Rolling with Stone

By Jessi Stone Guide editor | Sep 03, 2014

I like to consider myself an honorary member of W.O.W. — Women of Waynesville.

This is because I don’t have half the time or energy that the real members put into this organization, but I love every single one of them and would do anything to support their cause. Whenever I see one of these women somewhere around town, they give me a hug and ask how I’m doing.

They are engaged in the community. They are fun and selfless. They are everything I want to be when I grow up. I’ve never seen such an amazing group of women create such a safe haven for each other and work together so well to help others.

All of this is to explain why I had an immediate “yes!” when W.O.W. President Nikki White asked me if The Mountaineer would participate in her latest fundraiser idea. I didn’t consult with my staff members, I didn’t know all the details and I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, but I knew it would be incredible. Partly because I don’t think I could ever say no to Nikki (who can?) and mostly because I know these women don’t do anything half way.

The Battle of the Charities fundraiser pits businesses and organizations against each other to perform as an 80s band and to raise a huge pot of money for a worthy Haywood County charity.

While each of the six bands (businesses) have chosen a different charity to raise money for, only one band will win and only that band’s charity will get this huge pot of money. And the way things are going, it could be $12,000 or more!

Now we are two weeks away from the show Sept. 13 at HART, it’s getting competitive. All the bands are working like crazy to get sponsorships and donations, which counts toward our final score when we perform.

We all want our charity to win, but W.O.W. is constantly reminding us that this is about having fun and no matter which band wins, a Haywood County charity will benefit.

I chose the band Heart for The Mountaineer team selfishly because I have always loved them yet I could never match their vocal range. So what better way to emulate them without killing people’s eardrums?

This is an air band competition after all. Thank you to my Mountaineer employees who have been so graciously willing to go on the crazy ride with me (though many of them will tell you I didn’t give them a choice).

The Mountaineer staff offers so much of their own time to community causes because we are compelled to do so. It’s nearly impossible for us to constantly hear about people in need and not get involved in whatever way we can — that is what I love about our newspaper.

But I’m digressing. The point of this column is to promote this amazing fundraiser. It will be such an awesome show and you don’t want to miss it. Where else would you get to see live performances from Heart, ZZ Top, Def Leppard, B-52s, Run DMC and the J. Geils Band for $20 a ticket?

The Mountaineer and a couple of the other bands still have tickets available for the show – but they are going fast so call me today and I’ll find you a ticket. Come support these local businesses that have spent months preparing their performance while also raising money for their charity. Come route for your favorite band or your favorite charity.

This won’t be your typical fundraiser — it’s going to be a blast. But we need your help! If you would like to donate to The Mountaineer’s team, we are raising money for the Haywood Pathways Center by the way), give me a call. Any donation will help! Read more about the bands and their charities on page 8-9.

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