Golf tournament benefits area children

Staff Report

DOBSON — A local children’s home will receive a funding boost of nearly $20,000 this week, thanks to a charity golf tournament led by Surry-Yadkin Electric Membership Corporation. Surry-Yadkin presented a check for $19,051.78 this week to Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home, a non-profit organization in Wilkes County that strives to provide a loving and nurturing home to displaced children from Wilkes and surrounding counties.

“The Ebenezer Family is so thankful for the support of our friends at Surry-Yadkin EMC,” said Sherry Reeves, associate director at Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home, who accepted the historic contribution on behalf of the organization. “This amazing donation is one of the largest we have ever received from another agency’s fundraising 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.”

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

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

“It’s one partnership for which Surry-Yadkin is extremely grateful,” said Adam Martin, manager of public relations for Surry-Yadkin.

“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,” Martin said.

Since Surry-Yadkin first organized its charity golf tournament in 2012, the cooperative has raised over $75,000 for five different non-profit organizations in its service territory. This year’s charity golf tournament was the second highest fundraiser in the co-op’s history. For more information about SYEMC, and for updates about future community projects, visit

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