October 2017 Around Town 2

Consul General of Japan Visits 
the City of 
South Fulton

Mayor Bill Edwards welcomed Consul General of Japan Takashi (Thomas) Shinozuka to City Hall on August 21 for a discussion about potential economic partnerships in the City of South Fulton.

“There are more than 600 Japanese companies in Georgia,” said Consul General Shinozuka. “Due to the City of South Fulton’s proximity to major interstates as well as Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Charlie Brown Airport, the City of South Fulton is a great place for economic development.”

Additionally, Shinozuka discussed the importance of embracing different cultures and how the City’s youth can benefit from learning about Japanese customs and language. He also shared details about the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program, which allows college students opportunities to teach English in Japan’s public schools, at no cost to the students.

“The City of South Fulton has the potential to become an international hub for businesses and commerce,” said Mayor Edwards. “We are enthusiastic about the great opportunities for growth in the City of South Fulton and we look forward to welcoming new businesses and families to the City.”

Chattahoochee Hills Charter 
Welcomes Chester Asher

Chattahoochee Hills Charter School has a new Executive Director. Chester Asher joined in July after a national search to fill this newly created position. Asher relocated from New York City and brings to CHCS more than 14 years of teaching and administrative experience in both traditional public and charter schools. For most of the past five years, he has been observing and coaching teachers and developing the management and professional skills of school leaders. He will work alongside the Board of Trustees to fulfill the mission and vision of the school and provide academically rich experiences for all students. Asher is enthusiastic about the CHCS curriculum focusing on integrating the environment, agriculture and the arts and looks forward to becoming part of the community.

Asher received his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University; an M.S. in Teaching and Education from Fordham University; an M.P.A. from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at NYU; and a law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. For more information about CHCS, go to ChattHillsCharter.org.

The Twenty Pearls Foundation 
Presents A Hush Affair

The signature fundraiser of The Twenty Pearls Foundation, Incorporated, A Hush Affair Silent Auction and Gala, will take place on Saturday, November 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway Hotel. The Twenty Pearls Foundation is the nonprofit affiliate of Tau Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, which serves East Point and College Park.

This year marks the chapter’s 25th anniversary, and the evening will be a spectacular and glamorous affair with the theme, “A Platinum Evening with the Stars.” The formal gala will provide various forms of live entertainment and an impressive silent auction and is expected to be well-attended by local political and business elite. Proceeds of this event will benefit the Foundation’s 2018 scholarships as well as the many service projects that The Twenty Pearls Foundation facilitates in the East Point, College Park and South Fulton communities. In 2017, the Foundation awarded $27,500 to outstanding high school students and culinary arts students.

Fayette County Publix 
Shoppers Support Christian 
City Children’s Village

Shoppers and associates at Fayette County Publix stores generously donated $11,596 to Christian City Children’s Village during the annual “Food For All” campaign last December. More than $1.4 million was distributed to 60 nonprofit organizations in Publix’s Atlanta division through the 2016 fundraiser.

Art Durden, store manager of Publix/Tyrone, presented the donation to Christian City, saying, “A bullet point in our mission statement is to be involved as responsible citizens in our communities. This campaign allows us to involve our customers and associates in that effort.”

On behalf of Christian City, Len Romano thanked Publix Super Markets for making a difference in the lives of children in metro Atlanta’s southern crescent. “Financial support from the community allows us to care for the children who come to Christian City in great need,” Romano said. “We are grateful to the many individuals, churches, businesses, civic groups and foundations who support our ministry to care for children who are healing, growing and thriving on our campus. The Publix Food For All campaign is an excellent example of a community coming together to provide for children in need,” he said.

Christian City Children’s Village, located between Fairburn and Fayetteville, cares for victims of child abuse and abandonment. The children now live safely in family-structured homes with full-time house parents on the 500-acre campus established in 1965. “We are a nationally-licensed Safe Place agency, which allows us to help identify, recover and restore children who are runaways, homeless, or fleeing physical or sexual abuse,” said Philip Kouns, Chief Operating Officer. “Our ministry strives to give hope to children who need love and support to heal their wounded spirits and thrive.”

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

About Christian City

Christian City was established 52 years ago when the first cottage for abused and abandoned children opened on Valentine’s Day, 1965. Today, there are more than 1,000 residents, both children and older adults, living at Christian City. The campus includes the Children’s Village, homes for active seniors, a 200-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, a 150-bed assisted living center, and two memory care units for victims of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. For more information or to learn how you can help, call 770.703.2636 or visit ChristianCity.org.