By David Rogers. April 2, 2018. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Don’t look for it on any of their Rummage Sale items this summer, but Blowing Rock Women’s Club got a little “grease” last week to help jumpstart their event, thanks to a donation from The Rotary Club of Blowing Rock.
COVER IMAGE: Left to right: Kathy Earley, Chuck Canady, and Elaine Crowell are all smiles as Canady presents the ceremonial check to the Women’s Club officers on March 26. All photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News
Blowing Rock Women’s Club Receives Check
Women’s Club president Kathy Earley and treasurer Elaine Crowell were on hand to receive the $400 contribution from 2017-18 Rotary Club president Chuck Canady in front of a full house at Chetola Mountain Resort & Spa on Monday, in Blowing Rock.
“We are especially appreciative of Blowing Rock Rotary’s enabling gift to the Women’s Club,” Crowell told Blowing Rock News. “This means a lot. Not only does it help us pay some bills for the event, but it helps jumpstart community awareness of the opportunity to find treasures among the many items that are donated to us by so many. All proceeds from the Rummage Sale will go to higher education scholarships for local students.”
All proceeds from the Women’s Club Rummage Sale go to fund higher education scholarships for Blowing Rock students.
The Rummage Sale is scheduled for May 31 to June 2, 2018, at the American Legion Building in Blowing Rock.
Clabough Kicks Off Horse Show Fundraising Campaign
In other business, event chairman Jim Clabough kicked off the Rotary Club’s campaign to sell program advertising for the 91st Annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show, organizing teams of 6-8 members and distributing sales kits to all, including assignment to businesses that have previously advertised or expressed interest in advertising in support of the horse show.
Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show was first started in 1923 and is the longest continuous running equestrian event in the nation. The “Hunter” portion of the event was recently selected as one of the top 10 horse shows of the year and, consequently, became a candidate for membership in the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame.
Many of Blowing Rock’s business owners are highly appreciative of the three-week horse show’s impact to the local economy. A 2012 study by Appalachian State University concluded that over the 21 days of the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show, the event had a $7.7 million economic impact to the region, much of which is focused in Blowing Rock lodging, eateries, and retail shops.
The Saddlebred Division of the Blowing Rock Charity Show is slated for June 6-10, and the Hunter/Jumper Division will again cover two weeks, with the first segment July 24-29 and the second segment August 1-5.