The African proverb says “it takes a village to raise a child” and not much can embody that proverb more than the Boys and Girls Club of the Sandhills who provides support and resources that have made a difference in the lives of thousands of local youth.

Boys & Girls Club of the SandhillsA fixture in the Moore County community for 20 years, the Club recently held the Founders and Futures 20th Anniversary Gala at the Carolina Hotel at Pinehurst Resort.  It was especially fitting to have the celebration at the Resort since it played such an instrumental role in getting the Club started.

Robert Dedman, Sr., who owned the resort at the time, donated $500,000 of the proceeds from the 1999 U.S. Open Golf Championship held at Pinehurst No. 2.  Mr. Dedman’s wife Nancy and son, Robert Dedman, Jr., were the guests of honor at the Gala.  The Club’s new Executive Director Fallon Brewington presented the Dedman family with roses and a card signed by the club’s members.

Between its main Southern Pines center and 2 satellite locations, the Club today has about 1,000 members and serves more than 400 children on a daily basis from 10 schools in southern Moore County within the Pinecrest High School attendance area.

The Club provides hot meals, academic tutoring, after-school activities, and enrichment programs that include classes ranging from basic nutrition to career planning and financial literacy.  Program director Deon Allbrooks said the atmosphere that children find there is the foundation of its value. Boys & Girls Club of the Sandhills

“Just to be able to be in a place full of love, full of kids who are happy about their environment, happy to be in a place where they feel that they belong, it means the world,” he said. 

“The kids of Southern Pines are incredibly lucky to have you all here who care so much, come to events like this, support the club, make a difference and give them a chance to better their lives,” said Dedman, Jr. “Because it’s a crazy world out there and these kids need the opportunity of a safe place and a nurturing environment.”

It was clearly evident that Moore Countians have big hearts when it comes to supporting local children.  More than 250 supporters attended the Gala during which $55,000 in donations were pledged to fund a new bus to transport children from their schools to the club and another $30,000 to fund a year’s worth of academic tutoring.

“That purpose [youth development] has really come alive in the Boys and Girls Club here. It’s incredible what you all have done,” said Dedman, Jr.

The Boys and Girls Club of the Sandhills is a great volunteer opportunity.  For more information, visit www.sandhillsbgc.org/get-involved and visit our Volunteering page.


Related Stories

USGA Names Pinehurst No. 2 its First “Anchor Site” for U.S. Open Championships

Pinehurst No. 2 has become the first anchor site for future U.S. Open championships, the United States Golf Association (USGA) just announced. The masterpiece course designed by Donald Ross has been selected to host the organization’s preeminent men’s championships events in 2024, 2029, 2035, 2041 and 2047.  Over the 25-year period, these events are projected to have a $2 bi... Read More »
USGA Names Pinehurst No. 2 its First “Anchor Site” for U.S. Open Championships

USGA Chooses Pinehurst for Second Headquarters

Just announced, the United States Golf Association has chosen the Village of Pinehurst for establishing a new second headquarters.  The project includes the relocation of its golf equipment Research & Test Center, construction of a museum and visitor center, and offices for the USGA’s Foundation and Green Section.  These facilities will be an investment of at least $25 mil... Read More »
USGA Chooses Pinehurst for Second Headquarters