Thursday, December 01, 2011
Thursday night at Allen Arena, Lipscomb will put on its second Adoption Rally of the season alongside the men's basketball game against Mercer (7:15 p.m. start time). Scott and Becky Richardson of Nashville will be the adopting family benefiting from the fundraiser.
Scott and Becky have a 4-year-old son, Austin, and are in the process of adopting their first child, a 1-to-2 year old special needs girl from China. They are expecting a referral in January or February and hope to travel to China to pick her up next summer.
"It's been on my wife's heart for years. We prayed about it a lot and made the decision to adopt internationally," said Scott. "In China, if a child is anything less than perfect, they tend to throw them aside."
The Richardsons are active members at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Green Hills. They have been married seven years. Scott is a native of Orlando, Fla., and is a graduate of Vanderbilt. He serves as client development manager at Kemberton Healthcare Services. Becky grew up in Louisville, Ky., and graduated from Samford.
The Richardsons are trying to finish their adoption without going into debt. They have already held two yard sales and two silent auctions on Facebook. This Saturday they have a major fundraising event in coordination with Both Hands Ministry. They will be working to fix up a widow's home here in Nashville and have sent out over 500 letters asking friends and family members to sponsor them in that work. All monies raised go towards their adoption costs.
Lipscomb University's Adoption Rally program was created to help families in middle Tennessee raise money to defray some of the mounting costs of adoption. At each men's basketball home game, an adopting family is chosen as the beneficiary of all of the single-game ticket sales revenue for that game. The families are chosen by the Adoption Rally Advisory Board made up of Lipscomb alumni and friends who have either adopted children or were adopted themselves. Families that are chosen simply try to get as many people to attend their game as possible. The larger the crowd, the more money that goes towards their adoption. For full details or to apply for an Adoption Rally grant, visit www.adoptionrally.com