Rye Announces $100,000 for Ray Bryan Award

Leaders of the Rye Foundation have announced that a new award has been established to recognize a children’s charity that is making a significant impact on North Carolina children.

The Ray Bryan Award will be presented annually, and a total of $100,000 has been designated for the recipients.

Mr. Bryan, a Goldsboro businessman and philanthropist, died on March 30, 2016 at the age of 84. He served as an Honorary member of the Rye Foundation Board of Directors from the formation of the foundation in 2001 until his death.

Warren Steen, the President of the Rye Foundation, said, “Ray Bryan left a legacy of caring about children. The award that bears his name will allow us to expand and enhance our philanthropy to boys and girls throughout North Carolina.”

Steen emphasized Mr. Bryan’s personal involvement and his personal investment. “Ray understood the mission of the Rye Foundation,” he continued, “and his generosity helped us to carry out that mission with care and compassion.”

Each year, a selection process will help identify nonprofit organizations which are making significant contributions through creative programming. The Board of Directors will vote on the award winner, and oversee the funding process to ensure that all charitable gifts are used effectively and efficiently.

The first recipient of the Ray Bryan Award will be named in December.

News and Notes

Champions for Children Day
At regular intervals, the Board of Directors schedules a day to meet with leaders of children’s charities. This is a time to learn about trends, major programming plans, and funding needs. Following the recent event, the Foundation has hosted a total of 115 organizations through the years.

Richard Petty Hosts Session
Hall of Fame race car driver Richard Petty recently hosted a strategic planning meeting at his Victory Junction Camp in Randolph County. Warren Steen attended and spoke on the importance of “leaving a legacy” through wills, bequests, and planned gifts.

Children of Prisoners
According to a report issued by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, over 179,000 North Carolina children experienced separation due a parent or step-parent being incarcerated. The Rye Foundation understands that these boys and girls can benefit from Christian camps, positive role models, and music enrichment. Charitable gifts have been made to help faith-based groups in Taylorsville, Burgaw, Tabor City and Winston-Salem reach the children of prisoners.

Site Tours Remain Popular
Rye leaders have recently visited Camp Vandemere in Pamlico County, Kamp Kiwanis in Davidson County, and the American Hero Project in Forsyth County. Guests are always welcome, and the tours show how boys and girls are being loved and supported at ministry settings across North Carolina.

“Make Your Will” Month
Many supporters have discovered that the best way to make a significant charitable gift is through their last will and testament. We appreciate all who practice Christian stewardship by helping children through their bequest to the Rye Foundation.