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‘Blue Moon’ celebration benefits students

BUCKHANNON, W.Va.  — Will an inspiring view, meal and cause attract West Virginians to Allegheny Mountain in Randolph County for a ‘Once in a Blue Moon’ celebration?

Organizers at Inspiring WV, a 501(C)3 nonprofit located in Buckhannon, think it will and are inviting residents to help students, boost the state economy and build a stronger community for West Virginia by attending the Once in a Blue Moon experience on Aug. 1.

This unique fundraiser will feature entertainment by Bridgeport guitarist Russ Ruppert and a locally sourced dinner of ribeye steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, hot rolls, and desserts.

The location of the outdoor fundraiser is on top of Allegheny Mountain near the famous Red Harper Country Store Barn off U.S. Rt. 33 on the historic Harper Farm.  Following the dinner, guests will enjoy a spectacular view of the full moon as it rises over the Potomac Highlands and are welcome to stay until 11 p.m. The theme ‘Once in a Blue Moon’  celebrates the second full moon of July, which occurs on July 31.

Guests are invited to arrive at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $100 and can be reserved by calling 304-588-5200. Following dinner, attendees will hear from a guest speaker.

Inspiring WV encourages middle school students to consider entrepreneurship as a career option.

“We also provide career education about occupations that students may not realize exist in West Virginia. Our goal is to keep West Virginia students in the Mountain State after graduation, creating businesses, starting careers, raising families, buying homes, supporting their communities and contributing to the tax base of West Virginia,” an organizer said.

Once in a Blue Moon will support programs in 12 counties in north central West Virginia through Inspiring WV.

For more information about Inspiring WV, visit




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