PHOTO: Volunteers, hosts, sponsors, artists and staff gather at this year’s 8th Annual Chair-ity Event fundraiser benefitting The Children’s Village.
Sponsors, hosts, community leaders, artists, and volunteers, came together in early December for the 8th Annual Chair-ity Event benefitting The Children’s Village at Christian City. This year’s celebration was the most successful to date, with over $100,000 raised to support the ongoing needs of the abandoned, abused, and neglected children who make their home at Christian City.
“We’re overwhelmed by the show of support for our kids,” said Phil Kouns, COO of The Children’s Village at Christian City. “The hours worked by the Volunteer Committee, auction items donated by businesses and individuals, and the financial support of our sponsors – we’re so grateful for all of it!” The Children’s Village also registered some new monthly sponsors at the event. “Monthly support is vital to the work we do,” continued Kouns. “Without those donations, we would not be able to provide the quality of care these children need.”
This year’s sponsors included Nestle Purina, Pruitt Health, GreyStone Power, Communication Cabling Specialists, Inc., Georgia Power, Delta Air Lines, Saben Inc., BB&T and many more. Hosts for this year’s event included Mayor & Mrs. Gary Laggis, Senator & Mrs. Marty Harbin, Michael & Amy Burnett, Congressman Lynn & Joan Westmoreland, Representative & Mrs. Matt Ramsey, Chris Allessio, Mayor & Mrs. Vince Williams, and many others.
The drop-in event took place at The Dolce in Peachtree City and featured hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, live jazz by the Rick Massengale Trio, and holiday shopping in a magical Winter Wonderland setting. “It was such a great night,” said Ashley Bonner, Fund Development Specialist for Christian City. “We’re so grateful for this show of support from the community.”
The Children’s Village at Christian City is a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Union City. Since 1965 it has offered life services and a safe haven for children in crisis, aged 5-17. The majority who come to the program are victims of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Some are placed through State custody, others come through private placements, and some come through the Safe Place program for runaway and homeless youth. Christian City offers them a welcoming home environment, loving house parents, and a chance to heal and grow.
“It’s hard to overstate how important fundraisers like these are to our ministries,” said Christian City President & CEO, Bob Crutchfield, also in attendance at the event. “Because of the dedication of the Hosts, Sponsors, Volunteers and Artists, children in need will receive the care they deserve.”
Plans are already in the works for next year’s event. “Mark your calendars for the 9th Annual Chair-ity Event on December 3, 2015,” continued Bonner. “You won’t want to miss it!”