Charities Benefit from Blue Ridge Fest
When all is said and done, giving to help another person just makes you feel good. In late June, the money raised at the 2018 Blue Ridge Fest was given to charities that were pre-selected by an employee committee.
Committee chairman Zach Hinton saw the work that went into selecting these 12 organizations from almost 100 applications. “Every application that comes in is reviewed, and the needs are overwhelming. We wish we could help every one of them, but we try to focus on agencies that help people with basic needs—food, shelter, medical care, and other short-term assistance.”
This year the charities that were selected included 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.
Knowing how important sponsors are to the success of Blue Ridge Fest, each sponsor is invited to join Blue Ridge employees at one of the check presentations to meet the people that are the face of the charity. Liza Holder works closely with Fest sponsors and the charities during this process. She explains, “It’s so rewarding for our sponsors to see first-hand what Blue Ridge Fest does in the local communities. These agencies are the ‘boots on the ground’ for Blue Ridge Fest, our employees and our sponsors. They take what we give them and use that donation to help thousands of individuals and families.”
Planning for 2019 Blue Ridge Fest has already begun, spurred on by the thanks of people like Chris Wilson, representing the Dream Center in Pickens County. In her note of thanks she writes, “The Dream Center is so grateful for every person that gives of their time or money to support Blue Ridge Fest. This generous grant goes a long way to provide individuals and families in need of a hand up in a time of crisis. Because of this support, we will be able to accept families with children into our homeless shelter program, The Opportunity Village, in the near future. Blue Ridge Fest exemplifies how people can come together to make a big impact on needs in our community while providing the opportunity for sponsors, employees, and volunteers to each be Difference Makers. Thank you for allowing us to be a recipient of such incredible generosity.” Make your plans to be part of this group next year on Friday, May 3 at our annual “Great Times for Great Causes” event.