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75 Veterans Honored at Christian City

75 veterans who live at Christian City were honored with daily events and activities during the week of Veterans Day. Individuals and groups from surrounding communities joined in the celebration to honor the men and women of Christian City who served in World War II, Korean, Vietnam and Gulf Wars.

On Monday morning, the Creekside High School JROTC Color Guard presented the colors at the Veterans Day ceremony, and Kristie Kenney, Christian City’s Director of Annual Giving, beautifully sang the National Anthem. The Monday program also included live music by the Hillbilly Band, which included a 96-year-old World War II veteran, Lofton Hill, on guitar and vocals.

President and CEO, Keith Horton, called each veteran’s name and presented a commemorative pin to each veteran. Horton served in the United States military for 20 years, including his position as deputy director of the Combat Arms Force Management Division for the Pentagon. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2006. Horton joined Christian City as President and CEO in July 2019.

The commander of Creekside High JROTC, Col. Ret. George Fields, returned to the campus on Tuesday evening with several members of VFW 6649 in Fairburn for an evening of fellowship with the veterans who currently reside at Christian City in active senior homes, the assisted living center or skilled nursing & rehabilitation center.

Thanks to Newnan High School’s history department, a Wednesday Student-Vet Connect event allowed the juniors and seniors who are enrolled in an advanced elective Military History class at NHS to talk one-on-one with a 100-year-old World War II veteran, William Muckenfuss, a current resident of the Christian City Skilled Nursing Center. The 55 students who visited also talked one-on-one with several veterans about their experience during the Vietnam War.

Student-Vet Connect events started at Newnan High in 1995 with the 50th anniversary of World War II. Twice a year, 60-80 veterans participate in the event at the Armory in Newnan. “Over the last 25 years, we have introduced about 10,000 students to veterans through this program,” said Stephen Quesinberry, NHS History Department Chair.

Approximately 40 – 50 NHS students are also involved in the “Adopt a Vet” program, a student idea that came out of the History Club. The vets and students meet a few times a year and some have formed lasting relationships beyond high school graduation. “One of the goals of the program is to have the kids become comfortable talking with people other than their peers,” Quesinberry said.

The week-long celebration continued Thursday afternoon with a visit from Dale Barnett, US Army Ret., and National Commander of the American Legion from 2015-2016. Barnett spoke at “A Patriotic People’s Club” event in the Christian City auditorium.

On Friday afternoon, a Wall of Honor featuring portraits of many of the veterans who currently reside at Christian City was unveiled at the Recreation Center. As he welcomed the veterans and their family and friends to the vent, CEO Keith Horton stood before two World War II veterans, Albert Sessoms and Bill Muckenfuss, as he reflected on his desire to do something spectacular for our vets. “We stand on the shoulders of those who served in all conflicts. If not for those who served, we would not be where we are today,” Horton said.

“I’m grateful for the work of Tyler Garcia, our Director of Campus Recreation, in organizing a full week of events to honor our veterans,” Horton said. He also recognized Myrna Johnson, Christian City’s Director of Life Enrichment and a veteran who served five years in the U.S. Marines. Johnson presented “The Missing Man Table” in remembrance of POW and MIA veterans. Following the ceremony, attendees enjoyed refreshments and fellowship with the veterans of Christian City.

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, a nonprofit organization that depends on the generosity of donors for financial support. The 500-acre campus, located 15 minutes south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and adjacent to the border with Fayette County, includes the Children’s Village Residential Program, Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program, Safe Place Runaway & Homeless Youth Program, Thrive Graduate Transition Program, active senior living patio homes and apartments, thrift store, assisted living center, skilled nursing & rehab center, memory care, home health and hospice care. The nonprofit serves the entire metro Atlanta area and beyond from its campus in south Fulton County. For more information, visit www.christiancity.org or call 770-703-AMEN.

