Lake Waccamaw, NC – Two excited crowds gathered at the Benton/BTS Arena & Exhibition Center at the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina farm Friday and Saturday, Aug. 13 and 14.
“We are so grateful to Thomas Linton Rodeo and our sponsors for allowing us to bring these competitors back to the Lake,” said BGHNC President/CEO Ricky Creech. “We had two wonderful evenings of entertainment.”
The event’s principal sponsor was the Southeastern Gospel Music Association. Additional sponsors included Waccamaw Real Estate, Southeast Pediatrics, American Diesel & Tire, Hamilton Auto Sales, United Bank, Ocean Highway Ventures, Directional Services Inc., Roger Chestnutt Backhoe Service, James River Equipment, Cape Fear Farm Heritage Association, T&C’s Services, BB&T Whiteville, GNG Logging, Southeastern Community College, Smigs Stables, Joe’s Old Fashioned BBQ, Pierce & Co., Village Prescription, Elizabethtown Family Dentistry, Gore Trailer, Whiteville Mini Storage, Dale’s Seafood-Lake Waccamaw, Land O’Lakes Golf Course, Tractor Supply, Food Lion, Gregory Poole, Mt. Olive Pickle Company, Kim Sheeks, Angelina’s Pizza & Subs, A to Z, Pizza Village, Black’s Tire Service and Whiteville Rentals.
“We could not have done as much as we did without the community support,” said Equine Therapy and Events Coordinator Amanda Thompson. “In addition to all the sponsors, we had a variety of vendors who added to the festive atmosphere of the event with food and apparel. And the event itself included a level of competition that kept everyone engaged.”
Thomas Linton Rodeo provided the Southern Rodeo Association sanctioned event which included top riders participating in bull riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling and breakaway roping.
Community volunteers also helped to make the event possible.
“We had several groups of volunteers who helped with parking, ticket sales, and other tasks to make the event happen,” said Volunteer Mobilization Coordinator Lisa Brown. “It was an incredible undertaking and we learned a lot this year that will help us with all our future events.”
With the success of this year’s rodeo, BGHNC is already starting on plans for a return event.
“We had two amazing evenings and we look forward to bringing the fun again next year,” Creech said.
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.