Epworth Children’s Home
2900 Millwood Ave
Columbia SC 29205


Annual Cook-Out for Kids BBQ

The 11th annual Cook-Out for Kids will be held April 6, 2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. This BBQ fundraiser features award-winning cooks, music, music, bake sale and fun for the entire family!  Plates are $10/ea and whole slow-smoked Boston butts are $30.

Cookout for Kids is an alumni event supporting Epworth Children’s Home and their mission to provide care to children whose needs are so great. All proceeds go directly to Epworth Children’s Home.

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Any Alumni or community members interested in participating in the Cook-Out for Kids BBQ, please contact Dianne Byrdic at epworthalumniassociation@gmail.com.

Interested in volunteering at the Cookout for Kids BBQ? Sign up here.

The Cookout for Kids is proudly supported by the Alumni Association, many sponsors, and the Richland County Hospitality Tax Grant program.


Facebook Group

Join the official Epworth Alumni Association Facebook group where you can stay updated on the Alumni Association’s plans and activities. It is a great place to reach out to and catch up with fellow alumni. Click here to join the group now!

Alumni Association Meetings

Official Meetings:

The group composing this organization shall find fellowship and expression through a homecoming and an annual meeting of the Association, held each year in June on the campus of Epworth Children’s Home or as otherwise designated by its membership.

2019 Homecoming Weekend will be June 8-9, 2019.  Join us for fellowship on Saturday, followed by lunch at the Epworth dining hall on Sunday at noon, with the annual meeting to follow.

Saturday, June 8; 2:00 – 6:00 pm
A Silent Auction will be held, so bring a new or gently used item to donate for this fundraiser. Bidding will take place from 2:00 – 5:00. Hamburgers and hot dogs, with all the trimmings, will be served at 4:30 pm.

Sunday, June 9; 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Attend church service at 11:00, then join everyone in the dining hall for a covered dish luncheon. Bring a dish that serves 6 – 8 people. Andrew Boozer, Epworth’s Vice President for Development, will be serving Epworth Ice Cream.

After lunch, Rev. John Holler, President of Epworth, will give us an update from Epworth. We will be presenting Rev. Holler a check from the Cookout for Kids held in April. A memorial service will be held for those that have passed away since we last met.

The Silent Auction will continue on Sunday with items left from Saturday and new items brought in on Sunday. Any items not bid on will be donated to Epworth.

If you are interested in helping with our Reunion Weekend or serving on the Epworth Alumni Association board, email gjones06@yahoo.com or chrisemaw.2015@gmail.com

Tell us your story:

The Alumni Association wants to hear from you. Please email us at epworthalumniassociation@gmail.com and tell us what you have been up to since you left Epworth Children’s Home. We feature alumni in our newsletter and might want to do a story on you!

Epworth Alumni Association Directory:

An Epworth Alumni Association Directory may be purchased by sending a check for $10.00 to:

Epworth Alumni Association

PO Box 1077

Columbia, SC 29202

To include your name and information in the directory or make changes, please contact:

Dianne Byrdic

Epworth Alumni Assoc.

Chief Editor

Preferred E-mail: dbyrdic@sccul.org

Or E-mail: epworthalumniassociation@gmail.com

Phone: (803) 743-3944

The Epworth Alumni Association is the official organization of former students, employees and friends of Epworth Children’s Home.

The purposes of this Association are:

  • To foster acquaintance, friendship, and fellowship among former students, employees and friends of Epworth Children’s Home;
  • To develop active local and regional alumni association chapters;
  • To conduct reunions and homecomings;
  • To promote the objectives of Epworth Children’s Home among friends, churches, businesses and organizations;
  • To encourage members to financially support the on-going programs of Epworth Children’s Home to serve children and families.