2020 Lake Waccamaw Benefit Ride raises more than $6,500 for B&GH

June 2, 2020

Dr. Mason Fuller Smith accepts donation checks at 2020 Lake Waccamaw Benefit Ride

The 2020 Lake Waccamaw Benefit Ride raised more than $6,500 for the children of Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.

This fundraising effort was completed with half the number of riders from last year due to the coronavirus restrictions.

“It is truly all about the kids,” said event co-coordinator Rora Kellis. “We were committed to make this year’s ride happen in whatever form we could.”

Director of Civic Club Relations Dr. Mason Fuller Smith helped coordinate the modified event.

“Every year we have descending upon campus several chapters of American Legion riders who come to show off their motorcycles, to ride around, to meet our kids and interact with them, to have a cookout and to raise a little bit of money,” said Smith. “Obviously they could not do that this year, but that didn’t stop them from coming. This year they rode around the campus, waving at the kids from a distance, and showing their love from afar. We are so thankful for partners like these.”

The modified ride had the riders do two laps on Rube McCray Circle as the youth came out of the cottages to watch the riders. In previous years, the event included a campus cookout, check presentations, and prizes for best motorcycle as voted by the youth.

“It was a more subdued event this year,” Kellis admitted.

Created as an American Legion fundraising chapter challenge on the recommendation of B&GH Board Member Linda Reid Oldham, the event has grown over the years.

“We decided to do it as a chapter challenge so various groups across the state could participate in this ride,” said Kellis. “We plot our own routes and make our own way down here. Each chapter raises their own funds and write the checks directly to B&GH so we know the money goes to the children.”

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.