Southern Pines, NC – More than 70 golfers gathered at the Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club Monday, June 7 for the 2021 Old Dominion Rotary Golf Tournament fundraising event for Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina (BGHNC).
The annual event sponsored by Old Dominion Freight Line for Rotary Clubs from throughout the state raised more than $21,500 to support the children and families served by BGHNC. This event has raised more than $300,000 over 15 years.
“Without the support provided by fundraising events like this and the generosity of individuals and organizations like Old Dominion and Rotary Clubs, Boys and Girls Homes would not be here,” said BGHNC President/CEO Ricky Creech. “The government funding provided does not cover the true costs of meeting the needs of the children and youth in our care. You have saved lives through Boys and Girls Homes.”
That support is especially critical in this time of uncertainty according to Creech.
“We are living in a world where the future is uncertain,” he said. “We have been living in a global pandemic, something I never expected to see in my lifetime. It has changed how we do everything and has created challenges. At Boys and Girls Homes we are ready to meet those challenges.
“The landscape of child welfare is changing,” Creech continued. “We’re stepping up, celebrating our past with a vision to the future. We are creating new programs to meet the needs of our changing environment. We are putting ourselves on the cutting edge of child welfare. We owe it to our children to provide the best services we can.”
Rotarians sponsor one of nine cottages for the children served on the Lake Waccamaw campus of BGHNC. The non-profit agency is dedicated to providing a continuum of care to meet the physical, emotional, mental, behavioral, social, educational and spiritual needs of children, youth and families in distress or at-risk. BGHNC offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, children’s therapy, family support and advocacy services in addition to the residential care services.
“At Old Dominion we talk a lot about promises, keeping your promises and doing what you tell people you are going to do,” said Old Dominion Freight Line representative Chip Overbey. “That’s what this day is really about. It is a promise we are making to make better lives. We are committed to making sure children have a chance in life.”
Since opening in 1954, BGHNC has helped more than 7,500 children and families break the cycle of neglect and abuse.
“We truly appreciate everyone coming out,” said Charlie Hatch, event co-coordinator. “We are so appreciative of all the support we receive to hold this event and help the children and families of Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina. We have great friends in Rotary.”
The tournament also included prizes for the winning team and best round for an individual.
Mike Creech was the individual winner. James Moore, Bill Lampley, Michael Binger and Carl Ripberger were the winning team. Prizes were mailed to the winners following the tournament.
“I’m grateful that this tournament could happen this year and benefit the children,” said Sanders Dallas, event co-coordinator. “Boys and Girls Homes does so much good.”
About Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina
Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc., has been helping children since 1954. Since then, more than 7,500 children have benefitted from the services of the not-for-profit, 501(c)3 agency. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. BGHNC offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, free children’s therapy, as well as residential care on the campus at Lake Waccamaw. The campus features a SACS-accredited school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, chapel and cottage life. As many as 320 children are cared for through the residential, community-based services, and school program provided by BGHNC at any given time. BGHNC operates its program, services and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws. BGHNC is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.