A steady rain fell over the course as the participants completed the final holes of the 2016 Old Dominion Rotary Golf Tournament at Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club earlier this month, but it did not dampen the spirits of the fundraising event for the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina (B&GH).
Located in Lake Waccamaw, the non-profit agency is committed to providing a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. B&GH offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, as well as residential care on the Lake Waccamaw campus.
“What was done today helps some of the most deserving children we have ever served,” said B&GH President Gary Faircloth. “We are currently serving 230 children through foster care, traditional residential care, and the school located on our campus.”
Since opening in 1954, B&GH has helped nearly 5,000 children break the cycle of neglect and abuse.
“You can never make a better investment than that in the life of a child,” said Old Dominion Freight Line representative Chip Overby during the event’s closing reception. “When I think about this tournament and these children that we are serving I am reminded of the story of Mr. Harris.”
Overby shared that Mr. Harris worked on a 5000-piece puzzle gifted to him for seven years. As the puzzle work neared the end, the realization hit that one of the pieces was missing so it could not be completed. The puzzle was no longer being produced so the company could not send a replacement piece. The local newspaper learned the story and helped rally the community to pay for the single piece to be produced so the puzzle could be finished.
“That is what you are doing participating in this tournament,” Overby said. “You are completing the puzzle.”
Boys and Girls Homes provides an array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. The campus features a public charter school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, chapel and cottage life.
We will continue the traditional events for this Rotary Year:
The Summer Enrichment Program: This is a summer, four week program allowing four to six girls and boys to visit the Raleigh/Cary area to experience living outside the Boys & Girls Home before they leave. The girls stay for two weeks, then the boys come for two weeks. Thanks to the Cary Rotary Clubs for their sponsorship and leadership with this experience for the residents.
The Annual Rotary Day: This is an annual event held on the campus every year on the second Sunday, which this year is February 12, 2017. This annual event starts with a church service at 11:00 AM, followed with a lunch. After lunch, there will be a short program from the Boys & Girls Home, then each club will have an opportunity to present contributions to the BGH. After the program, we will visit the Rotary Cottage hosted by the current residents.
12th Annual Old Dominion Rotary Golf Tournament: This is a state wide tournament sponsored by Old Dominion Trucking Company with all proceeds going to BGHNC. This year’s date is June 5, 2017 in Pinehurst. PDG Charlie Hatch will coordinate this event for the district. More information will follow.
Our goal this year is to increase the District 7710’s contribution by $10,000. Thanks to 7710 Rotarians for over 50 years of supporting the Rotary Cottage and BGHNC.