2019 Barn Dance & Bar-B-Q

3rd Annual Bar Dance & Bar-B-Q – August 2, 2019

A lively crowd filled the Sawyer Family Farmstead to capacity on a lovely August evening, for the 3rd Annual Mountain Youth Charities BARN2019 Barn Dance DANCE AND BAR-B-Q. Guests couldn’t get enough of the square dancing led by Joe Sam Queen and line dancing led by Danie Beck and Suman Fischer. Award-winning Asheville bluegrass band “SONGS FROM THE ROAD BAND” was a great hit and they played throughout the evening. For the third year Barn Dance guests enjoyed a lip-smackin’ barbecue dinner catered by “On the Side Barbecue”.

As they arrived guests were welcomed by two familiar young local musicians, Chris Tucker and Tyler Espinal. Blue Ridge Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) kicked off the evening’s entertainment in the barn. An after-school program which is open to students from Blue Ridge, Summit Charter and home-schooled students, JAM has performed at every Barn Dance since the first MYC Barn Dance in 2017. Mountain Youth Charities is JAM’s fiscal agent.

Again this year the primary beneficiary of the evening’s fundraising was Blue Ridge School Education Foundation. A recent graduate of Blue Ridge Early College, Ashlee O’Dwyer, spoke eloquently about the value of her Blue Ridge education. After graduation from Blue Ridge Early College, Ashlee entered the Honors Program at Western Carolina University as a junior and is now a senior enrolled in the Inclusive Education Program.

The evening’s ticket sales, auction, sponsorships and donations netted over $55,000, which is a record amount for this event. The $30,000 awarded to the Blue Ridge School Education Foundation will be matched by an anonymous donor to the Foundation. In addition to benefitting the Foundation and JAM, the money raised at the Barn Dance will be given to other schools and youth programs who apply for grants via the application on the MYC website

Mountain Youth Charities thanks all guests, patrons, sponsors and volunteers who made the Mountain Youth Charities’ Barn Dance and Bar-B-Q a big success!

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Read the article in the Sept. 11 edition of the Crossroads Chronicle: page 1, and the continuation on page 8.

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