Today is a big day for the Annual Bladen We Care Golf Tournament, the biggest source of revenue for the not-for-profit organization. Only two events a year, the recent Gala and the golf tournament.
Over the past 29 years, more than $1.5 million (my numbers) has been raised and provided to Bladen residents who, thru no fault of there own, have been in need of assistance to purchase medicine or other such needs, in the $50,000 to $60,000 range, annually. These are one time grants. Referrals come from the public, the school system, from various other organization including DSS. As we like to say, folks falling thru the cracks of our healthcare system.
Local volunteers make it happen, however, you will see many who come from miles around to participate. Smithfield Foods has been has been a great partner for the Gala in recent years, along with many more, companies and individuals.
In addition to the medically related grants to individuals, Bladen We Care provides scholarships for locals interested in entering the nursing profession, at Bladen Community College and UNC-Pembroke.
A couple of other groups that make it happen are Campbell Oil company employees and owners, as well as the Bladen We Care Board of Directors.
So, if your travel takes you to or past Vineyard Golf Course today, you will likely see participants from far and wide, including the owner (Bill Augustine) and employees at the golf course. It takes a team, and after 30 years, the Bladen We Care team is among the best, golfers and volunteers.
For those who do not participate in the Gala or the golf tournament who would like to contribute to this worthy cause, mail to Bladen We Care, PO Box 1569, Elizabethtown, NC 28337.
Oh yes, guarantee no organization has less overhead …. money raised goes to help others.
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. Charles Dickens
You can have anything you want in life if you just help enough people get what they want in life. Zig Ziglar
Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others. Booker T. Washington
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. (Matthew 7:12)
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