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2011 Blue Ridge Fest
Aug 1, 2011

The Blue Ridge Fest charity fund-raiser held the weekend of May 13 & 14 proved to be a big success. A huge crowd turned out for Friday's Beach Night show and dance and collectible-car cruise-in. Chubby Checker proved that he still has star-power, as the 6,000 fans roared approval for his rendition of "The Twist". Then, the motorcycle rally on Saturday brought the event to a pleasant and noisy conclusion.

Sponsors have always been an important part of Blue Ridge Fest, and this year was no exception. The donations of more than 100 sponsors, led by three Presenting Sponsors—Allied Tree Service, Quality Inspection Services, and Sluder Urban Forestry—added to the financial success of this event. "It's hard to decide who benefits the most from Blue Ridge Fest," said Charles Dalton, president and CEO. "Certainly the people served by the funded agencies benefit; but I firmly believe there are considerable benefits for our entire cooperative family. During the Fest weekend, Blue Ridge Electric and Blue Ridge Security employee volunteers and family members work as a team to help meet community needs. The fulfillment we receive in knowing that we are working for a greater good is very rewarding. I'm very proud of the volunteer efforts of our employees, and we all look forward to an event that will continue to grow and see even greater success in future years."

Thanks to our corporate sponsors, the volunteer efforts of the Blue Ridge employee team, and the largest-ever attendance for Beach Night, the festival set a new financial milestone. Blue Ridge Fest 2011 produced a total of $162,000 in net proceeds. These proceeds were recently divided among the 13 local charities selected to receive funding. This year's charities include Anderson Free Clinic, Anderson Interfaith Ministries, Golden Corner Food Bank, Haven of Rest Ministries, Helping Hands of Clemson, Hidden Treasure Christian School, Oconee Presbyterian Service Fund, Pickens County Meals on Wheels, Rosa Clark Medical Clinic Association, Sabrina House Children's Charity, Samaritan Health Clinic of Pickens County, SHARE, and United Christian Ministries.

With this new fund-raising mark, Blue Ridge Fest has contributed more than $1.25 million to area charities during its 14-year existence.

Blue Ridge Fest 2012 Beach Night/Cruise-In will be held May 11, 2012. For a night of unmatched beach music, make your plans to be there.

Anderson Free Clinic: Left to right, Melissa Somers, Barbara Maxwell and Barb Baptista of Anderson Free Clinic are presented a $12,000 check on behalf of Blue Ridge Fest by Blue Ridge Security employees, Jimmy Billings, Jim Ballatin, Marc Winton, Kristie Herron, Gabe Bolding and Leigh Snow. Blue Ridge Fest, a charitable event sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric and Blue Ridge Security, celebrated its 14th anniversary this year and has raised over $1.25 million dollars for Upstate charities.


Anderson Interfaith Ministries: Blue Ridge Security employees join Jim Lovinggood, general manager of Blue Ridge Security Systems, third from right, in presenting a Blue Ridge Fest check for $12,000 to Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM). Accepting on behalf of AIM are Hugh Burgess, board chairman and Tracy Bowie. Joining in the presentation at far right are Chris Couch and Tom Hazelton of Coca Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, a faithful Fest corporate sponsor. Blue Ridge Fest, a charitable event sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric and Blue Ridge Security, celebrated its 14th anniversary this year and has raised over $1.25 million dollars for Upstate charities.


Golden Corner Food Bank: Golden Corner Food Bank was the recipient of a $12,000 check on behalf of the charitable fund-raiser, Blue Ridge Fest. Blue Ridge employees Zeke Seigler and Terry Ballenger, (right and second from right) presented the Fest check to Richard Kulper and Steve Finger of Golden Corner Food Bank. Blue Ridge Fest sponsors, Larry Davis (third from left) of Davis Electrical & Plumbing, and Brian and Tracy Keefer (center and third from right) of Core 24 Gym were also present. Blue Ridge Fest is an employee sponsored charitable event of Blue Ridge Electric and Blue Ridge Security. Upstate charities have received $1.25 million throughout the event's 14 year history.


Haven of Rest Ministries: Blue Ridge Security employees, Leigh Snow, Susan Clark, Gabe Bolding and Jim Ballatin along with Blue Ridge Security Systems general manager, Jim Lovinggood, present a Blue Ridge Fest check in the amount of $13,000 to Curtis Pless and Brian Allen of Haven of Rest Ministries. Blue Ridge Fest, a charitable event sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric and Blue Ridge Security, celebrated its 14th anniversary this year and has raised over $1.25 million dollars for Upstate charities.


Helping Hands of Clemson: Jennifer Barbour of Helping Hands of Clemson, (third from left) is presented a Blue Ridge Fest check in the amount of $12,000 by Terry Ballenger of Blue Ridge Electric, (second from right). Also assisting with the presentation were (l-r): Darren Brezeale and Amy Childress, Blue Ridge employees and Blue Ridge Fest sponsors, Will Huss of Trehel Corporation and Hal Ruble of Quality Inspection Services. Blue Ridge Fest is an employee sponsored charitable event of Blue Ridge Electric & Blue Ridge Security. Upstate charities have received $1.25 million throughout the event's 14 year history.


