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Sandy Miller, left, addresses the gathering after being named Blowing Rock Woman of the Year
at the annual fashion show and luncheon Friday at the Blowing Rock Country Club. Suzie Greene
presented Miller with a plaque as part of the honor.
Jeff Eason photo



Originally published: 2013-08-08 13:30:32
Last modified: 2013-08-08 13:30:32

Miller named woman of year in Blowing Rock

by Jeff Eason

Sandy Miller was named the Blowing Rock Woman of the Year at the 36th annual fashion show and luncheon benefitting the Blowing Rock Medical Facility. 

The event was held on Friday at the Blowing Rock Country Club. 

As executive director of the Blowing Rock Community Foundation, Miller oversees the BRCF board and helps direct its fundraising efforts through such events as Groovy Nights, and the Community Service Day tennis and golf tournaments. 

Those efforts have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Blowing Rock nonprofit agencies and scholarships for local students. 

More than 30 people attended the fashion show and luncheon, which included a silent auction to raise money for the new health care facility in Blowing Rock, tentatively named Appalachian Place at Chestnut Ridge. 

During the event, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System CEO Richard Sparks announced that the Broyhill Family Foundation had made a major gift toward the construction of the new health care facility. 

Models for this year's fashion show included Lynn Boyd, Bill Brooks, Laurin Carter, Rob Dyer, Janis Fite, Bo Henderson, Nancy Hershey, Gaines Kiker, Dee Lambeth, Pam Muma, Shelby Ott, Linda Russell, Susanna Russell, Tiffany Taylor, Patsy Turner and Tacky Vosburgh. 

Dressers, who worked behind the scenes to help organize the fashion show and switch out wardrobes, included Ellyn Cooley, Carol Dickerson, Suzi Lowe, Emily Reagan, Jess Wehrmann and Sheri Whelan.
 The fashion show featured ensembles available at Doncaster, Monkee's, J.W. Tweeds and Sister Act. The show was divided into three sections: Sporty Casual, Business Casual and Casual Elegance. 

"This year, we honor Betty Pitts for her dedication to the Blowing Rock community by naming her the honorary chairwoman of the 36th annual Blowing Rock Hospital Fashion Show and Luncheon," said Tim Ford, CEO of Blowing Rock Hospital. 

"She has served Blowing Rock Hospital as the president of the Auxiliary, as a member of the Board of Trustees, as a committee member of the Blowing Rock Fashion Show and Luncheon and was named Blowing Rock's Woman of the Year in 1981. 

"She continues to serve the sick of our community by chairing the Care Committee that takes meals to the sic and shut-ins and by singing with the Pitts Family Singers the first Thursday of each month at Blowing Rock Hospital's Davant Extended Care for more than 30 years." 

"Six of my seven children were born at Blowing Rock Hospital," said Betty Pitts. "My oldest was born before the hospital was built, or else he would've been born there too. So it is a place that is near and dear to me. I am proud to be an ambassador of Blowing Rock Hospital."