2021 Lake Waccamaw Benefit Ride scheduled for May 1

Proceeds support the children of Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina

March 10, 2021

Preparations continue for the 2021 Lake Waccamaw Benefit Ride to support the children of Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina scheduled for Saturday, May 1.

This special event is designed for motorcycle and classic car enthusiasts to enjoy a ride to the scenic campus at Lake Waccamaw.

“This event is something I have heard stories about as a favorite among the children,” said new B&GH President/CEO Ricky Creech. “I am looking forward to seeing the motorcycles and riders on our campus within the health and safety guidelines available at that time.”

The event started 12 years ago when B&GH Board Member and Moore County attorney Linda Reid Oldham approached the Aberdeen American Legion with the idea for a benefit ride.

“She suggested that we do it in the way of a fundraising chapter challenge with each different group competing to see who could raise the most money,” said Rora Kellis, event co-coordinator and Vass American Legion Rider. “We could do the ride as a little bit of fellowship and know that we are doing something to help the kids.”

As word of the event spread, other organizations took up the challenge, raising money to support the children. Among those riding were American Legion Chapters from Aberdeen, Burgaw, Calabash, Clayton, Greensboro, Vass and Waxhaw. Additional riders from organizations like the Calabash Lions Club were also active participants over the years.

Last year’s pandemic modified event raised $6,500 with half the number of riders from the year before.

“The riders are truly committed to the kids,” said B&GH Director of Community Relations Dr. Mason Fuller Smith. “They were able to find a way to make a difference, both with the fundraising aspect and also with the campus ride around that was socially distanced. It was an opportunity for the kids to get out of the cottage and have that touch of familiarity seeing the motorcycles circling the campus as they have for years.”

This year’s event will bring back some elements of the past while still respecting pandemic related restrictions.

“We are remaining flexible with our expectations,” said Kellis. “We all recognize that it is about the kids and keeping them safe and healthy while providing something fun. All these bikers have big hearts and we appreciate the chance to do something for the children.”

There is a $15 rider fee or $25 per couple, with all proceeds going to support the children at B&GH.

For more information, contact Rora Kellis at 910-603-1318 or rmkellis@live.com or visit the website https://www.ncpost296.com/lake-waccamaw-ride.

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 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.