On Thursday, Oct. 15, and Friday, Oct. 16, Boys Home of Virginia hosted an event to honor Executive Director Donnie Wheatley’s 35 years of service.
Friends, family and supporters called Wheatley to congratulate him and make pledges toward the $35,000 fundraising goal.
To add to the fun, on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m., the staff and students “stuck it to Mr. Wheatley” by literally sticking him to a wall with duct tape.
Amazingly enough, it really worked. Everyone enjoyed taking a turn at putting a stretch of tape on Wheatley.
When all the tape had been strategically placed, the bench he was standing on was removed and he was suspended about 18 inches off the floor, stuck to the wall. Laughter filled the gym and everyone’s hearts.
The afternoon wrapped up with a presentation of a special quilt made by Wheat-ley’s sister, Phyllis Gibson, and signed by various staff, friends and family.
He was also presented a stainless steel award created by Tony Williams at Williams Fabrication Inc. Cake and refreshments were enjoyed by all.
Boys Home expressed appreciation to everyone who participated and made donations during this celebration and in helping them reach their fundraising goal.
All donations will be used to support the mission of Boys Home, helping young men develop their potential and become productive members of society.
Thumbnail Photo – Boys Home of Virginia hosted an event recently to honor Executive Director Donnie Wheatley, shown above, on his 35 years of service. Cake and refreshments were served to those in attendance. (Photo?Courtesy Boys Home of Virginia)
Article Only Photo – Boys Home of Virginia Executive Director Donnie Wheatley displays a quilt made for him by his sister, Phyllis Gibson, in recognition of his 35 years of service to Boys Home. The quilt was presented during an event held earlier during the month of October. The event also served as a fundraiser for Boys Home. (Photo Courtesy Boys Home of Virginia)