Surry-Yadkin EMC aids children’s home

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DOBSON — Area golfers not only enjoyed a day on the course, but also enabled a nearly $20,000 donation to an area children’s home thanks to a charity tournament led by Surry-Yadkin Electric Membership Corp.

The electric co-op based in Dobson presented a check for $19,052 earlier this month to Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home. It is a non-profit organization in Wilkes County which strives to provide a loving and nurturing home to displaced children from Wilkes and surrounding counties.

That contribution resulted from the annual golf tournament recently held at Cedarbrook Country Club in State Road.

“We have a committee of employees that selects a new, non-profit organization each year as the sole beneficiary of the proceeds from the tournament,” explained Adam Martin, public relations manager for Surry-Yadkin Electric Membership Corp. “We consider organizations that either operate or provide services in our service territory.”

That area includes Surry, Stokes, Wilkes, Yadkin, Alleghany and Forsyth counties.

Since Surry-Yadkin organized its charity golf tournament in 2012, the cooperative has raised more than $75,000 for five different non-profit organizations in its service area. The recipients during that period have included Relay for Life, Special Olympics, United Fund of Surry, Mountain Valley Hospice and Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home.

This year’s tournament was the second-highest fund-raiser in the co-op’s history.

Surry-Yadkin employees beat their original fund-raising goal of $15,000 due to the support of many community partners and a $5,000 grant from CoBank. CoBank, a national cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America, matched a $5,000 donation by Surry-Yadkin through its Sharing Success Program, a charitable fund designed to benefit cooperatives and the groups they support throughout rural areas.

“CoBank believes one of the best ways to make a meaningful impact in rural America is to partner with our customers,” Vice President Lee Earhardt said in a statement.

“It’s one partnership for which Surry-Yadkin is extremely grateful,” Martin agreed.

“Our cooperative has now received the Sharing Success grant for three consecutive years, and each year the funding has made a large impact on the members and communities that Surry-Yadkin serves.”

Meanwhile, officials of Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home are appreciative of the contribution.

“The Ebenezer family is so thankful for the support of our friends at Surry-Yadkin EMC,” Sherry Reeves, associate director at Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home, who accepted the historic contribution on behalf of that organization, said in a statement.

“This amazing donation is one of the largest we have ever received from another agency’s fund-raising event. Every dollar that was donated will help us continue providing a safe haven for dozens of children from our community who have been either abused or neglected.”

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