For the Love of Kids Capital Campaign celebrated at B&GH

October 26, 2018 

Lake Waccamaw, NC – On Saturday, Oct. 20, Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina celebrated the completion of the For the Love of Kids Capital Campaign with a luncheon.

The campaign raised more than $2.2 million to address significant capital needs on the Lake Waccamaw campus.

“This journey started three years ago,” said Gary Cooper, who co-chaired the campaign with Joey Boles. “This is the very first comprehensive capital campaign Boys and Girls Homes has ever undertaken. We are very thankful for those who have partnered with us in this effort. We set out together on this journey and now we are here to celebrate. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”

The comprehensive campaign covered nine projects across the campus. B&GH serves as many as 260 children at a time through its residential, community based and school programs.

These projects included Anthony J. Brill Middle School, office expansion for Community Based Services, new furniture for the Lions Cottage, an exercise area and playground for recreation therapy, roofing for the maintenance shop and grounds building, information technology, campus paving, staff housing, and the Rube and Hester McRay Memorial Alumni/Training Center.

“We set out to fund and complete nine projects on campus,” said Vice President for Development Ray Cockrell. “We have done that and we’ve done so much more. We forged new relationships. We’ve strengthened existing relationships. We have had the opportunity to increase the awareness and we’ve had the opportunity to share the positive work that we are doing for children.”

Among those who have remained connected to the organization and providing support since the beginning is the Black’s Tire & Auto Service family. BTS Vice President Rick Benton Jr., spoke to the assembly about the history of support and connection between the two organizations.

“We have a passion for giving back and making a difference,” Benton said. “It is a more important time than ever to make a difference for these kids.”

Benton shared the roots of the annual charity golf tournament that has provided more than $1 million of support over the years.

“We would bring a lot of children to the charity hospitality event,” Benton said. “Then our sponsors, vendors, partners and team would see them. When you are trying to help a cause and you to see the need and you get to hear about the difference you are making, it makes it more personal. That is where we build the cause. It’s not just us, it’s our people, it’s our team.”

“So many people that help don’t want their name mentioned,” he continued. “It is when you are doing something to make a difference and you can take the opportunity to be a part of an event like that, it is a deeper connection.”

That modesty was reflected in many of the top donors to the For the Love of Kids campaign according to Cockrell.

“People responded to our pleas for support and they responded in very generous ways,” he said. “They aren’t doing this to say ‘look what I did for the campaign.’ It’s about what we are doing for children.”

More than 1,400 gifts were given to the campaign with 22 of those gifts above the $10,000 mark. An additional 89 gifts were above $1,000.

“It takes a village to make a project like this work,” said Cockrell. ‘We put together a leadership cabinet and every person we approached to be a part of the cabinet said yes without hesitation.”

In addition to the co-chairs, campaign leadership included community division chair Nancy Sigmon, family division chair Jerry Parrish, special gifts chair Dave Wyatt, civic club division co-chairs Ron Jones and Julie Wolfe, and corporations and foundations chair Owen Robinson. Cockrell also acknowledged the contributions of his staff in making the campaign a success.

“This organization is a better place because you are in it,” he said.

B&GH President Gary Faircloth agreed that the support of all those in attendance in addition to those who supported the campaign is critical to the children served by the organization.

“When children find themselves in the pits of abuse and neglect, they feel helpless, they feel defenseless, and without the caring hands of folks like you they wouldn’t have much of a chance,” said Faircloth. “They need that helping hand. That is what you folks are doing for the kids here at Boys and Girls Homes. Your helping hand is helping to lift kids out of the pit.

“You are sculptors of the finest form of art, that is the art of helping form human lives. And you are doing an awful lot to help improve and make a difference in the lives of children here at B&GH. And we thank you for that.”

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 is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.