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BMC Partners with United Way

Brevard Music Center Partners with United Way to Benefit Community

Brevard Music Center (BMC) and United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) found a sweet recipe for rewarding Transylvania County School System educators who support the community through United Way. BMC will provide pairs of event tickets to 10 Transylvania County School workplace giving campaign participants.

Sara Jerome, Manager of Special Events and Partnerships at Brevard Music Center and Scott Strickler, United Way Board Member and Rosman Elementary School Principal, selected the names in a random drawing. The winners represent each individual school campus and the central administration building.

“Brevard Music Center is proud to offer the gift of music to some of our local educators who not only work hard in the classroom, but who also give to the community through United Way,” Jerome said.

“As an educator and as a United Way Board Member, I am personally grateful to Brevard Music Center for this great example of community collaboration. When individuals and organizations collaborate, we can all benefit from greater outcomes,” explained Strickler.

Music ticket winners are Alicia Anderson for Brevard Elementary, Monica Shultz for Brevard Middle, Angela Patane for Brevard High, Megan Toots for Pisgah Forest Elementary, Jacob Osteen for Rosman Elementary, Amanda Lewis for Rosman Middle, Amy Shoenacher for Rosman High, Fran Hughes for TC Henderson, Joe Russo for Davidson River, and Jeff McDaris for the Morris Education Center.

About United Way

United Way of Transylvania County’s fiscal year 2017-2018 campaign goal is $510,000. So far, United Way has recorded pledges for 67% of that goal. That means that United Way needs pledges for $167,006 more to fund the programs and actions selected by the board and other local volunteers.

Campaign contributions support initiatives including community-wide volunteer opportunity listings, the 2-1-1 information and referral service, TRAIN (Transylvania Resource Access and Information Network) non-profit support, Familywize and Coast2Coast prescription discount cards, the Tiny House Initiative for Brevard, and free state and local tax preparation and filing assistance.

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) contributions also fund approximately $300,000 annually in grants to local health and human service non-profit programs and collaborative actions. UWTC funds actions providing early childhood education resources, after-school and summer youth programs, adult day care, health services, financial education and counseling, youth conflict resolution training, parenting education and resources, and programs preventing homelessness, abuse and neglect.

UWTC empowers people to improve their lives.  Specific goals are for all residents to achieve their full academic potential, maintain a financially stable household, and live a healthy lifestyle.

To volunteer or financially support the United Way of Transylvania County, call 828-883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard), send US Mail to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712, or visit  or

About Brevard Music Center

Founded 82 years ago, the Brevard Music Center stands as one of this country’s premier summer classical music training programs and festivals. Each year, 500 gifted students (ages 14 through post-college) come to the Music Center from across the US and around the world to study with a distinguished faculty and renowned guest artists. 

Each summer, students participate in a vigorous program of instruction and performance led by Artistic Director and alumnus Keith Lockhart, also Principal Conductor of the Boston Pops and Chief Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in London. Brevard’s hallmark is the powerful sense of community that re-emerges every June through August as faculty and students present more than 80 remarkable concerts to summer audiences totaling over 40,000. 

For more information on BMC, visit, call (828) 862-2100, “like” the Brevard Music Center on Facebook, follow @brevardmusic on Twitter, stream season highlights via SoundCloud, and visit the Brevard Music Center YouTube channel for performance videos from previous festival seasons.

GREAT things happen when we LIVE UNITED for our community!

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Cutline(s):  Sara Jerome, Manager of Special Events and Partnerships at Brevard Music Center, and Scott Strickler, United Way of Transylvania County Board Member, work together to pull a winning name for free music tickets.