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Genesis Alliance to Hold Annual Luncheon

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(L-R) Tia, Bobby, Breanna and Jordan graduated from Owen High School this June, 2017. They were all residents of the Black Mountain Home for Children. Tia and Bobby decided to attend UNC-Charlotte, while Breanna and Jordan chose AB Tech.

Sarah Thomas, VP of Finance and Development for Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth and Families, will be the speaker and beneficiary of the luncheon. In addition Megan Clark Austin, former resident of BMH, will give a talk. She has continued to receive support from her Children’s Home “family” as she furthers her education. She has overcome incredible odds in order to find success and will share additional details about her journey and plans for the future.

Mary Sczudlo, Cathy Steinback and Shari Hayes are the Chairmen of the silent auction, which will be held before the luncheon. A few of the big ticket items this year will be $1,000 worth of full braces from Dr. Black Orthodontics, a DOT laser treatment from Dr. Brenda McCain Draper, and UNCA Men’s and Women’s Basketball season tickets from UNCA Athletics. Of course there are many other items offered. Perhaps you might want to bid on a cosmetic and spa treatment, massage therapy, a piece of jewelry, a painting, Biltmore Estate tickets or a piece of pottery? The Beneficiary for this luncheon is the Black Mountain Home for Children’s Apprenticeship Program. BMH would like to build an Apprenticeship Program, whereby they can offer 4 tracks that will teach needed life skills like culinary arts, hospitality, outdoor recreation, and maintenance.

The Black Mountain Home was 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. The organization was created to raise community awareness of the pervasiveness and effect of violence against women and children and to empower survivors to create and establish healthy, happy and productive lives. Today, the ministry serves youth from birth through college graduation through family foster care, residential care, transitional and independent living.

On October 14th from 10:00 until 3:00 BMH will be holding a Fall Festival in Black Mountain to bring guests to the campus for games, food, music, crafts, a car show and silent auction.

Tickets to the luncheon can be purchased online at

Donations can be mailed to The Genesis Alliance, P.O. Box 15210, Asheville, NC 28813 or online at

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