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Anniversary year concludes with a special recognition
Nov 3, 2015

It's been a special year at Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative with the celebration of our 75th Anniversary. Throughout the year you have seen many reminders of the early history of the co-op—the 2015 calendar, the Blue Ridge video that was a major attraction at the annual meeting, and the release of the book, A History of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, in August. But in early September, one of the most memorable events took place, the recognition of the Bolts of Brightness honorees.

This special group of 75 individuals was nominated by you, our membership, in response to a call for outstanding volunteers within your communities. The stories of the deeds performed by this select group were heart-warming. But the theme that tied all of them together was simply their willingness to give of themselves to help someone that had a need.

Recipients of this special award are listed along with a photograph of many of them on the following two pages. They, along with the person that nominated them, were treated to a celebratory dinner in September where they were recognized and received a framed certificate. Following the announcement of the winners, $500 was given in their honor to the charitable cause they champion.

The idea behind Bolts of Brightness was to "find a few big hearts that light up our community," and we congratulate each of those who were chosen.


As Charles Dalton addressed the men and women present that night, he said, "When we started talking about how we could use our anniversary celebration to impact our communities and membership in some way, the idea of Bolts of Brightness was born. Just like Blue Ridge has brought light or brightness to upstate South Carolina, so have each of you, that are being honored here tonight, brought brightness to someone." We congratulate these very special people, and the 75 charities, churches, organizations, schools, Scout troops and the like that will benefit in a big way from these big hearts in their communities.



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