Old Cars and Great Music are a winning combination
Jun 14, 2012
An estimated crowd of 5,000 took advantage of a perfect spring night to be a part of the 15th Annual Blue Ridge Fest. With more than 550 classic cars in place, plenty of good food on hand, and three great groups entertaining, the night was perfect. Charles Dalton, Blue Ridge President and CEO, declared this a record-breaking night. "I don't think we have ever had this many people here for Blue Ridge Fest. They came early and stayed late. We had many beautifully restored vehicles, and the combination of Ben E. King, Jimmy Clanton and Jim Quick and Coastline provided for everyone's musical taste. It was a great night."
|Classic cars lined up early for viewing by Fest-goers. Styles and colors of every hue covered the co-op grounds.|
One of the highlights of the evening was the drawing of the winning ticket for the new Chevrolet Camaro and $5,000 second prize. Samantha Tucker of Greenville held the winning ticket for the Camaro and Shirley Edwards of Tamassee won $5,000.
|Ben E. King thrilled the crowd with his magical music, including his hits, "Stand By Me" and "Rose in Spanish Harlem". |
All of the night's activities contributed to a new annual fund-raising high of $171,000 that will be given to 13 local upstate charities. "We've often heard that we all need to look out for each other," Dalton commented. "Blue Ridge Fest is a wonderful example of what happens when we follow that principal. With the support of our sponsors, everyone that attends or buys a raffle ticket, and the work of each employee, thousands of individuals and families will be helped with necessities they can't provide for themselves."
The cumulative proceeds total for 15 years has climbed to $1.4 million placing Blue Ridge Fest among the top fundraising events in the Upstate. If you missed it this year, make sure you add Blue Ridge Fest to your list of places to be in May, 2013. It truly is a night of Great Times for Great Causes that you will not want to miss.
|Blue Ridge Electric and Blue Ridge Security employees were number 1at Blue Ridge Fest serving thousands of hamburgers and hotdogs throughout the night.|