A dance party to welcome summer was held Thursday night at the Hilton in Greenville all to benefit a good cause.
It's called "First Chance for White Pants," and the inaugural celebration was hosted by WITN's Carly Swain.
In keeping with the tradition of welcoming Springtime with a change in attire, such as crisp white pants, the benefit married the old tradition with the 100 year old charity. All proceeds benefit the Methodist Home for Children, serving vulnerable children and families across the state. The organization says 100 of those children are in Pitt County alone.
The picture with this story is Carly with one of the teens who has benefited from the program, 17-year-old Terry Johnson.
Johnson spoke to the full ballroom Thursday night, sharing his story through auto-biographical poetry. From a lonely home life Johnson said he went from selling drugs, to hold-ups and eventually armed robbery all before his current age of 17.
However, through the Methodist Home For Children, Johnson said he found not only a hope for changing his life but people ready to help him do it. The proof, Johnson said, is in his new book of that auto-biographical poetry will on sale nationwide in mid-June.
For more than 100-years, Methodist Home for Children has nurtured children and their families in NC through community-based youth homes, foster care and adoption, mental health services, family counseling and early childhood education.