Linville Ridge Employee Scholarship Fund Auction Raises Record Breaking $73K

Published Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 11:59 am

Linville Ridge is pleased to announce that the Linville Ridge Employee Scholarship Fund Auction was held on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.  The fall themed fundraising event, in support of employees, was attended by members and guests who bid on spa services, clinics and lesson, private catered dinners, wine tastings and employee decorated pumpkins and raised a record breaking $73,285.00.  This is twenty percent more than what was raised in 2015.

Linville Ridge has two scholarship funds: The F.H. “Sammy” Ross, Jr. Memorial Scholarship and the Gary “GJ” Johnston Leadership Scholarship.  The scholarships, administered by the North Carolina CommunityFund, are for employees and their family members who meet certain requirements in order to qualify.

The F.H. “Sammy” Ross, Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established in the Summer of 2000 through a generous donation from Margaret and Margo Ross, and contributions from many friends of Mr. Ross at Linville Ridge Country Club.  The scholarship memorializes the spirit, generosity and integrity of Sammy Ross, a charter member of the Club, and his love for Linville Ridge – his friends, both members and staff.

The Gary “GJ” Johnston Leadership Scholarship was established in the Summer of 2007 by The Lutgert Companies as a means of recognizing and honoring Gary Johnston, who retired as a valuable employee of The Lutgert Companies and Linville Ridge Country Club after 23 years.  GJ was always a strong advocate for Linville Ridge employees and instrumental in creating the Linville Ridge Employee Scholarship fund in 2000, when the first scholarship was named in memory of Sammy Ross, long-time Linville Ridge member and friend of GJ’s.

Since the inception of the scholarships, 86 scholarships have been granted providing financial resources and greater opportunities for employees and their families.

About Linville Ridge

Linville Ridge is an established private residential community near Blowing Rock, North Carolina – a short drive from Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Winston-Salem and Asheville.  Developed by The Lutgert Companies in 1982, Linville Ridge boasts the highest elevation golf course east of the Mississippi River which was redesigned by Bobby Weed Golf Design in 2009; five dining venues; eight Har-Tru® tennis courts; four PicklePave® pickleball courts; two regulation–sized croquet lawns; bocce, heated mountainside swimming pool; hiking trails; youth activities; and a full service hair salon and spa. Linville Ridge Country Club offers a variety of membership categories for golf and social members alike. Linville Ridge offers a range of ownership opportunities from estate homes, mountain cottages, town homes and homesites, through their on-site brokerage, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. For more information, visitwww.linvilleridge.com.

About North Carolina Community Fund

The North Carolina Community Fund (NCCF) is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has made $101 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $237 million in assets, the NCCF sustains 1,200 endowments established to provide long-term support of a broad range of community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions and scholarships.  As a leading charitable resource for donors, NCCF partners with a growing number of individuals, families, businesses, corporations and nonprofit organizations to establish endowments or contribute to funds that benefit charitable causes that matter to them, to their communities and throughout North Carolina.

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