Blue Knights Host 6th Annual Falling Leaf Ride

Posted by: swright 5 years, 4 months ago

Fifty-two motorcycle riders from the Blue Knights Chapter XXIII blazed the mountain roads on Saturday, October 17th for the 6th Annual Falling Leaf Ride as a fundraiser for Southmountain Children and Family Services. The motorcycle ride went through Newland and across Roan Mountain, TN then back down through Mitchell and McDowell Counties and ending on the campus of our Foster Community where the participants enjoyed a picnic lunch with our children and families.
A total of 55 sponsors supported these riders, raising money for Southmountain. Sponsors for the Falling Leaf Ride included: the NC Fraternal Order of Police, Morganton Burke Lodge #23,Tessner Forklift, CMA Chapter #698, Iris Fox Insurance, Carswell Propane Service, The Johnson Family, Visual Perfection, Bantam Chef, Tom Johnson Camping World, West Court Food Center, Rinnert’s Body Shop, McDaniel Insurance, Woodlawn Tire and Alignment, Condrey Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, Charles Queen FOP Lodge #84, Spring Creek RV & Outdoor Center, Carolina Interiors Flooring Outlet, Whitson Realty, Smokey Que’s, PFC Oliver O. Bradshaw, Kirkpatrick Tool & Equipment Rental, Jim Cook Chevrolet, CARS Plus Lenoir, Benfield’s Boat Landing, Hibriten Auto Mart, Sheriff Steve Whisenant, Randy and Peggy McKinney, Representative Hugh Blackwell, Senator Warren Daniel, Sput, Barbara, Becky & Chris Powell, Rex Powell Plumbing, Brinkley Insurance Agency, Lowery’s Barbeque,, First Brockland Insurance Agency, The Boat House, John Greene Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-RAM, Fire and Ice Jewelry, Morganton Savings Bank, The UPS Store, Beck Insurance Agency, Morrison’s Body Shop, Mountain View Pediatrics, Stevens Fire Equipment, Jay’s Hometown Pharmacy, Country Town Tire, McCormick Motorsports, Jewelry Connection, Byrd’s Auto Sales, Marion Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM, Nationwide Insurance Bowers Agency, Grind Coffee Club in Memory of Judge John Jones, IRMA’s Produce, Quality Stone, T & D Wrecker Service, Baker’s Automotive Baker’s City Tire, and Blue Ridge Pipe and Supply.
Thank you to all of our generous friends who participated in this event and to all our great sponsors for making the Falling Leaf Ride such a big success!

First Music Student Earns Free Guitar!

Posted by: swright 5 years, 5 months ago

Thursday September 24 was a very exciting day for the new music program on the campus of our Foster Care Community! Last spring, Todd Greene began to generously offer his time by volunteering and teaching free guitar lessons for our foster children. The goal for the music program is to expose children to a wide range of musical instruments, different genres of music, and the power of music as a therapeutic tool. We hope to develop in children a love of music, and offer children a life-long hobby and creative outlet for children who show a commitment to learning to play the guitar. Last school year, we began with 8 students, ages 8 – 17 that took lessons in the spring and learned about the instrument and how to play beginner guitar chords. This fall, we have 2 returning “Intermediate” students and a new “Beginner” class of 3 students.
Our Spring music students were encouraged to continue practicing during the summer while Todd had a chance to focus on his own singer-song writing as well as performing. Andrea Bradburn, Recreation Assistant for Southmountain continued to work with students over the summer, teaching them to play chords, chord progression, and to play their first song. Students were told at the beginning of the program that if they participated in 15 lessons, they would earn their own free guitar.
One of Southmountain’s 15 year old girls was the first to receive a brand new "Earned Instrument". It was a proud moment to see this beautiful teen reach her goal, and it is our hope that this accomplishment will be a self-esteem builder for her! She was presented with her own guitar during last weeks regular Thursday evening lesson. When Todd was asked to say a few words, he told her “You Rock!” We are so proud of her; and the second music student will earn his own guitar within the next few weeks. We hope to continue this program at Southmountain and develop a love of music for interested students!

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