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South Side Rotary Clubs to Raffle New Infiniti Car

Photo: Chair-ity event hosts and volunteers, along with David Watts, General Manager of Infiniti of South Atlanta, gathered on September 14 to kick off the Rotary Car Raffle to benefit The Children’s Village at Christian City. A new Infiniti Q50 will be raffled at the Chair-ity event in Peachtree City on December 1. Proceeds from the 10th annual event will benefit children of abuse and abandonment who now live safely at The Children’s Village at Christian City. Pictured from left are Christian City Board of Trustee members, Bill Davenport and Normer Adams; Vince Williams, Mayor of Union City; Philip Kouns, COO of The Children’s Village; Ashley Bonner, Director of Fund Development; David Watts, General Manager of Infiniti of South Atlanta; Peggy Forrest and Pat Hawthorne, 2016 Chair-ity Volunteers; LaVann Landrum, Chief Development Officer; Mimi Cawood and Heidi Becker, 2016 Chair-ity Hosts.

Rotary Clubs on the south side of metro Atlanta have joined together to raise funds to care for abused and abandoned children who now live safely at The Children’s Village at Christian City. The Rotary Car Raffle was officially launched on September 14 at a kickoff event held at Infiniti of South Atlanta. The raffle drawing will take place at the annual Chair-ity Event on Thurs., Dec. 1, at The Crowne Plaza in Peachtree City.

David Watts, General Manager of Infiniti of South Atlanta, welcomed attendees saying, “We are glad to do our part by making this new Infiniti Q50 available to raise funds for children in need. The Children’s Village at Christian City is a real game changer. They are helping to break the cycle of generational poverty for the children in their care, and we are honored to support their efforts.”

For a chance to win a new Infiniti Q50, purchase raffle tickets online at www.rotarycares4kids.org. Tickets are $25 each or five for $100. In addition to the raffle, Infiniti of South Atlanta will make a donation to The Children’s Village at Christian City for every car sold in September through November.

Union City Mayor, Vince Williams, greeted the crowd saying, “I look forward to this event every year. We are glad to help promote raffle ticket sales for the benefit of The Children’s Village at Christian City. The Infiniti Q50 will be on display and raffle tickets will be sold at the Union City Music & Arts Festival on October 22.”

Philip Kouns, COO of The Children’s Village, expressed his gratitude to the community partners in attendance. “Fundraising programs like the Chair-ity event and this car raffle help sustain The Children’s Village at Christian City. Without faithful support from the community, we could not keep our doors open. Fundraising events like this allow us to minister to the needs of abused and abandoned children who come to us for care.” Kouns said.

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Over $35,000 Raised for The Children’s Village at Christian City

PHOTO: First Christian Church of Stockbridge took home the Golf Fore Kids “Church Challenge” trophy in 2016. Pictured with Philip Kouns (center) COO of The Children’s Village at Christian City are (left) Leonard Craig and John Clabby.

165 golfers, 37 sponsors and Consumer Investigator, Dale Cardwell came together at Eagle’s Landing Country Club in Stockbridge to enjoy a day of golf while helping children in need. This year’s “Golf Fore Kids” Classic raised more than $35,000 to support the abandoned, abused, and neglected children who now live safely at The Children’s Village at Christian City. Established in 1965, the 500-acre campus is located nine miles south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

“We had more golfers and more sponsors than ever before,” said Christian City President and CEO, Len Romano. “Faithful community support sustains The Children’s Village at Christian City. Because of the financial support we receive from events like Golf Fore Kids, our children get a special kind of mulligan and can experience a childhood that is more like what God intended for them. We’re grateful to Dale Cardwell and the sponsors and golfers who came out to show that they care about children in need in metro Atlanta. Together, they are making a difference in the lives of children and helping to break the cycle of generational poverty.” Romano said.

First place went to RJH, Inc., whose foursome included: Roy Hill, Will Davidson, Jay Baker and Mark Bucholtz. Harvey Melear, Don Bonner, Ray Hannah and John Martin took second place, and the team from Outback Deck, Inc. came in third. First Christian Church of Stockbridge won the “Church Challenge” with John Clabby, George Whitley and Leonard Craig taking home the trophy for 2016. View the Golf Fore Kids event photo gallery.

This annual fundraising event features a great day of golf, networking and fellowship. The top sponsors in the 2016 tournament were Pruitt Health, Aquaguard Foundation Solutions, TrustDale, and America’s Preferred Home Warranty. Breakfast was sponsored by Senior Helpers in Peachtree City and Waffle House in Newnan, and a boxed lunch was provided by Shane’s Rib Shack in Peachtree City. For information about the 2017 tournament, contact Ashley Bonner at ashleyb@christiancity.org or 678.466.1093.

