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Originally published: 2012-08-02 13:53:40
Last modified: 2012-08-02 13:53:40

Concert held to raise scholarship funds in Greene’s honor

Jeremy Scott

With the passing of a beloved citizen many would lament their departure. When that passing is of a noted voice that many would hear as they start their day that lamentation spreads across the county. This is what happened this past January when Jim Greene, station manager for WECR, passed away. However, the indelible memory of Greene recently created an opportunity to raise funds for education.

“We found out when he passed away in January exactly how much he touched the folks in Avery County,” said Phillip Greene, Greene’s son. “He was a lot of folk’s best friend.”

This past Saturday at 6 p.m. at Newland Riverwalk a concert was held in honor of Greene in an effort to raise scholarship funds for student-athletes. In addition a garden that was put together by the community at Newland Riverwalk was dedicated in Greene’s name at the concert. Greene’s family put on the event. In addition to the concert, Jiving Java Coffee Shop, a business owned by a Greene family member, provided refreshments with all profits going towards the fundraiser. The event lasted until around 8 p.m. 

Gospel bands Jason Collins, Skyland Ministries and John’s River Quartet attended the concert. Collins is a solo singer who originates from Illinois. Skyland Ministries is a group that often plays at Avery County Revival Center.

Approximately $1,719 was raised for the scholarship fundraiser, according to organizers.