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Two county residents added to NGCF board

Two Forsyth County residents have been chosen as board members of the North Georgia Community Foundation.

Brian Tam and Linda Hughes Hardie will join Phil Bettis as Forsyth County members of the board. Other members are from Hall, Rabun, Pickens, Jackson, Habersham and White counties.

Rabun County’s Tim Darrah, the board’s chairman for 2019, said in a news release he is “looking at the year with the vision to spread the foundation’s impact among the communities in our 15-county footprint.”

Tam operates Tam’s Backstage, Tam’s Tupelo and Tam’s School Street Playhouse with his wife Kelly and has been active in the community for years, including a 12-year stint as a Forsyth County commissioner.

Hardie has a long career in education, including serving on the state department of education’s curriculum services, teaching in Forsyth County and serving as administrator of an early education federal research and development program in Pickens County.

The North Georgia Community Foundation was founded in 1985 to encourage philanthropy and strengthening communities in north Georgia. More information is available at