Seventh Annual Light the Lake set for April 16

March 20, 2019

Lake Waccamaw, NC – The Seventh Annual Light the Lake Walk for Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness is set for Tuesday, April 16 at Lake Waccamaw.

This special event, coordinated by the Community Based Services Department at Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, will start at 6 p.m. at 160 Rube McCray Circle.

The public is encouraged and warmly invited to participate.

“We have received overwhelming support from local and neighboring communities over the past several years,” said Vice President for Community Based Services Donna Yalch. “We are hoping that Light the Lake continues to grow.

The walk will proceed down Flemington Drive and turn onto Lake Shore Drive before turning onto Cameron Street. A short walk down Church Street will bring the group back to campus. Light refreshments will follow.

The annual event collaborates with Pinwheels for Prevention throughout the month of April, which is also National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

According to US Children’s Defense Funds Studies, there are more than 21,000 victims of child abuse or neglect annually in North Carolina.

“Together, we can bring awareness to the devastating reality of child abuse and neglect,” said Yalch. “We hope the community will show up in even larger numbers this year.”

For more information, please contact Amber Morgan at 910-646-3083 or

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.