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Nonprofits partner with TFAC for valet service

Even though the Kruger Brothers concert at Tryon Fine Arts Center was sold-out, patrons had no trouble parking. A friendly team of volunteers from Kiwanis Club of Tryon greeted each attendee as they pulled up and offered complimentary valet service.

Tryon Fine Arts Center has partnered with Kiwanis Club of Tryon and Polk County’s Big Brothers Big Sisters organization to offer valet service for each of the Main Stage Series and Tryon Concert Association performances through spring of 2018. The two local nonprofits have split the responsibility for all 11 events, recruiting dedicated volunteers to help park cars in a professional and safe manner.

Valet is offered as a complimentary service to patrons, though additional tips from the evening go to the organizations’ important work in the community.

“It’s a win-win for everyone,” said TFAC Executive Director Marianne Carruth. “These organizations get wonderful exposure to share their mission, and patrons can skip the hassle of finding a parking place. Kiwanis members handled the valet flawlessly at our first event of the Main Stage Series. I’m looking forward to having them and the volunteers from Big Brothers Big Sisters working with us for the rest of the season.”

Valet will be offered at TFAC’s events including Ranky Tanky on Nov. 3, 2017; the Nutcracker Ball on Dec. 2; Shana Tucker on Feb. 3; Chase Away the Blues on March 3; Goitse on March 9; and Edwin McCain on April 21. Tryon Concert Association events including the Montrose Trio on Oct. 17; Calmus on Dec. 12; Stephen Hough on Jan. 26; and Windsync on March 29 will also include valet service.

More information on upcoming events at TFAC can be found at tryonarts.org or by calling the Kessler Box Office at 828-859-8322.

– submitted by Michelle Fleming