- This event has passed.
Blue Ridge and Beyond: Connecting Culture Through Student Diplomacy
October 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm$45
Hendersonville Sister Cities invites the community to Blue Ridge & Beyond on Thursday, Oct. 18, at Appalachian Coffee Company to enjoy locally prepared Hendersonville cuisine and bid on exciting silent auction items, while supporting the Hendersonville Student Ambassador Travel Scholarship program for local youth. Guests will hear from two Hendersonville Student Ambassadors who traveled beyond their hometown of Hendersonville this summer to further their academic and career goals, and enjoy drinks and dessert inspired by the student’s travels to Italy and Jordan. Sponsored by Carr, Blackwell & Associates P.C. and First Citizens Bank, Blue Ridge & Beyond is HSC’s largest fundraiser for the student ambassador program, which provides financial assistance to local students studying abroad, and recently earned an Innovation Award for Youth & Education from Sister Cities International. Beginning at 6pm, guests will have time to bid on silent auction packages while sipping on complimentary prosecco drinks, a nod to Hendersonville student ambassador Rachel Raasch, who spent her summer studying in Florence, Italy. During the Silent Auction, guests will have the chance to bid on packages including items and experiences from Etowah Valley Country Club, Flat Rock Playhouse, Van’s Chocolates, local breweries, wineries, spas, and more local favorites. Dinner by Hendersonville’s own Farmer’s Daughter Catering will follow an introduction by Barbara Shepard, Sister Cities International state coordinator for North Carolina. Guests will delight in Jordanian desserts by Lina Adas at Pita Express, handpicked by Hendersonville student ambassador Maggie McKenzie, who just returned from Arabic language studies in Jordan. Raasch and McKenzie, two of HSC’s first cohort of Hendersonville student ambassadors, will keynote the event. Tickets for Blue Ridge & Beyond are $45 and include complimentary cocktail hour prosecco and dinner. Additional wine and beer will be available for purchase at a cash bar throughout the evening. Guests wishing to bid on silent auction items should bring checks or cash. The event venue is located at 1628 5th Avenue W., Hendersonville. Tickets can be purchased at the Hendersonville City Hall payment office at 145 5th Avenue E., Hendersonville, or online under Events at http://www.hendersonvillesistercities.com/. For inquiries, email HVLsistercities@gmail.com