Blue Ridge Fest celebrates a successful night
Blue Ridge Fest has a reputation…good food, great entertainment, and an amazing car show. This year was no disappointment. With perfect weather, the crowds had hundreds of classic cars to see and enjoy. A record attendance of 8,000 attend the 22nd Annual Blue Ridge Fest helping to raise a record $235,000. Twelve selected charities will share in $235,000 raised by this annual event.
John Cessarich of WYFF-4 received the Charles E. Dalton Founder’s Award from Jim Lovinggood at this year’s Fest. The award was presented in appreciation for his constant support and promotion of the event, helping to make it one of the most successful in the Upstate.
When Blue Ridge Fest was established, the vision of Charles Dalton was that through the efforts of one weekend of giving, people in the local communities would see tangible benefits. The rewards from that one weekend have been great. To date, more than $3 million dollars have been given to 75+ local charities providing help to thousands of individuals in Oconee, Pickens, Anderson and Greenville counties.
The Oak Ridge Boys entertained the audience with many of their classic gospel and country hits. A crowd favorite was “Amazing Grace” that they sang at the funeral of President George Bush.
President and CEO Jim Lovinggood is thankful to all that contribute to the success of Blue Ridge Fest. “It’s hard to imagine all the effort that goes into an event like this. Our employees, sponsors, media partners and volunteers are all responsible for the funding we’re able to provide our chosen charities. The needs are so great and I am proud that we can help make life better for the clients these organizations serve. I would remiss not to thank those who come to Blue Ridge Fest and enjoy the music, food and cars each year. We hope you’ll be with us again. If you haven’t been to Blue Ridge Fest, I hope you’ll come next year.”