Blue Ridge Electric to honor ‘Bolts of Brightness’

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PICKENS – Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative Inc., which will celebrate its 75th anniversary on Aug. 14, will honor 75 members of the local community during a special event called “Bolts of Brightness” on Sept. 10 at the Madren Center in Clemson.

“Bolts of Brightness” was established in conjunction with the 75th anniversary to recognize members in the local community that embody the spirit of the cooperative’s mission.

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative opened nominations to Blue Ridge members and will select 75 individuals who have volunteered personal time to serve others in the community.

Each honoree will be recognized with an award, and $500 will be donated to a charitable organization of their choice. Additionally, the honorees and their nominator will be recognized at the special event.

“At Blue Ridge Electric, we wanted to highlight a special group of members who have committed extraordinary acts of kindness within our community,” said Charles Dalton, president and CEO of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative Inc. “This is our way to thank the community that has supported and embraced us as a business for 75 years.”

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative Inc., established in 1940, is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric distribution utility that serves more than 64,000 customers in the Upstate of South Carolina. The cooperative supplies electric service in Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg counties.

Blue Ridge started operations with 1,680 members inherited from the South Carolina Rural Electrification Authority, which was formed over 75 years ago with the specific task of electrifying the state’s rural areas.

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