GASSED UP: Energy co-op initiative helps fund breast cancer research

GASSED UP: Energy co-op initiative helps fund breast cancer research
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Special Report. October 25, 2018. BOONE, NC — Blue Ridge Energy Propane and Fuels recently donated $4,947 to Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation in Watauga County.

Pictured L-R are Blue Ridge Energy employees Shawn Aldridge and Kevin Ward, along with hospital employees Angie Shoemake, Cancer Center Social Worker; Debbie Shook, Cancer Center Nursing Director; Addie Cardwell, Foundation Special Events Coordinator; Kim Bianca, Sr. VP of Hospitals and Acute Services; Brian Whitfield, Director of Development; and Dr. Anne-Corinne Beaver, Cancer Liaison Physician.

The donation represents a penny for every gallon of propane delivered in Watauga County during the past year by the company’s pink breast cancer awareness “Fueling the Fight” propane delivery truck. Since beginning the program in 2013,

Blue Ridge Energy Propane and Fuels has donated nearly $73,000 to local breast cancer-related organizations across its service area.

Blue Ridge Energy, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation (dba Blue Ridge Energy) that provides propane and heating fuels to residential and commercial customers in northwest North Carolina and southwest VA. During October, the subsidiary is making donations to breast cancer related organizations in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, and Alleghany counties, and Grayson County, Virginia.

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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