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Pyke & Associates Donates $2,000 to Christian City

Photo: From left, Charles Pyke, owner of Pyke & Associates, and Suzanne Presley, Pyke & Associates Partner and Christian City Board of Trustees member, present a $2,000 donation to Philip Kouns, Chief Operating Officer of The Children’s Village at Christian City.

Union City, Ga – To encourage community engagement with charitable organizations, Stockbridge estate planning law firm, Pyke & Associates, initiated a social media charity challenge in October. Participating charities submitted a photo for posting on the Pyke & Associates Facebook page. The charity then encouraged their staff, volunteers and supporters to vote for their charity by going to the Pyke & Associates page and liking the posted photo. The three charities with the most votes received donations from Pyke & Associates in December. A check for $2,000 to Christian City was presented to Chief Operating Officer, Philip Kouns, during an open house event at the law firm.

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10th Annual Chair-ity Event raises $200,000 for victims of child abuse and abandonment

Vicki Turner, Fayetteville resident, artist and Chair-ity committee member, displays the vintage school desk she painted for the 10th annual Chair-ity silent auction.

Union City, Ga  – Local artists, sponsors, hosts, community leaders, and volunteers, came together on December 1st for the tenth Annual Chair-ity Event benefitting The Children’s Village at Christian City. This special event is named for the unique chairs – artistically painted and donated by community artists – that are included in the event’s silent auction. A record-setting total of $200,000 was raised to support the ongoing needs of the abandoned, abused, and neglected children who now live safely at The Children’s Village at Christian City.

“Community support is what sustains our ministries at Christian City,” said President & CEO, Len Romano. “Because of the faithful dedication of the many people who made this event possible and those who support us throughout the year, the children at The Children’s Village will continue to receive the loving care they need.”

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Residents of The Children’s Village at Christian City, (from left) Aleiyah, Sierra and Jalyn, greeted guests as they arrived at the 10th annual Chair-ity event. Aleiyah also provided the opening prayer

George Franco, Fox 5 Atlanta news reporter, served as emcee and auctioneer at the event. Jazz vocalist, Toni Byrd, and the Rick Massengale Jazz Trio provided musical entertainment as guests shopped the silent auction. Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Lawton Roberts, welcomed the attendees, and a prayer was offered by a high school student and current resident of The Children’s Village.

Refreshments were supplemented this year by special gifts of homemade desserts provided by Christian City’s best bakers, senior residents who volunteered to support the Chair-ity event and The Children’s Village by baking their favorite desserts to be served to event guests. At the end of the evening, guests received a set of recipe cards for the desserts as a keepsake of the tenth annual Chair-ity event.

A drum corps presentation featured residents of The Children’s Village who participate in an ongoing musical therapy program. Phil Kouns, COO of The Children’s Village at
Christian City, stated, “We are grateful for important support from our faithful monthly donors and the Chair-ity event. From the artistically painted chairs and many volunteer hours to auction items donated by businesses and financial support of our sponsors, we are overwhelmed with gratitude for the support we receive from across the metro Atlanta area.”

For the first time this year, a live auction was added to the Chair-ity event. Packages ranged from a Big Green Egg and Beretta shotgun to a weekend stay at a north Georgia cabin, a 7-night resort vacation, and an acoustic guitar signed by Zac Brown.

After hearing from Len Romano, President & CEO, and Program Director, Sarah Booth, who lived at The Children’s Village from age 12 through high school graduation, many of the guests extended their financial support even further by making outright donations following the live auction. Sarah is a graduate of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, and she recently completed her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling.

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Ashley Bonner, Christian City’s Director of Fund Development and Senoia resident, assists George Franco (on stage) with the live auction at the Chair-ity event. A Beretta shotgun was one of the live auction items up for bids.

LaVann Landrum, Chief Development Officer, expressed appreciation for the outpouring of support saying, “We are thankful beyond measure to the many people who have a heart for our children. From Christian City residents, staff and volunteers to supporters like Pruitt Health, Infiniti of South Atlanta, The Joy FM, and south side Rotary Clubs, this event is truly a community-wide effort to help children who have been victims of abuse and abandonment. Because of heartfelt community support, we are able to help our children to heal their wounded spirits and begin to thrive.”

The Chair-ity event took place at the Crowne Plaza in Peachtree City and featured a raffle drawing for a new Q50 car provided by Infiniti of South Atlanta. The raffle was hosted by south side Rotary Clubs and the drawing was conducted at the conclusion of the event.

