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Melvin Clark wins the 2023 Boys Home P. Buckley Moss Raffle

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Pictured L-R: Melvin Clark and his wife, Vicki Clark

Congratulations to Mr. Melvin Clark of Ferrum, Virginia, the 2023 winner of the P. Buckley Moss print #275 titled “Graceful Autumn Ride.” Mr. Clark and his wife, Vicki, are long-time collectors of P. Buckley Moss art and were delighted to receive this beautiful piece. This year’s raffle raised $2,720, which will go toward helping our students grow into successful young men. Thank you to everyone who participated in this fundraiser and special thanks to the P. Buckley Moss Society and Loving Art and Frame located in Covington, Virginia.

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Online Match Challenge Hosted by Boys Home of Virginia

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Boys Home of Virginia is excited to announce an online match challenge beginning November 17 – November 28. Thanks to members of the Boys Home Board of Trustees they will match dollar for dollar up to $25,000 of online donations received during that time.

Boys Home will be able to use these donations to directly impact the student’s basic needs, as well as help each young man strive toward becoming a productive member of society by developing his potential – spiritually, mentally, physically, and socially.

Visit to donate online November 17 – November 28. If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact Sandra at 540-965-7715.

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The 7th Annual Boys Home Harvest Hustle Is A Wonderful Success!

On Saturday, October 28, Boys Home of Virginia hosted its 7th annual fall fundraiser, the Harvest Hustle 5K, 10K and Half-Marathon at the Intervale Trailhead of the Jackson River Scenic Trail! One hundred and fifteen participants gathered to compete on a beautiful fall day. Racers from all over Virginia and West Virginia, as well as North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Utah, enjoyed the friendly competition. Bottled water and Gatorade were provided by sponsors for participants, along with the tasty baked goods, coffee, and specialty teas for sale by local Covington vendor, Kanawha Café.

All runners received a long-sleeved t-shirt with the race logo and a one-of-a-kind participation medal as they crossed the finish line. A collectable 16 oz. glass mug with logo was given to the top three fastest male and female racers in each age group, as well as a certificate of their accomplishment. The overall top three male and female racers for each race won a collectible acrylic Boys Home house-shaped trophy. All first-place winners also received a gift certificate to Lex Running Shop in Lexington, Virginia.

Overall winners in the 5K race were 1st place male – Cedric Drennen (24) of Clifton Forge, VA finishing at 15:38, 2nd place male – Joshua Anglin (16) of Covington, VA finishing at 19:07, and 3rd place male – Nickolas Powell (16) of Covington, VA finishing at 20:16.  First place female – Brittany Unroe (32) of Covington, VA with a time of 21:41, 2nd place female – Charlotte Taylor (13) of Covington, VA finishing at 25:36, and 3rd place female – Madilyn Via (13) from Covington, VA finishing at 27:03.

Overall winners in the 10K race were 1st place male – Samuel Urffer (37) of Lewisburg, WV with a time of 45:34, 2nd place male – Ethan Forbes (21) of Covington, VA finishing at 46:35, and 3rd place male – Nolan Rosales (13) of Covington, VA finishing at 48:40. First Place female – Alania Lowman (47) of Clifton Forge, VA, finishing at 51:35, 2nd place female – Hannah Seldomridge (28) from Roanoke, VA finishing at 56:24, and 3rd place female – Colleen Urffer (36) from Lewisburg, WV finishing at 57:33.

The overall winners for the half-marathon were 1st place male – Derek Batey (52) of Roanoke, VA with a time of 1:41:05, 2nd place male – Liam Brown (62) from Lincoln University, PA finishing at 1:42:31, and 3rd place male – Eduardo Sanchez (25) from Covington, VA finishing at 1:48:18. First place female – Rachael Thompson (39) of Covington, VA finishing at 1:46:25, 2nd place female – Michelle Mackie (52) from Lexington, VA finishing at 1:54:59, and 3rd place female – Adrien Monti (44) from Roanoke, VA finishing at 2:22:32.

The finish times for each race are listed on along with photos to commemorate the day.  

