Community Champion Awards

Stephanie Blank, Westside Future Fund and Delta Air Lines Honored at the Community Champion Awards Presented by Christian City

ATLANTA- (September 24, 2019)- The inaugural Community Champion Awards presented by Christian City was held on Thursday, September 19, 2019, at the Georgia Aquarium. Under the leadership of co-chairs Ron Canakaris and Miguel Southwell, Christian City honored individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment toward the betterment of the greater Atlanta community.

The Community Champion Awards dinner paid tribute to three special and deserving recipients in three categories: Stephanie Blank in the Individual category, Westside Future Fund in the Nonprofit category and Delta Air Lines in the Corporate category. Renowned broadcast journalist Monica Pearson served as emcee.

Proceeds from the 2019 Community Champion Awards focused on Christian City’s Safe Place program for runaway and homeless youth in greater Atlanta who are at risk of falling prey to sex traffickers. BJay Pak, US Attorney for North Georgia, spoke about the current state of sex trafficking in Georgia. The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, BMW of South Atlanta and Delta Air Lines supported the event as Gold Sponsors. Westside Future Fund also received a donation from the Community Champion Awards.

Other community champions were also recognized throughout the evening, including Warrick Dunn for his work in support of single mothers, Stacey Eames of Highland Bakery for her work with Boys & Girls Clubs, Charlie Brown who after serving 26 years in jail has fought to sustain himself and help others, Delta flight attendant Kim Mills-Smith who led the renovation and rebuilding of a Christian City cottage, Jennifer and Peter Barnett who adopted a group of 6 siblings, and former Children’s Village resident Cassandra Arbrester who has persevered through hardship and has found stable employment and is enrolled in college.  America’s Got Talent Season 12 runner-up and Georgia resident, Angelica Hale, closed out the night with an inspiring performance of “Rise Up.”

“We often forget to pause and reflect on the good work being done in the community,” said Christian City CEO, Keith Horton. “We are grateful for the opportunity to shed light on these individuals and organizations whose impact is felt throughout Atlanta. It has been an honor to be a part of the inaugural Community Champion Awards!”

The 2020 Community Champion Awards will be held on October 29th at the Georgia Aquarium. To submit nominations for the 2020 Community Champion Awards visit

About Christian City: Christian City was established 54 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 senior adults, living at Christian City in south metro Atlanta. In addition to four Children & Family Programs (Children’s Village Residential Program, Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program, Safe Place Runaway & Homeless Youth Program, and Thrive Graduate Transition Program), the campus includes 500 retirement homes and apartments for active seniors, a 200-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, a 150-bed assisted living center and two memory care units. For more information or to learn how you can help, call 770-703-2636 or visit