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North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives, including South River EMC, are hosting the first ever Rural Electric Youth Tour Alumni Celebration on Saturday, Aug. 9 at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St. in Raleigh. Past Youth Tourists, as well as Youth Tour advisors, are invited to drop in any time from 1-5 p.m. to enjoy food and fellowship with other alumni who have shared experiences through participating in the Rural Electric Youth Tour.

“At the Alumni Celebration, Youth Tourist alumni will be entertained with old videos and slideshows of trips from the past 50 years, as well as hear from loved Youth Tour advisors and bus drivers of years past,” said Jane Forehand, Youth Tour coordinator and manager of training and development for the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives. “Youth Tourists from the very first trip in 1967 until today will be represented at the event and will have the opportunity to catch up with old friends, as well as meet some new ones. It should be a fantastic time for all!”

Tailgate style food will be provided and the attire is “Youth Tour” casual. The cost of the event is $20 for an individual; $50 for a family.

To register online for the event, Youth Tour alumni should visit http://register.ncemcs.com by Thursday, July 24. For assistance with registration, please contact Donna Cavanaugh at donna.cavanaugh@ncemcs.com or 800-662-8835, extension 2429.

For the convenience of event participants, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have reserved a block of rooms at the Marriot City Center in downtown Raleigh at a cost of $144 a night. The group code is “NEC” and rooms can be reserved at http://tinyurl.com/14YTReunion.

The Rural Electric Youth Tour sends 1,500 high school students from across the U.S. to Washington, D.C. to learn about electric cooperatives, American history and the United States government. Students also visit the historic sites of the nation’s capital and get a chance to meet with their congressional leaders. This past year, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives sent 37 students on the Youth Tour.

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively provide energy to more than 2.5 million people across 93 of the state’s 100 counties. The 26 cooperatives, including South River EMC, are private, independent and not-for-profit entities that have long supported responsible stewardship of the environment balanced with providing safe, affordable, and reliable energy.

South River EMC is a locally-owned and operated electric cooperative, which provides electric service to 43,000 homes, farms and businesses in parts of Harnett, Cumberland, Sampson, Johnston and Bladen counties.

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