The Anson County Toys for Tots 2018 Gratitude Banquet will be held Saturday at the Lockhart-Taylor Center at 6 p.m.
The guest speaker for the evening will be the Judge Christopher Windly Rhue. Pastor Steve Adams, of Harvest Ministries Outreach Center, will be the master of ceremony. Vickie Daniel, the Superior Court clerk of Richmond County, will provide the vocal music.
The theme for this year’s campaign was “The Joy of Family Togetherness.”
“This theme brought back memories of our home as a child and with my husband,” said Vancine Sturdivant, the event coordinator. “We were trained to always eat dinner together as much as possible, especially on Sunday; so one of the gifts given by the Toys for Tots Foundation were board games from Memory, Don’t Spill the Beans to Monopoly, Scrabble and Guesstures for older youth and adults.”
Sturdivant said Rhue has been one of their greatest contributors since the beginning of Toys for Tots in Anson County.
Rhue is the son of Geraldine Laviner Rhue of Wagram and the late Richard Windly Rhue of Vanceboro.
He attended Wagram Primary, Shaw Middle School and graduated from Scotland High School in 1989. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he earned a bachelor’s in history. He earned his juris doctorate at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.
Rhue began a private practice in Abingdon, Virginia, in 1996, practicing in federal and state courts. In 2001, he returned to his hometown and was appointed an assistant district attorney for Superior Court District 16A in Scotland and Hoke counties. The district was expanded to include Anson and Richmond counties, and he later ran for the District Court seat formerly held by retiring Judge William McIlwain.
He’s married Dr. Jennifer Isenhour of Scotland Memorial Hospital. They are parents of Vivienne Grace Rhue, and members of Laurinburg Presbyterian Church. He serves as an elder and is a past deacon. He’s also involved in the Laurinburg Rotary Club, Scotland Youth Development, Scotland County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and serves as a volunteer on the Scotland County Truancy Court.
“With Toys for Tots being the only major project supplying toys to the less fortunate in Anson County each year, the need was even greater,” Sturdivant said. “During the 2018 campaign, we were able to have our first Senior Citizens Prom, and the Toys for Tots Motorcycle ride sponsored by Playaz Elite Motorcycle Club. We thank Walmart for all the support given during the campaign.”
Special recognition will be given to all the contributors, sponsors and volunteers, especially Harvest Ministries Outreach Center, and Apostle Tim Adams and Pastor Steve Adams, who open their doors each year and allow Sturdivant to operate Toys for Tots from their facility for four to five months.
For this, she is truly thankful because without each of them, the campaign would have never been such a success, Sturdivant added.
“It truly brings joy to our hearts to be able to supply toys for so many less fortunate kids,” she said. “We have already begun strategizing for the 2019 campaign, and with the support of our executive board, the great leaders and citizens of this fine county, we will have a successful campaign.”