By David Rogers. March 20, 2018. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Regional meteorologists forecast overnight new snowfall on Tuesday, but those predictions proved a fitting prelude to Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce presenting $25,550 in checks to local non-profit agencies on Tuesday, all from the proceeds of January’s Winterfest 2018.
COVER IMAGE: Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce CEO Charles Hardin (foreground) presents individual checks to representatives of several non-profit agencies. Behind Hardin (blocked) is Jennifer Warren, Western Youth Network; and from left to right, Todd Carter, Hospitality House; Rachel Whitner, Mountain Alliance; Wendy Patoprsky, Middle Fork Greenway; Scott Nelson, Blood, Sweat & Gears; Sam Copenhaver, Boy Scout Troop 100; Jennifer Brown, Blowing Rock Parks & Recreation; Sherie Pitts, Blood, Sweat & Gears; and David Barker, Chairman of the Board, Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce and owner, Blowing Rock Market. Photographic image by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News
An overcast day with a chill wind in the air did nothing to dampen the spirits of several of those who benefited from the Chamber of Commerce wintertime largesse. On hand to receive checks in front of the Chamber’s Park Ave. office were representatives from Western Youth Network; Blood, Sweat & Gears; Middle Fork Greenway; Boy Scout Troop 100; Hospitality House; Mountain Alliance; Blowing Rock Parks & Recreation and The Rotary Club of Blowing Rock.
In revealing the aggregate total amount of the donations, Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Charles Hardin thanked the various agencies not only for their service to the community, but also to those who provided volunteers to help the many facets of Winterfest run smoothly, including WinterFeast, Polar Plunge, Winter Tastings & Auction, Chili Challenge, WinterFashion Show, Winterfest Bonfire, WinterPaws, Hayrides, Silent Auction & Raffle, Winterfest Beer Garden, and Ice Skating, among other activities for young and old.