Keep Ebony Country is a grassroots effort and campaign to preserve the historic integrity and authentic non-commercialized character of the Ebony, VA community. We mobilized in 2019 to oppose efforts to bring in Dollar General.
Our momentum comes from a shared commitment from the local community as well as a generosity of time, talent, and financial contributions.
Despite overwhelming public opposition to Dollar General, 3 of 5 members of the Board of Supervisors voted earlier this year to pass a rezoning request that would allow Dollar General into the area. They voted in opposition to the home district Supervisor who voted to deny the rezoning request.
The Board of Supervisors voted against community interests and demonstrated a blatant disregard of existing land-use management governance tools designed to protect rural residential/farming communities like Ebony.
After taking some time to reflect and consider our options, we decided to proceed with an Appeal of the Board's rezoning decision -- because of the merits of our case, what is at stake, and on behalf of all who stood up in opposition.
When the Appeal is complete, any leftover funds received after 4/11/2020 that remain in the account will be refunded proportionally to the respective share of contribution.
Please Note: We are not a 501(c)(3) organization. That said, all donations and expenditures will be processed through a stand-alone bank account with transparent reporting available as requested. After donating, you will receive a receipt for your contribution. Identity of anonymous donors will be masked from reports.
To date we are grateful to have received over $15,000 in private donations. We are anticipating our legal fees to reach $30,000.
If you can help and so moved, a donation to this cause in any amount would be greatly appreciated. Please mail a check payable to "Keep Ebony Country Fund" to:
Keep Ebony Country
c/o Kay Whitehead
PO Box 36
Ebony, VA 23845
If you would like to make an anonymous donation, add a note to your check.
Thank you very much.