Lake Waccamaw Benefit Ride raises more than $10,000 for B&GH

May 16, 2019

Motorcycles arriving on campus for Lake Waccamaw Benefit Ride

The 2019 Lake Waccamaw Benefit Ride raised $10,141.45 for the children of Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.

Those funds came from the more than 100 motorcycle riders and fundraisers from American Legion Post 296 – Vass, American Legion Post 503 – Calabash, American Legion Post 72 – Aberdeen, and the Cape Fear Rumblers.

“This is an event the children look forward to each year,” said B&GH President Gary Faircloth. “Getting to see all the different motorcycles 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.”

Vice President for Residential Services David Passmore agreed.

“Your work and commitment to Boys and Girls Homes is truly appreciated,” Passmore said. “Because of what you do, it shows our young people what it’s about to give back. When they come into care, we work with them on a lot of different things, but we also teach them what it’s like to give back to others and support them. This is a great effort of that for our kids to see and learn.”

Created as an American Legion fundraising chapter challenge on the recommendation of B&GH Board Member Linda Reid Oldham, the event has grown over the years.

“We decided to do it as a chapter challenge so various groups across the state could participate in this ride,” said event co-coordinator Rora Kellis. “We plot our own routes and make our own way down here. Each chapter raises their own funds so that way we get down here and write the checks directly to B&GH so we know where the money went. Whoever writes the biggest check gets to bring the little plaque home for the year.”

David Passmore presents Rora Kellis with plaqueKellis’ Post 296 group got to take the plaque home thanks to their $4,100 contribution to the cause.

“It is truly all about the kids,” said Kellis.

Plans are already underway for the 2020 ride. For more information about this special event, contact Rora Kellis at 910-603-1318 or or Sterling Page at 910-209-1801 or

“We are so grateful for this group that is so supportive of our children,” said Civic Club Director Mason Smith. “We look forward to seeing them again next year.”

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, 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 vulnerable children are cared for through the residential, community-based services, and school program 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.