Friday, October 31, 2008

Presidio Invitational Convenes on the Green to Raise Funds for Disaster Relief

PRNewswire/ -- Presidio Networked Solutions Inc., the leading provider of professional and managed services for advanced IT lifecycle solutions, announced today that Presidio's Invitational Charity Golf Tournament, held October 27, raised $5,000 for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The fund provides food, shelter, counseling services and other assistance to aid the victims of disasters affecting U.S. communities each year.

Nearly 60 participants joined Presidio, a Cisco Gold Partner and NetApp Star Partner, to hit the fairway and raise monies for the Atlanta chapter of the non-profit charity organization. The event, sponsored by NetApp and Cisco, marked Presidio's fourth annual charitable golf invitational; APC, Commvault, and Xerox also participated in the tournament, each sponsoring holes on the course to support the cause. Community Relations Officer Laurie Ann Kimbrell was on hand to accept the contribution on behalf of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross.

"We are very thankful to Presidio for its generous donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund," said Tim English, CEO of the Atlanta Red Cross. "This financial gift will help to ensure that relief services such as food, shelter and other basic necessities are available immediately to victims of disasters."

The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. An average of 91 cents of every dollar donated to the Red Cross is spent on humanitarian services and programs. The organization is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money, and blood to perform its work around the world.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Fayette County Pro Golfer Organizes Tournament for Special Needs Students

Johan Kok (right) addresses tournament participants as Chris Horton, director of the Exceptional Children’s Department of the Fayette County School System, looks on.

A former McIntosh High School of Peachtree City graduate turned professional golfer paid it forward by hosting a golf tournament to benefit special needs students in Fayette County schools.

Johan Kok, who graduated from McIntosh in 1998, organized and hosted the “Golf for Autism” tournament recently held at the Flat Creek Golf Club in Peachtree City. 72 golfers turned out to have fun and raise money for a worthy cause.

The Exceptional Children’s Department of the Fayette County School System was the primary recipient of the tournament’s funds. Secondary recipients were the ASPIRE after school program of the Joseph Sams School and the support group, Fayette ExceptionalOPS, which serves students and parents of students with special needs.

In addition to the tournament, a raffle was held and included prizes such as golf bags donated by Ernie Els, a well-known professional golfer and spokesperson for Autism Speaks. Additional sponsors included Ed Voyles Chrysler/Jeep, Georgia Shrimp Company, Bloomfield Farms/Blend Pack, J & H Southern Construction, Mark Gray Insurance, Peachtree Pain and Body, Northstar Mortgage Group, Gary G. Lawson, ExceptionalOPS, AES Cabinets, Kate’s Liquor, Bulldog Supply, Tom and Buffie Davenport, Uniglobe McIntosh Travel and Discount Golf Shop.

Kok hopes to make the tournament an annual event. He played on the professional golf tour in Europe and South Africa before returning to the United States in 2007.

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$ave Your Green on the Green at Crystal Lake Country Club with Toys for Tots

The holidays are upon us and it's time to save some green on the greens!

Grab your sticks and your tee partner and drive to Crystal Lake Country Club this November and save $10 off the published rate for each round. It's simple. Just donate a wrapped toy for the "Toys for Tots" Foundation.

Donate two or more toys for Georgia's needy children and save an additional $5 off per round. Mention the Fayette Front Page to redeem this special offer!

Crystal Lake Country Club is conveniently located just off of Exit 221 on I-75 in Hampton. Call 770-471-3233 to reserve your tee time and a smile for a child.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

March of Dimes Honors Emory Geneticist Stephen T. Warren

The March of Dimes honored Emory geneticist Stephen T. Warren, PhD, with the Champion for Babies Award at the organization's Evening of Excellence Gala Oct. 25 in Atlanta. The event celebrated the March of Dimes' 70 years of success as the nation's leading organization for pregnancy and baby health.

Warren is the William P. Timmie professor and chair of human genetics in Emory University School of Medicine. He led the international team of scientists who in 1991 discovered the gene responsible for fragile X syndrome, the leading cause of inherited mental retardation. The breakthrough has led to the development of diagnostic tests for the syndrome and its carriers as well as the identification and study of possible therapies. Warren's discoveries hold great promise for solving the mysteries of developmental delays, mental disorders and autism.

Warren and his colleagues maintain one of the largest federally funded fragile X research programs in the country. They are working to unravel the molecular mechanisms of fragile X syndrome in order to gain new insight into potential therapeutic approaches and to understand learning, behavior, reproduction and neurological phenotypes of carriers of the fragile X mutation.

The Fragile X Syndrome Center at Emory offers medical and developmental assessment for newborns to age 18, as well as genetic counseling, referrals, consultations, support groups, educational resources, access to research projects, and treatment and interventional strategies.

Along with Warren, Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle was honored for his leadership in inspiring citizens to make a difference in the lives of children through volunteer service.

"Through their passionate community service and stellar professional achievements, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and Dr. Stephen T. Warren exemplify the premise upon which the March of Dimes was founded – by working together, we can solve complex problems and make a profound impact in our community and the world," sad Gala Chair, Carolyn Blaine.

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies and in 2003 launched a campaign to address the increasing rate of premature birth.
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Americans Called to Duty on Behalf of 6,000 Soldiers Overseas

Subscriptions for Soldiers is calling on the American public to take action and support deployed U.S. service members - about 350,000 of them to date - by helping to fill more than 6,000 requests for magazine subscriptions from men and women serving overseas through

In an effort to boost morale of American troops and provide relief from stress they endure every day by providing a monthly reminder of home, Subscriptions for Soldiers was launched by in April 2008 to provide free magazines to soldiers serving overseas. In the first three weeks, the program received more than 8,000 requests for magazine subscriptions from deployed service members. Currently, more than 6,000 subscriptions need to be filled, and the organization is reaching out to the American public to meet these soldiers' wishes.

"With a $10 donation, you can let a service member know they are remembered and give them something to look forward to each month," says Jay Clarke, president and CEO of "At the heart of Subscriptions for Soldiers is a campaign to connect service members, those they serve and the life we all cherish."

With the war in the Middle East entering its seventh year, it is important to offer support to service members overseas. Depression and anxiety are common problems among soldiers serving long and multiple deployments. For active duty service members, receiving a monthly magazine can boost morale in stressful times.

"Magazines provide a source of entertainment that can be re-read and shared with others," says Kitty Pedigo, business development manager of "They give service members a small break from their everyday stress and help them stay focused on the task at hand."
Many Americans may want to give back to those serving overseas, but the time and money required to put care packages together and ship them from the post office can be challenging. "Having access to an affordable and easy resource that provides soldiers with a magazine each month makes it easier for those who want to let a service member know they are appreciated," says Clarke.

