Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative announces amount raised for charity through Blue Ridge Fest

July 20, 2020

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative announced the distribution of $144,000 to 12 local non-profit organizations in Greenville, Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties through Blue Ridge Fest despite its cancellation due to COVID-19.  Since the event’s inception, Blue Ridge Fest has raised nearly $3 million for local human help organizations that provide individuals with necessities such as food, shelter, clothing and health care.

The charities receiving funds in 2020 include: A Child’s Haven, CFK, Inc., Feed a Hungry Child, Foothills Alliance, Foothills Care Center, Golden Corner Food Pantry, Grace’s Closet, Hospice of the Upstate,  North Greenville Crisis Ministry, Oconee Presbyterian Service Fund, Service Dogs for Veterans and United Christian Ministries. Check presentations took place in June.

“The twelve charities were selected last fall and our employees remained committed to raising funds for them, especially during such a time of need,” said Jim Lovinggood, CEO of Blue Ridge Electric Co-op.  “This year was very different—no classic cars, music, food or crowds. However, it reaffirms our sponsors’ and community’s unwavering commitment to helping neighbors in need. We look forward to being able to properly thank our donors and invite them to join our charities and employees for a celebration event.”

Blue Ridge Electric employee, Kandy Brooks (right), presented a $12,000 check from the 23rd Annual Blue Ridge Fest to A Child’s Haven. The organization treats children with developmental delays as a result of limited resources, abuse, or neglect, and provides support and education for both the child and their families.

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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.