Hello, my name is Will Dockery. For the past several years I've been making candles as a hobby and as gifts.
In October of 2017, I became involved in a preservation effort to save Lewis Park in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Lewis Park is a 27.5 acre park in the heart of Fayetteville that serves a large and diverse population that has no other open green space within easy walking distance.
While significant progress has been made to save the park from being sold off, there is still a lot that has to be done to make sure Lewis Park is preserved for future generations. The biggest hurdle that remains is finding a source of funding to help purchase the park.
Currently, we are working with multiple public shareholders to find funding, but every dollar we raise now is a dollar we can save later.
That is why I began Black Oak Candles -- to help raise money to Save Lewis Park. Every cent of profit from these candles goes directly to the nonprofit Friends of Lewis Park, which will use the money to help buy Lewis Park. Once we have made sure Lewis Park is open to the public in perpetuity, future proceeds will be used to save and protect other public green spaces.
The name for Black Oak Candles comes from the former pioneer town in southern Washington County, Arkansas that my great-great-great-great grandfather J.J. Dockery homesteaded.
There is still a small unincorporated community there that borders the Ozark National Forest. The church and cemetery there were deeded from J.J. Dockery's land. The black oak trees that gave the area its name over 150 years ago are still standing today.