Blackberry Farm Foundation Donates Over $170,000 in 2019
The Blackberry Farm Foundation announced its 2019 grant recipients totaling over $170,000 in gifts towards charities in Blount County. This year's recipients include Heritage High School, Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, New Hope Children's Advocacy Center, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Walland Elementary School, Boys & Girls Club of Blount County, Harmony Family Center, and Special Opps, Inc.
"We've always had a focus on local charities in regards to giving," says Blackberry Farm Proprietor Mary Celeste Beall. "This year it is really special that all of the Blackberry Farm Foundation grant recipients are located within Blount County. From an updated culinary classroom for Heritage High School to educational programming at the Smoky Mountain Heritage Center and the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, we are excited to support programs that help deepen the knowledge and love for places and topics we are so passionate about."
Blackberry Farm Foundation grants focus on charitable organizations that provide services, education and support for children and foodways related causes. With the opening of the Beall family's newest resort, Blackberry Mountain, the Foundation expanded its giving to organizations that provide educational opportunities around art, conservation and environmental sciences.
Blackberry Farm and the Blackberry Farm Foundation has donated more than $1.7 million to local charities over the last decade including its most recent gifts totaling $170,000.
"Through the generosity of our guests that visit Blackberry concerts and events, our team and the Blackberry Farm business, we are thrilled to be able to make an impact in Blount County with a strong focus on the education, support and safety of our community's children," said Matt Alexander, Blackberry Farm President. "We look forward to seeing the grants make a large impact in the community that we call home."