WFBR Supports Back to School Festivals

Members of the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge participated in the Watauga County Back-To-School Festival in early August.  Support for this festival came from many local groups, including Quiet Givers, Footsloggers, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, Hospitality House, Western Youth Network, and the Children’s Council.  The festival was created to bring relief to families that are struggling to meet the demands of back to school shopping.

WFBR member (and former board member) Kathy Crutchfield spearheaded the Women’s Fund efforts, encouraging members to recruit volunteer hairdressers, and obtaining new shoes, and gift cards for clothing stores.  Thanks especially to Kathy, all the WFBR volunteers, and to all those who participated in this important event.

After the festival, volunteers took the remaining school supplies to the Avery County Back-To-School organizers for their event, scheduled for the next week.  The WFBR hopes all area youth will feel well-prepared for great success in school this year.

Inaugural Luncheon a Great Success

The inaugural luncheon for the new Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge was held on Thursday, June 26th, at the Linville Ridge Clubhouse in Avery County.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, donors, and all who attended, the luncheon was a wonderful success. Together, we raised over $110,000 for the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge. The fund will soon begin its grant process to redistribute funds to local non-profits that benefit women and girls.

The theme of the luncheon was “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and 272 guests enjoyed the beautiful setting, fantastic silent and live auction items, and sharing a common goal of using philanthropy to better our community for our sisters in need.

To join the mailing list for the 2015 luncheon, become a member, or volunteer, contact the WFBR office at, or call 828-264-4002.