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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.

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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…

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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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Volunteers Serve at The Children’s Village on MLK Day

PHOTO: To honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., employees from Georgia Power dedicated themselves to “a day on, not a day off” on MLK Day. The volunteers and some of their children arrived at The Children’s Village at 8am Monday, along with Bill Davenport, Georgia Power’s Metro South Area Manager, to help with a landscaping project.

Dozens of volunteers braved the cold weather to serve at The Children’s Village at Christian City for “A Day On, Not a Day Off” on MLK Day. A group of employees from Georgia Power joined together with the 8th Grade Transit Group from Woodstock City Church to plant shrubs in the recreation area at The Children’s Village. Julie Thames, co-owner of Flintwood Farms in Fayetteville, volunteered her time to design the landscape plan and manage preparation of the planting area. Another group stocked the food storage facility with a shipment from Midwest Food Bank.

“We are overwhelmed with the show of volunteer support on this important day of the year when we remember the great legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said Phil Kouns, COO of The Children’s Village. “The volunteer effort today saved thousands of dollars in landscaping labor for our non-profit organization; and the food room is now sufficiently stocked to serve the needs of the children who live at The Children’s Village at Christian City,” said Kouns.

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PHOTO: On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The Children’s Village house parents, children and staff helped unload six pallets of food and dry goods from Midwest Food Bank for use in the cottages at The Children’s Village. Pictured (from left): Len Romano, Christian City President/CEO; Phil Kouns, The Children’s Village COO, Bob Cover, Midwest Food Bank volunteer; and Will Garner, Midwest Food Bank Executive Director.

With help from the house parents, children and staff of The Children’s Village, Will Garner, Executive Director of Midwest Food Bank, and faithful Midwest volunteer, Bob Cover, unloaded six pallets of food and dry goods for use in the cottages at The Children’s Village. A total of 250 cases of product, including a pallet of frozen food, was delivered to the food storage facility at The Children’s Village on MLK Day.

Midwest Food Bank is a faith-based, non-denominational, non-profit food bank, based in Peachtree City, that provides food and other supplies at no cost to non-profit organizations that are helping people in need. “We are proud to partner with organizations like The Children’s Village at Christian City that are changing lives and making a positive impact on the community,” said Garner. “We are blessed to be able to help people who help people.” Midwest Food Bank routinely provides food to The Children’s Village throughout the year.

To honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., 200 employees of Georgia Power’s Metro South area dedicated themselves to “a day on, not a day off” on MLK Day. About three dozen of those volunteers arrived at The Children’s Village at 8am Monday along with Bill Davenport, Georgia Power’s Metro South Area Manager and member of the Christian City Board of Trustees. Most of the employees brought their children along to teach the value of community service to the next generation.

Group leader of the Georgia Power volunteers, Keron Davis, recalled bringing her children to volunteer alongside her in previous years. “Both of my children are in college now, and they have commented that volunteering has made a positive difference in their lives,” said Davis. “I’ve been volunteering for this MLK Day project for six years. You can see the difference you’re making at Christian City, whether you serve with the seniors in the nursing home or at The Children’s Village,” she said.

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PHOTO: Boys from the 8th Grade Transit Group from Woodstock City Church in Cherokee County, a partner church of North Point Ministries, volunteered to help with landscaping at The Children’s Village at Christian City on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The 2016 MLK Day volunteer effort included a group new to the Christian City campus. Richard Kirkwood and Rich McGraw brought the 8th Grade Transit Group from Woodstock City Church in Cherokee County, a partner church of North Point Ministries. The cold weather didn’t seem to bother the boys as they worked together to plant shrubs and spread pine straw in the recreation area under construction at The Children’s Village. “We are thankful for the opportunity to come out with the group to volunteer today. This has been a good experience for our 8th graders,” said Kirkwood.

“We appreciate the faithful community support of Christian City,” said Len Romano, CEO. “Volunteer effort and financial donations sustain us and help us to provide quality care for the youth and senior adults who live on our campus,” Romano said.

Christian City is a non-denominational, non-profit organization established 50 years ago when the first cottage for abused and abandoned children opened on Valentine’s Day in 1965. Today, there are almost 1,000 residents living on the Christian City campus, which has grown to more than 500 acres. The campus now includes The Children’s Village, four subdivisions of patio homes for senior adults, four 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 770-703-2636.

For pictures from the MLK Day activities, please visit the picture gallery.