To sponsor a subscription, individuals can visit and submit a donation of $10 or more, which will be used to fill the magazine request of a soldier overseas. For more information, visit

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Fighting Three Diseases At Once

(NAPSI)-Americans seem to be all business when it comes to charity, with people in the U.S. donating more than $306 billion last year alone, according to recent numbers from the Giving USA Foundation.

Now, a new checking program from a major U.S. bank may help those numbers grow even further by making it easier for people to support the fight against three of the most common life-threatening diseases--cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

It's the type of effort experts such as Patrick M. Rooney, interim executive director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, say people are more than happy to join.

"Our research shows that people want to give back to society and make an impact on the greater community," he explains.

Called Unite. Give. Cure.™, the program lets people use a Bank of America check card to show their support for the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association. It's an extension of the popular MyExpression™ suite of banking products that enables customers to give back more and show their loyalty to their favorite charity, school, professional organization or sports team.

There are nearly 24 million Americans with diabetes and another 57 million at risk. 2008 statistics from the American Cancer Society show that approximately 11 million are living with cancer, while coronary heart disease and strokes kill approximately 870,000 Americans annually. Through the program, the bank will provide contributions to these organizations through the following methods:

• The bank will make a contribution to the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association for every new Unite. Give. Cure. checking account opened.

• The bank will make an additional contribution to each of these organizations at the anniversary of the account opening.

• Every time a customer makes a purchase using his or her Unite. Give. Cure. check card, an additional contribution will be made to each of these organizations by the bank. Certain restrictions apply including balance requirements.

For more information, visit

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Monday, October 27, 2008

HHS Celebrates Contributions to People With Disabilities

HHS today has recognized the significant achievements of five leaders in
science, education, business and entertainment during a ceremony
celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month. During the
ceremony, other honorees were also acknowledged for their role in
support of the Administration's commitment for full inclusion in the
workforce for people with disabilities. The honorees have contributed
greatly to advance the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA) and President Bush's New Freedom Initiative (NFI).

"Our 2008 award honorees represent models of what all of us, with or
without disabilities, can contribute toward removing barriers that limit
persons with disabilities' ability to participate fully in their
communities," HHS Deputy Secretary Tevi Troy said. "Their contributions
allow us all to build on all efforts that ensure our nation remains a
place of opportunity for all Americans."

Honorees awarded today include the following:

* Dr. Alim Louis Benabid, world renowned pioneering scientist and
mentor in the area of deep brain stimulation that changes the lives of
persons with Parkinson's disease, dystonia and other movement disorders,
received the International Award.
* Dr. Phyllis Magrab, educator, scholar, skilled clinician and
champion for children with disabilities, nationally and internationally,
received the Pioneer for Persons with Disabilities Award. Dr. Magrab is
with the Georgetown University Medical Center.
* Dr. Joseph Rosen, researcher, professor and noted plastic
surgeon who performs facial and body reconstructions at Walter Reed
Medical Center, received the Health/Service Provider for Persons with
Disabilities Award.
* Mr. Kyle Maynard, born with congenital amputation of all four
limbs, a champion wrestler, author, motivational speaker, advocate, and
role model, received the Persons with Disabilities Across the Lifespan
* Ms. Emily P. Kingsley, Emmy(r) award-winning writer for "Sesame
Street" and long-time advocate of kids with special needs, on the
popular children's program and beyond, received the Entertainment
Industry Award.
* Ms. Dora Ricks, HHS employee who instructs, mentors and
motivates young persons with disabilities within HHS to become employed
as productive citizens with disabilities, received the 2008 Certificate
of Appreciation.

Most Americans, regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, race, or
ethnicity will experience a disability at some time during the course of
their lives. Some individuals are born with a disability; others
acquire them through an illness, an injury, genetics, or any number of
other causes. The ADA provides greater equal opportunity protections for
all Americans. The Act allows more Americans with disabilities than ever
before greater assurances of equality of opportunity, full
participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for
Americans with disabilities of all ages.

"The Bush Administration works to provide opportunities for all
Americans, including persons with disabilities," said Margaret Giannini,
M.D., F.A.A.P., director, HHS Office on Disability. "America can be
proud of the progress made toward fulfilling the principles and meeting
the goals of the American Disabilities Act and the New Freedom

"The goals of the New Freedom Initiative are the goals of occupational
therapy -- to enable Americans to live life to its fullest," commented
Penny Moyers Cleveland, president of the American Occupational Therapy
Association. "The NFI charts a vision and provides the means to achieve
the vision of the Americans with Disabilities Act."

The NFI is a public-private effort that eliminates barriers that keep
persons with disabilities from participating fully in community life.
NFI responds to the needs of Americans by promoting the access to
resources, skill development and dignity of full and inclusive

"It is an honor for us to co-sponsor this awards program," said American
Physical Therapy Association (APTA) President R. Scott Ward, P.T., Ph.D.
"People with disabilities face significant challenges that often limit
their ability to have a reasonable level of physical activity. As
experts in the way the human body moves, physical therapists are
dedicated to helping people of all ages and abilities improve their
quality of life through achieving their highest possible level of

During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, HHS recognizes
the talents, skills, and dedication of disabled Americans who are a
vital part of our workforce. With more than 51 million people with
disabilities living in the United States, according to the U.S. Census
Bureau, HHS' 2008 honorees are among those leading our best efforts to
help those with disabilities and their families improve their own
circumstances and take more control over their lives.

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

American Cancer Society Names 2009 Relay Chairpersons

The 2009 Relay For Life will have a bright new face as it has two new Chairpersons heading up the Planning Committee this year. Nychelle Williams, Senior Community Manager of the South Atlantic Division proudly announced this week that Anne Williams and Chris Mothorpe have both agreed to serve as Co-Chairpersons of the 2009 Relay For Life. The annual event will be held on Friday, May 1, 2009 at the former Kiwanis Fairgrounds in Fayetteville.

Both of the new Chairpersons are life long residents of Fayette County. Anne Williams is employed by Piedmont Fayette Hospital as a Staffing Coordinator. Anne has served as a Relay For Life Team Captain and most recently served on the 2008 Relay Planning Committee as the Survivor Development Chairperson. Anne coordinated and organized the 2008 Survivor Dinner, which was a resounding success. Anne’s husband Ken is a cancer survivor of two years with AML leukemia.

When asked why she chose to take on this big project, Anne replied, “Everyday I see people old and young touched and consumed by this devastating disease and I want to do more. There are phone calls to make, monies to raise and we need to educate the majority of people who are not aware of the many services that the American Cancer Society provides. I know so many people that have this in their family or in their friends or in their church or school and I feel compelled daily to get up and get out and let people know what they can do to help. The next dollar we raise could go to the research that finally cures that child with cancer, so that my son's friends do not experience the loss of a parent or a sibling.”

