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The Boys Home Invitational Golf Tournament Was A Wonderful Success!


On Saturday, May 4, 2024, Boys Home of Virginia hosted its first Invitational Golf Tournament on The Cascades Course at the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia. Check-in began at 9:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11:00 a.m. Despite the inclement weather, 16 teams enjoyed an exciting round of golf on a beautiful course with a delicious lunch, as well as an exceptional opportunity to support Boys Home.

Awards were given out to the top four teams. The 1st place team had a score of 59, they were sponsored by Campbell Insurance from Lynchburg, Virginia and won the tournament. Golfers included John Alford, Blake Anderson, Will Absher, and Clayton Forren. The 2nd and 3rd place teams both scored 62, but cards were matched to break the tie. The 2nd place team was made up of VMI cadets sponsored by Powell Industries. Golfers included Alan Stewart, Branco Jaworski, Ian Struzzeri and Tim Mackey. Bob and Meredith Sherrill headed up the 3rd place team, along with Zach Crouch and Carter Ramsey. The final winner in 4th place was a team from Lynchburg who scored 63. This team included John Compher, John Maddox, Marty Gibson, and Jackie Mays.

Prizes were also awarded for one longest drive hole #14 and three closest to the pin on holes. Kelly Bingel won the longest drive prize. The winners for closest to the pin were #8 – Blake Anderson, #15 – Perry Williams and #18 – Branco Jarwirski.

Boys Home would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support: RESCO Electronics, Powell Industries, Byer Incorporated, Oliver Distributing Company, Jack Mason’s Tavern and Brewing, Valley Supermarket IGA, and The Rail Bar and Grille/The Cat and Owl Restaurant. Also, a special thank you to The Omni Homestead Resort and The Cascades Golf Course staff for their help in creating this wonderful event.  












First Place – John Alford, Blake Anderson, Will Absher, and Clayton Forren – Campbell Insurance 













Second Place – Alan Stewart, Branco Jaworski, Ian Struzzeri, and Tim Mackey – VMI Cadets – Powell Industries 













Third place – Bob Sherrill, Meredith Sherrill, Zach Crouch, and Carter Ramsey 













Fourth place – John Compher, John Maddox, Marty Gibson, and Jackie Mays 

  • By Laura Robertson
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Boys Home of Virginia to host Spring Open House on April 25, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Boys Home of Virginia is excited to announce their annual spring open house on Thursday, April 25. The event is open to the public. Guests are invited to meet staff and students, enjoy a wonderful lunch, and learn about the Boys Home program.

Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the new Hileman Leadership Center, located next to the Costan gymnasium. This event will kick off with the long-awaited ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony at 10:15 a.m. to unveil the newest addition to the Boys Home campus.

To attend the open house, please RSVP to Melinda at or call 540-965-7707 by Friday, April 19.

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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