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Honorees not the only winners at 2022 Community Champion Awards

Programs to help vulnerable teens were the big winners at the 2022 Community Champions Awards, which recognize outstanding leadership and commitment toward the betterment of the greater Atlanta community, as $501,596 was raised to support the work of the Children’s Village at Christian City, Inc. Under the leadership of co-chairs Jay Mannelly and Mary Ann Peters, the 2022 Awards, held May 5 at the Georgia Aquarium, celebrated three special and deserving recipients in three categories: Individual, Nonprofit and Corporate.

Egbert Perry, chairman and CEO of The Integral Group, LLC, was honored in the Individual category. “Egbert is known nationally for his innovation and leadership in the board room and for his commitment to the struggle for social justice. It is impossible to look at how American cities have grown and developed over the last 30 years and not see a version of his ideas about community development, housing, and economic development. From chairing the $3 Trillion Fannie Mae board to overseeing his real estate development and investment company to guiding the charter school in is neighborhood, his presence is tangible and impactful,” said Christian City CEO Keith Horton.

In the Nonprofit category, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) was honored for its dedication to Georgia’s children, youth and families. Norfolk Southern was feted in the Corporate category for revitalizing Atlanta as a center for rail innovation firming up the region’s reputation as a transportation giant. All the honorees have contributed to improving the lives of others in the Atlanta community.

Proceeds from the awards will help Christian City’s Safe Place program, which aids runaway and homeless youth in greater Atlanta who are at risk of falling prey to sex traffickers, as well as Christian City’s Thrive program for young adults who have aged out of foster care but still need support for a successful transition to adulthood. Google, Delta Airlines, the John and Polly Sparks Foundation, Elaine and John Carlos, Elvira and J.B. Mannelly Jr., Pruitt Health, the Ronald and Vicki Canakaris Family Foundation, the Naserian Foundation and BMW of South Atlanta were Gold Sponsors of the event. Renowned broadcast journalist Monica Pearson served as emcee.

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