Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® President, Barry Carper, accepts a $100,000 donation check from the James R. Wilkins Charitable Trust, presented by Jimmy and Richie Wilkins, as other Festival Officials look on. Jimmy Wilkins explained that his father, Jim Wilkins Sr., had wanted this done years ago, but the family had to wait until the Festival had been able to achieve the federally-granted 501(c)(3) tax status. With the help of the Festival Officials shown, this tax status was recently attainedby the Festival after many years of work and many years of waiting. True to the wishes of the Wilkins Family [Jimmy, Richie and Donna Wilkins Downing] this donation will be used to create a Festival Endowment that will grow and will help the Festival to perpetuate itself. Both Jim Wilkins Sr. and Jim Wilkins Jr. were Presidents of the Festival; and, the wall of photos behind the group are mementos of Jim Wilkins Sr.’s many great Festival experiences.