Blue Ridge Fest Reaches New Level

Blue Ridge Fest Reaches New Level

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Blue Ridge Fest Reaches New Level

Blue Ridge Fest raised an all-time record amount of $225,000 in its 21st year of “Great Times for Great Causes.”  With perfect weather, 400 classic cars, a crowd numbering 6,000, three excellent entertainers, and more than 100 sponsors, this annual charity fund-raiser was a huge success. 

“We are thrilled to continue to be successful in raising money for local charities,” said Jim Lovinggood, president and CEO of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative.  “Our employees work hard to make this night special for everyone that comes.  But we can only be successful because people keep coming year after year and enjoying this night with us.”

Twelve upstate charities will benefit from the money raised at this event.  They are A Call to Action, Anderson Free Clinic, Center for Developmental Services, Collins Children’s Home, The Dream Center of Pickens County, Fair Play Camp School, Feed a Hungry Child, Hospice of the Upstate, The Lachlan McIntosh Tannery Foundation, Miracle Hill Children’s Home, North Greenville Crisis Ministry, and Samaritan Health Clinic of Pickens County.  Representatives from Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative will host check presentations later this month. 

Featured entertainment for the 2018 event included The Spinners, Jim Quick and Coastline and Magic.  Playing hits from the 60’s and 70’s, these groups provided wonderful music for dancing or just listening.  More than 200 volunteers organize and execute this event each year, enabling the festival to maximize its proceeds to local charities.  Since it began in 1998, Blue Ridge Fest has grown to one of the largest charity fundraisers in the Upstate, giving more than $2.7 million to human help organizations.