Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and Greenway Sojourn 2007 salute their sponsors, hosts and partners. Without their generous support this “Grand Opening Ride for the D.C. to Pittsburgh Trail” would not have been possible.
Our major sponsors: PA DCNR, FedEx Ground and Station Square
We especially thank our overall sponsors, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR) and FedEx Ground.
We also recognize Station Square, who provided our staging area in Pittsburgh and parking during the event for all Sojourners who left their vehicles in Pittsburgh.
Our supporting sponsors: Eat'n Park, Columbia Gas of Maryland and Pennsylvania, Heinz Endowments and REI
We thank Eat'n Park for their in-kind donation. They provided the delicious lunches for all Sojourn participants who rode the shuttle bus from Pittsburgh to D.C. on our first day. Eat'n Park's Smiley mascot helped deliver the lunches and gave us a great send-off!
We thank Columbia Gas for their support of our evening meal at Cumberland's Culinary Cafe, where they literally rolled out the red carpet!
REI supported the Sojourn in a variety of ways, including providing camping gear at no cost for our Pittsburgh youngsters and their mentors. Thanks, REI!
Columbia Gas funded the welcome arch for our entrance into Pittsburgh June 30. REI provided the venue and helped with planning the arch. Kudos to Columbia Gas and REI!
Our contributing sponsors: Cortaid Poison Ivy Care; Tourism Council of Frederick County (Md.), Washington County (Md.) Convention and Visitors Bureau, Allegany County (Md.), Jewish Healthcare Foundation and Dick’s Sporting Goods
The Tourism Council of Frederick County, Md., was a partial funder of our lunch at Monocacy Aqueduct. They also arranged for volunteers to open Lander Lockhouse for us. Thanks for the welcome!
Thanks to Washington County Convention & Visitors' Bureau for partial funding of our dinner in Williamsport. The CVB also arranged for State Senator Munson to talk to us about repairing the C&O Canal at Great Slackwater.
Cortaid Poison Ivy Care supported our evening entertainment at Little Orleans, where we listened and danced to the music of Tres Gauchos. And the samples of Cortaid's individual "toxin removal cloths" helped us defend ourselves from poison ivy! We thank you.
The Jewish Healthcare Foundation also helped to support our youth scholarship program. Many thanks!
We thank Dick's Sporting Goods for their funding support and discounts provided to Sojourn participants.
Clif Bars and Bear Naked Granola
Hosts and Partners
RTC also thanks host and planning partner, Allegheny Trail Alliance, as well as its host on the C&O Canal Towpath, the National Park Service and Department of the Interior. And we thank the trail towns, organizations and individuals along the route who came out to meet and welcome us. They are too many to name here, but we know that they are ready for more visitors!
RTC is grateful to the Center for Minority Health of the Graduate School of the University of Pittsburgh and the Major Taylor Cycling Club for their assistance in piloting the youth scholarship program with Helen S. Faison Arts Academy in Pittsburgh. We are thrilled to have been able to introduce these young people of Pittsburgh to the trail that will soon be completed into the center of their city.