When Chris Mothorpe was asked why he volunteered to serve as the Relay Committee Chairperson he replied, “There are two reasons I Relay, the first is that I hope that one day my children will not have to bear the burden of cancer and the second is that as a Christian I am supposed to live my life in service of others. Relay is one way I have chosen to serve others.”

Chris Mothorpe has a notable volunteer career in serving others. In 2007 he was named the Fayette County YMCA Volunteer of the Year. Chris has served as a Counselor for the YMCA, an Advisor for the Y’s Leaders Club, where teens gain significant leadership skills and knowledge. Chris helped to establish and has served as the Co-Chairperson of Friends of Fayette, a YMCA alumni association for campers and counselors. He also devotes his time to Habitat for Humanity, has served as a Team Captain for Relay for Life, and has been on the Relay Planning Committee for two years. Chris is a 2005 graduate of Georgia Tech and is pursuing a PhD in Economics at Georgia State University.

Anne and Chris are busy recruiting additional volunteers for the 2009 Relay For Life of Fayette County Planning Committee. If you are interested in joining Anne, Chris, and a host of other volunteers, please contact the American Cancer Society office at 770-631-0625, or see the web site at:
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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Special Olympics Georgia Launches Project UNIFY Initiative to Energize Youth

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA) received $60,000 in funding to support the overall outreach initiative of the organization as part of Special Olympics' new national program, Project UNIFY.

Project UNIFY is a year-long project to activate young people across the country in an effort to promote school communities where all young people are agents of change -- fostering respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics believes through sports young people can make a difference in friendships, schools and communities.

Project UNIFY promotes a cultural shift and positions Special Olympics as a leading cause among youth -- as important, not just "nice," and as relevant to each of us, not just for "them." In addition, Project UNIFY leadership activities will help develop the next generation of leaders and advocates for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

"This project is an excellent opportunity for our Programs to get directly involved in a grass-roots effort to increase the number of Special Olympics opportunities for youth with and without intellectual disabilities, while increasing the number of state-wide sustained Special Olympics partnerships with schools," said Bob Gobrecht, Special Olympics North America Managing Director. "The need for programs like the ones Special Olympics offers that encourage positive school climates with safe and nurturing environments for all students is clear, especially in light of how inappropriate and discriminatory words and actions are becoming more and more common in our society."

Special Olympics Programs throughout the United States were invited to apply for funds to implement Project UNIFY activities that meet the initiative's objectives through a competitive grant process. Special Olympics Georgia will use their funding to support the Young Athletes, Get Into It, Unified and Traditional sports programs.

All of these initiatives will attract children and adults with intellectual disabilities into the Special Olympics program. "Our goal is to make all eligible individuals aware of the many year-round ways to get involved in our sports training and competition programs throughout the state," said SOGA CEO Georgia Milton-Sheats.

Project UNIFY was made possible by $4.4 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Education pursuant to fiscal 2008 appropriations under the authority of HR5131, "The Special Olympics Sport and Empowerment Act," and the "Individuals with Disabilities Education Act" which Special Olympics International received in June 2008.

To kick off Project UNIFY, 17 young people from across the country, aged 14-20, with and without intellectual disabilities, assembled in Washington, D.C., on 18-20 September for the first meeting of Project UNIFY's Youth Advisory Committee (YAC). The committee met during the Department of Education's 2008 Global Summit on Education, the theme of which was "Inclusive Practices for Students with Disabilities."

In addition to forming the Youth Advisory Committee, other overall Project UNIFY goals include promoting the Special Olympics "R-word" campaign, implementing a U.S. Special Olympics grant process for local Special Olympics Programs, hosting a Global Youth Congress as part of the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games, and participating in national forums and conferences on intellectual disabilities and education.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

NASCAR Stars Kasey Kahne and Elliott Sadler Team-Up to Benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities(R) (RMHC(R)) and Support Families in Need

PRNewswire/ -- Today, NASCAR drivers Kasey Kahne and Elliott Sadler, of Gillett Evernham Motorsports, combined efforts to help raise awareness for Ronald McDonald House Charities(R) (RMHC(R)), benefitting programs to support children and families in need around the world.

"Ronald McDonald House Charities relies heavily on the generous support of individuals like Kasey Kahne and Elliott Sadler, to help further its mission to improve the health and well-being of children in need," said Marty Coyne, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities. "Both of these gentlemen set a great example of how individuals can make a difference. During these tough economic times, it's especially important that we volunteer and give back any way we can, both in our local communities and around the globe."

Kasey Kahne, founder of the Kasey Kahne Foundation, donated $150,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities to support its three core programs: Ronald McDonald House(R), Ronald McDonald Family Room(R) and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile(R). Kahne is a long-time supporter of RMHC, donating $500,000 to date.

"For me, it was an easy decision to make this donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities and support such a great cause," said Kasey Kahne, NASCAR driver and long-time supporter of RMHC. "The Kasey Kahne Foundation and RMHC share a similar mission to help support chronically ill children and their families. Whether it's volunteering time or money, we can all make a difference to those who need it most."

In addition to Kahne's donation, Elliott Sadler announced he will drive an RMHC-themed race car this weekend, during the Sprint Cup Series race in Atlanta, to help raise awareness for the Charity and World Children's Day(R) at McDonald's(R) -- the company's largest annual fundraiser for RMHC.

The race car will also feature a special tribute to Paul Newman -- famous philanthropist, race car enthusiast and long-time supporter of the Charity. The No. 19 Ronald McDonald House Charities Dodge will run "Thank You Paul Newman 1925 - 2008" on the rear panel of the race car. Since 1982, Paul Newman and the Newman's Own Foundation have given over $250 million to thousands of educational and charitable purposes worldwide.

"I'm honored to drive my No. 19 Dodge with an RMHC paint scheme this weekend," said Elliott Sadler, NASCAR driver and RMHC supporter. "I'm also proud to work with McDonald's to help kick-off World Children's Day and raise awareness for RMHC -- both on and off the track."

4-H’ers Treat Elderly to Fall Festival

Instead of heading home after school to get ready to trick-or-treat, Bacon County 4-H’ers will go to the Twin Oaks Nursing Home in Alma, Ga., to hand out treats and good times.

Every year, 4-H’ers run the home’s fall festival – a project that is one of many the students do to help the town’s elderly residents.

“I feel like it’s so important to teach our young people to give back to the community,” said Ann Wildes, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H agent in Bacon County. “If you don’t give them the opportunity to give back to make their community better, they’re not going to know how to or where to give back. And we all have the responsibility of serving others and striving to make our communities a better place to live and grow.”

Seven years ago, nursing home staff asked Wildes to help with the festival. The next year, her 4-H’ers planned it, secured prizes, served as escorts, took photographs, worked the booths and cleaned up afterwards.

