Charities receive generous donations from 2020 Blue Ridge Fest
Although Blue Ridge Fest was canceled due to the restrictions brought on by COVID-19, the sponsors and employees never lost sight of the purpose behind this annual event. Now in its 23rd year, Blue Ridge Fest has given almost $3 million to more than 80 local charities serving clients in Upstate South Carolina.
President and CEO Jim Lovinggood announced the cancellation in mid-March when it became apparent that the restrictions brought on by COVID-19 would not allow people to gather in large crowds. “Our employee committee had chosen twelve charities last fall to be the recipients of our Fest proceeds, and we were all determined not to let them down,” he said. Sponsors were contacted, and they overwhelmingly agreed that helping local people through the rough times was a priority for them. Each charity has received a check for $12,000 thanks to the generosity of those that support this event, along with the contributions of co-op employees.
Lovinggood added, “This year was very different—no classic cars, music, food or crowds. However, it reaffirms that people support this event for the satisfaction of knowing that someone who needs help will be the beneficiary. We look forward to being able to properly thank our sponsors when we can invite them to join our charities and employees for a celebration event.”
The entertainers scheduled for this year have already committed to be a part of the 2021 Blue Ridge Fest. So plan now to join us next year as Ronnie Milsap, Restless Heart, and the Tams take the stage for a night of great entertainment