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Owens Corning–Fairburn Donates to The Children’s Village

Photo: Leaders of Owens Corning–Fairburn present a $5,000 donation to The Children’s Village at Christian City. From left, Velma Hopper, Controller; Lisa Anderson, Human Resources Leader; Ken Maulsby, Maintenance Leader; John Power, Plant Leader; Phil Kouns, COO, The Children’s Village; Len Romano, CEO, Christian City; Frank Shriley, Operations Leader; and Beth Posey-Leonhard, Technical Leader.

The leaders of Owens Corning–Fairburn presented a check for $5,000 on behalf of the Owens Corning Foundation to support the ongoing needs of neglected, abused and abandoned children who now live safely at The Children’s Village at Christian City, a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Union City, just south of Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The Owens Corning Foundation seeks to make a significant impact in the areas of critical needs: shelter and safe, efficient housing; basic health and wellness; and educational opportunities for those in need.

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. Some are placed through State custody, others come through private placements, and some come through the Safe Place program for runaway and homeless youth. Christian City offers these children a welcoming home environment, loving house parents, and a chance to heal and grow.

“Community support is what sustains our ministries,” said Christian City President & CEO, Len Romano. “Because of the faithful dedication and generosity of individuals and companies like Owens Corning, the youth who live at The Children’s Village will continue to receive the care they need.” For more information about The Children’s Village, visit christiancity.org or call Ashley Bonner, Director of Fund Development, at 770-703-2636.

 

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Local Artists Raise Funds for The Children’s Village at 9th Annual “Chair-ity” Event

Photo: Along with Santa, 2015 Chair-ity hosts gather at the event stage at Dolce/Aberdeen Woods in Peachtree City on Dec. 3. From left: Glenn Valencia, Randy Hall, Janet Hall, Vicki Turner, Janet McGregor Dunn, Greg Dunn, Myrna Barron, Sid Barron, Dr. M.A. Jaleel, Debi Lenox, Chris Allessio, Mimi Cawood, Heidi Becker, and Sen. Marty Harbin. The 9th annual event raised more than $130,000 for The Children’s Village at Christian City.

Local artists, sponsors, hosts, community leaders, and volunteers, came together on December 3rd for the 9th Annual “Chair-ity” Event benefitting The Children’s Village at Christian City. This special event is named for the unique chairs – decorated and donated by community artists – that are included in the event’s silent auction. More than $130,000 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.

“We are grateful for the faithful community support for our kids,” said Phil Kouns, COO of The Children’s Village at Christian City. “The one-of-a-kind painted chairs donated by artists, the hours worked by the volunteers, auction items donated by businesses and individuals, and the financial support of our sponsors are so appreciated. We’re overwhelmed by the dedicated support of all those involved!” The Children’s Village also registered some new monthly donors at the event. “Monthly support is vital to the work we do,” continued Kouns. “Those committed donations sustain the quality care these children receive through our ministry at The Children’s Village.”

 

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Photo: The winner of the Rotary Raffle at the 2015 Chair-ity event was Wanda D. Shaw of Griffin, Georgia. Southside Atlanta Rotary Clubs came together to raise money for The Children’s Village by raffling a new Lexus NX 200t SUV, provided by Lexus of South Atlanta. The 9th annual Chair-ity event on Dec. 3 raised more than $100,000 for The Children’s Village at Christian City.

This year’s top sponsors included Greystone Power Corporation, Pruitt Health, RSI Vacations, Lexus of South Atlanta, Batson-Cook Construction, Nestle Purina, Communication Cabling Specialists, Dolce/Aberdeen Woods, and Jana & Len Romano.

The ninth annual Chair-ity event at The Dolce/Aberdeen Woods in Peachtree City featured hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, live jazz by the Rick Massengale Trio, and holiday shopping via a silent auction. The event also included a raffle drawing for a new SUV provided by Lexus of South Atlanta. Southside Rotary Clubs came together to raise money for The Children’s Village by raffling a Lexus NX 200t. The winner of the raffle was Wanda D. Shaw of Griffin, Georgia.

The Children’s Village at Christian City is a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Union City, just south of Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport. 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. Some are placed through State custody, others come through private placements, and some come through the Safe Place program for runaway and homeless youth. Christian City offers these children a welcoming home environment, loving house parents, and a chance to heal and grow.

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Photo: Members of Rotary Club of Atlanta Airport, Frances Kennedy (left) and Patsy Jo Hilliard, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, live jazz by the Rick Massengale Trio, and holiday shopping at the silent auction, at the 2015 Chair-ity event in Peachtree City. The 9th annual event on Dec. 3 raised more than $130,000 for The Children’s Village at Christian City.

