CUMMING – The 2017 edition of Blues & Q raised almost $15,000 to support the Forsyth County Community Connection, a local nonprofit service organization.  Proceeds from Blues & Q go to the organization’s foster child initiative to find caring families for foster children in Forsyth County.  The bar-b-que and music event was held at the Kinsey Family Farm.

“This year’s Blues & Q was our most successful to date,” said Jacob Stidham, board chair of the Community Connection.  “We sold out and are looking to add tables next year to meet the growing demand to attend this fun and unique fundraiser to find homes for foster children in our county. More than 250 of our neighbors enjoyed the evening of music and bar-b-que.  But most important, their participation will make a difference in the lives of children and have a positive and lasting impact on Forsyth County families.

“On a less cheerful note, unfortunately, we regret to announce that this year’s Blues & Q was the final event managed by our executive director Niki Colella,” Stidham continued.  “After four years serving Forsyth County through the Forsyth County Community Connection, and 13 years with the Georgia Family Connection Partnership, Niki and her husband are retiring to Montana where we wish them well.

“We couldn’t ask for a better send off than the rousing success of our fourth annual Blues & Q fundraiser. And we look forward to our next executive director helping us continue to expand on the successes of the last few years as we pursue our important mission of helping the most vulnerable families and children in our community. We are beginning the search for our next executive director immediately and encourage anyone interested in the position to email a resume, three references, and an initial statement of interest on why you think you would be suited to help lead our organization into it’s next chapter.”

Stidham asked that application information be sent to

The focus of the Forsyth County Community Connection is coordinating services for children and families.  Its mission is to connect the needs of vulnerable children and families to agencies and volunteers that can create healthy pathways so that every family is healthy, engaged, and self-sufficient.  It is a non-profit organization associated with the Georgia Family Connection Partnership and the Hands On Network.  For more information, go to the website