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Rivers Rutherford and Friends

by Ashley Stewart

The Nashville Songwriter’s Round is an unforgettable celebration of the talents of nationally-recognized composers and musicians, all for the benefit of Blue Ridge School and Early College.

Blue Ridge School and Early College in Cashiers may be small, but their dedication to the students knows no bounds. Educating just over 360 students in grades Pre-K through 12, including an optional 13th year for the students in the Early College program, BRS prides itself on their small campus and their ability to provide a more personal educational experience.

The Blue Ridge School Education Foundation was founded in 2002 to provide supplemental funding for education and raising the level of academic success.

The Foundation depends on the support of individual donors and other organizational and business sponsors, but principally from their annual fundraiser, the Nashville Songwriter’s Round. On Saturday, August 24, the Foundation will host the 14th Annual Concert featuring Rivers Rutherford and Friends. Rivers has headlined this show every year since its inception. He and several guest artists visit the Plateau every year to support the Foundation and their efforts supporting Blue Ridge School and Early College.

Proceeds from the show will go directly to funding educational needs, including classroom equipment and supplies; Health and Wellness needs for students; scholarships for graduating seniors and the Academic Honors Banquet. In 2019, a total of $31,500 in scholarships was awarded to nine students as they continue their education in colleges across North Carolina. Other grants have been awarded to the Music Department, English Language Arts, and Social Studies Department and Library.

“What makes this work so well is the camaraderie and working relationship between the administration and the Foundation,” says Foundation president Carl Hyde, “It’s all about the kids and driving of academic achievement.”

The show will be held at Trillium Links and Lake Club. Tickets for the show are $150. Tables can be reserved for groups of 10 for $1,500. Dinner will be served at 6:30 P.M. and the show begins at 8:00. This popular event sells out every year, so be sure to secure your tickets early. Tickets are available at the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Chamber at (828) 743-5191 or visit brsfoundation.com.

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