Tears, hugs, service highlight connection during 2017 B&GH Alumni Reunion

October 10, 2017

Ricky Davis and Ken BlackwellLake Waccamaw, NC –  “The older you are the more you cry.”

Ken Blackwell’s comments as he received one of the 2017 A Difference Maker Awards at the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina Alumni Reunion Oct. 7 were reflective of the tears that flowed through the awards, recognitions, and stories shared at the special event.

The annual reunion included a variety of children’s activities and provided several opportunities for the returning alumni from across the years to visit and reminisce. The centerpiece of the gathering was the presentation of awards and recognitions for those who have been a part of the organization over the years.

The inaugural A Difference Maker Awards were presented first. B&GH President Gary Faircloth shared a series of quotes about making a difference in the lives of others. He ended with a quote from Brian Fleming.

“When we get to the end of our life, the question playing over and over in our mind will be, ‘Did my life make a difference?’,” Faircloth read. “The answer to that question for both recipients of the 2017 A Difference Maker Award is a resounding yes.”

Blackwell, who served as farm manager for several years, received the award from incoming Alumni Association President Ricky Davis.

“Every one of the boys that work on the farm, whether for one summer or many summers, were my boys,” said Blackwell through tears. “They were all my boys.”

George Beasley and Coach George McRaeFellow A Difference Maker Award recipient George McRae also shared memories of his time at B&GH.

“I came on to be the director of athletics for a summer, and I stayed for five years,” said McRae. “We would get the boys up in the morning and tuck them into bed at night. To be recognized like this, I am humbled.”

Alumni Association outgoing president George Beasley presented McRae’s award before receiving his own Alumni Leadership Award from B&GH Trustee and fellow Alumnus Jerry Parrish.

“As your alumni association president, I learned to serve,” Beasley said. “I learned to serve in the moment and be here to make a difference. As alumni, our biggest responsibility is being ambassadors for this place. In everything we do, we are representing the Homes.”

Beasley’s philosophy is one that is shared with the 2017 Distinguished Alumni of the Year winner Hensley Scott.

“As alumni it is important that we are out there as ambassadors for this organization,” Scott said. “It is so important as alumni that we recognize that things have changed. It cannot be the same Home that it was 30 years ago. This place that made a difference for all of us continues to make a difference for the children of today.”

Scott was honored for a variety of successes and his support of Boys and Girls Homes.President Gary Faircloth and 2017 Distinguished Alumni of the Year Hensley Scott

“Hensley does so many things for B&GH,” said Faircloth. “He is never shy about sharing his time, talents and treasures to make an impact for our mission.”

Scott has a successful career in sales in the paper industry, computer supplies and real estate. He and his wife Kay started Clayton Residential Rentals in 2001 and today it is a property management company that manages over $60 million of residential real estate for over 350 clients.

He has given his time to many local community organizations including as a board member for the Raleigh and Johnston County Board of Realtors, as an advisory board member for a local bank, and on the Habitat for Humanity Board. He was instrumental in starting Crime Stoppers of Clayton and served as its president for three years. Scott also started the first local chapter of the National Association of Residential Property Managers and served as president. He is currently spearheading an effort to start a property management council under the Johnston County Board of Realtors.

In 2008 Scott became a Rotarian. He was elected Rotarian of the Year for the Clayton Rotary Club. He served as president of the Clayton Rotary Club and has served as Assistant Governor. He helped to coordinate a recent Rotary service project on the B&GH campus to plant 92 pecan trees as part of the Rotary International President’s initiative to plant 1 million trees this year.

“Joining Rotary brought me back to B&GH and I am so grateful that I have been a part of something so special,” said Scott. “It is an honor to be recognized for helping a cause so dear to my heart.”

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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 by 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 is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.