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$223,304 Raised for Christian City Children & Family Programs

(Union City, Georgia – May 28, 2020) – Faithful support and a successful online auction raised $223,304 for Christian City Children & Family Programs, even though the third annual Drive & Dine event scheduled for March 28 at Porsche Experience Center was cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Event co-chairs, Randa and Gil Reese, expressed their gratitude to supporters saying, “Because of support from dedicated Drive & Dine sponsors, volunteers and donors, children are living in safety and love at Christian City’s Children’s Village and in Crossroads foster and adoptive homes. Now more than ever, the children and families at Christian City need our help.”

Two weeks prior to the scheduled Drive & Dine event, the rise of the novel coronavirus caused cancellations of all large gatherings of people and “sheltering in place” ordinances went into effect. Christian City made the decision to pivot from the planned in-person event with silent and live auctions to an online auction. Communications went out to sponsors, table hosts and ticket holders about the cancellation. Most event supporters responded positively by allowing Christian City to retain their donations and helping to spread the word about the online auction. Due to the generosity of Christian City donors, over $23,000 was raised in the online auction.

“Drive & Dine has been an important part of our fundraising efforts. I was amazed to see our staff and donors come together to ensure the event was successful despite the unusual circumstances,” said Keith Horton, Christian City’s CEO. “These proceeds will go a long way in supporting our Children and Family programs.”

Drive & Dine event proceeds help children from families in crisis. Thanks to the programs of Christian City, those children are now able to thrive in a safe home and loving family environment. Christian City serves the entire metro Atlanta area and beyond from its 500-acre campus in south Fulton County.

About Christian City

Christian City was established 55 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, a nonprofit organization that depends on the generosity of donors for financial support. The 500-acre campus, located 15 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, includes the Children’s Village Residential Program, Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program, Safe Place Runaway & Homeless Youth Program, Thrive Transitional Living Program, active senior living patio homes and apartments, thrift store, assisted living center, skilled nursing center, memory care, home health and hospice care. For more information, visit or call 770-703-AMEN.

Randa and Gil Reese served as chairs of the 2020 Drive & Dine event. (Photo by Larry Regier)