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This Forsyth County nonprofit raised $30K to support foster families, raise aware of childhood sexual abuse
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Forsyth County Community Connection hosted the annual Blues and Q event on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Kinsey Family Farm. The local nonprofit raised $30,000 to support current foster families, recruit new foster families and spread awareness about childhood sexual abuse. - photo by Ben Hendren

Over the weekend, attendees at one local event heard some blues, ate some barbecue and did so for a good cause.

On Saturday, Forsyth County Community Connection – a nonprofit aimed at bringing the community together for the betterment of children – hosted the annual Blues and Q event at Kinsey Family Farm.

“We’re raising money to support current foster families [and] also using it to recruit new foster families and spread awareness about childhood sexual abuse,” said Executive Director Sarah Pedarre.

Pedarre said the event had food, games, auctions and a table for 20 foster parents to attend the event free of charge. She said the event got a big response from the community.

“I think we had almost 250 out there,” Pedarre said. “We kind of had two different parts, two different pavilions … with tables of 10. I was looking out there when we were eating dinner, and there were only a couple of seats empty at a couple of the tables, so we did really well.”

The event brought in about $30,000, Pedarre said, and will go toward support groups, free foster training and childhood sexual abuse training.

More information about Forsyth County Community Connection is available at the ConnectForsyth.org. 

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Forsyth County Community Connection hosted the annual Blues and Q event on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Kinsey Family Farm. The local nonprofit raised $30,000 to support current foster families, recruit new foster families and spread awareness about childhood sexual abuse. - photo by Ben Hendren