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Features Health & Wellness Children’s home hosts alumni picnic in Black Mountain, N.C.

Black Mountain Home for Children will hold its annual Alumni Picnic and Reunion on Saturday, July 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the campus at 80 Lake Eden Road in Black Mountain. Attendees can reconnect with friends, see how the Home has changed in recent years and enjoy flipping through photos that date back to the early 1900s when the Home was founded.

New this year will be the unveiling of the Alumni Wall of Fame. Each summer two alumni nominated by their peers will be recognized for their accomplishments. Honorees for 2011 will be announced at the picnic.

Following lunch, BMH President Tom Campbell and Director of Finance, Development & PR Sarah Thomas will give a short update about the Home followed by a time for alumni to share stories. Those associated with the Home in past years—teachers, volunteers, house parents, youth, etc.—are encouraged to attend.

Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families has been caring for abandoned, abused, neglected and orphaned children in Western North Carolina for more than a century. Begun by Presbyterian minister Robert Perry Smith in 1904 as Mountain Orphanage, the Home began its ministry taking in Appalachian children whose parents had died or disappeared.

Today, the ministry serves youth from birth through college graduation through family foster care, residential care, transitional living and independent living. Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a public charity. To learn more about BMH visit www.BlackMountainHome.org or call (828)686-3451.


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