Appalachian Hero Award

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Please Join the Appalachian Community Fund as we honor Scott Widmeyer as we present him with The National Appalachian Hero Award not only for his support of ACF, but also for his commitment to educational development in his home state of West Virginia.

Join us in Celebrating and Strengthening Work for Social Justice in Central Appalachia !

 the 10th Annual Bluegrass and BBQ New York City Benefit

October 16, 2014
6:30 PM to 9 PM

The Sky Lounge
635 West 42nd Street
New York, New York

Tickets are $80 per person
Young Professioinals Under 30: $30 per person

BBQ and all the fixin’s will be served.
There will be live music!

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Scott WidmeyerScott Widmeyer is our National Appalachian Hero because he provided more than 30 educational opportunities for African-American and first-generation West Virginians seeking a degree in journalism by establishing the West Virginia University Widmeyer Scholarships; he created a one of a kind sponsorship program that not only allows WVU to hire a faculty member to teach public relations and integrated marketing to undergraduates and graduates, but the sponsorship also challenges the professors to develop new and innovative curriculum; he is a supporter of ACF since 2005, serving on the New York Host Committee since the beginning, helping to secure sponsorships and inviting guests, and donating over $5,000.


Song Catcher

Scott Eckas
Ross Hamachek

Root Digger

Ron Ansin
Victoria Clarke
Scott Widmeyer and Alan Yount


Martha Brantley
Lem Byers
Kevin Jennings & Jeff Davis
Peter Finn
Geri Mannion
Tory Mast
Stevenson O Munro & Sean P Kelly


Michael Hirschhorn and Jimena Martinez
Tom Sabroe
David Sherman
Stephen Skinner
Loretta Ucelli
John Wells
Bruce Whipple and Michael Ward
West Virginia University, Reed College of Media


Martha Brantley
Scott Eckas
Peter Finn
Ross Hamachek
Tory Mast and Leander LeSure
Dena Merriam
Emily Roof
David Salisbury
R. David Smith
Brandon Thomas
Loretta Ucelli
John Wells
Bruce Whipple
Scott Widmeyer and Alan Yount

Founding Host
Kevin Jennings and Jeff Davis

About Scott Widmeyer
A native of Martinsburg, W.Va., fondly recalls his days as a reporter and editor for The Daily Athenaeum – West Virginia University’s student newspaper. It was the skills and lessons learned during his time at the university that helped him launch a successful career in communications.

From working as a newspaper reporter in the 1970s to running major media operations for national campaigns, Mr. Widmeyer is highly respected in the public relations field. His track record of successes in education, health care, politics, campaign finance, technology, trade and other public policy matters illustrate his impact as a “change agent” in things that matter most to America.

In 1988, Mr. Widmeyer founded Widmeyer Communications. The firm, with offices in Washington and New York, has a client base which includes Nestle, Pfizer, the College Board, Pearson Education, Coca Cola, the Association of American Publishers, the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, among others, where Widmeyer provides strategic counsel on the top issues of the 21st century.

During his 30-year career, Mr. Widmeyer has advised scores of decision-makers, from presidents to governors to chief executive officers to union leaders, including former President Jimmy Carter, former Vice President Walter Mondale, U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, former Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro and the late Albert Shanker. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Mr. Widmeyer is active in a number of civic and philanthropic causes from his base in New York and Washington. In 2007, he was named a David Rockefeller Fellow, a highly coveted one-year program of the New York City Partnership. He also was the longest-serving board chair of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, as well as serving on the board of GLAAD.

His current board memberships include the New York City Leadership Academy, the Education Writers Association (advisory board), Bizbash and Council for Unity. He also is active in the Council of Public Relations Firms, Public Relations Organisation International, Friends of the High Line, the National Press Club, the Appalachian Community Fund, St. Gregory’s Church, and PENCIL. Mr. Widmeyer, a 1974 graduate of WVU’s School of Journalism, remains dedicated to his alma mater. He established two scholarship funds to benefit both African-American and first-generation West Virginians seeking degrees in journalism.

To date, more than 30 students have benefited from these scholarships, and in 2007, Widmeyer family and Widmeyer Communications endowed the Widmeyer Communications Professorship in Public Relations, the first of its kind in the nation. He has served as a visiting professor at the P.I. Reed School of Journalism and has been a guest lecturer at Brown University, the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University. Continuing his commitment to his alma mater, Widmeyer chairs the Advisory Committee for the School of Journalism. In 2003, he received WVU’s most prestigious award in journalism – The Perley Isaac Reed Achievement Award.

In 2005, Mr. Widmeyer received the “Distinguished West Virginian Award,” the highest honor provided by the chief executive of the state, in recognition of his outstanding achievements and meritorious service to his home state of West Virginia.