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Luck o’ the Lassie fundraiser will be held March 17 to benefit Girls on the Run

BOONE—Girls on the Run of the High Country will host its 4th annual Luck o’ the Lassie fundraising event March 17 at The Best Cellar in Blowing Rock, located at 203 Sunset Dr., from 6:30-9 p.m.

Tickets are limited to 100 guests and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Prices in advance are $50 for one ticket or $75 for two. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $60 for one ticket or $100 for two. All proceeds from the event will support the GOTR program. Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling the Girls on the Run office at 828-262-7557 or by sending an email to Mary Sheryl Horine at

The event features wine tasting, an olive oil tasting provided by The Art of Oil, heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Best Cellar chefs and a live auction. Auction items include Wells Fargo Golf Tournament tickets; Appalachian State University athletic event tickets; custom jewelry designed by Gaines Kiker; Appalachian Summer Festival tickets; Deer Valley Racket Club membership; area accommodations; and many other items. Those attending are encouraged to dress in St. Patrick’s Day attire.

GOTR is sponsored by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services in Appalachian’s College of Health Sciences and is a non-profit prevention program that encourages girls in grades 3 through 8 to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles. The 12-week program is now at nine sites and has 42 coaches. Its curriculum and activities address girls’ physical, emotional and social well-being and culminates in a 5K run that the girls train for. Local organizers believe the program is important in order for girls to resist peer pressure as they enter middle school and high school. Almost 60 percent of the girls receive financial aid to participate.

Learn more about Girls on the Run International at