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Public Invited to Events Honoring Veterans at Christian City

UNION CITY, Ga. October 29, 2019 – Christian City has announced a week-long slate of events and activities to honor the 62 veterans who currently reside at Christian City in active senior homes, the assisted living center or skilled nursing & rehabilitation center. The public is invited to attend all events.

Monday, Nov. 11, 10am-11am
Salute to Veterans
Christian City Auditorium – 7290 Lester Road

Join us as we salute the veterans who live at Christian City! The Creekside High School JROTC Color Guard will present the colors in the opening ceremony, followed by a musical program and recognition of Christian City’s veterans by branch of service. President and CEO, Keith Horton, will present a commemorative pin to each veteran. Horton served in the United States military for 20 years, including his position as deputy director of the Combat Arms Force Management Division for the Pentagon. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2006. Horton joined Christian City as President and CEO in July 2019.

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 6pm-8pm
Evening of Fellowship with VFW 6649
Christian City Auditorium – 7290 Lester Road

VFW 6449 will host an evening of fellowship, including a meet-and-greet and discussion of veteran benefits. The guest speaker is District 3 Commander, Wilbert Jordan.

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 9:30 am-noon
Student-Vet Connect
Christian City Auditorium – 7290 Lester Road

50 students from the history department at Newnan High School will visit Christian City for one-on-one visitations and Q&A with veterans. Veterans are encouraged to contact Tyler Wright at 770-703-2730 to participate. Stephen Quisenberry, Newnan High’s History Chair, will also present about various opportunities for veterans to interact with the NHS history department.

Thursday, Nov. 14, 3pm-4pm
A Patriotic People’s Club
Christian City Auditorium – 7290 Lester Road
Presentation by Dale Barnett, US Army Ret., and National Commander of the American Legion from 2015-2016.

Friday, Nov. 15, 2pm-3:30pm
Veterans Wall of Honor Portrait Reveal
Christian City Recreation Center – Park at 7345 Red Oak Road
(shuttle service provided from parking to Rec Center)

Join us for an afternoon celebrating the men and women who have served our country in the military. A Wall of Honor featuring portraits of more than 50 veterans who currently reside at Christian City will be unveiled. A reception with light refreshments will follow.

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, a nonprofit organization that depends on the generosity of donors for financial support. The 500-acre campus, located 15 minutes south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and adjacent to the border with Fayette County, includes the Children’s Village Residential Program, Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program, Safe Place Runaway & Homeless Youth Program, Thrive Graduate Transition Program, active senior living patio homes and apartments, thrift store, assisted living center, skilled nursing & rehab center, memory care, home health and hospice care. The nonprofit serves the entire metro Atlanta area and beyond from its campus in south Fulton County. For more information, visit www.christiancity.org or call 770-703-AMEN.

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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 christiancity.org/communitychampion.

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 christiancity.org.

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Stephanie Blank, Westside Future Fund and Delta Air Lines to be honored at Community Champion Awards presented by Christian City

The inaugural Community Champion Awards will be presented by Christian City on Thursday, September 19, 2019, at the Georgia Aquarium. Under the leadership of co-chairs, Ron Canakaris and Miguel Southwell, Christian City is honoring individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment toward the betterment of the greater Atlanta community.

The Community Champion Awards dinner will pay 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 will serve as emcee.

Stephanie Blank has made countless contributions to the community through her many years of service with United Way, Georgia State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students.

Westside Future Fund has made great strides in the revitalization of the Westside community, specifically Vine City, Ashview Heights, English Avenue and the AUC neighborhoods. With the help of Westside Future Fund, these neighborhoods have seen a significant reduction in crime and an increase in community wages.

Delta Air Lines has committed over 50 years of engagement and generous giving of time and service to the Atlanta community and beyond. Delta Air Lines also began a relationship with Christian City in 1972 by building a children’s cottage that housed teenage boys in need of a loving home.

Christian City is pleased to have support from The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, BMW of South Atlanta and Delta Air Lines as Gold Sponsors for the awards. Proceeds from the 2019 Community Champion Awards will focus 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 will speak about the state of sex trafficking in Georgia.

