Black's Tire Charity Golf Tournament raises more than $275,000 for B&GH

April 15, 2019

During the March 22 Black’s Tire & Auto Service Charity Golf Tournament to support the children at Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, it was announced to the more than 230 golfers and supporters in attendance that the event had broken the previous event record.

Black’s Tire and its supporters smashed its previous tournament efforts by over  $100,000. The $275,204.35 raised this year moves the overall support of the tournament close to $1.5 million since the tournament started in 2002.

“Today is a wonderful day for children,” said Ricky Benton, co-owner of BTS, to the golfers. “Dianne and I, our family and our BTS Family want you to know that each and every one of you who made this donation possible are very special and we thank you.”

Co-owner Dianne Benton agreed, “We are able to contribute this gift to the children of B&GH because of your hard work and I thank you.”

This year’s event support comes at an important time for the campus, according to B&GH President Gary Faircloth.

“With the damage Hurricane Florence caused to B&GH along with residents of our area, it has been a difficult time of recovery for all of us,” said Faircloth. “That makes this year’s record setting support so important for the children.”

The support provided by the event held at the Carolina Trace Golf and Country Club near Sanford, goes beyond just the general organizational support. During the 2016 event, a yearly scholarship was established to help one child from B&GH pursue his or her educational goals beyond high school. The $5,000 scholarship funds have been raised through an additional effort each year.

“The connection between Black’s Tire Service and B&GH goes back to our founding in 1954 when Black’s Tire founder Crowell Black came on as one of the founding trustees of Boys and Girls Homes,” Faircloth said to the golfers. “Crowell Black supported the children at Boys and Girls Homes faithfully with his time, talents, and treasures until his passing. Since the founding of B&GH, we have served over 7,500 children who needed help in discovering their greatness. You folks are playing a big part in continuing that today and moving forward with that vision. I especially want to thank Ricky, Diane, Rick, Ryan, Jeremy and the whole Black’s Tire Service family for this support. You are truly helping to make futures much brighter.”

One of the current residents served by B&GH attended the event and expressed appreciation on behalf of all who benefit from this event.

“A lot of kids don’t get to do this, but I am very fortunate to get to meet you, to shake your hand, to get to meet the people who are helping us, and I thank you dearly for everything you do for us.”

Former resident and current Director of Transitional Living Ian Callahan shared his perspective.

“The money you raise for B&GH – it does make a difference! We appreciate everything that Black’s Tire does for B&GH. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for B&GH and organizations like Black’s Tire Service.”

Rufus Stephens, southeast key account manager for Michelin Tire and tournament participant was touched by the words shared by the current and past beneficiaries.

“Michelin is honored to be supportive and a participant in the great work and charitable efforts of Black’s Auto & Tire Service with B&GH,” said Stephens. “Listening to the past recipients of the charitable efforts brings to life that this work and charity event changes lives. It is a privilege to be a partner in such efforts along with Black’s Tire.”

Todd Burnette, customer development manager for Goodyear Tire and tournament participant, shared why this event means so much to him.

“Being part of Boys and Girls Homes over the years has always held a special place in my heart,” Burnette said. “A close friend grew up at the Homes. Knowing him and the man he is goes back to the solid foundation that he received while living there. This is a home that cares for children and gives them more than a home. It provides safety, builds self-esteem, and equips these kids for the future. It is such a worthy cause. I am happy to be associated with the BTS Family that makes it a priority in their business to give back.”

About Black’s Tire & Auto Service

Black’s Tire & Auto Service is a family owned automotive repair and tire business headquartered in Whiteville, NC with locations throughout North and South Carolina. For additional information, call 910-642-4123 or visit

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.

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