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Blue Ridge Fest raises $172,000 for local non-profits

July 25, 2014

PICKENS — Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative and Blue Ridge Security Solutions have announced that the 17th annual Blue Ridge Fest on May 16 raised $172,000 to benefit local non-profit organizations in Greenville, Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties.


The festival also attracted more than 6,000 attendees and 450 classic cars.


This year a number of nonprofits received funds from Blue Ridge Fest. The charities include Developmental Center for Exceptional Children, Dot’s Kitchen, Helping Hands of Clemson, Meals on Wheels of Anderson, North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry, Oconee Presbyterian Service Fund, Pickens County Meals on Wheels, Ripple of One, Rosa Clark Medical Clinic, Safe Harbor, Samaritan Health Clinic of Pickens County and United Christian Ministries.


Since 1998, Blue Ridge Fest has donated nearly $1.8 million to numerous agencies in the Upstate area that provide individuals with basic necessities such as food, shelter, clothing, and health care. Representatives from both Blue Ridge Security Solutions and Blue Ridge Electric recently hosted check presentations for each non-profit organization receiving funds.


“The momentum behind this year’s Blue Ridge Fest enabled us to support our community at a very high level,” said Charles Dalton, president and CEO. “We’re pleased to continually assist a number of charitable organizations that serve individuals within our four-county region.”


The annual festival boasts the “Upstate’s largest classic-car cruise-in,” along with a beach night show and dance that features nationally known entertainers. Blue Ridge Fest is organized and executed by 250 Blue Ridge Electric and Blue Ridge Security employee volunteers, enabling the festival to maximize its proceeds to benefit local charities.


The 2015 Blue Ridge Fest has been scheduled for May 8 at the cooperative’s headquarters in Pickens.