“We are very grateful for the examples the 2019 honorees have set for all of us,” said CEO of Christian City Keith Horton. “Our hope is to inspire others in our community to step up and support the community, including key programs like Safe Place that have a significant impact on the youth in our city.”

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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 christiancity.org

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Delta Air Lines Employees Volunteers Renovate Christian City Cottage

Hundreds of Delta Air Lines employees volunteered over a two-month period to help renovate and repurpose a Christian City cottage originally funded by Delta Air Lines employees in 1972. The Delta-Jim Turner Memorial Cottage that served as a home for children for more than four decades now has a new life as a duplex guest home serving the children and senior adults living at Christian City, a non-profit located on a 500-acre campus just nine miles south of Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

One of the 2-bedroom apartments in the duplex will be used to help facilitate family reunifications for children who live in the homes at Christian City Children’s Village. The second 2-bedroom apartment will be available for senior residents’ families and friends to lease while they are visiting. The renovation project kicked off on April 2 and the repurposed cottage was rededicated on May 30. Churches and individual supporters of Christian City provided meals for the volunteers each day.

Jim Turner, Vice President of Tech Ops and long-time Delta Air Lines employee, was also a trustee of Christian City. He was 56 when he passed away in 1971. At the renovation project kick-off event in April 2019, Jane Turner Hannon, daughter of Jim Turner, expressed her family’s appreciation for the honor bestowed on Turner when the cottage was named in his memory.

“My father truly believed that relationships built strength, whether in family, church, community or work. That is what we see at the heart of the Delta ‘personality’ and ‘spirit.’ Dad believed that we all have a responsibility to other people, and he lived out that belief through all aspects of his life, at Delta, and in his church,” Hannon said.

She recalled that her mother kept a ledger of all the donations received from Delta employees all over the country who chose to assist in the effort to build a home for teenage boys in need. “The Delta-Jim Turner Memorial Cottage was built in 1972 for $30,000, and by 1975 the home was paid off, thanks to the combined contributions of a lot of caring Delta people,” she said. “My dad had an ‘open door’ policy with the employees at Delta and regularly held meetings across all stations where he not only informed employees but also listened to them. I believe the donations from the employees were a result of their relationship with my dad. He was a wonderful father and exceptional man,” Hannon added.

Kim Mills-Smith, a 30-year veteran flight attendant with Delta Air Lines, worked with Michel Aletraris of Delta Tech Ops to organize volunteer effort and secure funding from Delta Air Lines to complete the renovation. Mills-Smith designed the floor plan and handled the interior design for the renovated duplex. She and Aletraris worked alongside Christian City volunteer project manager, Terry Chapman. “This renovation project created a vision of hope for the next 47 years,” said Mills-Smith at the re-dedication event.

Terry Chapman praised the volunteers saying, “The Delta Tech Ops employees jumped right in from the first day. We removed the roof, put up new trusses, and replaced HVAC, plumbing, electrical and drywall. Some of the floors were also replaced. We did a complete overhaul,” said Chapman. “It was great to see so many people committed to making sure the project was completed,” he said.

“I believe Jim Turner would be pleased with the renovation and repurpose of the cottage we just completed, and he would have enjoyed seeing all the Delta employees come together for a good cause,” said Aletraris. “At Delta, we stand on the shoulders of Delta pioneers and servant leaders like Jim Turner who came before us. I’m honored to have been a part of continuing the Delta-Jim Turner legacy at Christian City,” said Aletraris.

LaVann Landrum, Chief Development Officer, thanked Kim Mills-Smith, Michel Aletraris and Terry Chapman for coordinating and managing the cottage renovation. “None of this would have happened without you. Successful projects like this one are the result of the combined efforts of many,” Landrum said. “Delta Air Lines has been a faithful friend of Christian City for more than 50 years, and we are grateful for this continued show of support. We also appreciate contributions to this renovation project from Lowe’s of Newnan, Mega Granite and Marble, Owens Corning, Atlanta Community Tool Bank, Legacy Christian Church, Aaron’s, 44 Appliance & Supply, M-Con Construction, the Grey Ghosts from Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity, Sherwin Williams/Fairburn, Cheryl and Mike Cater, and the many others who stepped up to make sure all necessary building supplies and meals for volunteers were provided. Because of this dedicated group of people and companies, Christian City has been strengthened for future service to the children, families and seniors who need us,” she said.

