this is it.What an exciting Saturday April the 5th was! The “Lasting Impression” Youth Group from Palmetto Health Children Hospital, Dr. Julian Ruffin, Director, and Children from The Nancy K Perry Children’s Shelter joined forces with Back-To-Eden, LLC to design, construct, and plant a Raised-bed Vegetable garden. Youth Team Leaders were provided a set of blue-prints with instructions to pick their team members and build two giant raised-bed gardens for the children of the Shelter. One garden is shaped like a plus sign, and the other like a couch. What would have taken Back–To-Eden over 12 hours to complete, the youths, armed with detailed instructions; hand and power tools; quality control over-sight and team-work, completed the project in less than 5 hours.
Notable highlights: A few Teams had to be forced to take a lunch break; others forgot that they hadn’t dressed for manual labor and happily crawled around in the dirt; and one even thought she might consider changing her college major to agriculture! All in all, the children said the day was filled with life-experiences that would never be forgotten!

Annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet in the Backyard

Nancy'sApril 8, 1014 was the Annual  Volunteer Banquet in the Backyard at the Shelter.  Lt. Jeremy Vetter and his wife entertained with their original music while Chef George Cannon provided the meal with assistance from Chef Andy Marchant. At the left are the first two Nancy K. Perry Awards for selfless service which were awarded to Vickie Lovett and stepson Greg Bickley– both of the highly successful Elton John Tribute Concert which has provided more than jessica Garrity$76,000 in the past four years. On the right  is Jessica Garrity of USC who won the Volunteer Student of the Year Award. Below on the left are Jeremy and Whitney who won the first Evon Brown Award for Volunteerism. Next to the Vetters is                                                                                                                                                                       George Cannon                                                                                                                                                            who won the                                                                                                                                                                  Volunteer Chef                                                                                                                                                              of the Year.                                                                                                                                                      




 10007009_720448448006582_1971904026_nThe Lexington Business Exchange (LBX) has set it’s 8th Annual Fundraising Bowling Tournament for May 15th to Benefit the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter. This is fun for the whole family and everyone participates.

The Tournament will be held from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at J. C.’s Lexington Bowl, 5380 Augusta Rd. (US # 1), Lexington from 6 to 9 PM. BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY AND BOWL ALL NIGHT! $15 PER ADULT, $5 FOR CHILD UNDER 12. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS GO TO    THE NANCY K. PERRY CHILDREN’S SHELTER.






Greg Bickley Does it Again! Most Successful Elton! John Tribute Concert Ever!

The evening of January the 18th at the Koger Center in Columbia was the site of the 4th Annual Elton John Tribute Concert with Greg Bickley, and Tokyo Joe Band. All is done to Benefit the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter and the abused children they serve. Below is a picture of the award from the Woman’s Club of Cayce, SC. The Woman’s Club was assisted by two chapters of the Beta Sigma Phi Sororities, the Theta Master Chapter and Xi Alpha Uplsilon.



Lt. Vetter, Board Member and Volunteer receives Sheriff’s Award

The Sheriff’s Award

Lt. Jeremy Vetter, 31, and his wife Whitney were awarded the Sheriff’s Medal, the highest law enforcement award the Sheriff can bestow, by Sheriff James R. Metts on March 6, 2014.  The award was given because of their volunteerism with the Nancy K. Children’s Shelter, foster parenting, and now Jeremy is an active .facebook_854042363volunteer and Board of Trustees Member of the Shelter. “Jeremy encouraged correctional officers to take a personal interest in the Christmas gift project,” said Sheriff Metts. He also raised awareness about the Children’s Shelter among other Sheriff’s  Department employees as well as citizens and  businesses who donated supplies needed for operations of the facility. Lt. Vetter was a volunteer, then a foster parent, then a Board of Trustees Member of the Shelter.  He led a very successful drive for Christmas presents for the child and is now operation a large food drive for us! We are proud of you Jeremy!

Once-suffering kids thrive under care at Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter

 172By Rachel Ham September 4, 2013   Reposted from:

The secondhand furniture that sits in the office of Jarrell Smith at the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter has a few nicks and dents. But that didn’t stop the shelter’s…

The secondhand furniture that sits in the office of Jarrell Smith at the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter has a few nicks and dents. But that didn’t stop the shelter’s namesake and co-founder from seeing its potential and reclaiming it from the trash pile one day.

As Smith fondly remembers, the penny-pinching, but caring, spirit of Perry is what made the temporary home for abused and neglected children the safe haven it still is today. The executive director tells the story of running errands with Perry the afternoon she saw the gently-used furniture being hauled to the curb. Wanting to save money so more funds could be directed to the kids at the shelter, she wasted no time grabbing up the usable pieces.

“She’s the reason the shelter came to be,” Smith said. “She just loved the kids and could get things done.”

The mission of the shelter continues to be what Perry and Lexington County Sheriff James Metts envisioned 41 years ago when they fought to open it. Taking in those who have been cast aside and showing them love, the staff are dedicated to providing a sanctuary for children no matter their circumstance.

“They can stay as long as they need,” Smith agreed. “We are here to be a shelter and a home.”