No resident is left out. Each one who participates receives a prize at each booth. Whether it’s a diet soda, stuffed animal, necklace, chips, plastic clapping hands or a crazy hat, the prizes are safe and fun. The 4-H’ers work closely with the home’s staff to make sure they are.

“The 4-H’ers who help out at this event volunteer to come. They learn the importance of commitment to a project,” Wildes said. “(They learn) the elderly are not to be feared or shunned, and they have a responsibility to bring joy and fun into the lives of the elderly.”

Georgia’s state 4-H leader Bo Ryles says programs that connect young people and the elderly enhance life for both groups.

“Bacon County 4-H’ers’ work with the elderly is outstanding,” Ryles said. “This is just one of many ways 4-H programs give back to their communities across the state.”

Working with the elderly isn’t for every 4-H’er, Wildes said, but some children have a gift for it.

“At one time, we had a young man who didn’t participate in anything but going to the nursing home,” she said. “That was his moment that just shined.”

At first, she said, going to the nursing home was hard for her. She now teaches her students to give back to the community’s seniors.

“They are the ones who have gone before us,” she said. “They have so much wisdom. There is a lot we can learn from them. If we will only take the time and give of ourselves, then we will be the ones blessed.”

The students do more than just the festival. Each month, they hold a bingo game at the Sun City Retirement Home. Wildes started the Sun City game 25 years ago when she was a high school teacher. She continued it when she became the county’s UGA Extension agent 10 years ago.

Wildes uses the game to teach responsibility. To help, students must commit to go to the nursing home every month. One student and her mother did more than just bingo. They bought groceries and cleaned house for a resident who was hospitalized.

The 4-H’ers organize a beauty pageant for elderly residents on Valentine’s Day, an Easter celebration and classes at the local senior center, too.

“To me there’s just a unique connection between the elderly and children, something my age group doesn’t have with them,” Wildes said. “They just have a special relationship. The elderly love it, love it, love it when the children come to visit.”

Wildes wants the students to realize that they will grow old one day, too.

“If you expect someone to come visit you, send you a card, give a gift, you need to be modeling that for the children coming behind you,” she said. “I think our elderly people should never, ever be forgotten.”

By Stephanie Schupska

Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Southern Crescent Chorale Benefit Concert

Fayette County High School Chorus
Georgia Young Men’s Ensemble
Gwinnett Choral Guild

Saturday, November 1, 2008 · 7:00 p.m.
Harp’s Crossing Baptist Church
1183 Hwy. 92 South
Fayetteville, GA

Donations requested to benefit Fayette Youth Protection Homes

For Information: 770-716-1231

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Wendy's Kicks Off Its Annual Halloween Coupon Program Benefiting the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

PRNewswire/ -- Kids' trick-or-treat bags will be filled with more than just sticky sweet candy this year, some may get a coupon for a free Wendy's Jr. Frosty and help another kid find a home.

Since 1992, the Wendy's Halloween Coupon Program fundraiser has generated millions of dollars for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, supporting the Foundation's mission to move children out of foster care into forever families.

In 2007, the coupon program raised approximately $1.6 million for foster care adoption throughout the United States and Canada.

"Not only does the coupon program generate national awareness for the Foundation, but the support it provides has been extraordinary," said Rita Soronen, executive director of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. "Initiatives like the Halloween program provide the resources for the Foundation to continue to ensure that every child has the opportunity to grow and thrive in a loving and permanent home."

Wendy's customers are encouraged to purchase the booklets as an alternative to passing out candy on during trick or treat festivities. One- dollar booklets can be purchased at a number of Wendy's restaurant locations nationwide.

"Our Wendy's restaurants really get behind the Halloween coupon program. It is a great way to give back to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and keep my dad's legacy alive with our customers," said Wendy Thomas Morse, Thomas 5 Limited. "Giving kids a Wendy's Jr. Frosty for trick or treat is fun and supports adoption -- it doesn't get any easier than that!"

Booklet sales for the Halloween Coupon Program conclude on October 31, 2008. The coupons may be redeemed November 1, 2008 through February 1, 2009. For more information, visit or .

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Cattle Barons’ Ball in the Pink

Guests at the 2008 Cattle Barons’ Ball on Saturday, Nov. 8, will be tickled pink by this year’s Champagne and Diamonds game, which offers the chance to win a stunning necklace valued at nearly $5,000.

The necklace, donated by Mucklow’s Fine Jewelry in Peachtree City and designed by Robert Mucklow’s friend, designer David B., features a pear-shaped pink sapphire weighing 1.42 carats that is surrounded by 18 round diamonds. The sapphire dangles from an 18-carat, 16-inch, white gold, woven chain adorned with 16 additional round diamonds set in interlocking moving bezels. (The total diamond weight is .80 carats.)
Only 120 guests will have the opportunity to buy a $50 chance to win the sapphire and diamond necklace. Each chance comes with a souvenir glass of pink champagne.
The annual Western-style ball, to be held at Canongate at Whitewater Creek Country Club in Fayetteville, features food, music, dancing, a silent auction, games and more. All proceeds from the event go toward supporting the local programs of the American Cancer Society, including research, education and advocacy. In the last five years, the ball has raised more than $800,000 for the ACS. The ball is open to anyone interested in supporting this worthy cause.
For more information or to buy tickets to the 2008 Cattle Barons’ Ball Fayette County, visit the ACS office at 301 Kelly Drive, Peachtree City, GA 30269; call 770-631-0625 (phone); or, visit Tickets can also be purchased at Boulignini Shoes & Accessories, Katie’s Liquor, Beer & Fine Wine and Mucklow’s Fine Jewelry in Peachtree City.
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Saturday, October 18, 2008

10 Year Old Zack Bonner Walking 280 Miles For Homeless

Zach Bonner joined dozens of friends and family Friday morning to stomp out one of the state's most recent growing statistics: homelessness. Bonner's goal is to raise awareness and $35,000 to help shelter at least one family. And he's not stopping until he's reached his goal. Friday, Bonner will begin a 30-day walk to raise $35,000 for those in need by walking from Tallahassee to Atlanta. It's the second straight year Bonner has walked more than 200 miles to raise awareness of homeless kids. Last year, Bonner walked from Tampa to Tallahassee.

"A lot of people look at it as too big of a problem to solve, but I think if we just take one kid at a time, and help just one kid at a time, we can solve the problem," said Zach.

Helping others is nothing new for Bonner. Despite his young age, he's already volunteered more than 2,000 hours. He's also started his own non-profit foundation called the Little Red Wagon Foundation, and he's donated money and items to the victims of Hurricanes Charley and Katrina.

"I think it's just something in him. I think he was just born with it. Different people have different talents and I think this [helping others] is just his talent," said Zach's mom Laurie Bonner.

