Asheville Outlets opens its doors for charity night April 30

Asheville Outlets will open their doors for a charity preview night Thursday, April 30: 5-9 p.m. Guests will enjoy a preview of Asheville Outlets and an evening of shopping, savings, prize giveaways, entertainment and more. Organizers say 100 percent of the ticket proceeds go to benefit 20 local non-profit organizations.

Tickets are $20. Tickets are limited and will not be available at the door.

Charities Include:

  • American Cancer Society NE TN/Relay for Life
  • Arc of Buncombe County
  • Asheville High School Band
  • Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission
  • Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina
  • Brother Wolf Animal Rescue
  • Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue
  • Council on Aging of Buncombe County
  • Flat Rock Playhouse
  • Friends of Connect Buncombe
  • Hope Chest for Women
  • MANNA Food Bank
  • March of Dimes
  • Marine Corps League Asheville Detachment
  • Meals on Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe CountyPediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
  • Pisgah Legal Services
  • The Salvation Army of Asheville and Buncombe County
  • United Way

Tickets can be purchased here:

About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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