Rotary Day 2019 celebrates connection

April 11, 2019

Lake Waccamaw, NC – Rotarians from across the state gathered at Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina on Saturday, March 30, for Rotary Day 2019.

The special annual event celebrates the longstanding connection between Rotary Clubs in North Carolina and B&GH.

“We have been blessed to have Rotarians supporting our efforts since the 1960s,” said B&GH President Gary Faircloth. “Since 1966 Rotarians have raised more than $1.8 million for our organization to support the children at Boys and Girls Homes. Rotarians visiting the cottage, taking the children on trips, providing scholarships and everything else Rotarians do really helps to ease the pain for our children. It lets them know that they are cared for and that they matter.”

Rotarians were treated to a trolley tour of campus and spent time in Rotary Cottage before enjoying a cookout with the children from the cottage.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for Rotarians to really interact with the campus,” said Mason Smith, new director of civic club development for B&GH.

The clubs provided donations totaling $30,000 at Saturday’s event as part of the ongoing effort to support the organization they see making an impact.

“Thank you to the clubs and individuals who stepped up to support this initiative,” said Rotary District 7730 Governor April Clark. “For the last 15 years we have celebrated Rotary Day with District 7710 and we see excellent representation of Rotarians for these children.”

More than 300 children are currently served daily by the continuum of care provided by B&GH. These children have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other dysfunction.

“The situations our children come from are heart breaking, but because of what Rotarians and our other supporters do, they do have another chance,” Faircloth said. “They have an opportunity to be safe and loved and cared for in places like Rotary Cottage. You are making a difference and you are helping to make their future much, much brighter. Your investments are making such a tremendous difference.”

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.