverty Project. Both Queen and Miele are members of the Dillsboro/WCU Partnership Committee, which was formed in 2009 to help the town recover after the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad moved its headquarters from Dillsboro and the economic downturn impacted tourism nationwide.
“We are so pleased that the Dillsboro merchants rallied to support the WCU Poverty Project, in general, and CARE, specifically,” said Betty Farmer, professor of communication and assistant to the chancellor for Dillsboro. “Even though many of the merchants themselves are struggling, they seized the opportunity to help others. It says a lot about the spirit and character of the people in Dillsboro. I couldn’t be more proud to be part of this group.”