By Sam Perley
For the fourth-consecutive year, the Charlotte Hornets and Ashley HomeStore partnered with local non-profit organization Beds for Kids for the annual “Hoops and Dreams” Event at Spectrum Center.
The day started off with lunch for 100 invited children ages 2-17 at the arena, which was followed by the option of participating in either a Hornets Hoops basketball clinic or Honey Bees dance clinic. Before these activities though, it was revealed that Broad River Retail (a licensee of Ashley HomeStore) was delivering brand-new beds to the homes of everybody in attendance while they were out for the day.
“We had about 100 kids from here in our city who left home [and] this morning they were sleeping on the floor,” said Beds for Kids Executive Director Daniel Fogarty. “They came to the arena and had a great day of lunch, time with the Honey Bees and time on the court with the basketball clinics. While they were doing that, over 100 volunteers went out to provide a bed for each of these children.”
The mission of Beds for Kids is to provide beds and essential furniture to children and their families in need. Since its inception in January 2011, Beds for Kids has provided nearly 8,000 beds and over 65,000 total bed and furniture units to children and families in the community.
Fogarty added, “Just in our city, we have somewhere between 15-17,000 kids that go to sleep on the floor every night without a bed to call their own. We ask kids to perform well in school, have good behavior, just pay attention. When they’ve not been able to sleep well the night before, it’s a huge disadvantage.”
Founded in 2003 by Executive Chairman Jonathan Ishee and headquartered in Fort Mill, SC, Broad River Retail is the regional licensee of 15 Ashley HomeStores in North Carolina (including one in Charlotte), South Carolina and Georgia. Over 500 people are employed at the privately-held company at its stores, distribution center and corporate office.