The Upper Big Branch mining disaster in West Virginia this past April hit many coal mining areas across the region hard.
One of the 29 men killed was William Roosevelt Lynch, an African-American miner who's legacy was honored at the "Soul Of Coal" event in Beckley, West Virginia.
The luncheon celebrated the history and diversity of the southern West Virginia coal mines with soul food, music and poetry.
Lynch was a popular local basketball coach in Oak hill and all the proceeds from the benefit are going to the Lynch Memorial Fund, which will pay for one tenth grader to go to West Virginia's basketball camp.
If you'd like to contribute to the Lynch Memorial Fund, you can mail a donation to:
Beckley Area Foundation (BAF)
129 Main Street, Suite 203
Beckley, WV 25801
Checks should be made payable to the BAF-Lynch Memorial Fund.
You must note on the check it is for the Lynch Memorial Fund.
Contributions are tax deductible.