The $10,000 cash option prize was presented to the raffle winner, Cynthia Bennett of Newnan. Upon receiving the check, she immediately returned a $5,000 donation to The Children’s Village at Christian City. The parents of two adopted daughters, the Bennett family has always been supportive of efforts to improve the lives of children. “One of my daughters and my mother lived in group homes as children,” Cynthia said. “Organizations like The Children’s Village at Christian City are dear to my heart, and I am happy to support their work,” she said.

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November is National Runaway Prevention Month

Annual Initiative Raises Awareness, Focuses on Solutions

Union City, Ga (Nov. 3, 2016)—The Children’s Village at Christian City, located nine miles south of Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, is helping to raise awareness of youth runaway issues, and to educate the community about solutions that help prevent youth from running away. The Children’s Village at Christian City operates a licensed Safe Place program which serves as the entry point of contact for these youth in the Metropolitan Atlanta area.

“Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away each year in the United States,” says Philip Kouns, COO of The Children’s Village. “There are youth in our community today who have either run away or are thinking of leaving home. Recognition of National Runaway Prevention Month is a way for us to bring light to this issue and to help shield the vulnerable youth in our community from the harm that can come to runaways when they are alone on the street.”

The Safe Place program is an option for young people who feel they have nowhere to turn. A national network of nearly 20,000 partnering businesses and community locations – such as fast-food restaurants, convenience stores, fire stations, public buses and libraries – display the Safe Place sign in their windows. As youth enter the designated Safe Places and ask for help, trained staff members connect them to the appropriate youth shelter for assistance.

As a licensed Safe Place program, The Children’s Village at Christian City partners with local businesses such as QuikTrip (QT) convenience stores, local fire stations and libraries, to provide immediate safety and support for runaway youth. “The cities of Atlanta, Decatur, and Union City; and the counties of DeKalb, Fulton, South Cobb, Carroll, Coweta, and Fayette are served by our program,” says Mark Andrews, Safe Place Program Director at The Children’s Village at Christian City. “We help identify, recover and reunite runaway children and their families,” Andrews says.

November’s National Runaway Prevention Month is a national initiative sponsored by the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) and the National Network for Youth (NN4Y).

About National Safe Place Network

The Safe Place program has helped more than 330,000 youth since its inception in 1983, and currently serves more than 1,400 communities across the country. It is managed by 133 youth agencies in 37 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to Safe Place sites, youth may also access immediate help via TXT 4 HELP, a text-for-support service for youth in crisis. Teens can text the word “safe” and their current location (address, city, state) to 69866 and receive a message with the closest Safe Place location and the number for the local youth shelter. Users also have the option to text interactively with a mental health professional for more help.

About The Children’s Village at Christian City

Since 1965, The Children’s Village at Christian City, located on the southwest side of Atlanta, has provided a safe haven for children who have been abandoned, abused or are otherwise homeless. Children ages 5-18 live in cottages with full-time house parents, where concentrated efforts are put forth to heal their wounded spirits and break the cycle of abuse they have endured. A warm home, healthy meals, clean clothing, quality education, necessary counseling, and a lot of loving care are provided to the children who come to the campus. Some children stay for a short time, while others spend their entire childhoods at The Children’s Village at Christian City.

About Christian City

Christian City is a non-denominational, non-profit organization established 51 years ago when the first cottage for abused and abandoned children opened on Valentine’s Day in 1965. Today, there are more than 1,000 residents living on the Christian City campus, which has grown to more than 500 acres. The campus includes The Children’s Village, four subdivisions of affordable patio homes for senior adults, four affordable apartment complexes for seniors on limited incomes, a thrift store, 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. Christian City is located in Union City, just south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. For more information, to donate or volunteer, visit www.christiancity.org or call 770-964-3301.

 

About NRS

The National Runaway Safeline, established in 1971, serves as the federally-designated national communication system for homeless and runaway youth. Recognized as the oldest hotline of its kind in the world, NRS, with the support of more than 150 volunteers, handles an average of 100,000 calls annually. NRS provides crisis intervention, referrals to local resources, and education and prevention services to youth, families and community members throughout the country 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Over 10,000 youth have been reunited with their families through the NRS Home Free program done in collaboration with Greyhound Lines, Inc. The NRS crisis hotline is 1-800-RUNAWAY. For information, visit 1800RUNAWAY.org.

About NN4Youth

The National Network for Youth, founded in 1975, is a membership organization comprised of youth-serving agencies, young people, youth workers, and youth advocates who seek to ensure that all young people can be safe and lead healthy and productive lives. The National Network focuses its work with and for youth, especially those who, because of life circumstance, disadvantage, past abuse, or prejudice, need greater opportunities and supports to become contributing members of their communities. For more information visit nn4youth.org.

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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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