Helping those in need in Avery County, N.C.

Board Members

Florio Abbate

Florio Abbate

Barry Blake

Barry Blake

John Brabson

John Brabson

Ginny Burton

Ginny Burton

Katherine Church

Jack Erdody

Jack Erdody

James Ferguson

James Ferguson

Marty Herndon

Bonnie Lowrey Huff

Bonnie Lowrey Huff

Stan Kirschner

Stan Kirschner

Gayle McAlister

Gayle McAlister

Kim McPhail

Kim McPhail

Phil Myers

Phil Myers

Wayne Roquemore

Wayne Roquemore

Barbara Smith

Barbara Smith

John C.B. Smith

John C.B. Smith

Delbert Williamson

Delbert Williamson

James J. Ward, III

James J. Ward, III

Chairman & Founder

Harold T. Pontius

Harold T. Pontius

April 27, 1930 – August 26, 2015

Why We Do What We Do

Watch our new video about the mission and purpose of the High Country Charitable Foundation.

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Grants

The goal of the Foundation is to support local Avery County charitable services.

Check back for information about the 2021 grant application.

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Annual Dinner Dance Fundraiser


HCCF holds an annual Dinner Dance Fundraiser each summer at Elk River Club in Banner Elk, NC. 2021 marks our SEVENTH year serving Avery County! We look forward to many more.

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Avery County Manager Phillip Barrier is rightfully proud of his county’s efforts in getting COVID-19 vaccines out to several thousands of county residents. He also is rightfully saddened by the illness and death the virus is causing, and the bitter feelings breaking friends, families and even churches apart because of misinformation about both the virus and the vaccine. “It’s individual choice to get the vaccine,” Barrier said, “It’s the same with masks, you can’t send anyone to jail for not wearing a mask.” He noted that many Avery residents are waiting to get vaccinated--“it’s a trust issue.” Barrrier spoke Tuesday to members of the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk at the club’s regular monthly meeting held at Holston Presbytery Camp. The collection of Kiwanians, visiting members of the Avery County Rotary Club, other guests, and a whole cadre of Zoom participants listened hard to Barrier’s evaluation of Avery’s COVID progress.“Together we are Avery County,” he said, and “together we are strong!” Barrier described the county’s success in getting more vaccines than it was originally allotted, and said he planned to make a similar appeal again soon. From the lines of cars waiting at the new Agriculture Extension Center vaccination site, to the crowds of volunteers helping the process along, Barrier described the processes of ordering, receiving and administering the drug, Barrier beamed with team pride. Some 2418 doses were delivered through January 27, Barrier said, noting that everyone who got the first dose is guaranteed to get the second. The Avery County Health Department started with front line workers, and began administering vaccines to residents 75 an older on January 12, Barrier said. Some 710 shots were given that week. A total of 1275 vaccines were given January20th, 21st and 22nd to those 65 and older. The county has gone to requiring appointments, he noted, to better manage the line of folks waiting for attention. Barrier urged everyone to watch the Avery County website, AveryCountyNC.gov , for updates on vaccination availabilities and schedules. Volunteers to help would be appreciated, he said, “and cookies are always welcome!”
Provided by Jim Swinkola Feb. 3, 2021
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