By Ray Tuers 

Mountain Song Festival Donates $100,000 To Club - Brevard NC


Last updated 10/11/2018 at 10:46am

Producers of the Mountain Song Festival have donated $100,000 to the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club, their largest annual donation in the musical event’s history.

The festival was established by club supporters 13 years ago to help fund the youth organization, and each year the event has grown and made increasingly larger donations from its proceeds.

The producers say they expect the cumulative total given to the club to reach $1 million next year.

“We’re so grateful for their continuing support,” said Meredith Baldridge, president of the club’s Board of Directors. “The Boys & Girls Club is humbled by their support and generosity.”

Some 7,000 attended this year’s festival, held Sept. 7-9.

The event is staged each year at the Brevard Music Center by John Felty and Woody Platt.

Platt, son of Boys & Girls Club founder Cindy Platt, is a member of the Steep Canyon Rangers, the host band.

Felty and Platt, along with Platt’s wife, Shannon Whitworth, one of the performers at the festival, presented the donation last week during a visit to the club on Gallimore Road in Brevard.

Baldridge and the club’s executive director, Candice Walsh, and board member Parker Platt, Woody’s brother, accepted the donation for the club.

“John and Woody’s support is awesome,” said Walsh, “and we can’t thank them enough.”

She said the money would be used for operational expenses to run the club’s many programs for area children.

It’s annual budget is nearly $1 million and it depends heavily on proceeds from events and individual donations.

“It is such an honor to work the Mountain Song Festival each year,” said Baldridge.

The club provides many of the volunteers who help run it.

“It is truly a labor of love for John and Woody, too,” she said. “Each year seems to get better. They have been able to get such talented artists and have created quite a following with festival patrons.”

According to its website,, the festival was created to bring the best of acoustic music, including bluegrass, newgrass, old time, folk, jazz and traditional mountain, to the area.

The producers say at the same time they strive to promote cultural tourism and environmental awareness.

“Because of their amazing gifts,” said Baldridge, “the Cindy Platt Boys and Girls Club has been able to serve our kids with strategic programs that focus on academic success, healthy lifestyles and becoming productive, caring and responsible citizens. And the club has been able to do this in a way that the kids love to be there.

“‘Thank you’ does not begin to express the gratitude we have for Mountain Song Festival.”


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