Zach says he hopes to walk about 10 miles a day and will spend each night in an RV donated by Lazy Days RV Center in Seffner, Florida. You can follow Zach's progress during his walk by clicking his ZACKTRACKER Zach expects to arrive in Atlanta on November 17th, which is also his birthday."You can't really practice too much. I mean, there's no way you're gonna be able to do 280 miles and not get tired," said Bonner.

Zach, his mom Laurie Bonner, and his friend Dylan Danforth pushed forward. "It's really rewarding 'cause you get a really good feeling whenever you know that you can help somebody else," said Bonner. Those words from a 10-year-old, who has a keen sense of direction... at least when it comes to helping others. "At least we can call somebody and tell them to look it up on our website and tell us where we are," said Bonner.

In case you're wondering how this 10-year-old is able to ditch classes for several weeks, he said he's enrolled in a virtual school that allows him to take classes online and on the road.

You Go Zack !!!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Holiday Cheer Uncorked to Benefit Georgia's Foster Children

PRNewswire/ -- A crowd of over 150 toasted Angels Over Forsyth, a charity that provides winter clothing and Christmas toys for children in foster care throughout Georgia. Through participation in the wine tasting and raffle ticket sales, the revelry generated $5,735 for the worthy local cause. Sponsored by the Venza Group and hosted by Music for Charities, attendees of the wine tasting/fundraiser enjoyed free hors d'oeuvres and live jazz music from renowned saxophonist Jeff Andrew Simpson and his trio. The indoor/outdoor splendor of the Sage Woodfire Tavern's Garden Room allowed party-goers to take full advantage of the delicious early-October air.

Throughout the evening raffle tickets were drawn. The lucky winners were awarded a wide range of prizes, such as hand-delivered breakfast baskets, designer clothing, hand-crafted jewelry, massage therapy, and a weekend stay at the Escape to Blue Ridge cabin retreat of North Georgia.

Carol Walters, Angels Over Forsyth founder, said the following about her collaboration with the Venza Group and Music for Charities: "I am so excited to have worked with such a great group of folks! I still pinch myself to see if it was so!"

The Venza Group threw the party to celebrate their recent re-branding and relocation to the Colony Park office complex in Alpharetta, Georgia. The Venza Group Team consists of courseware developers, instructional designers, and graphic designers. They serve mid to large organizations through the development of custom training materials.

Community involvement is a central part of the Venza Group's vision. With an authentic commitment to community-wide compassion, the Venza Group frequently contributes to Music for Charities events to benefit organizations including but not limited to Angels Over Forsyth.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Stronger Together: The Mohawk Group Supports Breast Cancer Awareness with T-Shirts Designed by Todd Oldham, Proceeds to Benefit Susan G. Komen

PRNewswire/ -- Extending its collaboration with top American designer Todd Oldham beyond carpet design, The Mohawk Group, the commercial carpeting division of Mohawk Industries, announces the launch of a T-shirt campaign in support of breast cancer awareness. Designed by Oldham, the T-shirts will be sold as a "must have" fashion accessory to help spread hope and empower customers to support the fight against breast cancer - a disease that affects one in eight women in their lifetime, and that more than 200,000 men and women will be diagnosed with this year. All proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and advocates, and longtime partner of The Mohawk Group.

The tri-blend track T-shirts now available for sale in a variety of women's sizes on The Mohawk Group's Komen-dedicated Web site,, are offered in three design styles - Big Hearts, Big K, and Striped K - for $20 per T-shirt while supplies last.

Lasting Partnerships, Measurable Results

Along with the T-shirts, The Mohawk Group will continue to donate 25 cents for every yard of carpet specified with the Karastan and Durkan brands to Komen for the Cure. Through this "Specify for the Cure" program, The Mohawk Group pledges ongoing support to Komen for the Cure with corporate donations and additional contributions based on the carpet their customers' specify for their projects. Since the program's inception in 2001, the Company and its customers have contributed more than $3 million to innovative, life-saving research and community-based outreach.

This initiative marks the next in a series of collaborations between Durkan, a brand of The Mohawk Group, and Oldham. Last spring at HD Expo and Conference (HD Expo), the pair unveiled TODD (Todd Oldham Designs Durkan), a series of versatile collections of floor coverings that provide practical solutions to any hospitality setting.

For more information about supporting The Mohawk Group's efforts to help in the fight against breast cancer or to order a T-shirt, please visit In the future, The Mohawk Group plans to introduce additional products to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure on its Web site.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Georgia Shakespeare invites you to Tie one on with Melissa Carter from All the Hits Q100!

Tie On On for Melissa

A benefit supporting the Melissa Carter Transplant Fund of Piedmont Hospital

Melissa Carter from Q100's The Bert Show &
Georgia Shakespeare are proud to host the 2nd annual
"Tie One On for Melissa"

A charitable event benefiting the Melissa Carter Transplant Fund of Piedmont Hospital.

All proceeds from this event will go to support Piedmont's Transplant Services in the areas of education and training for nurses and transplant staff; and provide support for patients who need financial assistance. The event will consist of a silent auction, a performance of Georgia Shakespeare's Antigone and a post show reception with live music by The Langston Chronicles.

To purchase tickets call 404.504.3422

Ticket Price:
$100 Orchestra Seats
$50 Balcony Seats

Monday, October 13, 2008

Noah's Ark is in Crisis

The national financial crisis has hit us hard - our donations have all but stopped coming in -and we still have over 1,200 mouths to feed! We are the only family these animals have - and your support makes what we do possible.

Please, if you can, make a donation today. NO GIFT IS TOO SMALL. Every gift makes a difference, whether it be $5.00 or $500.00!

You've given in the past, and we are grateful - and we hope that we can count on you now.

Please take a moment to give so that we can continue to provide for these wonderful animals!

Bless you and thank you.

Jama Hedgecoth and the
Noah's Ark Family
Noah's Ark
712 LG Griffin Road,
Locust Grove, GA 30248

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Dr. James W. Dyer, Jr. Founder of Southwest Christian Care Dies

Photo: Dr. James W. Dyer, Jr. (left) Byron F. Harper, Jr., M.D. (right)

Dr. James W. Dyer, Jr., minister emeritus of Southwest Christian Church, East Point, Georgia and founder of Southwest Christian Care in Union City, Georgia passed away Wednesday, October 1, 2008. As a youth in Atlanta Jim received inspiration to begin the Hospice program from visits to a Catholic home for the terminally ill. Dr. James W. Dyer, Jr. and the late Byron F. Harper, Jr., M.D. were friends since childhood. Jim and Byron were the dreamers and visionaries behind the initial concept of the Southwest Christian Care ministries. In 1983 Jim and Byron’s dream of Hospice became a reality as Southwest Christian Hospice opened its doors as the first free-standing hospice in the state of Georgia. Jim is often quoted regarding the mission of Hospice, “To me, it’s the church being the church. It’s caring for people – not for profit, not for honor – but, for our love of them and our love of God.” Jim’s vision and heart for hurting people serves as the foundation upon which the Hospice ministry was built.

