BTS Family Day celebration benefits children at B&GH

October 8, 2019

Ricky Benton, Kiki Vanderbilt, Gary FairclothLake Waccamaw, NC – The 2019 Black’s Tire & Auto Service Family Day event added a new twist to help raise money to benefit the children of Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.

The 90th Anniversary Ms. Black’s Tire Womanless Beauty Pageant’s nine competitors raised more than $3,000 for the local nonprofit. The winner was selected by the amount of money placed in their fundraising bucket.

“Congratulations to ‘Kiki Vanderbilt’ for winning the title,” said BTS co-owner Ricky Benton. “It was great fun for a great cause as these good sports helped raise money for a special charity.”

B&GH President Gary Faircloth appreciated the efforts of all the contestants and the organizers.

“Black’s Tire Service has been a tremendous partner for the children of Boys and Girls Homes,” Faircloth said. “The connection between Black’s Tire Service and B&GH goes back to our founding in 1954 when Black’s Tire founder Crowell Black came on as one of the founding trustees of Boys and Girls Homes. Since the founding of B&GH, we have served over 7,500 children who needed help in discovering their greatness. Every member of the BTS family is playing a big part in continuing that today and moving forward with that vision. I especially want to thank Ricky, Diane, Rick, Ryan, Jeremy and the whole Black’s Tire Service family for this support. You are truly helping to make futures much brighter.”

Held at the B&GH Farm, Family Day also included retail and commercial tire change contests, performances by Blackwater Rhythm and Blues, a picnic, and a variety of games and activities for children and adults.

“This special annual event is something our children look forward to every year,” said Faircloth. “It is a great opportunity for them to enjoy activities as well as get to know several of the supporters from the community who believe in them.”

About Black’s Tire & Auto Service

Black’s Tire & Auto Service is a family owned automotive repair and tire business headquartered in Whiteville, NC with locations throughout North and South Carolina. For additional information, call 910-642-4123 or visit

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.