LEAF has announced that Detroit Tigers’ center fielder and Asheville native Cameron Maybin is leading the effort for creation of the LEAF Endowment in support of community development through cultural arts education and preservation , according to a press release.

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LEAF is pleased to announce the LEAF Love Fund Campaign to establish a $1,000,000 LEAF Endowment Fund to fuel long-term support of LEAF’s Cultural Arts Education programs! With enormous gratitude for your friendship and support, we invite members of the Western North Carolina community to join LEAF on this journey. As of today, Cameron Maybin and more than 60 LEAF supporters have joined the effort by pledging more than $777,000 of the $1,000,000 goal.

“I believe in the power of African-American youth in Asheville and that through music and arts they have voice to change their lives. LEAF offers youth the opportunity to find this voice within themselves, and because of that I support the work they’re doing in our community.” ~ Cameron Maybin, Asheville Native & Professional Baseball Player with Detroit Tigers

As an arts non-profit with 21 years of experience, LEAF is creating the Endowment Fund that will act as a sustainable pillar of support for the communities we serve. LEAF provides cultural arts education to communities both locally and globally. LEAF weaves communities together to foster a sense of global citizenship, generate positive youth development, and preserve cultural identity. The Endowment Fund will give LEAF the ability to move beyond short-term partnerships, and commit long-term resources to programs serving the most fragile communities here in Buncombe County and across the globe.

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