Jim’s dream of providing Hospice services at no charge to the patients or their families has continued for 25 years now. The dream continued to expand as the need for respite care for children with special needs was realized. In 2002 a one-of-a-kind Hope House Children’s Respite Center opened its doors serving the special needs community again at no charge to the families of these children.

In 2007 Byron and Jim’s friendship served as the catalyst for the development of Southwest Christian Care DayBreak Ministry – A Day Program for Seniors. The DayBreak program offers an environment structured to meet the fellowship needs of senior adults with varying degrees of memory loss, while other crave companionship and usefulness and a place full of friendly caring faces. In August 2008 a capital campaign began to build a facility to house the DayBreak Ministry called “Byron & Jim’s Place”. Both of these men have left a lasting legacy and have made a difference in the lives of a number of individuals and in the community. Jim and Byron will both be greatly missed.

Jim has served on Southwest Christian Care Board of Directors and the Advisory Board. In 1993 he received the Servant Leadership Award.

Jim is survived in death by his wife Wilma Dyer of Union City; by his daughters and sons-in-law Kathy and Bob Every of Macau, China; Peggy and Doug McNash of Smyrna; and Paula and Bryce Crawford of Peachtree City; by his six grandchildren Stefanie and Chris Coleman and Brady Every; James and Hayley McNash; Jordan and Ross Crawford; by his step daughters and their husbands, Beth and Rick Harper of Fayetteville and Grace and Perry Sisk of Tyrone; by his step-grandchildren, Ethan, Tyler, and Morgan Sisk and Garrett, Donovan, and Grayson Harper; by his brother and sister-in-law Gene P. and Martha Dyer of Union City; by his brother-in-law and wife, James and Virginia Aldridge of Union City; by his sister-in-laws Ruth Hewitt of Rome, Georgia and Jeffie Elton of Aransas Pass, Texas; and by numerous nephews and nieces.
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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

The Chrysler Foundation Donates $100,000 to the National Infantry Foundation for National Capital Campaign

PRNewswire/ -- The Chrysler Foundation announced today that it donated $100,000 to the National Infantry Foundation, Inc., in support of its capital campaign to construct the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Patriot Park in Columbus, Ga.

"The Chrysler Foundation is proud to support the National Infantry Foundation as it works to commemorate the extensive history of the Infantry," said Bob Nardelli, Chairman and CEO - Chrysler LLC. "Chrysler has a proud history of supporting the U.S. military, and we are pleased to support this project as part of our 'Honoring Those Who Serve' initiative. This museum and memorial will stand as a reminder of the courage and sacrifice of the Infantry, which has enabled us to enjoy the freedom, the opportunities and the comforts of living in this great nation."

The project is located on a 200-acre site that links Columbus, Ga., and Fort Benning, the Home of the Infantry. It features a 180,000-square-foot museum, six galleries that represent different eras in the Infantry's history, a 2,500-seat stadium for weekly graduations of Infantry Basic Trainees and a 3-D IMAX(R) theatre.

We're proud to have this level of support from one of the nation's leading automotive companies," National Infantry Foundation President MG (Ret.) Jerry White said. "Chrysler and the Infantry have been partners throughout our long history. They have been an essential part of the successes we have enjoyed on battlefields around the world. With this gift they still stand by us today."

The gift continues the Foundation's commitment to our nation's military as part of Chrysler LLC's "Honoring Those Who Serve" military support initiative. Previous recipients of gifts from The Chrysler Foundation include The Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation, Operation Gratitude and the Freedom Calls Foundation.

Cbeyond Continues to Serve Atlanta Community Through Volunteerism

BUSINESS WIRE --Committed to serving the local community through volunteerism, Cbeyond®, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBEY), a leading IP-based managed services provider, participated in Hands On Atlanta Day 2008, for the fourth consecutive year. More than 150 Cbeyond employees donated over 437 volunteer hours during the annual day of service, which was held Saturday, October 4, 2008.

“Community service is a core value at Cbeyond,” said Jim Geiger, chairman and CEO of Cbeyond. “We are committed to serving the communities where we live and work, and are proud to make a real impact through days of service such as Hands On Atlanta Day 2008.”

With more than 200 volunteer projects taking place citywide, Cbeyond employees chose to make an impact at three specific projects near their homes and neighborhoods. Employees volunteered at the Joseph B. Whitehead YMCA near Washington Park, the Atlanta Union Mission-Shepherd’s Inn in downtown Atlanta and Belmont Hills Elementary in Smyrna. Projects included: building benches and planters, landscaping, cleaning and painting facilities, and providing meal service.

“Each year, the thousands of volunteers who unite to support Hands On Atlanta show what we can achieve when we work together,” said Michael Rosenzweig, president of Hands On Atlanta. “At Hands On Atlanta Day as well as many other volunteer service events, Cbeyond employees have played an instrumental role in addressing community needs and helping to build a better metro Atlanta.”

Cbeyond has made a commitment to make a positive impact in the communities it serves through its community service program Cbeyond Community Connections™. Employees receive paid time-off to volunteer, and have the opportunity to participate in coordinated volunteer service projects or volunteer with an organization of personal interest.

In addition to volunteer service projects, Cbeyond employees give back through non-profit board service. More than 60 percent of Cbeyond’s executive team members serve as board directors of non-profit organizations.

In 2006, Cbeyond was awarded the 2006 Presidential Volunteer Service Award for its commitment to volunteer service. To date, the company has completed more than 175 volunteer projects and donated more than 16,790 volunteer hours.

For more information on Cbeyond’s Community Connections Program visit

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Monday, October 06, 2008

The Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation Hosts 3rd Annual Fundraiser Benefiting Metro Atlanta Charities

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation officially turns "three" this week, and the NFL enters its fifth week of regular season play, there are lots of reasons to celebrate. The Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation will host a football-themed dinner fundraiser, the Super Seattle Steakout Benefit Bash, on Sunday, October 19, 2008, at Stoney River Legendary Steaks in Duluth. Attendees of the event will join fellow fans on a night out at one of Atlanta's premiere steak houses for mouth-watering steaks, delicious drinks and football. Attendees can bid on authentic NFL football gear -- jerseys, helmets, footballs -- and other unique items, while catching the Seattle Seahawks as they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; all to benefit children in need in Georgia through the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation.

