BLOWING ROCK — More than 360 people raised in excess of $15,500 during the annual Tour of Homes fundraising gala on July 11.

The gala had both a live and silent auction. The live auction was ran by Jenny Miller, who auctioned six items, including a dinner for six and a handmade ceramic watering pot.

An annual fundraiser for St. Mary of the Hills in Blowing Rock, the gala was hosted by community members, Chip and Monica Perry at their “car barn” in Blowing Rock, the venue sported high ceilings, warm handshakes and two rows of vintage cars.

Organizers from St. Mary’s encouraged a ‘50s and ‘60s theme that prompted eccentric outfits to go along with the cars. The band, The Lucky Strikes, followed suit by playing classics such as “My Girl” and “I Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

Rev. Andrew Hege led a prayer blessing of both the food and the place, saying this was the largest event that the “car barn” has hosted

“It took a lot of talented people to put this on, and it’s good because this is a group of good people here,” Greta Gray of St. Mary’s said,

St. Mary’s 61st annual Tour of Homes takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 26.

The four homes on the tour include a 200-year old cabin, a thoroughly modern home, a condo and a Main Street remodeled home.

In 2018, St. Mary’s acquired $80,000 through this fundraiser and 100 percent of it went to 25 local charities, making the gala the biggest fundraiser in the High Country. This year’s fundraiser total will go to charities such as the Hunger and Health Coalition, OASIS and the Hospitality House to serve the community.

For additional details and ticket pricing, call (828) 295-7179 or visit St. Mary’s online at

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