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BCH celebrates 130 years of HOPE!

August 8, 2015

Summer is a great time for family reunions! On June 23, North Carolina’s largest family – nearly 800 children, residents and staff members from all across the state – came together for Family Gathering 4 at Mills Home in Thomasville.

“Our first Family Gathering in 2000 concreted our need to come together at one time, in one place,” BCH president/CEO Michael C. Blackwell said. “When I first envisioned this event, I knew it would strengthen us as one family. And it’s done just that.”

Every reunion requires a family portrait. The Family Gathering family photo takes a bucket truck and a daring photographer willing to take a bird’s-eye view. To kick off the day-long event, NASCAR photographer Andrew Coppley took the picture high above the group as they formed the word “HOPE.”

The “Celebration Carnival” was next. The carnival featured large inflatables, a photo booth, singing performances by staff, hands-on crafts, snow cones, popcorn, and homemade ice cream. The Porter Family and Steve Langley provided lunch entertainment.

The afternoon church program featured the Youth Choir from the Church of Faith and Deliverance in Kinston, a visit to Mick’s Garage for a “fill up,” and inspirational words by BCH president/CEO Michael C. Blackwell. Family Gathering 5 is slated for 2020.