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Boys Home receives $25,000 in November Match Funding

For the third year in a row, Boys Home of Virginia has qualified to receive a $25,000 matching grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. Any online donation made through  from $1 to $500 will be matched 1:1 in the month of November. This year they are offering a special 2:1 match for online donations received on Giving Tuesday, November 29 through  Donors wishing to give more than $500 can break it down into multiple donations in order to take full advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

All donations received online during this November match program will be used to continue the mission of Boys Home. Donations help provide food, shelter, clothing, education, and spiritual development for all residents of Boys Home.

Boys Home has been blessed by the generosity of supporters in the past. Will you help Boys Home meet the match goal of $25,000.00 by donating today?  Visit to make a donation. For more information about Boys Home, visit the website at or call Sandra Scruggs at 540-965-7715 if you have any questions.

About Boys Home of Virginia: Boys Home of Virginia strives to help young men ages 6-18 develop their potential. At Boys Home, residents have access to the tools they need to grow into responsible, contributing citizens and successful adults.

About the Jessie Ball duPont Fund: The Jessie Ball duPont Fund was established to provide temporary relief to individuals, organizations, and communities in Florida, Virginia, and Delaware. At its heart, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund is deeply committed to placemaking and inclusive growth in the communities that were important to Mrs. duPont.

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The 6th Annual Boys Home Harvest Hustle, Presented By Ingevity, Was a Huge Success!

On Saturday, November 5, Boys Home of Virginia hosted its 6th annual fall fundraiser, the Harvest Hustle 5K, 10K  and Half-Marathon at the Intervale Trailhead of the Jackson River Scenic Trail!  One hundred and twenty-six participants gathered to compete on an exceptionally warm fall day. Even though there were a few moments of misting rain, racers from all over Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas were not deterred from competing. Bottled water, Gatorade and pre-packaged snacks were available for runners to enjoy before and after each event. Mountain Momma’s Kitchen LLC was on site to provide food and coffee to participants, volunteers and spectators.

All runners received a long sleeve t-shirt with the race logo, and everyone received a one-of-a-kind participation medal as they crossed the finish line. A collectable 16 oz. latte mug 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 collectable acrylic Boys Home house 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 – Aiden Sensabaugh (15) of Hot Springs, VA finishing at 19:11, 2nd place male – Joshua Anglin (15) of Covington, VA finishing at 20:02, and 3rd place male – James Mazy Ross (15) of Covington, VA finishing at 20:49.  First place female – Abby Dixon (16) of Lewisburg, WV with a time of 22:43, 2nd place female – Faith Barron (13) of Clifton Forge, VA finishing at 22:51, and 3rd place female – Maggie Hensley (13) from Covington, VA finishing at 23:32.

Overall winners in the WestRock 10K race were 1st place male – Sam Allen (45) of Lexington, VA with a time of 38:51, 2nd place male – Alex Bullock (22) of Lewisburg, WV finishing at 40:59, and 3rd place male – Adam Gild (21) of Covington, VA finishing at 46:47. First Place female – Anna Henry (34) of Durham, NC finishing at 45:32, 2nd place female – Ashley Bykowski (26) from Lewisburg, WV finishing at 47:04, and 3rd place female – Esabelle Gervasio (23) from Lewisburg, WV finishing at 1:04:33.

The overall winners for the WestRock Half Marathon were 1st place male – Mark Stauffer (52) of Otisco, IN with a time of 1:28:56, 2nd place male – Paul Titus (52) from Waynesboro, VA finishing at 1:32:25, and 3rd place male – Jeremy Weaver (45) from Copper Hill, VA finishing at 1:34:13. First place female – Adrien Monti (43) of Roanoke, VA finishing at 2:11:59, 2nd place female – Lyla Rumler (35) from Forest, VA finishing at 2:28:42, and 3rd place female – Jamison Strasser (31) from Hot Springs, VA finishing at 2:48:42.

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, Mountain Momma’s Kitchen LLC, Alleghany Parks and Recreation, as well as all participants, volunteers and sponsors for making this event possible. For the second year, Ingevity was the presenting sponsor for the event. Ingevity has always been a faithful supporter of Boys Home and their participation is greatly appreciated. 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: WestRock, Lexington Prescription Center, Highlands Community Bank, Campbell Insurance, Silvercrest Asset Management, Old Dominion Furniture Company, Alleghany Asphalt and Construction, Inc., Greenbrier Physicians, Persinger Memorial United Methodist Church, McDonough Toyota, Spencer Home Center, Jackson River Community Credit Union, The Rail Bar and Grille, The Cat & Owl, J & K Electric, West Winds Venue, The Recorder, Fincastle Baptist Church: Highlands Campus, Edward Jones Investments, The Law Firm of William T. Wilson, Jack Mason’s Tavern & Brewery, Slaughter and Slaughter Family Dentistry, Craig-Botetourt Electric Cooperative, K. McConnell Legal, Diesel & Heavy Equipment Services, LLC, Grand Home Furnishings, Valley Supermarket IGA, Barnwood Living and Lex Running Shop.

This wonderful event is not only a fundraiser, but it has also helped raise awareness of Boys Home and the services that are provided for the young men in residence there. 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.

Next year’s Harvest Hustle will be scheduled for Saturday, November 4, 2023. All are invited to participate in this challenging, fun and exciting event which will only grow bigger and better with each passing year!


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Fall Open House hosted at Boys Home!

On Thursday, October 13, Boys Home of Virginia hosted an attentive crowd at the Fall Open House. The day began at 10:30 a.m. with guests viewing displays and projects prepared by teachers and students. At 11:00 a.m., Executive Director Chris Doyle welcomed the group and gave an update on how he is enjoying his first year on “The Hill.” Development Director Elaine Brelsford introduced selected staff members and asked each of them questions concerning their positions at Boys Home, their responsibilities and what they love about their jobs. Guests were encouraged to ask questions and participate in discussions. Staff speakers included: Teresa Johnson – Principal, Jason Bush – Director of Facilities, Kenny Bess – Program Director and Louis Sarratt – Trades Program teacher and Special Projects.

At noon, guests, students and staff enjoyed a delicious lunch in the dining hall. Following the meal, guests experienced a self-guided tour of the campus before proceeding on to All Saints’ Chapel for a student panel discussion, also run by Mrs. Brelsford. Cody, Rylee and Mulu did a wonderful job answering questions about their lives at Boys Home, their likes and dislikes, and their plans for the future. Guests were impressed with the candid, heartfelt responses of the students.

Boys Home is grateful to all who came to the event. The campus is located in a beautiful setting and is home to up to 60 young men ages 6-17 who either have no suitable home environment or who have difficulties that might best be solved away from their immediate home. If you’d like a tour or would like more information, please call Boys Home at 540-965-7717.