About the Friends of Gorges State Park

History and Mission of the Friends of Gorges State Park

Friends of Gorges State Park (FOG) was formed in March 2011 as a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt, tax-deductible public charity as a counterpart to the Park Advisory Committee, which was formed at the same time as Gorges State Park. The PAC was simply an advisory committee, leaving room for a second group to form that would fundraise and financially support park programs. In 2010, PAC leadership including Larry Ragsdale and Tom Thomas formed the FOG organization for that express purpose. The group was formed with the support of the Friends of State Parks.

The mission of FOG is to: Photo Friends of Gorges State Park

  1. Develop, encourage and promote public awareness of Gorges State Park of North Carolina
  2. Serve as a philanthropic volunteer organization for support of programs, development of facilities, and promotion of recreational facilities for Gorges State park
  3. Solicit, hold, and expend funds for such purposes
  4. Render assistance as requested by the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation, Gorges State Park

Our mission is exclusively nonprofit, charitable, educational and environmental. FOG may ask for donations for the Park, which the park staff, as governmental employees, cannot do. Funds raised are used to purchase educational and scientific equipment, to fund Gorges State Park research, and to provide materials and facilities that enhance recreation in the Park.

Please note that 100% of donations from any source go to our mission of preserving, promoting and supporting the Park. 

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