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High Country Women’s Fund ‘Shares the Journey’

Janice Holly Booth

June 26, 2012. “Life is a journey, not a destination,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson. For some, the journey is filled with love, fun and adventure; for others, it is filled with sadness, worry and pain. The High Country Women’s Fund (HCWF) helps women having that second kind of life journey, and the organization has chosen “Sharing the Journey” as the theme for this year’s round of fundraisers. The Power of the Purse Luncheon and POP Rocks Concert are first on the agenda.

Janice Holly Booth keynotes this years POP Luncheon Friday, July 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Blowing Rock Country Club. Bestselling author of Only Pack What You Can Carry: My Path to Inner Strength, Confidence, and True Self-Knowledge, Booth’s presentation will explore the essentials for finding the path to the life you truly want to live: solitude, introspection, courage and commitment. 

No stranger to solitude and courage, Booth’s life experience includes a three-day solo exploration of Utah’s slot canyons. “The best thing that ever happened to me, aside from dark chocolate, was I had to take that trip alone,” she said. Booth has been “addicted” to solo travel ever since. At the heart of her presentational stories is a call to face fear, embrace ambiguity and experience the transformative power of both. 

The second event in this fundraising weekend is a Melissa Reaves-delivered, rhythm and blues concert and brunch at Crestwood Resort and Spa on Sunday, July 15, starting at 1 p.m. Reaves will perform with her band, The Willys.

Originally from North Carolina, Reaves has toured extensively and maintains a strong base of local fans, who miss her when she’s gone and come out strong when she performs locally. “It’s hard to sit still when that powerful voice and amazing guitar playing come together,” says one fan. When she’s not touring, Melissa divides her year between the ageless mountains of the High Country and the high desert community of Bisbee, AZ.

“We’re extremely fortunate to have been able to engage both of these strong and accomplished women for this year’s Power of the Purse weekend,” said Rebecca Moore, executive assistant for the High Country Women’s Fund. “We especially want to encourage women to bring their spouses and partners to POP Rocks and let the music move them. There will be room to dance!”

Moore went on to say that the High Country Women’s Fund is also very grateful to have the continued support of Jamie and Bonnie Schafer of Westglow Resort and Spa. “They’ve been a sponsor at the premiere level ($5,000) for several years, and this year they doubled that amount. We’re able to help so many women and children in need in the High Country with that level of support.”

In addition to the entertainment, guests at both luncheon and concert will have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for some impressive packages. All raffle packages will be available at the events and three—Spa-cation, Food Fantasy, and High Country Adventure–are offered to the general public for online purchase. HCWF will hold the drawing on July 18. Event tickets are also available online.

Information at a Glance:

POP Luncheon: Friday, July 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Blowing Rock Country Club, 200 Country Club Drive, Blowing Rock, NC.

POP Rocks: Sunday, July 15, 1 to 5 p.m., Crestwood Resort and Spa, 3236 Shulls Mill Rd., Boone, NC.

Deadline for event ticket purchase is July 6. For more information about the POP events, tickets, and the High Country Women’s Fund, contact HCWF at PO Box 144, Boone NC 28607; Phone 828-264-4007; Email info@highcountrywomensfund.org or visit our website at www.highcountrywomensfund.org.

The High Country Women’s Fund is an initiative of the High Country United Way.