WEST JEFFERSON — The NEST Alliance is hosting its third annual benefit golf tournament at Mountain Aire Golf Course to raise money toward the long-term goal of opening a children’s home right here in Ashe County.
The NEST stands for Nurturing, Establishing, Securing and Trusting love of God.
“We are a board of seven women who are 100 percent volunteer base. None of us get paid, everything we do and everything we give, we give freely,” said Michelle Halsey Dix, who is one of the board members.
The NEST Alliance is a Christ-centered 501 (c) (3) non-profit that work towards helping the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs of children that may not have anyone else to turn to in their lives.
“We want to help give these children the strong roots that they need to be able to grow and then when they get to adulthood, they’ve got the wings that they need to be able to fly an be on their own,” said Dix.
That’s why the name of the children’s home will be called Roots and Wings whenever the funds are in place to make the dream a reality.
The funds raised from the golf tournament will stay within Ashe County to go towards biological, foster and adopted children in the county.
“When God provides the land and lays it out for us and shows us where he wants it, it will be there,” said Dix. “But right now, we are doing our part and doing our work to get things ready.”
The golf tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 18 with a shotgun start, captain’s choice format.
The registration fee is $60 is you register early or $70 if you choose to register on the day of the event. The tournament is limited to 120 players.
Sponsorships are also available for the event. A corporate sponsorship can sponsor a four-player team for $280. There are also hole sponsorships for $75 and prize sponsors where you can donate gift certificates, items, plaques or money for door prizes and tournament winners.
“We have been so blessed within this county to have businesses who have just picked up and started supporting us or those businesses that have been supporting us for all three years,” Dix said. “We really appreciate the county getting behind us and the businesses and individuals who have really jumped behind this and really supported what we are trying to do with this children’s home and these funds.”
The NEST Alliance now has a new and improved website, designed and customized by Textivia, a Raleigh-based company that has helped design a top-notch site for the group. Newsletters are available on the website and donations can be made directly on the website.
For more information, visit their website at www.thenestalliance.org or email them at [email protected] .
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.