Each summer, a tractor ride kicks off the Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion held at Denton FarmPark. Tractors are paraded through the countryside; a BBQ lunch is enjoyed by drivers and riders—all for the benefit of a local nonprofit. This year, North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry (NCBAM) was selected to receive proceeds from the event as well as the live auction held the first evening of the Reunion.
Supporters of NCBAM broke all fundraising records. Through sponsorships, admissions, and the live auction, NCBAM received $29,647—all of which will be used in direct ministry projects for frail seniors across North Carolina. NCBAM’s fundraising campaign was called, “Rev’n Up for Rampin’ Up,” because most of the funds will be used to purchase lumber for wheelchair ramps. Other safety needs of seniors will also be addressed, such as grab bars, handrails, and smoke alarm installations.
Key sponsorships were provided by Loflin Fabrication and Bob and Carolyn Tucker of ShoeShow. At the opening ceremony, James
Cook of Troy Lumber presented an additional check for $5,000, saying “The most rewarding thing we can do is help other people. I’m so grateful God allowed Troy Lumber to be part of this.” Nearly two dozen other groups helped sponsor the event, including state and local agencies serving seniors. Gary’s BBQ in Concord prepared the lunch, Pepsi Bottling Ventures supplied drinks, and Big D’s Mini Doughnuts provided dessert.
“We’re so grateful to the mission-minded family that runs Denton FarmPark and to all who supported the Tractor Ride,” said NCBAM’s director, Dr. Sandy C. Gregory. “It was a wonderful experience for our team to see the support and know the funds will bless the lives of many seniors—increasing their access to community and making them safer in their homes.”
By Carol Layton, Director of Communications and Administration, NCBAM