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 older adults, living at Christian City in south metro Atlanta. The 500-acre campus includes the Children’s Village Residential Program, Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program, Safe Place Runaway & Homeless Youth Program, Thrive Graduate Transition Program, 500 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 770-703-2636 or visit www.christiancity.org.

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PHOTO ABOVE (by Larry Regier):

George Martin (left), Christian City Interim President & CEO, is presented with a re-dedication plaque for the Delta–Jim Turner Memorial Cottage at Christian City. The original cottage, funded by employees of Delta Air Lines in 1972, housed teenage boys. The cottage was completely renovated and repurposed through Delta Air Lines funding and employee volunteer effort in the spring of 2019. Pictured with the plaque at the re-dedication ceremony on May 30 are (from left, front), George Martin, Christian City Interim President & CEO; Kim Mills-Smith, Delta Air Lines flight attendant and volunteer project manager; Jane Turner Hannon, Fayetteville resident and daughter of Jim Turner, Delta Tech Ops VP for whom the cottage was named; Terry Chapman, Christian City volunteer project manager; (from left, back), Michel Aletraris, Delta Tech Ops volunteer project manager; and Barry Matthews, Delta Air Lines Community Engagement Director.

PHOTO ABOVE (by Chris Rank Photography)

PHOTO ABOVE (by Chris Rank Photography)

“Before” PHOTO ABOVE (by Larry Regier

“After” PHOTO ABOVE (by Larry Regier)

“Before” PHOTO ABOVE (by Larry Regier)

Rededication Event PHOTO ABOVE (by Larry Regier)

PHOTO ABOVE (by Larry Regier)

Kim Mills-Smith, a 30-year veteran flight attendant with Delta Air Lines, worked with Michel Aletraris of Delta Tech Ops (standing in doorway) to organize volunteer effort and secure funding from Delta Air Lines to complete the cottage renovation at Christian City. “This renovation project created a vision of hope for the next 47 years,” said Mills-Smith at the re-dedication event.

 

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Christian City Hires New Chief Executive Officer

Atlanta resident Keith Horton has joined Christian City, Inc. as the chief executive officer. Officially joining the organization on July 17, 2019, Horton will be responsible for the implementation of all operational strategies on the Christian City campus.

Horton brings 11 years of experience working in child welfare services, including working at the Department of Juvenile Justice in Atlanta, both at the local and state level. He also served as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Services where he established Georgia’s first 24-hour child welfare intake center.

“We are delighted and excited to welcome Keith Horton to Christian City,” said Delores Epps, chairperson of Christian City board of trustees. “We are confident that Keith’s energy and passion for children will elevate the mission of Christian City in metro Atlanta and beyond. We look forward to working with Keith to provide life-changing hope through faith, community, and care.”

Prior to his new role at Christian City, Horton was the delivery director at First Data where he led a team of 15 experts to conduct verification and validation of the state of New York’s $1 billion Integration of Eligibility Systems.

Horton said, “I am very excited at the opportunity to serve as the leader of an organization that extends Christ’s call to love our neighbors. Christian City has a rich heritage of meeting the needs of others. It is our goal to be known throughout the state as the premier organization of innovative and caring professionals who provide exceptional services to senior adults and vulnerable individuals and families.”

Horton has also served in the United States military for 20 years, including his position as deputy director of the Combat Arms Force Management Division for the Pentagon. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2006. He is also very active in his church, serving as associate pastor.

