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TAMARACK FOUNDATION INC
February 23, 2010

I am a born again West Virginian artisan. I have lived in Lewis County these last seventeen years. My company’s name is ' Those Shoes '. I have been a member and supporter of Tamarack since way back when it started. I started my leatherwork back in Africa and then several years in London and Somerset in the U.K. from where I traveled a lot in Europe. In all my years of travel and selling my product around the world I have never come across anything quite like Tamarack, which is recognized far beyond West Virginia. It never fails to astound me, anywhere I go there is Someone I meet who has been to Tamarack. The connections I have made and the customers I run into, all over the country at fine quality craft shows who say, "these are the shoes we saw at Tamarack". This always opens a conversation that often leads to a sale but even if not, a great discussion about my wonderful state. It is a destination for a lot of travelers. There is always great praise for Tamarack. The ambiance, the building. THE ART. The food. It makes me proud to receive the praise and feel that I am a part of it. It would be hard for me to remember a month that I don’t get at least one or two calls from people from all over the country who were at Tamarack and saw my products there and placed an order. The foundation’s support of us artisan owned small businesses is vital to our success—especially in these difficult economic times. Please support funding the Tamarack Foundation so it can continue to retail and attract creative small businesses throughout West Virginia. Sincerely, Mik Wright

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

so many ways over the years. i received a grant which helped in the purchace of a new machine and expanding my work shop. i rely on their sales as a major source of income.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

support many more artisans and artists in this state where so many folks are unemployed

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & artist.