Local artists The Carburetors, The Stipe Brothers & Dan Ruiz, along with Eric Congdon and Izzi Hughes will headline the sixth annual Bids & Blues fundraiser to benefit Thrive on Monday, October 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown. This year’s ticketed event features several changes, namely the inclusion of so many local artists and the move to a new location and day of the week. The annual event will also include heavy hors d’oeuvres from Saluda Grade Café, beer from Sierra Nevada and wine from Crate Wine Market in Laurel Park. Proceeds will support Thrive’s mission to address the gap in mental health services in Henderson County. Tickets are $40. Purchase a ticket online at thrive4health.org or by calling 828-697-1581.
“We are so excited about this year’s event,” said Kristen Martin, executive director of Thrive. “It’s really a focus on all things local and making sure we’re making that connection for our donors and community.” Martin is eager to update folks on the new programs and initiatives going on at Thrive. “We’re really making a difference locally in how some of our homeless population transitions to permanent, sustainable, independent housing. We truly are moving people from surviving to thriving and this event is a great way to celebrate those successes.”
Recent changes in how mental health services are managed and delivered have dictated that Thrive develop innovative approaches to helping their clients. A collaborating agency for many years, Thrive has built on that experience in order to step in and manage a HUD grant aimed at housing the chronically homeless. Housing for those with mental illness, a condition that is often part of the homeless profile, will remain a focus for Thrive in the next few years. They anticipate working with additional grants to continue to address this issue, expanding services into Polk, Transylvania, and Rutherford counties.