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, a nonprofit organization that depends on the generosity of donors for financial support. The 500-acre campus, located 15 minutes south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and adjacent to the border with Fayette County, includes the Children’s Village Residential Program, Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program, Safe Place Runaway & Homeless Youth Program, Thrive Graduate Transition Program, active senior living patio homes and apartments, thrift store, assisted living center, skilled nursing & rehab center, memory care, home health and hospice care. Christian City’s Children & Family Programs help provide abused and abandoned children a safe home in a loving family environment to heal their wounded spirits and thrive. The nonprofit serves the entire metro Atlanta area and beyond from its 500-acre campus in south Fulton County. For more information, visit www.christiancity.org or call 770-703-AMEN.

Atlanta resident Keith Horton has joined Christian City, Inc. as the chief executive officer.

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Christian City Senior Residents and Staff Members Purchase Minivan for Children & Family Programs

A successful “Count Me In” fundraising campaign led to the purchase of a 2016 Honda Odyssey minivan from BMW of South Atlanta, a faithful supporter, and friend of Christian City. The vehicle was unveiled and presented to Christian City Children & Family Programs on Friday, May 24. Financial contributions from senior residents and staff members raised a total of $24,000 to purchase the newer and more fuel-efficient vehicle. Houseparents at Christian City Children’s Village will use the van to transport children to and from school, doctor appointments and extracurricular activities.

Celebrating the vehicle presentation with residents and staff, LaVann Landrum, Chief Development Officer, said, “I’m so excited that I was able to join my gift with your gifts to purchase this vehicle. A great response across our Christian City campus helped to make this minivan possible.”

Quentin Stephens, BMW of South Atlanta’s Pre-Owned Car Director, presented the minivan keys to George Martin, Interim CEO at Christian City. “When we heard about this need, we came running,” said Stephens. “Our motto is ‘family driven.’ We want to do what we can for the younger generation because it makes for a healthier community,” Stephens commented.

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, a nonprofit organization that depends on the generosity of donors for financial support. The 500-acre campus, located 15 minutes south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and adjacent to the border with Fayette County, 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 & rehab center, memory care, home health and hospice care. Christian City’s Children & Family Programs help provide abused and abandoned children a safe home in a loving family environment to heal their wounded spirits and thrive. The non-profit serves the entire metro Atlanta area and beyond from its 500-acre campus in south Fulton County. For more information, visit www.christiancity.org or call 770-703-AMEN.

PHOTO ABOVE: (by Larry Regier) Financial contributions from senior residents and staff members raised a total of $24,000 to purchase a newer and more fuel-efficient vehicle for Christian City Children & Family Programs. House parents will use the van to transport children to and from school, doctor appointments and extracurricular activities. A successful “Count Me In” fundraising campaign led to the purchase of a 2016 Honda Odyssey minivan from BMW of South Atlanta, a faithful supporter and friend of Christian City. The vehicle was unveiled and presented on Friday, May 24.

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2nd annual Drive & Dine event raises $262,194 for Christian City Children & Family Programs

Guests from Buckhead and Midtown to Coweta and Fayette filled the Porsche Experience Center on April 27 to raise in support of Christian City Children & Family Programs. Proceeds from the 2nd annual Drive & Dine event will help provide abused and abandoned children a safe home in a loving family environment to heal their wounded spirits and thrive. The non-profit serves the entire metro Atlanta area and beyond from its 500-acre campus in south Fulton County.

Guests had an opportunity to take a thrill ride around the 1.6-mile track with a professional driver at the wheel of a Porsche, followed by an elegant seated dinner in the atrium catered by Restaurant 356. A silent auction and live auction provided additional opportunities for guests to further support the mission of Christian City.

Event co-chairs, Alison and Kenn Bruley, welcomed and thanked guests for joining them in supporting Drive & Dine. Delores Epps, Chair of the Christian City Board of Trustees, welcomed guests to the elegant seated dinner on the dramatic mezzanine level of the Porsche NA corporate headquarters adjacent to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport. “Our goal is safety from abuse, neglect and sex trafficking in our city,” said Epps. “Our job is not done until every child feels safe; and we cannot do it without you and your support,” she said.

