Footprints paves way for shelter’s 30th anniversary

by Shannon Rae Gentry
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Supplied photo courtesy of the Good Shepherd Center 

The Good Shepherd Center will host the Footprints in the Sand Beach Party at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort on Sunday, May 19 in celebration of its 30th anniversary.

In honor of its 30th year of service, the Good Shepherd Center is hosting three celebration initiatives this year. The first includes ongoing house party fundraisers hosted by volunteers. Two forthcoming larger events include a black-tie masquerade ball in October and this Sunday’s Footprints in the Sand Beach Party at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort.

“Normally, our biggest events or fundraisers have been golf tournaments, like the [Good Shepherd Golf Tournament] last month at Landfall, but this year we’re trying to do something extra in an attempt to get some of our biggest supporters together, who have been with us for the past 30 years,” said Logan White, associate development director at Good Shepherd.

White described Footprints in the Sand as a very casual afternoon of hors d’oeuvres and drinks, with live music from local surf-music trio, The Carvers. In addition, three raffle items were donated: a seahorse carving made of weathered wood, a long board from Hope from Helen, and a beach cruiser from Two Wheeler Dealer, which has donated a number of refurbished bikes to the shelter for those needing transportation assistance, White said.

“Right now, we’re helping a lady get a bike who works late, past the time when the bus stops running, so she needs a bike to get back to the shelter before she can save enough money to get on her own,” she said.

White said that out of the amount raised at fundraisers about 90 cents (or more) of every dollar goes directly into the shelter and its programs, such as the medical clinic, soup kitchen, and day and night shelters.

“It’s really about taking care of your neighbor … and by supporting Good Shepherd, you’re supporting those in the community who just don’t have as much,” she said.

White said that after 30 years, Good Shepherd is developing its mission from just feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless to actually trying to end homelessness and that the name of the event, based on the well-known text “Footprints” or “Footprints in the Sand,” reflects that objective.

 “Our original start was through churches and the support of churches has been so important to us,” White said. “We like to think that we’re helping carry folks during their homeless crisis and help them get back on their feet so there can eventually be two sets of footprints in the sand.”

To register for the Footprints in the Sand Beach Party, call Logan White at 910-763-4424 ext. 113 or visit


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