“Community support is what sustains our ministries,” said newly named Christian City President & CEO, Len Romano, also in attendance at the event with his wife, Jana. “Because of the faithful dedication and support of all those who made this event possible, the children at The Children’s Village will continue to receive the care they need.”

For more information about The Children’s Village, visit christiancity.org or call 770-703-2636. For information about next year’s fundraising event, contact Ashley Bonner at 678-463-1093 or ashleyb@christiancity.org.

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Romano Named President/CEO of Christian City

PHOTO: Christian City Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Michael F. Johnston (left), welcomes incoming President/CEO, Leonard Romano, Sr.

Union City, Ga – Leonard Romano, Sr. was named President/CEO of Christian City on December 1, 2015. Robert Crutchfield has retired after more than 22 years leading Christian City, a conglomerate of 501(c)3 non-profit corporations located near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Mr. Romano’s 38-year career with YMCA began in his hometown of Washington, DC, when he joined the program staff while working his way through college. He advanced within the organization, serving as CEO in Connecticut and Denver prior to taking the helm at YMCA of Greater Omaha in 2011. Mr. Romano and his wife, Jana, have been married for 25 years and have two adult sons.

The Board of Trustees search committee selected Mr. Romano from among hundreds of nationwide applicants for the CEO post. “Len is uniquely qualified to assume the responsibilities of the complex and multi-disciplinary functions of Christian City in that he has great experience as well as an MBA in marketing and a Master’s of Divinity degree,” said Michael Johnston, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

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Christian City Board of Trustees Officers welcome incoming President/CEO, Leonard Romano, Sr. From left: John Umphlett, Lawton Roberts, Len Romano, Phil Hamilton, and Michael F. Johnston, Chairman.

Since 1965, Christian City has offered life services and a safe haven for children in crisis, aged 5-17, the majority of which come to The Children’s Village as 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 is also home to a full continuum of care for senior adults including multiple affordable housing options, assisted living, a nursing and rehab center, Alzheimer’s/dementia-care unit, and home health care services. Nearly 1,000 residents live on the campus today. For more information, visit www.christiancity.org, or call 770-703-2636.

 

 

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New President/CEO of Christian City Announced

Photo: Pictured at the Town Hall Meeting (from left) Michael Johnston, Chairman of the Christian City Board of Trustees, welcomes the new President/CEO, Len Romano, along with retiring President/CEO, Robert Crutchfield.

Union City – The Board of Trustees of Christian City, Inc. has announced the appointment of a new President/CEO, Len Romano, to begin service on December 1. Robert Crutchfield is retiring after serving as President/CEO of Christian City for more than 22 years.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Michael Johnston, introduced Mr. Romano to the residents of Christian City at a Sept. 30 town hall meeting held on the campus. Mr. Johnston thanked Bob Crutchfield for his service as CEO. “We are blessed to have had Bob’s dedicated servant leadership for more than two decades,” said Johnston. “He certainly lives out the Christian City motto of ‘loving people… loving people’ in a welcoming community of faith.”

Mr. Romano has been the President/CEO of YMCA of Greater Omaha since 2011. His 38-year career with YMCA began in his hometown of Washington, DC, when he joined the program staff while working his way through college. He advanced within the YMCA organization serving as CEO in Connecticut and Denver prior to taking the helm in Omaha. Mr. Romano and his wife, Jana, have been married for 25 years and have two adult sons.

The Board of Trustees search committee selected Mr. Romano from among hundreds of nationwide applicants for the CEO post. “Len is uniquely qualified to assume the responsibilities of the complex and multi-disciplinary functions of Christian City in that he has great experience as well as an MBA in business and marketing and a Master’s of Divinity degree,” said Johnston.

During the town hall meeting, Mr. Crutchfield expressed his gratitude to the residents and staff of Christian City. “While I deeply regret that I will not have more time to serve with you, I am grateful that the Lord has brought a well-qualified leader to serve Christian City. God has served us faithfully for 50 years, and we know He will continue to do so,” Crutchfield said.

Christian City is a conglomerate of 501(c)3 non-profit corporations located near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Since 1965, Christian City has offered life services and a safe haven for children in crisis, aged 5-17, the majority of which come to The Children’s Village as 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 is also home to a full continuum of care for senior adults including multiple independent housing options, assisted living, a nursing and rehab center, Alzheimer’s/dementia-care unit, and home health care services. Nearly 1,000 residents live on the campus today. For more information, visit www.christiancity.org, or call 770-703-2636.