Cheryl Preheim, evening anchor of WXIA 11Alive News, served as emcee for the second year. As she welcomed guests at dinner, Preheim said, “To have a resource like Christian City is a gift and a change maker.”

The heart of the event program was Preheim’s live interview of house parents, Jeanette and Jim Christensen, and their family. Their 18-year-old son, Edwin, who came to live in their home at Christian City Children’s Village two years ago, joined the couple and their two biological children on stage. Speaking of his house parents, Edwin said, “They show us hope and love, and they make me feel important.” After high school graduation this year, Edwin is planning to join the U.S. Marine Corps.

Sarah Booth, Program Executive of the Residential, Safe Place, and Thrive Programs, is a shining example of the difference Christian City Children’s Village can make in a child’s life. Following Preheim’s interview, Booth spoke about coming to live at the Children’s Village when she was twelve, because her parents were abusive. “In the beginning, I didn’t love it, but that changed. Christian City gave me a foundation,” she said.

After high school, Booth graduated from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business. Following a few years working in Atlanta, she came back “home” to Christian City to become Director of the Safe Place Program. Since then, she has earned a Master’s degree in professional counseling and was promoted to Program Executive in 2018. “We are excited to see where Edwin will go. He is full of potential,” Booth said. Thinking a couple of weeks ahead, she said, “Mom and I are making plans for Mother’s Day. Christian City made that possible. She was my house mom at the Children’s Village and she’s still my mom.”

Expressing appreciation for the sponsors, volunteers, guests and staff who made the event a success, LaVann Landrum, Chief Development Officer of Christian City, said, “We are thrilled to be able to host our guests for an exciting and elegant event at the PEC. While it is a fun experience, they are also making a positive difference in the lives of children and families.”

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 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 www.christiancity.org or call 770-703-AMEN.

PHOTO ABOVE (by Chris Rank Photography): Andrew Smola (from left), Ling-Ling Nie, Ellen Taylor and Kevin Barnes, enjoy a terrace-level view of the Porsche Experience Center track during the 2nd annual Drive & Dine event benefitting Christian City Children & Family Programs.

PHOTO ABOVE (by Chris Rank Photography): Buckhead residents and event co-chairs, Kenn and Alison Bruley, are pictured in the auction display area at the 2nd annual Drive & Dine event held at Porsche Experience Center on April 27.

PHOTO ABOVE (by www.dvphotovideo.com): Kirsten Howard takes a thrill ride with a professional driver around the 1.6-mile driver development track at Porsche Experience Center Atlanta during the 2nd annual Drive & Dine event benefiting Christian City Children & Family Programs.

 

PHOTO ABOVE (by www.dvphotovideo.com): Guests of the 2nd annual Drive & Dine were invited to tour the Heritage Gallery at Porsche Experience Center Atlanta during the April 27 event.

PHOTO ABOVE (by Matt Pendry): Novena McGee thanks her professional driver for a thrilling ride around the driver development track at Porsche Experience Center during the 2nd annual Drive & Dine event benefiting Christian City Children & Family Programs.

PHOTO ABOVE (by Matt Pendry): Jason Bare is ready for his ride with a professional driver around the driver development track at Porsche Experience Center Atlanta during the 2nd annual Drive & Dine event benefiting Christian City Children & Family Programs.

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$10,000 Donated to Christian City by 100 Coweta Women Who Care

Christian City Children & Family Programs received $10,000 from 100 Coweta Women Who Care, to serve the residents of Coweta County. Newnan and Coweta County fire stations and law enforcement departments are Safe Place locations, which are served by Christian City, a licensed National Safe Place agency with a mission to rescue youth from human traffickers and the perils of living on the streets. Coweta Communities in Schools is also a partner with Christian City in this effort. For the past three years, three boys from Coweta County have been full-time residents of Christian City Children’s Village. In addition, Christian City’s Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program is working with four foster families from Coweta County to place children in stable, loving homes.

