Pickens, S.C. (May 14, 2019) – Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative is pleased to announce that the 22nd annual Blue Ridge Fest, held on May 3, 2019, raised a record-breaking amount of $235,000 to benefit local non-profit organizations in Greenville, Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties. Since the event’s inception, Blue Ridge Fest has raised nearly $3 million for local human help organizations that provide individuals with basic necessities such as food, shelter, clothing and health care.
The charities receiving funds in 2019 include: A Child’s Haven, Anderson Free Clinic, Anderson Interfaith Ministries, Cancer Association of Pickens County, The Dream Center of Pickens County, Feed a Hungry Child, Fostering Faithfully, Golden Corner Food Pantry, Grace’s Closet, The Lachlan McIntosh Tannery Foundation, North Greenville Crisis Ministry and Pickens Meals on Wheels. Representatives from Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative will host check presentations in June for each non-profit organization receiving funds.
“On behalf of Blue Ridge Electric, we could not be more excited to have raised an unprecedented amount from this year’s fest,” said Jim Lovinggood, president and CEO. “We are extremely thankful for the support of local businesses and individuals and very proud of our employees for uniting in the spirit of charitable giving to help provide financial support to these deserving organizations.”
The annual festival, which boasts the Upstate’s largest classic-car cruise-in along with a beach night show and dance, attracted more than 8,000 attendees in 2019. Featured entertainment for the 2019 festival included The Oak Ridge Boys, The Tams, Jim Quick and Coastline and Magic. Blue Ridge Fest is organized and executed by 160 Blue Ridge Electric employee volunteers, enabling the festival to maximize its proceeds to benefit local charities.
For more information, visit blueridgefest.com or call (800) 240-3400.
About Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative
Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Inc., established in 1940, is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric distribution utility that services more than 67,000 members in the Upstate of South Carolina. The cooperative supplies electric service in Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg counties. Blue Ridge started operations with 1,680 members inherited from the South Carolina Rural Electrification Authority, which was formed more than 80 years ago with the specific task of electrifying the state’s rural areas.