We’re slowly making our way into the fall (weather permitting) and Dylan couldn’t be more excited that the summer heat is hopefully behind us.
Anyone who knows us knows that Dylan and I are involved in variety of projects and organizations. While UpAhead is a passion project for both of us, we actually spend most of our time during the week working for a North Louisiana nonprofit.
The Ross Lynn Charitable Foundation (RLCF) was formed after the passing of an incredible Louisiana native named Ross Lynn. Ross grew up in Gilliam, Louisiana but knew there was a greater world outside Caddo Parish to explore. He attended college at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana and developed a strong passion for mountain climbing, specifically alpine climbing. Coupled with his alpinist aspirations, Ross always carried a camera and kept a mind for self reflection. RLCF works to embody Ross’s legacy in North Louisiana.
Dylan functions as the Associate Director working to ensure the continuity of the foundation and seeing that it fulfills its mission. This work includes an array of tasks, such as marketing and awareness, fundraising and development, and leadership of one of the Foundation’s programs, The Exchange. My position is as Programs and Events Coordinator, developing and implementing foundation work as directed by our mission and areas of focus.
One of the newest programs for RLCF that both of us are super pumped about is the Legacy Show. As part of the 5th year of the RLCF, the foundation decided to create an art show to publicly display Ross’s photography for the first time since his passing in 2013. Over the past year, we worked down Ross’s library of 42,000 images to the 23 in this year’s 2019 collection. It took a lot of time and we had a ton of help from friends of Ross, the foundation, and our board.
I really encourage y’all to see the show before it ends (October 30th) at Main Street Exchange in Ruston or Bossier Parish Community College (Donna Service Gallery in Building A) in Bossier City. The best time to see the show will be this Friday October 11th during the Main Street Exchange reception for the show which also coincides with Ruston’s first Downtown Wine Walk!
Come join the fun in downtown Ruston on Friday evening sampling wine, enjoying our beautiful city, and of course viewing the incredible scenes that Ross captured during his travels!
P.S. Dylan and I maintain RLCF’s website (naturally) so check it out to see some of our work!