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Fayetteville Kohl’s employees volunteer at Christian City

Photo: Employee volunteers from Fayetteville Kohl’s gathers at Christian City’s Community Garden for Kohl’s annual “Go Green” initiative. From left, Kimberly White, Director of HUD Affordable Housing at Christian City, joins volunteers, Leslie White, Patricia Robertson, Carnell Redden, Tony Keel, Denise Anderson, India Foxworth, and Maria Winfrey (not pictured: Bethany Warren and Deanna Malone). Christian City Facilities Director, John Kimmons (back row, far right) and Johnny Kimmons assisted the volunteer group.

As part of Kohl’s “Go Green” initiative, a group of employees from the Fayetteville Kohl’s store volunteered to spruce up the Christian City Community Garden.

The group of seven Kohl’s employees braved the heat and worked in the garden along with Christian City employees and residents to accomplish their mission. In just a few hours, the team planted four butterfly bushes, placed garden soil in six garden plots, affixed personalized name tags on 55 garden plots, and spread new mulch at the front entrance.

“Thanks to the dedicated volunteers from Kohl’s in Fayetteville, our community garden is now ready for the summer growing season!” said Connie Hall, Christian City’s volunteer coordinator. “We appreciate the valuable assistance these volunteers provide on our campus each year through their ‘Go Green’ initiative.”

The community garden at Christian City began as an Eagle Scout project initiated by an employee’s son. Thanks to onsite construction assistance provided by employee volunteer teams from Georgia Power, Delta Air Lines, Post Properties and Batson-Cook, phases 1-3 were completed in 2015. The final phase is planned for future completion.

Photo: Fayetteville Kohl’s volunteer, Carnell Redden, places soil in garden plots at Christian City’s Community Garden for Kohl’s annual “Go Green” initiative.

Senior residents at Christian City now have the opportunity to grow fresh vegetables and flowers in the garden, which includes 8 wheelchair accessible beds. The garden is maintained by residents and volunteers.

In past years, Kohl’s employees have helped with the container garden on the Christian City Nursing & Rehab Center patio reserved for Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients. They have also assisted in Polly’s Garden at The Children’s Village at Christian City.

About Christian City
Christian City was established 50 years ago when the first cottage for abused and abandoned children opened on Valentine’s Day, 1965. Today, there are almost 1,000 residents living on the Christian City campus, which has grown to more than 500 acres. The campus includes The Children’s Village, a thrift store, four subdivisions of patio homes for seniors in a “life lease” setting, four apartment complexes for seniors on limited incomes, a 200-bed rehabilitation and nursing center, a 200-bed assisted living/personal care home, and two specialty units for victims of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. For more information about Christian City, visit www.christiancity.org or call 770-964-3301.

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SAAHU Raises Funds for The Children’s Village

PHOTO: From left: Donna Hill, President of SAAHU; LaVann Landrum, Christian City Chief Development Officer; Renie Cochran, Golf Event Chairperson; Sarah Booth, The Children’s Village Program Director; and Ashley Bonner, Christian City Director of Fund Development.

The South Atlanta Association of Health Underwriters (SAAHU) recently presented a check for $2,000 to Christian City for funds raised at the SAAHU 5th Annual Golf Tournament at Orchard Hills Golf Club in Newnan, with proceeds benefitting The Children’s Village at Christian City. Pictured, from left: Donna Hill, President of SAAHU; LaVann Landrum, Christian City Chief Development Officer; Renie Cochran, Golf Event Chairperson; Sarah Booth, The Children’s Village Program Director; and Ashley Bonner, Christian City Director of Fund Development.

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Fayette Publix Stores Raise Funds for Children’s Village

PHOTO: On behalf of Fayette County Publix stores’ customers, Art Durden (center), manager of Publix-Tyrone, proudly presented $11,009 to The Children’s Village at Christian City with the proceeds from the 2015 Food For All Campaign. Accepting the donation are (left) Philip Kouns, COO of The Children’s Village, and Len Romano, President/CEO of Christian City.

Union City, Ga – Customers at Fayette County Publix stores gave hope to abused children in our area by donating a total of $11,009 to The Children’s Village at Christian City during the annual “Food For All” campaign in December 2015. The Children’s Village at Christian City is home to children who have been abused or abandoned. They now live safely in family-centered homes with full-time house parents on the campus located between Fairburn and Fayetteville.

Accepting the generous donation, Len Romano, President & CEO of Christian City, praised Publix Super Market’s commitment to raise money to help fight hunger in our area. “Ongoing support from annual fundraising campaigns like “Food For All” has a great impact on The Children’s Village at Christian City and on the community,” Romano said. “Thanks to generous support from individuals, churches, businesses, civic groups and foundations, we are able to care for the abused and abandoned children who are healing, growing and thriving on our campus.”

