Rye Foundation gives $10,000 for music, leadership at B&GH

January 27, 2021

Dr. Mason Fuller Smith & J. Warren Steen

Dr. Mason Fuller Smith and Warren Steen

Lake Waccamaw, NC – A charitable foundation in Winston-Salem has given $10,000 to the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.

The Rye Foundation said its investment will help the Homes to:

·      Expand music opportunities for children on campus.

·      Create the Rye Leadership Award, to be presented to a child at the year-end recognition banquet.

·      Provide pandemic-related equipment and supplies for Rotary Cottage.

“We believe Boys and Girls Homes offers a beacon of hope for needy children, and we value our long-term partnership,” said Rye Foundation President Warren Steen.

Known statewide for its faith-based philanthropy, the foundation derives its name from the first letters of its priority funding areas – religion, youth, and education.

During a recent site tour, Steen visited the Leamon Rogers Memorial Chapel, Rotary Cottage, an on-campus classroom at Thomas Academy, and met the Homes’ new President/CEO Ricky Creech. Steen expressed his appreciation to Dr. Mason Fuller Smith for organizing the informative tour.

The Rye Foundation has been partnering with B&GH since 2002.

“This is the third time that our friends at Rye have made a significant investment,” said Creech. “We are thankful for their support, and we promise to spend these funds wisely as we carry out our mission of helping children and families.”

Over the years, the Rye Foundation has built chapels, constructed camp lodges, provided scholarships, purchased musical instruments, and supported programs aimed at children from military families.

“We don’t have a Mr. Rye or Mrs. Rye,” said Steen, “but we do have a lot of people who really care about children.”

Additional charitable gifts from Rye have supported the Matthew 25 Center in Tabor City, Camp Cale in Hertford, and the North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell.

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.