Hidden Treasure Christian School: Beth Balderson of Hidden Treasure Christian School, far left, recently accepted a Blue Ridge Fest check in the amount of $12,000 on behalf of the school. Staff and students also joined the presentation as well as Blue Ridge Security employee, Dave Bunce, fourth from right, and Blue Ridge Electric employee, Bryan Roper, far right. Blue Ridge Fest is an employee sponsored charitable event of Blue Ridge Electric and Blue Ridge Security. Upstate charities have received $1.25 million throughout the event's 14 year history.


Oconee Presbyterian Service Fund: Left to right: Beverly Crenshaw of Blue Ridge Electric along with Blue Ridge Fest sponsors, Joe Sellers of Allied Tree Service, and Lori Kelley and Cindy Swafford of Community First Bank, present a fest check in the amount of $12,000 to Oconee Presbyterian Service Fund. Accepting the check on behalf of Oconee Presbyterian Service Fund are, Robert French, Jack Workman, Ann Smith and Helen Lewis. Blue Ridge Fest is an employee sponsored charitable event of Blue Ridge Electric and Blue Ridge Security. Upstate charities have received $1.25 million throughout the event's 14 year history.


Pickens County Meals on Wheels: Meta Bowers of Pickens County Meals on Wheels is presented a check for $12,000 from Blue Ridge Fest. Assisting with the presentation are Bart Turner, representative from Pickens County Meals on Wheels board and Peoples National Bank, a Blue Ridge Fest sponsor, Kay Ballard, of Hiott Printing and Rick Fisher of The Cliffs Communities, also Blue Ridge Fest sponsors, along with Riley Roberts and David Collins of Blue Ridge Electric Coop. Blue Ridge Fest, a charitable event sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric and Blue Ridge Security, celebrated its 14th anniversary this year and has raised over $1.25 million dollars for Upstate charities.


Rosa Clark Medical Clinic: Rosa Clark Medical Clinic Association was recently the recipient of a $12,000 Blue Ridge Fest check. Pictured left to right are Ken Nix, Rosa Clark Medical Clinic board member, Beverly Crenshaw of Blue Ridge Electric, Vicki Thompson, Executive Director of Rosa Clark Medical Clinic, and Sammy Dickson of Blue Ridge Electric. Blue Ridge Fest is an employee sponsored charitable event of Blue Ridge Electric and Blue Ridge Security. Upstate charities have received $1.25 million throughout the event's 14 year history.


Sabrina House Children's Charity: Sabrina House Children's Charity recently received a Blue Ridge Fest check in the amount of $13,000. Sabrina was joined by her mother and father, Tina and Billy House, along with board members, Jimmy Gravely and Pam Broughton. Also, present were, Cathy Petropoulos and Carol Goldsmith of WYFF4, a Fest sponsor, Denise McCormick of Blue Ridge Electric and Andy Pickens of AP Design, a Fest sponsor. Blue Ridge Fest, a charitable event sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric and Blue Ridge Security, celebrated its 14th anniversary this year and has raised over $1.25 million dollars for Upstate charities.


Samaritan Health Clinic: Regina Reece (far right) of Samaritan Health Clinic of Pickens was recently presented a Blue Ridge Fest check in the amount of $12,000 by Elaine Banks and Michelle Watson of Blue Ridge Electric (second and third from right). Jamie Willis of Foothills Motorsports and Wendell Grimes of Easley Moose Family Center No. 2219, Blue Ridge Fest sponsors, also joined in the presentation. Blue Ridge Fest is an employee sponsored charitable event of Blue Ridge Electric and Blue Ridge Security. Upstate charities have received $1.25 million throughout the event's 14 year history.


SHARE: Left to Right, Tim Mays and Liza Holder, Blue Ridge Electric employees are joined by Blue Ridge Fest sponsors: Brian Wills of Carolina Tree Care and Herb and Karil Tyler of Chick-fil-A of Seneca, to present a $12,000 Blue Ridge Fest check to Cathy Stowers, Case Manager and Program Coordinator of SHARE. Blue Ridge Fest, a charitable event sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric and Blue Ridge Security, celebrated its 14th anniversary this year and has raised over $1.25 million dollars for Upstate charities.


United Christian Ministries: Michelle Watson and Ann Garren of Blue Ridge Electric, present a $12,000 Blue Ridge Fest check to Teresa Nash of United Christian Ministries. Wilburn Snyder of Sunset Vegetation Management, a Fest sponsor, and Craig Ragsdale, Will Ragsdale and Bill Ragsdale of Martin Printing, also a Fest sponsor, were on hand for the presentation. Blue Ridge Fest is an employee sponsored charitable event of Blue Ridge Electric and Blue Ridge Security. Upstate charities have received $1.25 million throughout the event's 14 year history.



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