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9th Annual Chair-ity Event to Benefit The Children’s Village at Christian City

PHOTO: Committee volunteers and Christian City staff pose with the new Lexus SUV to be raffled at the Dec. 3, 2015 Chair-ity Event benefitting The Children’s Village at Christian City. Standing, from left: Peggy Forrest, Ashley Bonner (Director of Fund Development at Christian City), Renie Cochran, Janet McGregor Dunn, Carla Waters, Vicki Turner, Angela Bean, Kelly Wurster, Janet Hall and Heidi Becker. In front, from left: Anita Libby, Yvonne Martin and Kayla Wurster.

Union City – Volunteer committee members and Christian City staff gathered recently for the 2015 “Chair-ity Event” kick-off meeting. Plans are underway for the 9th annual holiday fundraiser to take place on Thursday, December 3, from 5:30-7:30pm, at The Dolce in Peachtree City. Proceeds from the event support the abandoned, abused, and otherwise homeless children who now live safely in the cottages at The Children’s Village. Event tickets are $30 in advance, and can be purchased online at https://christiancity.org/special-events/chair-ity-event/

“Last year, this community event raised over $100,000 for our kids,” says Phil Kouns, COO of The Children’s Village. “We are very grateful to the dedicated volunteer committee members, sponsors, community leaders, artists and attendees who come together to make this event successful each year. Without the community support we receive, we could not provide the care that our kids need.”
This year’s silent auction will include donated items such as getaway trips, themed baskets, collectibles, and more. Local artists, plus the children at The Children’s Village, are already working on handcrafted, one-of-a-kind painted chairs which are always the highlight of the “Chair-ity” event. “We are looking forward to seeing the unique chairs created for the auction this year,” says Janet McGregor Dunn, 2015 Artist Chair. “We also appreciate the businesses who donate items and services to the silent auction. It is a great place to find special holiday gifts for friends and family,” says Dunn.

Evening business attire is the appropriate dress for this drop-in event, and the $30 admission ticket covers both food and drink. “We hope you’ll stop by for delicious hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, a live performance by the Peachtree Pops Jazz Ensemble, and some holiday shopping in our magical Winter Wonderland setting,” says Ashley Bonner, Director of Fund Development at Christian City.

For the first time, the Chair-ity Event will also include a raffle drawing for a new SUV provided by Lexus of South Atlanta. Southside Rotary Clubs have come together to raise money for The Children’s Village by raffling a Lexus NX 200t. Raffle tickets may be purchased now at www.rotarycares4kids.org and the drawing will take place at the Chair-ity event on December 3rd. A maximum of 3,000 tickets will be sold at $25 each or 5 for $100.

For information about sponsoring the event or donating an auction item, contact Ashley Bonner at ashleyb@christiancity.org or 678-466-1093.

To purchase tickets to the 2015 Chair-ity Event or to learn more about The Children’s Village, visit the Chair-ity event page or call 770-703-2636.

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Over $46,000 Raised for The Children’s Village at Christian City

Photo: First place in the tournament went to the RJH, Inc. foursome, from left: Sammy Craig, Roy Hill, Jr., Dave Maddox, and (not pictured) Greg Thornton with Phil Kouns, COO of The Children’s Village.

Union City – It was a great day at beautiful Eagle’s Landing Country Club in Stockbridge with over 123 golfers, 28 sponsors, and Consumer Investigator, Dale Cardwell coming together to enjoy a day of golf while helping children in need. This year’s “Golf Fore Kids” Classic raised over $46,000 to support the abandoned, abused, and neglected children who now live at The Children’s Village at Christian City.

“We are overjoyed with the record-setting amount raised this year,” said Christian City President/CEO Bob Crutchfield. “We’re grateful to Dale Cardwell and all of our sponsors and golfers. Because of the generous support we receive from events like this, our children are able to receive the loving care they deserve. We hope everyone had a great time while supporting this important ministry.”

First place went to RJH, Inc., whose foursome included: Roy Hill, Sammy Craig, Dave Maddox, and Greg Thornton (pictured at right with Phil Kouns, COO of The Children’s Village). The winners of the Church Challenge were from Elberton Christian Church – Jay Akin, Rusty Burdette, Steve Banks and Kevin Dye. To see the photo gallery from the event, please click here.

This annual fall event features a great day of golf, networking, fellowship and more. Breakfast was sponsored by Senior Helpers in Peachtree City, and a boxed lunch was provided by Shane’s Rib Shack in Peachtree City.

The Children’s Village at Christian City is a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Union City near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. 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. Christian City offers them a welcoming home environment, loving house parents, and a chance to heal and grow. For more information, visit www.christiancity.org, or call 770-703-2636.

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