About Coweta Women Who Care
Coweta Women Who Care is a program of the Coweta Community Foundation. 100 women gather quarterly to donate money and award a grant of $10,000 to a single organization that is serving the residents of Coweta County.

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 older 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 christiancity.org.

Pictured at Christian City Children’s Village with a $10,000 donation check from 100 Coweta Women Who Care are (from left) Orren Jones, Coweta Community Foundation Executive Director; LaVann Landrum, Christian City Chief Development Officer; Anne Josey, Christian City Director of Major Gifts; Michaela Guthrie, Program Executive for Christian City Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption program; Gwen Garrison, owner LifePlan Financial Advisors Inc. and member of 100 Women Who Care; Sarah Booth, Program Executive for Christian City Children’s Village Residential Program, Safe Place Runaway & Homeless Youth Program, and Thrive Graduate Transition Program; Marva Slade-Jennings, retired educator and member of 100 Women Who Care; Renee Horton, American Family Insurance Agent and member of 100 Women Who Care; Kay Crosby, Samaritan Clinic Chairwoman and Medical Director and member of 100 Women Who Care; Marie Swope, community volunteer and member of 100 Women Who Care; and George Martin, Christian City Interim CEO.

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Publix Shoppers Support Christian City Children’s Village

Union City, Ga – Shoppers and associates at Publix stores in metro Atlanta’s southern crescent generously donated $30,219.59 to Christian City Children’s Village during the annual “Food For All” campaign in October and November 2018. “Give Hope” themed boards were displayed at register areas, where Publix customers and associates supported the campaign with $1, $3, or $5 donations.

More than $1.4 million was distributed by Publix Super Markets, Inc. to 69 nonprofit organizations in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. The annual event raises funds to support community nonprofits with a focus on hunger-relief and self-sufficiency at a local and regional level.

Marc Pater, Customer Service Manager, and Lauren Ledbetter, Assistant Customer Service Manager, at Publix-Tyrone presented the donation check at Christian City Children’s Village in March 2019.

George Martin, Executive Vice President of Christian City, thanked Publix Super Markets for making a difference in the lives of children in metro Atlanta’s southern crescent. “We are grateful to the many individuals, churches, businesses, civic groups and foundations who support our ministries and help us care for abused and abandoned children. The Publix Food For All campaign is a wonderful example of a community coming together to provide for children in need,” Martin said.

Christian City, located in Union City, between Fairburn and Fayetteville, cares for children of abuse and abandonment through its Children’s Village Residential Program, Safe Place Runaway & Homeless Youth Program, Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program, and Thrive Graduate Transition Program.

The program’s positive impact is demonstrated by an ongoing 100% high school graduation rate among high school seniors at the Christian City Children’s Village. LaVann Landrum, Chief Development Officer, expressed thanks to Publix saying, “Fundraisers like the Publix “Food For All” campaign help us to fulfill our promise to provide life-changing hope through faith, community and care. With an annual operating budget of $3.5 million, every donation counts. We are grateful for each and every Publix shopper who chose to help our children by donating during the 2018 campaign.”

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 older adults, living at Christian City in south metro Atlanta. In addition to the four Children & Family Programs, the campus includes 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 christiancity.org.

About Publix
Publix is privately owned and operated by its more than 200,000 employees, with 2017 sales of $34.6 billion. Currently Publix has 1,213 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. The company has been named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” for 21 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the company’s website, corporate.publix.com.

PHOTO (by Larry Regier): On behalf of Publix shoppers and the 2018 “Food For All” campaign, Marc Pater, customer service manager of Publix-Tyrone, and Lauren Ledbetter, assistant customer service manager, presented a check for $30,219.59 to Christian City Children’s Village. Pictured at the Children’s Village are (from left) Sarah Booth and Michaela Guthrie, Program Executives of Christian City Children & Family Programs, Marc Pater and Lauren Ledbetter with Publix-Tyrone, and George Martin, Executive Vice President of Christian City.

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