Christian City was established 51 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 living on the 500-acre Christian City campus, which includes The Children’s Village, a thrift store, independent living homes for seniors, a 200-bed rehabilitation and nursing center, a 200-bed assisted living/personal care home, and two specialty units for victims of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. For more information or to learn how you can help, call Ashley Bonner at 678-466-1093 or visit christiancity.org.

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Chief Development Officer named at Christian City

(Union City, Ga) – Newnan resident, LaVann Landrum, has joined Christian City, Inc., as Chief Development Officer. She will lead fundraising and development efforts for the nonprofit organization with a primary focus on financial support for The Children’s Village at Christian City.

Landrum has raised funds for a variety of nonprofit organizations during a 25-year career that includes positions with Piedmont Healthcare Foundation, Georgia Center for Children, Mercer University and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She has also been involved as a volunteer with numerous organizations, including current service on the Coweta Community Foundation board.
Len Romano, Christian City CEO and Sharpsburg resident, welcomed Landrum, saying, “LaVann’s vibrant background in fundraising and organizational leadership will be instrumental in her new role. Through her involvement in the southern crescent and city of Atlanta, LaVann will introduce The Children’s Village at Christian City to groups and individuals interested in supporting victims of abuse and abandonment who come to us from across metro Atlanta and throughout Georgia.

As chief development officer, LaVann will work with the philanthropic community that sustains Christian City. She will lead the Christian City development team to continue its active engagement of donors and volunteers through campaigns, special events, grants and other opportunities to generate the needed resources to continue to meet the mission of the organization.

“Without the faithful support of many individuals, churches, civic groups, businesses and foundations, The Children’s Village at Christian City would not exist, and our children would not receive the loving care that helps them to heal and thrive,” says Landrum. “I look forward to getting to know those who are already supporting Christian City and also increasing awareness across metro Atlanta of our important mission and ministries.”

Landrum is a graduate of Fayette County High School and the University of South Carolina. She resides in downtown Newnan with her husband. Their four children are all in college.

About Christian City
Christian City is a nonprofit organization located nine miles south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Since 1965, Christian City has offered life services and a safe haven for children in crisis, ages 5-17, the majority of which are victims of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Christian City offers them a welcoming home environment, loving house parents, and an opportunity to heal and grow.

The 500-acre Christian City campus also includes “aging in place” housing and healthcare services for more than 1,000 senior residents. Independent living, assisted living, a skilled nursing and rehab center, Alzheimer’s/dementia-care unit, home health and hospice care services are available to the seniors who live at Christian City. For more information, visit www.christiancity.org, or call 770-703-2636.

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Operation Round-Up Supports Victims of Abuse

Photo: A grant from Coweta Fayette EMC Operation Round Up paid for the replacement of carpeting at The Children’s Village at Christian City. From left, Len Romano, Christian City CEO; Kay Harkness, Lead House Parent at The Children’s Village; Coweta-Fayette EMC Trust Board Vice Chair, Glenn Valencia; and Philip Kouns, The Children’s Village COO. Pictured in the center is Kay’s precious and faithful pet dog, Jake.

A generous grant of $5,820 from Coweta-Fayette EMC Operation Round-Up covered the cost of carpet replacement at The Children’s Village at Christian City, a safe haven for victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment. The check was presented by the Coweta-Fayette EMC Trust Board Vice Chair, Glenn Valencia.

“We are grateful to all the members who rounded up their Coweta-Fayette EMC bill to make this donation possible,” said Christian City President & CEO, Len Romano. “The ministries of Christian City are sustained by generous support from individuals, churches, civic groups, and grants like this one from Operation Round-Up,” he said.

About Operation Round Up
Founded in 1993, the Operation Round-Up program offers Coweta-Fayette EMC members the opportunity to literally “round up” their bill to the next highest dollar, with the difference being contributed to a fund which is awarded to various individuals and organizations in need. The program is managed by the Coweta-Fayette Trust Board as a not-for-profit organization.

About The Children’s Village at Christian City
Since 1965, Christian City 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. Children are placed through State custody, private placements, or through the Safe Place program for runaway and homeless youth. Located 9 miles south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, The Children’s Village at Christian City provides a welcoming home environment, loving house parents in family-focused homes, and a chance for the children to heal and grow.

For more information about The Children’s Village at Christian City, visit christiancity.org. To find out how you can help, contact Ashley Bonner at 770-703-2636 or ashleyb@christiancity.org.

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The Children’s Village at Christian City Hosts Celebration Event

PHOTO: More than 200 people came together on April 21 to celebrate the completion of new facilities at The Children’s Village at Christian City. A food storage facility, swimming pool, outdoor amphitheater and landscaping have been completed at the campus.

