Helping a Dad Realize a Dream
GEORGETOWN, SC – Jim and Marica Green were touched when they learned about the special scholarship award given to a dad at the A Father’s Place “Building Futures Awards Banquet & Fundraiser” each year.
Known as the “Help a Dad Realize a Dream” award, the scholarship is presented to a man who has successfully completed the holistic, curriculum-based, six-month A Father Place program. This includes his own “one-man plan” of personal goals, as well as completion of the parenting/co-parenting, healthy relationships, respectful communication, budgeting and finance, employability/career-pathing and men’s health components. The staff chooses a participant who has a goal he has not yet been able to attain due to lack of resources.
Last year’s winner was a small convenience store owner who wanted to trade his tiny George Foreman Grill for a commercial stove so that he could prepare larger quantities of hearty food – most of which he gives away to the hungry. This year’s winner will be announced at
the A Father’s Place 2nd Annual “Building Futures Awards Banquet & Fundraiser” on Thursday, February 27, at the Barefoot Conference Center in North Myrtle Beach.
“We truly admire the hard work all of the men in the A Father’s Place program do,” said Jim Green, who recently joined the A Father’s Place Board of Directors. “Nothing is handed to them. Most work one or more jobs and have more than one child, but they have made the commitment to be the best possible father they can be and dedicate the time. And we all know parenting is the hardest job of all – and the most important. We’re privileged and so very pleased to be able to make the scholarship a reality.”
A Father’s Place launched the Building Futures Awards in 2019 as a way to honor leaders and advocates from virtually every sector of the community. This year’s winners include Joseph B. Bethea United Methodist Church, Tidelands Health and Rep. Carl Anderson.
“Choosing a recipient for this scholarship has proven to be tough,” says A Father’s Place CEO Wallace Evans, Jr. “So many of the fathers who come to us have wonderful ideas and goals, but not much in the way of extra money. This scholarship is really special because you get to be a little part of someone’s big dream. All of our staff and our other board members are so grateful to the Greens for their sponsorship. I know they, along with everyone attending, are going to be really awed and inspired when they hear the details of the winner.”
WPDE meteorologist Ed Piotrowski will host this year’s Building Futures event, which looks to be a sellout. A couple of awesome bronze-level sponsorships, that include tickets, remain. For information, please contact Lyn Rumage at email@example.com or 843.488.2923, ext 103.
A Father’s Place (AFP) is a locally unique, father-focused, non-profit serving men in Horry, Georgetown, Marion and Williamsburg counties. AFP is part of a network of six fatherhood engagement initiatives across the state under the auspices of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families. The program serves as a national model and is renowned for its goal-oriented curriculum with quantifiable results since 2000, we have served 2,836 local parents & more than 5,000 local children, assisted thousands of men in gaining employment & saw participants make hundreds of thousands of dollars in child support payments, saving taxpayers millions in incarceration costs through our "Jobs Not Jail" program.
A Father’s Place / 1800 Racepath Ave, Conway, SC 29527 / Ph: 843.488.2923 / Fax: 843.248.2924