The Folklife Center was funded through contributions from private donors as well as funding from Fairmont State. A generous donation from Fairmont State alumni Frank and Jane Gabor, for whom the Center is named, provided the means from which the Center has become what it is today. This public-private partnership continues in the form of Friends of the Folklife Center donations, named scholarships, memorial funds, named restorations of facilities, and other opportunities.
The Gala fundraisers held for the Folklife Center every so often have featured good food, music, crafts, silent auction, Appalachian folk music, a barn dance, and an all-round festive gathering. Details for the next Gala will be announced to Friends and to the general public.
Annual membership gifts directly support the mission of the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, and provide funding for educational programming and community outreach that preserves and protects West Virginia’s rich cultural heritage. Membership includes the current edition of Traditions: A Journal of West V8irginia Folk Culture and Educational Awareness; newsletters; invitations to all functions and events of the Folklife Center; inclusion in special “Friends” listings. For more information, please contact the Folklife Center at 304-367-4403 or firstname.lastname@example.org.