Ole Smoky Distillery Donates $35,000 to ‘Friends of the Smokies’

GATLINBURG, Tenn.--()--Ole Smoky Distillery, one of the nation’s fastest growing spirits companies, announced today a $35,000 donation to Friends of the Smokies. The East Tennessee non-profit organization assists the National Park Service in its mission to preserve and protect the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the nation’s most visited National Park.

In November, Ole Smoky’s four distilleries began selling their Limited Edition ‘Friends of the Smokies Blackberry Moonshine’ to support the preservation and protection of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A portion of those sales to date, make up today’s donation.

“We are committed to helping our neighbors in East Tennessee and are thrilled that so many Ole Smoky fans purchased our commemorative ‘Friends of the Smokies’ Blackberry Moonshine. We will continue to support this important effort throughout the year and look forward to welcoming back millions of Great Smoky Mountain visitors in 2021,” said Robert Hall, CEO, Ole Smoky Distillery.

“Partnering with Ole Smoky Distillery was a perfect match raising both awareness and money for the programs that we support in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Proceeds from the sale of commemorative jars of Ole Smoky Blackberry Moonshine will support the ongoing historic preservation of the largest collection of Appalachian structures. We are so thankful for the generous support from Ole Smoky and the opportunity to share the mission of Friends of the Smokies with the millions of tourists that visited their distilleries. Thanks to everyone that purchased a jar or two and being a Friend of the Smokies, what a tasty way to raise money,” said Tim Chandler, Executive Director & CEO of Friends of the Smokies.

The Limited Edition Commemorative Ole Smoky ‘Friends of the Smokies’ Blackberry Moonshine can still be purchased at Ole Smoky’s distilleries in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Nashville. Additional Ole Smoky Distillery events and activities to support the Friends of the Smokies will continue throughout 2021.

About Friends of the Smokies

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park assists the National Park Service in its mission to preserve and protect the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising funds and public awareness, and providing volunteers for needed projects. For more information, visit:


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