'Piano man' performance Oct. 10 will benefit STAR Ranch

Oct 07, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo Steve Whiddon will donate all of his tips from his performance Thursday to STAR Ranch.

Steve Whiddon, affectionately known around town as the "piano man," is donating his tips from his Thursday, Oct. 10 performance to help STAR Ranch bring in its winter hay. Whiddon will play from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Maggie Valley Inn and Conference Center, located at 70 Soco Road. Join the fun, enjoy great music, dance with a partner and leave a tip for Whiddon — he’s making music for the horses.

Also on display at the event will be a handmade quilt whose winner will be announced Dec. 1. Tickets for the drawing are $1 each or six for $5.

Proceeds from the drawing and Thursday's performance benefit STAR Ranch, a Waynesville-based nonprofit that provides a safe haven for abused and neglected horses in Western North Carolina. Sixty horses to date have been rescued at the ranch, with Levi being the most recent celebration. Levi survived a barn fire, regained his eye sight and healed all his wounds. He was adopted recently and now lives with another 10-year-old gelding who could be his twin.

“The success stories are what keep us going,” said President Karen Owens. “Generous folks like Steve help make it possible to provide for Haywood County’s only horse rescue.”

For more information on Steve Whiddon, see www.stevewhiddonband.com. For information on STAR Ranch, visit www.star-ranch-rescue.com or call 400-4940. Tax-deductible donations can be made on the STAR Ranch website via PayPal or by mail to 970 Rabbit Skin Road, Waynesville, NC 28785.