Rodeo raises money for Boys and Girls Homes

LAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WECT) - For the first time in 10 years, a rodeo to benefit the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina was held at the Farm and Exhibition Center in Lake Waccamaw on Friday.

B&GH of North Carolina provides services for children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect or other family issues.

All proceeds from the rodeo, which concludes Saturday night, benefit the children of B&GH.

Friends and families gathered Friday night for the rodeo, which is sanctioned by the Southern Rodeo Association.

"If you don't come to the rodeo, you're going to miss all the excitement, all the fun of this event," said Bill Thompson, president emeritus of the Boys and Girls Homes. "It's unique Americana for one. This is a part of who we are. It's part of our heritage and it's fun."

Since 1954, the facility has helped 7,500 children.

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