Blowing Rock Conference Center’s Century Club is made up of individuals or organizations who have agreed to annually donate $100.00 or more to help fund capital improvement projects at BRCC. Each year a new project that will benefit our guests is chosen by BRCC’s Board of Directors in consultation with the Century Club. Since 2004, the Century Club projects have focused on accessibility, beautification and major improvement to the site such as:
Up to $99
Up to $299
Up to $599
Up to $1,199
$1,200 and above
The first “Special Days” program was in the summer of 1979. They had 30 clients and about 10 chaperones. For the last 39 years the Blowing Rock Conference Center has conducted “Special Days” each June. The camp is for adults (18 years and up) with developmental disabilities. The participants are required to have caregivers to attend the event with them. This year we hosted 85 participants. We had 18 volunteers. Each of the Group Homes tell me the same thing every year: their folks come back saying they can’t wait until next year. When I visit any of them, that is the first thing they tell me – we’re coming to camp in June. Our desire is for the program to be a yearlong memory.
Rev. Lynne Hinton, our volunteer worship and event leader for the past twenty years, begins each day with devotions designed around our participants. Next year our theme will be “Safari into God’s Grand Kingdom.” It will begin on Monday, June 17th and end on Thursday, June 20th. For many this is the only church experience that is geared directly to their community.
Due to the Federal and state budget cuts even more Group Home’s funding has been drastically reduced. Our goal is to be proactive and strive to fund at least two people for each group home. The cost has remained at $185.00 per person for the last 6 years. It includes Monday Dinner to Thursday breakfast and all activities. We make crafts, everyone who wishes may participate in the Talent Show, we have groups volunteer and entertain for us, and close out with a dance. Please check out those photos below.
We appreciate any donation, whether it be a scholarship for a participant, or a donation towards the programming expenses. Your donation is tax deductible and will be greatly appreciated.
In 2016, as Bill and Jan’s employment tenure with the Conference Center was coming to an end, the BRCC Board of Directors chose to recognize them with the Bourdon Fund, which honors them and underwrites BRCC’s partner ministries. Gifts to the fund have a dual purpose: one-half of the gifts are used to build up the fund’s equity and the other half will help to support the work of our long term programs and ministries that call the BRCC home.
Our mission statement speaks to this holy ground that welcomes all of God’s People and that we are a “big tent” ministry – all are accepted. Our ministry is not limited to one denomination, one service agency, or one educational institution. It doesn’t seek to define who God’s People are, but embraces all that enter our gates. This fund will annually share its gifts with worthwhile programs and ministries, both programs that BRCC sponsors and those sponsored by others.
Susie Frances Whitener was a college instructor who left an estate gift to BRCC and loved coming to her family’s annual reunion at the Blowing Rock Conference Center. The Society recognizes gifts and pledges of $10,000 or more and places the received gifts into BRCC’s Endowment Fund.
Estate gifts and major donations projects will help sustain the Blowing Rock Conference Center and enable us to become more self-reliant and able to face the challenges of the future. Either a direct gift, a gift in your will, or a pledge with a schedule of payments will enable you to be recognized as a member of the Frances Whitener Society.
1818 Goforth Road
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
P.O. Box 2350
Blowing Rock, NC 28605