Click into each for event details, or contact Kenny Parker or Maura Kistler for sponsorship details. Contact info available here.
In 2013 we held the final New River Rendezvous. It was the 10th such event and marked the end of an era, not just for the thousands of climbers who hold memories of the best party in the East near and dear to their hearts, but also for our numerous sponsors. We invented the event-ownership model of Rendezvous sponsorship, and the loss of the NRR left a hole in the hearts and promotion budgets of a lot of fantastic companies.
Well, folks, we’re back.
2016 promises to be a banner year for the lonely, forlorn sponsors that the New River Rendezvous left morosely sulking when it ended its incredible 11-year run. We’re crashing back onto the scene with three new 2016 events…
1. (Not) Work Week, which will run from May 14-May 21, 2016, is a week of intense service projects, typically a massive trail building event, like the one in the video below. It provides 7 or more days worth of opportunities to reach your target audience before is culminates in the first ever Appalachian Film Festival.
Your Buy-In: $300 cash, plus $200 of product.
- You’ll own an entire calendar day of (Not) Work Week.
- Your audience will be the volunteers working that day and everybody at the American Alpine Club Campground that night. Want to put on an evening program? Go for it. Want to get creative with your day? Yes, please do.
- We’ll plug you on social media and our website leading up to (Not) Work Week, and in the video we’ll produce about (Not) Work Week, which will show to open the Appalachian Outdoor Film Festival.
2. Appalachian Outdoor Film Festival, May 21 2016. (Not) Work Week will end on the afternoon on Saturday, May 21, when it will culminate in the first annual AOFF. With this brick-and-mortar, real-life (not virtual) film festival we’re introducing a sponsorship opportunity with a superb shelf life. There are two levels of buy-in for the film festival: Sponsors and Title Sponsors—and there are only two slots for Title Sponsors.
Sponsor Buy-In: $300 cash, plus $200 product, which we will give away during the festival, possibly as raffle prizes, depending on the product.
- A 30-second commercial, which will run during the film festival.
- Your logo in the opening sponsor real.
- Your product potentially in the raffle (depending on the product).
- Your logo in the opening sponsor real and your 30-second commercial will become a permanent part of the 2016 Appalachian Outdoor Film Festival, which we will both sell and donate to other organizations throughout the year for their own fundraisers.
TITLE Sponsor Buy-In: $1000 cash, plus $500 product. Only 2 Title Sponsor opportunities exist!
- A 60-second commercial, which will run during the film festival, before the Judges Choice winner is presented.
- Your logo in the opening sponsor real.
- Your product in the raffle.
- You will own one of the two awards presented—the Winner: Appalachian Outdoor Film Festival award or the Peoples’ Choice, both of which are $1000 cash prizes. If you wish, you may present the award to its winner, at which time, you may take a minute to talk about your company. Imagine it! “Now to present the <your company’s name> Peoples’ Choice Award, <your name> of <your company>. Cue thunderous applause.
- Your logo in the opening sponsor real and your 60-second commercial will become a permanent part of the 2016 Appalachian Outdoor Film Festival, which we will both sell and donate to other organizations throughout the year for their own fundraisers.
3. The Summersville Lake DWS Invitational Comp! We just scored a permit to hold a real-stone DWS competition on a crystal-clear Army-Corps reservoir about 20 minutes up the road from Fayetteville, WV on August 13, 2016. This is history in the making, and you can be part of it. We have not yet hammered out the details of sponsorship, but we do know some points of interest. First, here’s what Summersville Lake DWS is sort of like…
Details are subject to change…
Sponsor Buy-In: Starts at $5000. Yes, that’s steep, but…
- Two athletes in the competition—one male, one female.
- We will hire professional climbing-qualified videographers and photographers to produce a small-feature length production of the competition, which will in part feature your logo, company and athletes.
- Your logo and athletes will be a permanent part of the competition video, which we suspect will spread far and wide, due to the unique and historic nature of this competition.
- You will have permanent copyrights to all unedited video and raw photos of the competition (video formats to be determined).