Blowing Rock Chamber hands out $25k+ in Winterfest proceeds

Blowing Rock Chamber hands out $25k+ in Winterfest proceeds
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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.


About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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