Sandhills Benefit Luncheon & Silent Auction for B&GH sets record of support

July 5, 2018 

Pinehurst, NC – More than 200 individuals gathered Monday, June 11, at the Country Club of North Carolina for the 14th Annual Sandhills Benefit Luncheon and Silent Auction to support the children at Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina (B&GH).

“This year’s Sandhills Benefit Luncheon and Silent Auction honored the memory of one of our event founders, Mrs. Carolyn Register,” event emcee Rev. Rose Highland-Sharpe shared. “We are remembering such a wonderful lady with a passion for children.”

A longtime resident of Moore County, Register served on the board of trustees at B&GH. In addition to starting the luncheon, she also started an annual golf tournament to support the non-profit. She passed away on March 4 at the age of 84 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

“I had the privilege to work with Miss Carolyn in various ways for 11 years,” said B&GH President Gary Faircloth. “She served on a lot of committees, but the committee she really loved serving on most was the program committee. She would come into the program office before every board meeting and we would discuss the program issues regarding what was going on with the children. What could we do to make those programs better to serve children best?”

This year’s event raised nearly $28,000 to support the children served by the non-profit organization based in Lake Waccamaw. Since its founding in 1954, B&GH has served more than 7,500 children from across the state, including many from Moore County.

“Children are our nation’s largest, voiceless minority,” said Faircloth. “What you folks are doing today is you have shown up raise awareness and speak up on behalf of children.”

B&GH Director of Family Foster Care Christy Humphrey served as the event’s keynote speaker, sharing front line stories about the foster care aspects of the organization.

“Our foster homes work with these children until they are able to either go back home to their families, go to relatives, or if their plan is to go to adoption, about 95 percent of the time the family that has been fostering the child will adopt them,” Humphrey said. “While the children are in care, we work really hard to get them the medical care they need, including medical, specialist, vision and dental care. No matter how short a time or how long a time we have them, we want to make sure they get the care they need.”

Humphrey shared heartbreaking stories of abuse and neglect she has seen in her years working with foster care.

“It is an ongoing issue,” she said. “I wish there was a time when we didn’t need foster homes, but it is a continuous need. One of the great things with B&GH is we have a continuum of care. If things aren’t working in one home, we can consider residential care as an option.”

B&GH provides a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. As many as 260 vulnerable children are cared for through the residential and community-based services provided by B&GH at any given time.

“Working at B&GH has afforded me so many wonderful opportunities working with families helping children through some of the toughest experiences in their lives,” Humphrey said. “We make a plan and move forward with the support of everyone at B&GH and people like you.”

A dedicated committee under the leadership of Camille Bailey coordinated the event this year. Bailey was joined by Nina Edmonson, Betty Hurst, Connie Monds, James Rupard, Angela Boles, Gary Greene, Debi Little and Linda Reid Oldham with special assistance from Cristin Bennett, Caretta Davis, Teressa Jernigan and Brenda Phelps.

“It was a wonderful day for B&GH,” said Highland-Sharpe. “Thank you for all that you do for children. We are working together to make futures brighter for children and I challenge you to continue helping children.”

Anyone interested in learning more about joining the committee for next year’s event should call Camille Bailey at 910-420-3032 or Gary Greene at 910-840-7123.

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.