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Big Cheese

BigCheeseGraphicWhat’s the Big Cheese really about?

This summer, eight Avery County community members will take what they already do – BBQ’s, pool parties, and games – and use it to benefit Avery County Habitat for Humanity. From July 1st until July 31st   each contestant will compete in Avery Habitat’s inaugural “Big Cheese” event, a four-week fundraising competition to see which community member can raise the most funding for Avery Habitat’s next home.

Contestants can raise funds in any ethical manner they choose. They can host a cookout, send letters to friends, or even stand at the town stoplight with a bucket (with the appropriate permission, of course). Community members are encouraged to donate online in support of their favorite contestant by using the donate button at the bottom of the page.  Also, be sure to visit the contestants at their local establishments to stay up to date on their unique fundraising ideas. At the end of the contest period, the contestant who has raised the most funds will be crowned the 2015 “Big Cheese” of Avery County.

The winner will be announced and crowned after the contest is over, at the Kruger Brothers Concert at Lees-McRae College on August 11, 2015! For more information about the “Big Cheese,” please contact Melanie Burgin at (828) 733-1909 or

 *Choose the contestant you want to vote for, go to our “Make a Donation” button, make your donation using your credit card, and then “Add Special Instructions” with the name of the “Big Cheese” you want to vote for. Thanks!

The Contestants:


Richard Honeycutt Pic

Richard Honeycutt -Edward Jones Investments



Carol Lynn Loven Holtsclaw Pic

Carol Lynn Loven Holtsclaw – Loven Lumber


Lou Cooper Pic

Lou Cooper – Broker Century 21


Mike Simpson Pic

Mike Simpson – Manager Linville Land Harbor




Brenda Lyerly Pic

Brenda Lyerly – Mayor Banner Elk



Clyde McKinney Pic

Clyde McKinney – Clyde’s Cuts



Fabio Brocco, Jr Pic

Fabio Brocco, Jr. – Fabio’s Restaurant



Jack Wiseman

Jack Wiseman – Linville Falls Winery