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Friday, May 24, 2013
Organizers of the Franklin County Strings & Spirits Festival, which will be held June 1 in Rocky Mount, said they will use proceeds from the event to help save Franklin County athletic programs, which were cut by the school board earlier this month. In a cost-saving measure, the board cut all ninth-grade and middle school sports. The move prompted the resignation of Chairman Ed Jamison.
Money raised will go directly to Benjamin Franklin Middle School to try to reinstate sports/athletic programs.
Founders Matt and Wendy Funk posted on the festival’s Facebook page: “Our purpose for starting Strings & Spirits was to benefit the arts, education & recreation activities in Franklin County, because we feel these are the most important activities that will shape Franklin County’s future.”
The festival plans to grow and continue giving where needed through Community Vines, a non profit organization the Funks created to give back to the Franklin County community. The non profit’s purpose is to support arts that can be enjoyed by the community, recreation that will benefit the health of the community and education that will benefit the future of the community.
“As parents, we hate to think these (athletic) programs wouldn’t be available for our children,” the post continued. “If necessary, we’ll host another festival later this year to raise more funds because we feel that this is that important.”
The second-annual festival will be held from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. at 2818 Grassy Hill Road in Rocky Mount. Admission is free for teachers, military (active and non-active) and children 12 and younger.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/StringsAndSpirits or www.franklincountyfestival.com.
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