License plate funds help celebrate Friends’ 20th anniversary

Oct 27, 2013

The North Carolina DMV has just released third quarter contributions with $116,140 donated to Friends of the Smokies from specialty plate sales.

Third quarter sales are the highest of this year, bringing total specialty plate income to over $400,000 in 2013. These contributions will help fund programs on the North Carolina side of GSMNP like managing bears, supporting the Elk Bugle Corps Park volunteers, and educating schoolchildren.

Western North Carolina communities were greatly impacted during the government shutdown, and GSMNP was not exempt from the strain. With the peak of fall leaf color and height of the elk rut, October is the Smokies’ busiest month. Contributions from specialty license plate sales matter now more than ever to help the Park recover from this difficult time, said Holly Demuth, the executive director of the Wasynesville-based Friends organization.

To help support GSMNP, vehicle owners can purchase a Friends of the Smokies specialty license plate now, even if your current plate is not expired. Go to any North Carolina license plate office or Those who already have a Friends specialty plate can keep the current design and continue to renew the registration. For more information and to download a specialty plate application, please visit or contact Brent McDaniel at Friends of the Smokies, 828-452-0720.

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