And so, the contest organizers decided to create a way to honor her memory - the Ronnie Beith Be the Helper Award - to go to the contestant who embodied the true spirit of camaraderie and support for their fellow competitors. Beith so loved to see over the years the way contestants supported each other, contest judge Rachel Mellor told the cord Saturday night.
Tim Craver was chosen. Along with his weekly country tunes, multi-year contestant Craver is known for the way he stands off to the side and listens to every performer as well as the high fives or applause gives as they come off stage.
"I'm really thankful for all the support people have shown me over the years," he said after receiving the award. "I gotta thank Ronnie Beith for giving me a chance. She saw something in me, well, she heard something in me."