2019 Lake Waccamaw Benefit Ride scheduled for May 4

Proceeds support the children of Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina

March 5, 2019

Benefit Ride motorcyclists arriving on B&GH campusPreparations continue for the 2019 Lake Waccamaw Benefit Ride to support the children of Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina scheduled for Saturday, May 4.

Designed for motorcycle and classic car enthusiasts to enjoy a ride to the scenic campus in Lake Waccamaw and a meal, all participants are eligible for door prizes and the kid-chosen favorite ride awards. There is a $15 rider fee and $10 passenger fee for participants, with all proceeds going to support the children at B&GH.

The event started 10 years ago when B&GH Board Member and Moore County attorney Linda Reid Oldham approached the Aberdeen American Legion with the idea for a benefit ride.

“She suggested that we do it in the way of a fundraising chapter challenge with each different group competing to see who could raise the most money,” said Rora Kellis, event co-coordinator. “We could do the ride as a little bit of fellowship and know that we are doing something to help the kids.”

As word of the event spread, other organizations took up the challenge, raising money to support the children. Among those riding were American Legion Chapters from Aberdeen, Burgaw, Calabash, Clayton, Greensboro and Waxhaw. Last year’s event raised more than $8,900 and Kellis is hopeful that this year’s event will raise even more.

“We really want to see our numbers grow to help spread the word about what B&GH does to help children,” said Kellis. “It is great to know that we are making a difference in the lives of these children. All these bikers have big hearts and we appreciate the chance to do something for the children.”

It is one of the most anticipated events of the year for the youth on campus.

“This is an event the children look forward to each year,” said B&GH President Gary Faircloth. “Getting to see all the different motorcycles and having the opportunity to vote on the favorite ride makes it a different kind of fun. The meal and fellowship serve as a benefit beyond the financial support by helping the children know that people care.”

For more information, or to register for this year’s ride, contact Rora Kellis at 910-603-1318 or rmkellis@live.com.

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. B&GH offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, as well as residential care on the campus at Lake Waccamaw. The campus features a SACS-accredited public charter school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, chapel and cottage life. As many as 260 vulnerable children are cared for through the residential and community-based services provided by B&GH at any given time. B&GH operates its program, services and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws. B&GH is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.