by Madison V. Fisler
Feb. 21, 2014. WinterFest in Blowing Rock sure is a lot of fun, but the festival does a lot more than just bring entertainment to the town. The proceeds from the annual winter festival are donated to deserving Blowing Rock nonprofit organizations each year to help them meet their goals. Charities and other nonprofits worked hard this year to make this year’s WinterFest the best one yet.
“We were just delighted with WinterFest this year,” said Billie Rogers, events coordinator at the Chamber.
“It was such a successful event, especially due to the great weather and the large push in the media to get the information out there.”
This year, just under $25,000 was raised for and by local charitable organizations.
According to Rogers, The Mountain Alliance raised more than $12,000, The Western Youth Network raised more than $4,000, the Watauga Humane Society raised more than $800 and other local charities raised substantial amounts as well.
“We try to give back to all the organizations that help us to put on the events,” Rogers said. “It’s a great event and everyone pitches in.”
The Blowing Rock Chamber presented a check to nonprofits like the Western Youth Network, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts which included $3,500 which was donated to the Alzheimer’s Group, Rogers said. The money that was collected from the famous Polar Plunge was included in the total of $5,675.
For more information, contact the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at BlowingRock.com or call 828-295-7851.