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$42,605 Raised for Christian City Children’s Village

Dale Cardwell hosts Golf Fore Kids at Chateau Elan

More than 100 golfers and 41 sponsors joined Consumer Investigator, Dale Cardwell, at Chateau Elan to enjoy a day of golf while helping children in need. This year’s Golf Fore Kids tournament raised $42,605 to support the abused and abandoned children who now live safely at Christian City Children’s Village, located in south metro Atlanta.

“We are grateful for the strong show of support for our children,” said Christian City President and CEO, Len Romano. “Individuals, churches, foundations and businesses provide financial support that helps us fulfill our promise to provide life-changing hope through faith, community and care. In fact, philanthropy sustains the Children’s Village operating budget of $3.5 million per year, which includes our 24/7 Safe Place program for runaway and homeless youth,” Romano said.

Statistics show that timely help for runaways is critical. 30% of runaway children are lured into sex trafficking in their first 48 hours on the street. “Our staff and volunteers help identify, recover and restore children who have run away from home or have been forced from their home,” said LaVann Landrum, Chief Development Officer.

Working with QT gas stations, fire departments and school systems across metro Atlanta, Christian City Children’s Village provides a safe haven for children who may otherwise become victims of human trafficking. “Dale Cardwell and all who supported our golf tournament are changing the lives of children, providing them with hope, and helping to break the cycle of generational poverty,” Landrum said.

First place in the tournament went to Mike Sorrow, Allen Queen, Mike Schisler and Bob Dixon, Southwest Christian Care’s team. Placing second was Chris Foster and Larry Minogue, sponsored by A Hand to Hold, and David Sweeting and David Gay, sponsored by Arbor-Nomics. Third place went to Mister Sparky’s team, Richard Spooner, Gerald Talbot and James (Jimbo) Bailey. First Christian Church of Stockbridge once again won the “Church Challenge” with John Clabby, Joel Johnson, George Whitley and Dean Cowan taking home the trophy for 2017. To view the event photo gallery, go to https://christiancity.org/golf.

About Golf Fore Kids

Golf Fore Kids is an annual fundraising event featuring a day of golf, networking and fellowship, with proceeds benefiting Christian City Children’s Village. The top sponsors in the 2017 tournament were TrustDale, Aquaguard Foundation Solutions, Nestle Purina, Communications Cabling Specialists, Terry Chapman, J. Smith Lanier and Action Plumbing.  For information about participating in the 2018 tournament, contact Ashley Bonner at ashleyb@christiancity.org or 678.466.1093.

About the Children’s Village

Christian City Children’s Village is a non-profit program that provides a loving and secure environment in family-structured homes. Children ages 5-17 live with full-time house parents, where they work to heal their wounded spirits and break the cycle of abuse they have endured. A warm home, healthy meals, clean clothing, quality education, necessary counseling, and a lot of loving care are provided to the children who are victims of neglect, abuse and abandonment.

About Christian City

Christian City was established 52 years ago when the first cottage for abused and abandoned children opened on Valentine’s Day, 1965. Today, there are more than 1,000 residents, both children and older adults, living at Christian City in south metro Atlanta. The 500-acre campus includes the Children’s Village, homes for active seniors, a thrift store, 200-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, 150-bed assisted living center, and two memory care units. For more information, call 770-964-3301 or visit www.christiancity.org.

PHOTO ABOVE (by Tyler Wright)

Southwest Christian Care placed first place in the 2017 Golf Fore Kids tournament at Chateau Elan where $42,605 was raised for Christian City Children’s Village. From left, Allen Queen, Bob Dixon, Mike Schisler and Mike Sorrow.

PHOTO ABOVE (by Larry Regier)

First Christian Church of Stockbridge once again won the “Church Challenge” at Golf Fore Kids 2017, benefitting Christian City Children’s Village. Pictured with Len Romano (center), President and CEO of Christian City, are Joel Johnson (left) and John Clabby. Not pictured: George Whitley and Dean Cowan.