Boys Home would like to thank Run Roanoke, the Falling Spring and Covington Rescue Squads, Kanawha Café, Alleghany Parks and Recreation, as well as all participants and volunteers for making this event possible. Boys Home is also very grateful for the generosity of the many businesses that sponsor the Harvest Hustle each year. A huge thank you to the following event sponsors: Lexington Prescription Center, Alleghany Highlands Community Services, WestRock, Highlands Community Bank, Silvercrest Asset Management, TTCE/E-ZPass VA, Campbell Insurance, Old Dominion Furniture Company, Persinger Memorial United Methodist Church, McDonough Toyota, K. McConnell Legal, Spencer Home Center, Jackson River Community Credit Union, The Rail Bar and Grille, The Cat & Owl, J & K Electric, West Winds Venue, The Recorder, Edward Jones Investments, The Law Firm of William T. Wilson, Jack Mason’s Tavern & Brewery, Slaughter and Slaughter Family Dentistry, Craig-Botetourt Electric Cooperative,  Grand Home Furnishings, Valley Supermarket IGA, Lex Running Shop.

This wonderful event is not only a fundraiser, but it helps to raise awareness of Boys Home and the services that are provided for the young men thy serve. The vision of Boys Home is to provide a community that inspires young men to positively impact those around them. This event shows the commitment and discipline needed to be a runner, the tenacity never to give up, and the importance of always striving to do your best. It also provides a great example of how a community can come together and support each other.

Boys Home is grateful to everyone who helped make the 7th annual Harvest Hustle a huge success!

Cedric Drennen 5K 1st Male Overall
Brittany Unroe 5K 1st Female Overall
Samuel Urffer 10K 1st Male Overall
Alaina Lowman 10K 1st Female Overall
Derek Batey Half 1st Male Overall
Rachel Thompson Half 1st Female Overall
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Boys Home to host its 32nd annual P. Buckley Moss print raffle!

Boys Home of Virginia is extremely grateful for the generosity of artist, P. Buckley Moss. For 32 years, she has donated one of her beautiful printsfor Boys Home to raffle. This year’s print is titled Graceful Autumn Ride #275 and is valued around $200.00 framed. The print was framed by Mr. Pat Loving at Loving Frame & Art in Covington, Virginia.

Raffle tickets are $5 each or 10 for $45. Boys Home will draw a winner on October 31, 2023. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Boys Home Development Office at 540-965-7707, email Melinda at, or purchase online at

Raffle entries must be received by October 30, 2023.  All proceeds directly benefit the programs at Boys Home. Best of luck to win this lovely print!

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Boys Home hosts 7th Annual Harvest Hustle – 5K, 10K and Half-marathon on October 28, 2023

Harvest Hustle flyer with race details Boys Home of Virginia will host their 7th annual fall fundraising event, the Boys Home Harvest Hustle 5K, 10K and half-marathon on Saturday, October 28, 2023. This event has grown each year and continues to offer a fun, yet competitive event for runners and walkers alike. Boys Home is very thankful for all sponsors and participants that have continuously gone above and beyond each year to provide support for Boys Home, their students, and their mission.

All three races will begin and end at the Intervale Trailhead of the Jackson River Scenic Trail, in Covington, VA. The event will offer aid stations along the race routes with water and Gatorade available. Each participant will receive a unique T-shirt and participation medal, as well as snacks and drinks before and after the race.

An awards ceremony for each race will begin approximately 30 minutes after the top three men and women racers cross the finish line. Top three finishers male and female overall and top three male and female in each age category will receive awards. The age categories are: Under 12, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+.


Race weekend schedule:

Friday, October 27       4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. –   Drive-thru packet pickup at Boys Home of Virginia,
                                                                                          414 Boys Home Road, Covington VA.

Saturday, October 28 – 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Registration and packet pickup
                                           9:30 a.m. – Half-Marathon begins

                                           9:45 a.m. – 10K begins
                                          10:00 a.m. –   5K begins

Registration for the 5K is $30.00, 10K is $40.00, and the half-marathon is $50.00, with early-bird pricing available before September 8. Discounts are available to running clubs and teams! To register, or for more information, visit or call Melinda at (540) 965-7707.