Union City – More than 200 people came together on April 21 to celebrate the completion of new facilities at The Children’s Village at Christian City. Thanks to generous support from the community, a food storage facility, swimming pool, outdoor amphitheater and landscaping have been completed at the campus. Supporters who gathered for the ribbon cutting included volunteers, church groups, civic groups, grantors and many individuals who give their time, talents and monetary assistance to help the abandoned, abused, and neglected children who now live hope-filled lives in safe loving care at The Children’s Village at Christian City.

PHOTO: Michael Scherer spoke about his experience growing up at Christian City in the ‘70s and ‘80s. He is now an associate pastor in Tennessee where he lives with his wife and three children.

Michael Scherer spoke about his experience growing up at Christian City in the ‘70s and ‘80s. “Christian City helped me develop into the man I am today,” he said. Scherer came to the campus when he was six years old and lived there through college. He is now an associate pastor in Tennessee where he lives with his wife and three children.

Philip Kouns, Chief Operating Officer of The Children’s Village, welcomed the crowd as they gathered in the new amphitheater. “We are overjoyed with the support we receive from the community,” said Kouns. “Your faithful dedication to The Children’s Village is the reason we are able to continue providing loving care for the many children in need who come to us.”

Kouns introduced President and CEO, Len Romano, who joined Christian City in December 2015 after a 38-year career with YMCA, most recently as CEO of Greater Omaha YMCA. Romano followed Bob Crutchfield, Christian City CEO for the past 23 years, who was also in attendance at the event.

Romano expressed his gratitude to the crowd of supporters, with special thanks to The John and Polly Sparks Foundation, Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation, Georgia Power employee volunteers, Coweta-Fayette EMC, Midwest Food Bank and sustaining monthly donors, saying, “It is a blessing to be able to come together with all of you to support the ministries of Christian City.” He also praised the current staff and the vision of those who established Christian City in 1965, recognizing one of the founders of Christian City, Rose Marie Harper, who was in attendance.

Elected officials from Union City, Fulton County, Fayette County and the State of Georgia came to show their support, including Emma Darnell and Vince Williams. “Mayor Williams is doing an awesome job for Union City,” Romano said. On behalf of Governor Deal and the State of Georgia, Senator Donzella James praised Christian City, reading a proclamation designating “The Children’s Village” Day.

See photo gallery from this event

About Christian City
Since 1965, Christian City has offered life services and a safe haven for children in crisis, aged 5-17, who are victims of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Located 9 miles south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Christian City offers the children a welcoming home environment, loving house parents, and an opportunity to heal and grow. The campus also includes affordable housing for nearly 1,000 senior adults – from patio homes and subsidized apartments to a full continuum of care including assisted living, nursing & rehab, home health and hospice care. For more information, visit www.christiancity.org, or call 770-703-2636.

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Assisted living resident, 96, becomes honorary Delta flight attendant

Delta turned 96-year-old Clem Ferguson’s dream into a reality last week when she joined the airline’s new hire flight attendants at the In-Flight Training Center to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a flight attendant.

Christian City, a local assisted living home in the Atlanta area, and its partner Second Wind Dreams, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fulfilling dreams for elderly individuals, teamed up with Delta to make Ferguson’s dream come to life. Get full story…

See full article on Delta Website
See the video of Clem Ferguson’s special day!

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PTC fifth grader collects cereal for The Children’s Village

Photo: Peachtree City brothers, (from left) Andrew, Samuel and Matthew Johnson, sons of Missy Johnson, deliver 117 boxes of cereal to The Children’s Village at Christian City.

Samuel Johnson, a Peachtree City fifth grader, collected 117 boxes of cereal for The Children’s Village at Christian City. The idea for a cereal drive came from his mom’s conversation with Ashley Bonner, Director of Fund Development, at Christian City. They were discussing the needs of the kids who live at The Children’s Village, and Samuel overheard.

Looking for something to do during the school break, Samuel created a flyer and asked neighbors, friends and family for donations. His idea was a big hit, and he quickly surpassed his goal of 50 boxes. His mom boosted the effort by posting information about the cereal drive on her Facebook page. In the end, Samuel more than doubled his original goal.

The Johnsons delivered a carload of cereal to Philip Kouns, Chief Operating Officer of The Children’s Village, in early February. “Support from the community is so important to The Children’s Village. Food alone is a huge expense for us,” said a thankful Kouns. “We love to see families working together on a generous project like this. It’s especially heartwarming to be a witness to kids helping kids,” he said.

For more information about The Children’s Village at Christian City, visit www.christiancity.org or call 770.703.2636.

 

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