February 2017 Around Town 2

Damácia Howard Competes in National American Miss Pageant

Damácia Howard, featured in last month’s issue of SFL, was named one of the Top 10 Pre-Teens in the nation, 2nd Runner-up for “Best Resume” and 2nd Runner-up for Volunteer Service. She also earned the 2016 National Pre-Teen Spirit Award (selected by the pageant staff) based on her character.

“She is the same every time they see her, with a smile on her face, and she is very helpful to the other contestants,” say pageant staff.

Next up for Damácia: competing for another national title with America’s Elite Miss. As the current America’s Elite Jr. Miss East Coast, she competed for the national America’s Elite Jr. Miss 2017 title in Atlanta last month. This girl is one to watch!

Bert’s Big Adventure 
2017 Reveal

Bert’s Big Adventure Founder and Bert Show radio host Bert Weiss, Cofounder Stacey Weiss, Cohost Kristin Klingshirn and Brian Moote and Bert’s Big Adventure staff gathered at the Buckhead Club to surprise three deserving children and their families with a 2017 trip to Walt Disney World®. Families were told they were meeting Bert and Stacey for a final interview; little did they know they were in for an exclusive celebration full of Disney and Star Wars characters, presents and a dance party to kick-off their first night as part of the Bert’s Big Adventure family!

Bert’s Big Adventure is a nonprofit organization that provides all-expenses-paid, five-day trips to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic or terminal illnesses and their families. To qualify for Bert’s Big Adventure, a child must be between the ages of 5 and 12 and reside in The Bert Show radio listening area (All the Hits Q100 in Atlanta), prove financial need and have never been to Walt Disney World®.

Inspiring Students To Excel 
In Higher Education

January was National Mentorship Month and featured a Free Parent Workshop for parents of college-bound students ages 15 and up. Inspiring Students To Excel In Higher Education partners with organizations and Fulton County libraries to provide free Essay Writing Workshops for high school students throughout the year. They’ve also teamed up with community organizations, banks, credit unions and additional counties within the Metro Atlanta to benefit more aspiring college-bound students.

Fact: Outstanding student loan debt in the U.S. is $1.2 trillion! Some 40 million Americans hold student loans and about 70% of bachelor’s degree recipients graduate with debt.

“Oftentimes parents are struggling to find adequate information on how to send their students off to college debt-free, and we are the leaders of this information to help educate, enlighten and encourage them on how to achieve the process.”

One of several events they hosted during National Mentorship Month was a volunteer project with Books for Africa.

“We strive to teach students the importance of volunteer work and how this helps to better qualify them for more scholarships.” To kick off National Mentorship Month, they took a group of students to volunteer with Books for Africa, an organization that distributes books throughout Africa to “small children all the way up to college age students.” Sheryl Smith, the Director of Inspiring Students To Excel In Higher Education, wants students to understand the importance of having an education and the opportunity to read books that help strengthen their growth mentally and physically.

Books-A-Million PTC Shoppers 
Stock Christian City’s Library!

Christian City seniors and children are going to love this generous gift of more than 200 new books and puzzles donated by Books-A-Million Peachtree City shoppers!

Photo: (L-R) LaVann Landrum, Christian City Chief Development Officer; Sharon Harrison, Books-A-Million Peachtree City store manager; Chris Lombard, Books-A-Million staff member; and Connie Hall, Christian City Volunteer Coordinator, look at some books donated to Christian City by Books-A-Million shoppers at the Peachtree City store.

About Christian City

Christian City is a nondenominational, nonprofit organization established 51 years ago when the first cottage for abused and abandoned children opened on Valentine’s Day in 1965. Today, more than 1,000 residents live on the Christian City campus, which has grown to more than 500 acres. Located nine miles south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, between Fairburn and Fayetteville, Christian City includes The Children’s Village, four subdivisions of patio homes for senior adults, four subsidized 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. For more information and to donate or volunteer, visit ChristianCity.org or call 770.964.3301.