One lucky attendee will even have the opportunity to win a 52" SHARP HDTV AQUOS LCD TV, courtesy of Aaron's Sales and Lease.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Atlanta-based charities through the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation. The following four charities have received annual partnership grants from the Foundation: Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, Camp Twin Lakes, Gwinnett Children's Shelter, and Special Olympics Georgia--the Foundation's signature charity; this year's grant cycle will take place in late October. For more information on tickets, or reserving a table, please call the Foundation Office at 404-556-3833, or log on to:

In addition to the event mentioned above, the Foundation has several programs and projects planned for the remainder of 2008, including the following: an in-hospital "Holiday Shop" for patients at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta in December, the third annual kickoff of the Jim Mora Flag Football League in select local Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, the Count On Me in Year Three Community Donation Tour, the launch of the Count On Me in Year Three donor campaign, a holiday contest for local community coaches, and more! For more information, please log on to

The Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation, the charitable foundation of Seattle Seahawks Assistant Head Coach Jim Mora and wife, Shannon, supports children in need in Georgia and Washington. The Count On Me Family Foundation has granted over a half of a million dollars to 21 charitable organizations over the past three years. Created in October 2005, the Count On Me Family Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization which supports children in need, primarily in three target areas: children from low socio-economic backgrounds, mentally and physically-challenged children, and children at-risk. The Foundation affords children the opportunity to realize their potential and dreams by assisting organizations which help to create more stability in their lives, supporting advocacy for children, and supporting channels that empower children to have a voice and support their well-being. For additional information on how to apply for a grant or to learn more about the Foundation, please visit the Foundation website at:

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Get Ready for the Holidays with Greek Appetizers and Baklava!

St. Christopher’s Hellenic Orthodox Church Philoptochos Society will be having their annual Greek Appetizers and Baklava sale just in time for your holiday entertaining. They will be offering Spanakopita (a filo pastry filled with spinach, feta and onions) and Tiropita’s (a filo pastry filled with cheeses and herbs) for $10.00 per dozen and Baklava (a filo and nut filled sweet pastry) for $18.00 per dozen. The pita’s are already prepared and frozen, all you have to do is pop them in the oven for 20 minutes and you have a flaky, warm delicious appetizer for your friends and family to enjoy. Having these tasty appetizers in the freezer and the baklava will save you time during the busy Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Order deadline is October 29th and pickup dates are November 14th from 3 -6 pm and November 15th from 9am – 12 pm at St. Christopher’s Hellenic Orthodox Church at 313 Dividend Drive, Peachtree City.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will be used for the charities that Philoptochos supports, such as Fayette County DFACS, Fayette Samaritans, and St. John the Wonderworker Loaves and Fishes program in Atlanta, International Orthodox Christian Charities, St. Basils Academy in Garrison NY and the Children’ Medical Fund, just to name a few.

To order please see our website at or or call 770-486-6580. We thank you for your support!

Friday, October 03, 2008

10th Annual Atlanta Thrashers Foundation Golf Outing To Be Held Monday, Oct. 6 at Hamilton Mill Golf Club in Dacula

The 10th Annual Atlanta Thrashers Foundation Golf Outing will be held on Monday, Oct. 6 at Hamilton Mill Golf Club in Dacula, Ga. Participants in the event, which benefits the Atlanta Thrashers Foundation, will be grouped with a Thrashers player, coach or executive for the five-person scramble tournament. After the tournament, a dinner and a special awards presentation will be hosted by Thrashers Radio Play-by-Play Announcer Dan Kamal and SportSouth/Thrashers Television Analyst Darren Eliot.

Platinum partners for the event include: Philips, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, FastSigns of Buckhead, The Home Depot, United Distributors, UPS and Phase 3 Media.

Last season’s tournament raised more than $150,000 for the Atlanta Thrashers Foundation. The Foundation strives to make a difference in the community by promoting education, health and hockey initiatives dedicated to improving the quality of life of Georgia's children.

What: Atlanta Thrashers 10th Annual Golf Tournament
Who: Atlanta Thrashers players, coaches, executives and special guests.
When: Monday, October 6 at 10:30 a.m. - Shotgun Start
Where: Hamilton Mill Golf Club, 1995 Hamilton Mill Parkway, Dacula, GA 30019

Directions: From downtown, follow Interstate 85 North to Exit 120 (Hamilton Mill Parkway). Travel east on Hamilton Mill Parkway for approximately 1.5 miles and turn left to enter the Club.

Note: Media interested in covering the event must R.S.V.P. to Rob Tillotson to ensure access to the golf club (404-878-3234 or

The Thrashers open their 2008-09 Regular-Season schedule on Friday, Oct. 10 at Philips Arena against the Washington Capitals at 7:30 p.m. Season Tickets for the Atlanta Thrashers start at $10 per game and are available for the 2008-09 season by calling (866) 715-1500 or visiting Individual tickets can be purchased by visiting, calling (800) 326-4000, or by visiting the Philips Arena Box Office or any Ticketmaster Ticket Outlet.
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Thursday, October 02, 2008

30,000 UPS Volunteers to Deliver Community Support

(BUSINESS WIRE)--UPS employees across the globe are rolling up their brown sleeves to do a lot more than deliver packages in October. Throughout the month, UPS employees will participate in the company’s Global Volunteer Month, giving their time, talents and hands-on support to charitable organizations in their local communities.

Since 2003, UPS has designated a week in October as Global Volunteer Week. This year, the week has been extended to a full month to enable more employees to participate. The volunteer efforts will take place across the globe with UPS employees participating in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

Since the program began, the number of employee volunteers has grown from 1,000 in 2003 to more than 30,000 expected to participate worldwide this year.

“UPS employees are encouraged to volunteer throughout the year, but during Global Volunteer Month there is a concentrated effort to engage as many volunteers as possible,” said Lisa Hamilton, president of The UPS Foundation. “If you can get a person to come out just once and volunteer, they will experience first-hand the powers of giving back and then you’ve helped create a volunteer for life.”

UPS employees can choose their own volunteer projects to support in addition to those set up by designated UPS team leaders. The activities set up by team leaders can range from handing out food at food banks to landscaping for daycare centers and schools to reading with children.

“This year we are emphasizing environmental efforts,” Hamilton added. “We are encouraging employees to participate in projects such as litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling and landscape beautification. The most effective environmental project within each UPS region also will be recognized with a $10,000 grant to an environmental cause in that region.”

UPS’s Global Volunteer Month is one of the many examples of the company’s long-standing commitment to volunteerism. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen. Whether through involvement with United Way, The UPS Foundation or volunteerism, UPS provides assistance to programs that address social and community issues including education, poverty, homelessness, hunger, illness and unemployment.

Founded in 1951 and based in Atlanta, The UPS Foundation’s major initiatives include programs that support increased global volunteerism, literacy and hunger relief. The UPS Foundation pursues these initiatives by identifying specific projects where its support can help produce a measurable social impact. In 2007, The UPS Foundation donated more than $46 million to charitable organizations worldwide. Visit for more information about UPS's community involvement.

