Jan. 7, 2013
-- Pigeon Forge, TN: Members of the American Widow Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to this generation’s military widows, will gather together on January 11, 2013 in Pigeon Forge, TN. The organization hosts events throughout the country uniting military widows to celebrate their survival, honor their loved ones sacrifice, and provide a healing environment with others who share their journey.
The weekend, aimed at creating new bonds and promoting healing in a relaxed atmosphere, will be spent in Pigeon Forge at a cabin, generously donated by George Plunkett of Corley-Plunkett Mountain Cabins. Activities planned for the weekend include a morning of "Yoga with Shanti", a hike along the Smoky Mountain trails, and a spa day provided by The Spa at Bear Cove Falls. In addition to the named events, the AWP has a few more surprises in store for the military widows attending this special weekend getaway.
The American Widow Project would like to thank George Plunkett, Shanti, Big Daddy's Pizzeria for a pizza dinner donation, McAlister's Deli for lunch, and all AWP Supporters for their generous donations and efforts in supporting this event.
In 2007 Michael Davis lost his life while serving his country in Iraq. At a mere 21 years of age, Taryn Davis became a widow. In the wake of this tragedy, Taryn began to discover that resources were scarce for young military widows. To reach out and support other young women who had lost a husband in service, Taryn began the American Widow Project (AWP). To date, the American Widow Project has served over 1,100 military widows across the U.S. In 2011, the AWP was recognized as one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes, awarded the Diane Von Furstenberg People's Voice Award, and was a recipient of VH1's Do Something Award. Founder, Taryn Davis, was also named one of Newsweek's 125 Women Who Shake the World, Glamour Magazine's 21 Amazing Young Women, and was nominated as Texan of the Year. The American Widow Project is currently nominated as Small Charity of the Year for the 4th Annual CLASSY Awards.