Children from birth on up to teens are welcome at the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter. Through Department of Social Services placement, the facility is open to kids who have been abused, neglected, abandoned or otherwise exploited. About 50 children pass through each year, some staying for a few weeks while others are able to remain there for more than a year. The shelter often gets large sibling groups, too, as DSS can’t always place a full family in a smaller foster home.

Although each child has his or her own story, the shelter’s staff do their best to make everyone feel a part of the family unit. Fourteen children is the limit for the facility, and the dinner table does get crowded some evenings – but never too full that everyone can’t fit. Smith agreed that incorporating aspects of normal family life such as eating together is key to bringing children out of their shell and getting them to trust again, especially if they were abused.

“Our goal is to have them leave in a better situation them when they came in and to be closer to recovery,” he added. “We want them to know someone cares for them.”

During his tenure as executive director, which began in 2002, Smith has seen his share of suffering children. Not all have known how to respond to the affectionate nature of the staff, but Smith said he knows all have been shown what a loving family looks like.

Described by Smith as the “stars of the show”, houseparents Roscoe and Jean Moore just marked their ninth year of being mother, father, teacher and confidant to children at the shelter. Days of caring for an ever-changing group can be tiring, but they wouldn’t trade those hours of watching cartoons and helping with homework for anything.

“We saw this as another opportunity to serve children after years of ministry,” Roscoe Moore said. “When you live with them, there are more chances to model the Gospel.”

Having a listening ear when a child is ready to talk about their past is a part of the the routine just as is preparing lunch and picking older kids up from school. Moore said it can be tough to see a child upset when he or she returns to the shelter from a home visit, but he always tries to point out the positives.

“We try to give them a different outlook on the situation,” he added.

After some time, even a child taken from the worst environment can be taught about better decision making, friendliness and sociability through role modeling and honest discussions.

“When they come home from school and share what happened, they tell us how they handled a bad situation differently this time,” Moore said. “That’s when we make a difference.”

Believing that each child deserves a place of his own, the Moores and the rest of the shelter’s staff worked with donors (local civic clubs and churches) to create kid-friendly rooms. From jungle to princess to sports, the 2-person spaces have a separate theme, and children are given a choice of which to stay in whenever possible.

“We try to give them something they’ll enjoy,” Moore said. “We want this to be the best possible experience and be a home away from home.”

When it’s time to leave, some children go to a foster or group home, others are placed with a family considering adoption, and a few go back to their relatives. But they all carry their time at the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter with them. Moore said he often has former shelter kids stop him at school to catch up, and the staff also keeps in touch with several who call to say hello.

“The Moores have really been dedicated, and Jean works wonders with the children,” Smith said.

The shelter receives its funding from Lexington County and donors. To remind people just how important the facility is in the area, Smith writes a personal letter each January to share updates and occasionally stories from children who lived at the shelter at one time or another. His request is simple each time: make whatever contribution you can to make a real difference in the life of a child.

Greg Bickley “ROCKETMAN” as Elton John at the Koger (January 18, 2014)

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Greg Bickley performs in character as Elton John during his “ROCKETMAN” tribute show fundraiser for the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter. Contact the Koger Center (Photo courtesy of Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter)



One of the Midland’s most popular events is returning this winter, and businesses and individuals can get involved today to help make it a success.

Organized by The Woman’s Club of Cayce, “ROCKETMAN – A Tribute to Sir Elton John” is set for Jan. 18. The annual concert put on by Tokyo Joe Productions is the biggest fundraiser for the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter, a home for neglected and abused children in Lexington County.

The club already is busy gathering sponsors for this year’s tribute show, which typically draws 2,000 people. ”ROCKETMAN” will appear at the Koger Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m.

Contribution levels include the England at $5,000; New York at $2,500; Hollywood at $1,000; Las Vegas at $500; and Friend at $100.

For more information on sponsorship, call Vickie Lovett at 739-2275. The deadline is Nov. 1.


” Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Given Rave Review by Shelter Children and Staff– Village Theater–St. John’s Lutheran

This was really a great play! I went with the kids on Friday December 15 and none of them had ever been to a real play. They were also excited that most of the actors & actresses were kids just like they are and what a wonderful performance they put on. Especially enjoyed seeing Thad and Christie Westbrook, both former Shelter Board members, there to see their daughter Katie perform in the play. Thanks to St. John’s Lutheran Church for this event! To Pastor Eric and to Scott Langford, Producer. Who knows, this could be “the best Christmas ever!”


St John’s Lutheran Church Partners with Village Square Theater to offer “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” for Holidays

bceProceeds will benefit local children’s shelter Lexington — St. John’s Lutheran Church and the Village Square Theater in Lexington will perform “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” to celebrate the holidays and to benefit the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter. The show is directed by Debra Leopard and will be held at the theater at 105 Caughman Road in Lexington, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9.  A second series will be held the next weekend, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a popular and comedic holiday story of six unruly kids of the Herdman family, who go to church for the first time after being told snacks were available.  Despite protests from fellow church members, a director of the church’s annual Christmas play decides to give the Herdman children leading roles in The Nativity.  After much mayhem, the children perform their roles in unconventional ways but eventually learn the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. Tickets to the play can be purchased and/or donations made at the Village Square Theater’s website