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Helping Hands Clean Up Creek Beds and Banks

PRNewswire/ -- Employees of Georgia Electric Membership Corp. (EMC), Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp. will join forces on Saturday, Oct. 4 to lend support and considerable "sweat equity" during Hands on Atlanta (HOA) Day.

More than 140 employees, friends and family members will gather at Mason Mill Park near Toco Hills to clean up the banks and surrounding areas of Burnt Fork Creek. The community service effort will benefit the Rivers Alive project, Georgia's annual volunteer waterway cleanup event. Last year, volunteers collected a ton of trash -- literally, one metric ton -- during the three-hour project.

Hands On Atlanta Day has become the largest centralized day of service in the nation and serves as a catalyst for corporate community service within Hands On Georgia (HOGA) Week, an initiative launched by Gov. Sonny Perdue in 2004. This year, HOGA Week projects will take place in all 159 counties in the state. Last year, more than 68,000 Georgians participated in service projects across the state during HOGA Week.

The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia's water resources. Sponsored by the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources; Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Program and Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs' Keep Georgia Beautiful Program, in cooperation with "Help the Hooch," Rivers Alive is a statewide event that targets cleanups across all waterways in Georgia.

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Call For Nominations for Community Health Leaders

(NAPSI)-Do you know someone committed to tackling the toughest health problems in the community? If so, you can nominate your unsung local leader for the Community Health Leaders (CHL) Award. The award recognizes outstanding individuals who overcome great obstacles to improve local health and health care services.

Community Health Leaders work to improve health conditions in various ways--fighting for better treatment of migrant workers, battling for free language assistance services at hospitals, providing diapers to needy families and much more. Every day, Americans are stepping up to meet the health challenges in their communities with innovative approaches.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation established the Community Health Leaders Award in 1993. Today, there are more than 150 leaders in 45 states and Puerto Rico who work at the community and neighborhood levels to address some of the most difficult health and health care problems in the nation. Every year, the Community Health Leaders Award celebrates the work of 10 extraordinary men and women with national recognition and $125,000 each to support their continued efforts.

Nominations typically are accepted from September through the first week of November annually. To learn more, including how to nominate someone for the award, visit

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Fletcher Martin Helps Warrick Dunn Give Back

PRNewswire/ -- Fletcher Martin, the fully-integrated marketing communications agency, has teamed up with former Atlanta Falcon, Warrick Dunn, to raise money to support Atlantans in need.

The agency is handling publicity, advertising, print collateral design including signage, invitations, the program and more for the upcoming Sixth Annual Warrick Dunn Foundation Gala October 13 at the Westin in Buckhead at 7 p.m. where Dunn will be joined by former and current NFL teammates and friends in Atlanta for a star-studded night with one goal in mind -- raise money for this worthy cause while having a night to remember.

"Warrick Dunn continues to be an inspiration to people in Atlanta and all over the country," said Andy Fletcher, President and CEO of Fletcher Martin. "We look forward to continuing to help him bring joy, hope and help to economically disadvantaged single-parent households in our community."

"Despite Warrick's move from the Atlanta Falcons to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers there is still a need for the Foundation's assistance in Georgia," said Natalie Boe, Warrick Dunn Foundation Executive Director. "We look forward to continuing our support of the greater Atlanta area."

Dunn started Homes for the Holidays in 1997 as a tribute to his mother, a Baton Rouge police officer, who was killed in the line of duty. As a single mother of six, she worked tirelessly to achieve the American dream of owning her own home, however, she was never able to realize that dream. Through Homes for the Holidays, Dunn has been able to honor her memory. To date, the program has assisted 78 single parents and 205 children and dependents to achieve first-time homeownership in Tampa and Tallahassee, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga. and Dunn's hometown of Baton Rouge, La.

The event is open to the public and will include live musical performances, a live and silent auction (including Super Bowl XLIII package), Macy's Fashion Extravaganza and much more. Event sponsors include Aaron's Sales and Lease, Macy's, The Pepsi Bottling Group, Grey Goose, 7 For All Mankind, Peachtree TV, V-103 The People's Station and 92.9 davefm, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For additional information and to purchase tickets visit .

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Americans Called to Duty on Behalf of 6,000 Soldiers Overseas

PRNewswire/ -- Subscriptions for Soldiers is calling on the American public to take action and support deployed U.S. service members -- about 350,000 of them to date -- by helping to fill more than 6,000 requests for magazine subscriptions from men and women serving overseas.

In an effort to boost morale of American troops and provide relief from stress they endure every day by providing a monthly reminder of home, Subscriptions for Soldiers was launched by in April 2008 to provide free magazines to soldiers serving overseas. In the first three weeks, the program received more than 8,000 requests for magazine subscriptions from deployed service members. Currently, more than 6,000 subscriptions need to be filled, and the organization is reaching out to the American public to meet these soldiers' wishes.

"With a $10 donation, you can let a service member know they are remembered and give them something to look forward to each month," says Jay Clarke, president and CEO of "At the heart of Subscriptions for Soldiers is a campaign to connect service members, those they serve and the life we all cherish."

With the war in the Middle East entering its seventh year, it is important to offer support to service members overseas. Depression and anxiety are common problems among soldiers serving long and multiple deployments. For active duty service members, receiving a monthly magazine can boost morale in stressful times.

"Magazines provide a source of entertainment that can be re-read and shared with others," says Kitty Pedigo, business development manager of "They give service members a small break from their everyday stress and help them stay focused on the task at hand."

Many Americans may want to give back to those serving overseas, but the time and money required to put care packages together and ship them from the post office can be challenging. "Having access to an affordable and easy resource that provides soldiers with a magazine each month makes it easier for those who want to let a service member know they are appreciated," says Clarke.

To sponsor a subscription, individuals can visit and submit a donation of $10 or more, which will be used to fill the magazine request of a soldier overseas. For more information, visit

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Adults Can't Always Tell When Children Cover Up Abuse

When young children make up stories about events that didn't really happen, most adults can tell that a child is being dishonest. But according to a new study, adults aren't as good at discerning when a child is lying to cover up an event that really did happen -- which can be a serious problem when sexual abuse is involved. According to Gail S. Goodman, a psychology professor at the University of California, Davis, and the study's author, "While accurately detecting false reports protects innocent people from false allegations, the failure to detect false denials could mean that adults fail to protect children who falsely deny actual victimization."
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To cover the above topic FACTOR (Fayette County, GA) will be offeringa workshop within FY2009 is for parents and professionals to learn how to protect the children before they might be exposed to a predator, recognize when they have and how to respond appropriately if they have.

Here is info on that from their website: . Please keep that on your radar screen! This is excellent and needed training for the times, unfortunately.

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